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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 both Health Services and Physical Therapy.
Appointments can be booked via

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

2023-2024 Academic Year 

The next enrollment period for health insurance is for the 2023 Fall Semester. Students can opt into the school-sponsored insurance plan from April 3 to August 1, 2023. To receive coverage by the earliest possible date, students should opt-in by the recommended deadline of August 1, 2023. Students can opt-in by accessing the Online Insurance Form beginning April 3rd or emailing

The insurance plan is Aetna, and the cost for the 23/24 Academic year is $4,861. In order to be eligible, students must be enrolled in six or more credits. For details about the plan, visit

All students must access the Online Insurance Form to either opt into or provide proof of personal insurance. 

Note: The school insurance cost is automatically added to each student’s bill until they provide proof of personal insurance using the Online Insurance Form. To have insurance coverage for the fall semester, this must be done no later than 08/01/2023. The cost for the academic year is $4,861.

For more information on the school-sponsored insurance plan, please visit or click here.

It is a University of the Arts policy that all full-time, matriculated students taking 6 or more credits in the Fall/Spring carry health insurance with major medical coverage and submit proof of this coverage via online form.

Deadlines for the 2023/2024 Academic Year:

August 1, 2023: We strongly recommend that students complete the online insurance form by this date to ensure coverage begins on 08/15/2023.

September 22, 2023: The absolute last day to complete the Online Insurance Form (including waiving the school insurance fee) or to make changes to your preference. 

Following 09/22/23 eligible students who have not submitted proof of insurance will be enrolled in the school plan and responsible for the insurance fee: no exceptions, credits or refunds will be honored beyond this date.

Waiving the Insurance Fee:

Students submit proof of personal insurance online via this Google Form in order to remove the insurance cost from their billing statement. 

The entire process takes only a few minutes and the student will need a copy of their insurance card. Afterward, the student will receive a confirmation email in their UArts email account. Once the waiver is completed Student Financial Services (SFS) will issue an updated billing statement in 1-2 weeks. For billing questions please contact SFS at or 215.717.6150.

We encourage all students who enroll in a personal insurance plan to find out if their insurance is accepted in the Philadelphia area: Please refer to the website for your personal insurance company. Most will have a “Find a Provider” or “Search for a Provider” tool available which will show a list of eligible resources in a given area. The zip code for UArts is 19102.

2023/2024 Plan Information:

Please note that the school plan for the 2023/2024 year will be Aetna, the same as the previous year. Insurance cards are digital and information on accessing your digital card will be emailed to your UArts account shortly after enrolling. 

For more information on the insurance plan, click here for a benefits brochure from our insurance provider. 

Insurance Company: Aetna
Cost: $4,861 for the academic year. Note: The fee is added to the student billing statement.

Coverage Start/End Dates: Academic Year Coverage is from 08/15/23* until 8/14/24  (*students must opt-in by 08/01 to begin coverage by this date)

Coverage Details: To learn more about what is covered under the policy please visit Specifically, under the “Benefits” tab view the plan summary and brochure.

If you have questions regarding health insurance please contact Health Services at or 215.717.6652. Questions regarding University billing may be directed to Student Financial Services at or 215.717.6170.

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 should do the following in order to get the most out of your insurance coverage. Use this information to learn about your benefits, keep updated on your claims, find providers, and more!

  1. Access Your Digital Insurance Card
    a. Go to
    b. Select "University of the Arts" from the drop-down menu and click on “View Your School”
    c. Select the “Get Your ID Card”link
    d. Enter your school issued student ID numbers/Date of birth and click “Submit”
    e. Select your ID card to display it on the screen
    f. Take a screenshot to save it to your phone or select "Print your ID card"

  2. Register on the Aetna Member Portal
    a. Go to and select "Aetna Member Portal"
    b. Register with the information on your new insurance card

  3. Download the Aetna App
    a. Download the Aetna app from the App or Google Play store or text "STUDENT" to 90156 for a link to download
    b. Log in with username and password from previous step

For more help with accessing your information, please reach out to Health Services or the Aetna Support Team. 


