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Health Services

UArts Health Services is committed to providing care, treatment, and education to keep you healthy and happy.

Health Services

Health Services is here for you, and we are committed to the health and wellness of our students and community.

Now offering Online Appointment Booking
We are now offering online appointment booking for Health Services. Appointments can be booked on the Student Health Portal.

Scroll below to find out more!

Office Visits

On-campus health services are provided Monday through Friday during the school year. Health Services remains open for walk-in visits from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm, appointments are required at all other times.

Summer hours may vary, we recommend calling before visiting the office when classes are not in session. All current, matriculated students are welcome to use the Health Office regardless of insurance type. All medical issues are strictly confidential. 

Services available to students include the following:

  • Evaluation and treatment of minor illnesses and injuries
  • Feminine products, male and female condoms, band-aids, throat lozenges, OTC medication, etc.
  • Flu shots begin in October each year
  • Pamphlets and handouts on a variety of health-related subjects
  • Resources for Community Health 

When a student has been triaged in the health office and it is determined that further evaluation is needed, referrals are made free of charge to Vybe Urgent Care.

 UArts Sick Note Policy 
Please note that the Health Service does not issue sick or excuse notes for classes or work missed due to illness or injury. However, if a student has official medical documentation supporting time missed due to illness or injury, they should submit this directly to the Health Services (Student Center, RM 306) to be kept on file.

The number of allowable absences is determined at the discretion of the faculty, however, with documentation on file in Health Services, Health Services staff can confirm that the time missed was due to medical reasons. 
For privacy reasons, students should submit documentation directly to Health Services, and not to their faculty.

Notification for long-term absences due to illness/injury are reviewed by the Director for Health Services and the Director for Educational Accessibility.

Health Insurance

Starting in Fall 2024, UArts will no longer have a mandatory student health insurance requirement or a school-sponsored insurance plan. We will not require students to provide proof of insurance as of the 2024–2025 academic year. This means that students will no longer need to complete the health insurance waiver or enroll in school-sponsored insurance.

We encourage students to have health insurance coverage to ensure they can receive the necessary care should they become injured or suffer severe illness during the academic year.

Finding Your Own Health Insurance

If you would like to obtain your own health insurance but don't know where to start, here are some resources to help you find coverage!

  • Check out ("Obamacare") for government-sponsored health insurance. 
  • State-by-state insurance
    • Google Search "Medicaid [your state]" 
      • Make sure you search Medicaid and not Medicare as Medicare is for individuals 65+
    • Google search "individual health insurance [your state]"

If you would like to find insurance through a private provider, make sure to do your research and make sure you're getting the coverage that suits you best!

Students with UArts Health Insurance 

Students who have opted into the UArts Health Insurance for the 23/24 Academic Year will have continued coverage through the remainder of the policy, ending on 8/14/24. However, those students will NOT be able to renew their coverage with AHP for the next academic year. 

Local Resources

Philadelphia is home to a wide array of resources, facilities and specialists. Part of our goal is to highlight notable wellness-related resources in the immediate area. If you are looking for a specific recommendation and do not see it on the list simply contact our office so that we may be of further assistance.

University Health Services staff may assess students in-office and decide that a referral to an outside resource is necessary. 

 Affiliated Physician's Offices 
Vybe Urgent Care is a local urgent care with many locations for our students to choose from! Students can make appointments online via their website at a time that works for their schedule.  

Services are offered free of charge by Vybe with a referral from the Student Health Services. Students must be seen by a nurse in Student Health Services and obtain a referral slip for the co-pay cost to be waived. Students should bring the referral form, a student ID, and their insurance card (in case a prescription is provided) at the time of their appointment. 

We recommend these locations as they are closest to our campus:

Center City South Philly Old City
1420 Chestnut Street 1217 S Broad Street 618 Market Street
(215) 999-1420 (215) 999-1217 (215) 583-0618


 Local Emergency Departments 
In the case of a life-threatening emergency, call 911.


