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In An Emergency

Any staff or student who is facing a life-threatening emergency should dial 911 (or 9-911 if a campus phone) and give the nature of the emergency, the location on campus, and stay in contact with the emergency operator and the injured person until help arrives. Anyone assisting with an emergency or injured person should also dial Campus Public Safety at (949) 244-0098, to alert them to an emergency and the activation of Emergency Medical Services.


Clinic Hours
The Health Center Clinic remains open for limited hours during the summer by appointment only. Please make an appointment during the following hours:

  • Tuesday and Thursday, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Office Hours
The Health Center Office remains open for limited hours during the summer: Monday through Friday 10:00 am - 3:00 pm. The office staff can assist students with basic first aid, over the counter medications, purchasing COVID antigen tests, referring off-campus, and scheduling appointments with the campus Nurse Practitioner.

Health Care Services

The campus nurse practitioner can evaluate and treat a variety of acute illnesses and minor injuries as well as help with the completion of school-related healthcare requirements based on protocols established by the Nurse Practitioner (NP) and her collaborating physician. Students presenting with an illness or injury that requires a higher level of care, unavailable treatment modalities, or ongoing care will be referred to an off-site healthcare facility guided by the student’s personal insurance coverage (however, it is the responsibility of each individual to check with the healthcare facility regarding insurance coverage and possible out-of-pocket costs). The Health Center is not meant to replace the student’s primary care provider. The NP can only provide consultation and referrals for chronic conditions such as depression, asthma, and diabetes. The Health Center NP also aids students with management of COVID-19 related concerns and aids students with referrals and management of healthcare concerns following on-campus medical incidents.


In March 2020, COVID-19 became a part of our lives, and the VU Health Center worked to help Vanguard University comply with all local and federal mandates during the pandemic. On May 11, 2023, the federal public health emergency was ended, and the CDC asked healthcare providers to incorporate COVID-19 activities into routine public health practice. As a result, the Health Center has shifted focus from case management to education to help students keep their friends, family, and the Vanguard Community safe and healthy. Refer to the information below for guidance on COVID-19 infections while on campus. 

With your continued support in following the above recommendations, we can keep our family, friends, and the VU community safe.

Emergency Care and Community Resources

EMERGENCIES: Please proceed to Emergency Care Services for serious and/or life threatening conditions such as (but not limited to): heavy bleeding, trouble breathing, chest pain, severe head injury or changes in mental status, sudden or severe pain, sudden dizziness, weakness, changes in vision, severe or persistent vomiting or diarrhea and loss of consciousness.

NON-EMERGENCIES: Please proceed to Urgent Care Services for the non-emergent medical issues that arise outside of Health Center appointment hours or issues that need to be addressed prior to the next available Health Center appointment. Refer to the back of your medical insurance card for instructions to find a facility that is covered by your insurance.

Hospitals with Emergency Rooms:

  1. HOAG Hospital Emergency Room
    One Hoag Drive
    Newport Beach, CA 92663
    949-764-HOAG (4624)
  2. Kaiser Irvine Emergency Room (for individuals w/Kaiser insurance)
    16200 Sand Canyon Avenue
    Irvine, CA 92618

Urgent Care Facilities:

  1. Family Care Centers
    660 Baker Street Suite A-101 & 102
    Costa Mesa, CA 92626
  2. Kaiser Harbor-MacArthur Medical Offices
    3401 S. Harbor Blvd.
    Santa Ana, CA 92704

Local Pharmacies:

CVS Pharmacy: 1150 Baker Street, Costa Mesa, CA - (714) 662-7517
Rite Aid Pharmacy: 2300 Harbor Blvd., Suite G, Costa Mesa, CA - (949) 645-7331
Walgreens Pharmacy: 1726 Superior Avenue, Costa Mesa, CA - (949) 629-9714


To schedule an appointment, students can click on "Health Center Appointment Request" link above or email healthcenter@vanguard.edu. 

A staff member will respond to the request within 24 hours or the next business day. Walk-ins are accepted if availability permits.

Our Mission

The mission of the Health Center is to provide quality health and wellness care as a supplement to the student’s existing health care plan for acute illnesses and injuries in a safe, comfortable, and confidential environment.


Clinic Hours

The Health Center Clinic is open during the regular semester period (fall/spring semesters). Please make an appointment during the following hours:

Tuesday through Friday
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Office Hours

The Health Center Office is open year-round Monday through Friday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm (hours subject to change for summer). The office staff can assist students with basic first aid, over the counter medications, purchasing COVID antigen tests, referring off-campus, and scheduling appointments with the campus Nurse Practitioner.


The Health Center is on the first floor of the Smith Hall Building in the Health & Wellness Center, near the Seymour/Chapel location. 

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