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! 

Student Health Forms

The Student Health Form is the most important document for our office, and therefore are required for all active students. 

  • 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.
  • Since portions of the form require information from your physician, including a physical examination and immunization records, we encourage you to keep the deadlines in mind when scheduling your appointments. Read more about our immunization policy
  • Students are required to complete and submit every page of the form.

Student Health Form (including immunizations) should be scanned and emailed as a single PDF to Click here for instructions on how to scan your forms. If you are experiencing an issue in completing the health form please reach out to our office. 

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.

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.

Submitting Materials 
The Student Health Form can be submitted in two ways: 

  1. Email your forms as a single PDF to
    Forms must be scanned. No photos or .jpegs will be accepted. 
    Don't know how to scan or submit in this format? Click here for instructions!

  2. Mail your forms to our office*
    The University of the Arts
    Attn: Health Services
    320 South Broad Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19102


Tip: If sending the original, we recommend making a hard copy to keep as a back-up. 

*If mailing, please only send documents intended for Health Services to the address above. Documents meant for other offices should not be included in the same envelope.

Student Health Insurance

Please reference the "Health Insurance" section above for more information on the University's Health Insurance requirements. 


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.

Online Health Insurance Form*
(Note: full time students are required to fill out the online health insurance form each year)

Online Health Insurance Form*
(Note: full time students are required to fill out the online health insurance form each year)

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. 

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).

What is the school-sponsored health insurance?

See “Health Insurance” section of this page. 

What is the required online health insurance form and how do I opt-in- or opt-out?

All full-time matriculated UArts students taking 6 or more credits are required to have health insurance and must confirm proof of personal health insurance or enroll in the school-sponsored plan by completing the online health form each year

The fee for the school insurance is included on students’ billing statements. In order to remove this fee you must access the online health insurance form to opt out of the school insurance. After the end of registration we are unable to make changes to insurance information including the removal of the health insurance fee from a student’s bill. No exceptions can be made.

How do I opt in or opt out of the school insurance?

See “Health Insurance” section of this page. 

How can I change the insurance information I submitted via the online health insurance form?

After entering your information and clicking “submit,” you will be unable to access the form. If  you need to make a change to recently submitted information, you must contact Health Services at 215-717-6652.

Changes to your submission can only be processed prior to the end of registration. After registration, all insurance submissions are considered final.

How can I read more about coverage and benefits offered by the school-based plan?

See “Health Insurance” section of this page.

Who can I contact if I have additional questions about the school-sponsored insurance?

If you have questions about the school-sponsored insurance including but not limited to: cost, coverage dates, the online health insurance form,please contact the Health Services at 215-717-6652 or

How can I see which providers will accept the school insurance?

Visit choose, "University of the Arts" and click on the “Find a Provider” link. This feature will allow you to see which providers in a specified area will accept Aetna insurance. 

Note: if you are looking for services around UArts, the zip code for the school is 19102. Best practices is to always confirm that your insurance is accepted at the time you are booking your appointment.

When can I expect my insurance card to arrive?

Aetna uses digital ID cards. Once a student has opted into the plan, information on how to obtain a digital ID card will be sent to the student's UArts email address. If you are re-enrolling in the Aetna student health plan your insurance information will remain the same. 

Can I opt into the school-sponsored insurance after the semester has already started?

Students who wish to enroll in the insurance after registration has ended must apply on their own by filling out the Qualifying Events Form and submitting it directly to Academic Health Plans. To submit the form, you should mail it to the address provided on the form or you can fax it to 817-909-4701. The Qualifying Events Form can be found at

Please note: The University does not process Qualifying Events Forms, they are processed through Academic Health Plans. Also, students who submit a Qualifying Events Form are responsible for paying the insurance fee directly to Academic Health Plans (further information can be found on the form) as opposed to having the fee included in the student’s billing statement.

If you have questions about information on the Qualifying Events Form, you can contact Academic Health Plans at 855-856-3141.

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