Location and Contact

Thomas Jefferson University Hospital

132 S. 10th Street

(215) 955-6840

Penn Emergency Medicine

Pennsylvania Hospital

800 Spruce Street

(215) 316-5151

UPenn Emergency Room

University of Pennsylvania Hospital

3400 Spruce Street

(215) 662-6698

Methodist Hospital Emergency

Thomas Jefferson Health

2301 S. Broad Street

(215) 955-6000

Temple Hospital Emergency

Temple University Hospital

3401 N. Broad Street

(215) 707-3467

Wills Eye Emergency Room

Eye Emergencies Only

900 Walnut Street

(215) 530-8080















 Urgent Cares/Clinics 
Urgent Care Centers treat acute (non-life threatening) illnesses and injuries.
Services may include lab work, physicals, x-rays, etc. 
Referrals to an Emergency Department or PCP are common. 


Location and Contact


Vybe Urgent Care


*For more locations, visit the Vybe website

Center City
1420 Chestnut Street
(215) 999-1420

South Philadelphia
1217 S. Broad Street
(215) 999-1217

All Locations



CVS Minute Clinic

1500 Spruce Street

(866) 389-2727

Located in the rear of CVS




myDoc Urgent Care

*For more locations, visit the myDoc website

1420 Locust Street

(215) 800-1909



Jefferson Urgent Care

2021 Chestnut Street
(267) 443-2020

Washington Square
700 Walnut Street
(215) 503-7300

All Locations



Y-HEP Young Adult Health Center

1207 Chestnut Street
5th Floor

(215) 344-1632


Appointment Necessary
Telehealth Available





















Most dentists are based off of your insurance. If you are from out-of-state, make sure to find a dentist in the Philadelphia area.You can also find an insurance approved physician but visiting your Insurance Company’s website, most have a “search for a doctor” feature or tab.  If you need additional help, websites like ZocDoc can be very helpful.


Location and Contact


Afton Family Dental

1815 S Broad St.

(215) 462-6229









Jefferson Dental Associates

834 Chestnut Street

(215) 955-6666


8:00 am - 5:00 pm


8:00 am - 4:00 pm



Philadelphia Dentistry

1601 Walnut Street

(215) 458-2300


8:00 am - 5:00 pm


8:00 am - 1:00 pm



Emergency Dentist

220 S 16th Street
9th Floor

(215) 545-5455


Open 24/7

Dental Solutions

201 S 13th Street

(215) 941-5634


Monday, Thursday

8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Tuesday, Wednesday

9:00 am - 6:00 pm


8:00 am - 2:00 pm

William Dodd, DDS

1608 Walnut Street


(215) 985-1722

Call for availability

Center City Emergency Dentist

1429 Walnut Street
6th Floor

(215) 545-2600



9:00 am - 6:00 pm


9:00 am - 8:00 pm


8:00 am - 5:00 pm


8:00 am - 1:00 pm

Penn DDS School

40th and Spruce Streets

(215) 898-8961

Call at 8 a.m. to schedule an appointment for the following day

Let them know you are a UArts student and bring your UArts ID

Temple DDS School

3223 N. Broad Street

(215) 707-2900

Call for availability or make an appointment online.

Smile Team

1500 JFK Blvd

(215) 709-0001

Monday - Friday 

8:00 am – 6:00 pm


9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Dentistry for Life

1601 Walnut St

(267) 710-8836

Monday - Thursday

8:30 am - 6:00 pm


8:30 am - 3:00 pm


9:00 am - 4:00 pm


8:00 am - 2:00 pm 



There are hundreds of pharmacies around the city, these are a few locations around our campus area that might be convenient for you!



Locations, Contact, and Hours

CVS Pharmacy

1500 Spruce Street

(215) 790-3290



1826 Chestnut Street

(215) 972-0909



1046 Market Street

(215) 592-1543


Rite Aid

1008 Market Street

(215) 351-5314



810 S. Broad Street

(215) 985-0113



1101 Locust Street

(215) 629-5690



1800 South Street

(267) 273-7585


Jefferson Pharmacy

833 Chestnut Street

(215) 955-4400

8:30-5:30 (M-Fri)

If you need to see a specialist, the Health Services can provide you with a list of practitioners near the University's campus. 

