COLUMBIA — Being sick away from home can make you feel helpless. There is no homemade soup with magical healing powers, and often little privacy from roommates who find your sneezing and hacking repulsive.
Lucky for you and your roommates, Columbia health providers can help conquer ailments, from a broken bone to the common cold.
MU STUDENT HEALTH CENTER
Where: 1020 Hitt St., fourth floor
Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday except Wednesday when hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The MU Student Health Center is a one-stop shop for any and all ailments. The center provides shots, physicals, treatment for illness or injury and even annual women’s health exams.
The health center is available for free. That means it is is included in that fat check called tuition and fees.
Sometimes it can be difficult to get an appointment the same day, so call at the first sign of a cold.
PROVIDENCE URGENT CARE
Where: 202 E. Nifong Blvd.
Hours: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily
Providence Urgent Care provides quality same-day treatment for a host of medical emergencies. It guarantees a combined wait and treatment time of one hour or less.
"I've never been to a doctor's visit that fast," MU Junior Kirsten Dickherber said. "I was probably in and out of there in, like, 15 minutes."
Where: Room G-210, MU Student Center
Hours: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday
The Resource and Sexual Violence Prevention Center focuses on educating students about sexual health. Victims of assault can also seek medical and legal assistance here.
RSVP is conveniently located in the basement of the Student Center.
COLUMBIA HEALTH CENTER-PLANNED PARENTHOOD
Where: 711 N. Providence Road
Hours: Varies by day of the week
The Columbia Health Center provides health care for both women and men. The center provides a range of STD testing including HIV, herpes and gonorrhea. Emergency contraception is available by walk-in.
MU COUNSELING CENTER
Where: 102 Parker Hall
Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday
Student life can be stressful. Part-time jobs with full-time hours and finals that reduce even the finest of test takers to a pile of nerves can take a toll on the brain.
At the MU Counseling Center, psychological professionals offer students the opportunity to learn how to cope with life’s many challenges. Many of the services the center provides are covered by student fees.