Health Services

The University of the Arts is committed to offering care and education to keep you well, providing quality treatment should you become ill. On-campus health services are provided by a nurse who is available Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the school year. All medical issues are strictly confidential.

                                                  Gershman Hall, Room 306

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Important Note Regarding Health Insurance

All full-time, matriculated students taking 6 or more credits are required to complete the Online Insurance Form*. To complete the form please copy the following link into your browser:  (NOTE: link will be active for Spring on 12/1).

For students beginning in Spring 2017:


TO REMOVE THE FEE: You will need to complete the insurance process at (NOTE: link will be active for Spring by 12/1).  The sooner you complete the insurance process, the sooner the fee will be removed from your bill but note that after 1/30/2017 we absolutely cannot make any changes to insurance information/billing. Please complete the insurance process before then, preferably as soon as possible.

IF YOU ARE ENROLLING IN THE SCHOOL INSURANCE: While the fee is automatically included on the tuition bill, it does not mean immediate enrollment in the school plan. You must visit by in early December and opt-in to the school insurance in order to receive full coverage. We advise completing this process as soon as possible.

STUDENTS WHO DO NOT COMPLETE THE ONLINE INSURANCE FORM BY 1/30/2017: Will be automatically enrolled in the school plan, with no exceptions or refunds. Rates will not be pro-rated to reflect the shortened coverage that will result by waiting until the final deadline.

To avoid any issues or lapses in coverage, we strongly advise students to complete the insurance process at no later than 12/15/2016.

Health Insurance at UArts

The University of the Arts requires that all matriculated students taking six or more credits carry health insurance (either their own, or the school-based plan). You must have health insurance with major medical coverage. It is essential that your health insurance policy cover the costs of specialists, radiology, laboratory work, hospitalization, ambulance service and emergency room visits, to name a few.

The school-based insurance company is Independence Administrators, which is a subsidiary of BlueCross/BlueShield. Health Services works with a company by the name of Academic Health Plans (AHP) to facilitate the enrollment and coverage of students into the school-based plan. For that reason, students may have contact with AHP.

The Spring cost for the school-based insurance plan is $894.00. The fee for the previous semester, Fall 2016 (full year's coverage) was $1,444. For more information on the school plan, including coverage period and benefits, please visit the Health Insurance at UArts page (link located to the right).


Health Forms and Immunization Requirements at UArts

Health forms are available here.

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania requires that all colleges and universities screen first time students for immunizations. Therefore, as an entering student, you must schedule a physical exam, have a physician fill out the  University of the Arts Health Form, and return it to:

Health Services
The University of the Arts
320 South Broad Street
Philadelphia PA 19102

Failure to supply us with this information prior to the start of classes may result in inabilty to register for the following semester. 

To assist in making your transition to college smooth, we have some suggestions for you:

  • Plan ahead! At this time of year, it can be difficult to get a timely appointment with your physician due to the increased demand of back to school check-ups.
  • Have your insurance cards with you and find out how to use them. If you are relocating from outside the Philadelphia region you may want to check that your health insurance provider will cover services outside of your network.
  • If you are being treated for any long term medical or psychological conditions that require regular doctor visits and you will be away from home, we suggest that prior to the start of school, you make connections with physicians and/or therapists near school who accept your health insurance.
  • If you are on a monthly medication regimen and require refills and/or continual evaluations, please make prior arrangements with physicians in the Philadelphia area who accept your health insurance.

Please feel free to contact Health Services at 215-717-6652 or at if you need assistance or have any questions. 

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