New Students

Welcome to UArts! We look forward to keeping you happy and healthy. 

Before we can welcome you on campus, there are a few requirements you must complete! 

All students* new to UArts are required to complete and submit these documents by August 1 for fall enrollment or January 1 for spring enrollment. All required documents can be found on the Student Health Portal under "My Forms"

Student Health Form

The Student Health Form is the most important document for our office, and therefore are required for all active students. This form must be completed and submitted on the Student Health Portal.

Immunization Record

Students must provide proof of immunizations required by the University. Click here to read more about our immunization policy.
Students must input their immunization information via the "Immunization Record" form on the Student Health Portal. This form also requires a scanned copy of the student's Immunization Record for verification.  

Medical Provider Form

The Medical Provider Form must be printed and completed by a Physician or Advanced Practitioner. Once completed, it must be scanned and uploaded to the Student Health Portal as a PDF via the "Document Upload" page. 

Plan ahead: During the summer months it can be difficult to get a timely appointment with your physician due to the increased demand of back to school check-ups but you'll need one in order to complete your required Student Health Form.

All forms and New Student information must be submitted via the Student Health Portal.
Health Services is no longer accepting this information via email or physical mail. 


If you are being treated for any long term medical or psychological conditions that require regular provider visits and you will be away from home, we suggest that prior to the start of school, you make connections with providers near UArts who accept your health insurance. Please reach out to Health Services or Counseling for a list of recommended providers.

If you are on a monthly medication regimen and require refills and/or continual evaluations, please make prior arrangements with providers in the Philadelphia area who accept your health insurance.

*The following graduate programs do not require new students to submit health information: MFA Dance (Low Residency); MFA in Dance (Low-Residency Flex Track); Online MEd in Educational Program Design – Educational Technology; Online MEd in Educational Program Design – Inclusion; Online MEd in Educational Program Design – Visual Arts; Online MEd in Educational Technology; Graduate Certificate in Arts Education; Graduate Certificate in Educational Technology; MM in Music Education; Graduate Certificate in Music Education; PhD in Creativity; and Creativity (Immersion Only).


Click and explore some frequently asked questions about Health Services. 

Have a question that isn't asked or answered below? Contact Health Services for help!
phone: 215-717-6652

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What are the required forms and documents for Health Services?

Find Student Health Documents here.

Health Information Form
(Note: a portion of the form needs to be completed by your physician. Please schedule your appointment sooner rather than later to ensure you can be seen in a timely fashion).
Immunization Records (to be submitted with Health Information Form). In the event of an outbreak, students without immunization documentation on file may be required to leave campus for a period of time based on the recommendation of the CDC and the Philadelphia Department of Public Health.

What services are provided by Health Services?

The office treats minor illnesses and injuries and refers students to other professionals within the local area when necessary. To complement our on-campus services, Vybe Urgent Care provides treatment of acute illnesses and injuries free of charge for all UArts students with a referral from our office.

Flu shots are available on a seasonal basis, beginning in October. Flu shots are free to UArts students and administered by a school nurse. There is a limited supply and flu shots are given on a first-come, first-served basis, so students interested in this service are encouraged to contact Health Services in October to inquire about availability or to check our Facebook and Instagram accounts for updates.

Health Services provides the following health items year-round;male and female condoms, feminine hygiene products, Band-Aids, throat lozenges and OTC medications. If you are a student looking for a local specialist, Health Services can provide a list of recommended local providers. Call us at 215-717-6652 or email for assistance.

What are the hours and location of the Office of Health Services?

The Office of Health Services is located at 401 South Broad Street, UArts Student Center, suite 306. All current students with a valid student ID are able to access the building.

Health Services is open Monday - Friday with walk-in hours from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. 

Appointments are required for all visits outside of walk-in hours. Appointments can be made by clicking here.

How do I contact the Health Services?

Phone: 215-717-6652

We do not have a fax machine. All documents, forms, or doctor's notes must be submitted via email or in person.

How can I stay up-to-date on Health Services news/info?

We try to update our social media accounts to best reflect any important updates, events or news relating to our office. Students are encouraged to follow us:


What should I do if I’m not feeling well?

Students are encouraged to stop by the Health Office or book an appointment at to meet with a nurse who can better determine what plan of care is best suitable. If an advanced practitioner is necessary, we can refer students to Vybe Urgent Care*, a local urgent care center, free of charge, with a referral from the health office.
*In order to take advantage of this partnership with Vybe, students must receive a referral from a UArts nurse before their visit to Vybe.

If Health Services is closed:
Residential students who are unwell and require immediate monitoring or medical attention, please notify your Resident Advisor who will assist you. For minor illnesses, we recommend visiting the Health Services during office hours. Commuter students who are unwell and require immediate monitoring or medical attention, please contact Public Safety at 215-717-6666 for assistance.

In the event of a non-emergency that takes place after hours or during the weekend, we encourage students to visit one of the following urgent care centers, based on their location:

VYBE Urgent Care (1420 Chestnut Street and 1217 S. Broad Street).
Visit their website for hours and information
myDoc Urgent Care (1420 Locust St).
Visit their website for hours and information. 

In the event of a true emergency, call 911.

What health related items should I bring with me to school?

Students who use inhalers, epi-pens, or similar must bring their own to school as the Health Services does not provide these items. We encourage students to carry one with them at all times and to keep a spare in their living space.

If you require routine medication, prescriptions, or allergy shots, you must make arrangements before coming to school. For routine medications and prescriptions, contact your prescribing provider about filling your prescription while at UArts.

For students requiring allergy shots, we recommend setting up an allergist in the area prior to coming to UArts. 

We are unable to administer any medication to students. 

We also suggest always having your insurance card with you in case of emergencies. 

I need an allergy shot, what should I do?

In accordance with the American College Health Associate guidelines, Health Services does not administer allergy injections. Should you require this service, especially on a routine basis, we recommend finding an allergy provider in the area prior to coming to UArts. To do this, you can ask your primary allergist for a recommendation, go to your insurance company’s website and use the “Find a Provider” tool (the school zip code is 19102) or call or email the Health Office for a list of local immunology offices at 215-717-6652 or

I have a pre-existing medical condition/require routine medication, what should I do?

Health Services does not write or fill prescriptions. If you require these services for an existing diagnosis, please contact your primary care provider to make arrangements before coming to UArts.

Students with pre-existing medical conditions that require routine assessments are encouraged to find a doctor in Philadelphia. The best way to do this is ask your existing physician for a recommendation or go to your insurance company’s website and use the “Find a Provider” tool. The school zip code is 19102.

Are flu shots available to students?

Flu shots are available on a seasonal basis, beginning in October. Flu shots are free to UArts students and administered by a school nurse. There is a limited supply given on a first-come, first-served basis, so students interested in this service are encouraged to contact Health Services in October to inquire about availability or to check our Facebook and Instagram accounts for updates.

Can I get screened for tuberculosis (TB) in Health Services?

UArts Health Services does not conduct tuberculosis (TB) testing on campus. 

Visit your Primary Care Physician or a local Urgent Care facility to complete this testing.

Will Health Services write me an excuse/class absence note?

The University of the Arts Health Services does not provide written excuses for students who miss class due to routine illnesses or injuries.

For minor/routine illnesses that result in absences, students should connect with their faculty as soon as possible about their absence and missing work. It is the student's responsibility to make up any missed work.

Medical documentation will be accepted for significant illness or injury and should be submitted directly to Health Services and the Office of Educational Accessibility (OEA).

Need to visit?

Make an appointment here!

Contact us!

Student Health Services is located in the Student Center, Room 306, on the corner of Broad and Pine Streets and is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
phone: 215-717-6652