You might be excited about living away from your parents and starting college life. But being alone in a dorm room isn’t fun when you’re sick. You just moved here, you don’t know how to see a doctor and you don’t have your family taking care of you.

Don’t worry. The MU Student Health Center has your back. All you need to do is become familiar with the center and prepare before you see a doctor.

Here are some tips and a step-by-step guide to make an appointment with MU Student Health Center.

From medical care to yoga

The Student Health Center provides a variety of medical services you will need throughout your college years. The center’s physicians and nurse practitioners are there to help you with acute illnesses and injuries, ongoing health conditions, as well as routine health maintenance.

Along with the medical care, the center also has behavioral health services with licensed health care professionals. As a college student, you’re now in a bigger, broader society with people from different places and backgrounds and chances for more challenges and concerns than you had in high school.

The professionals can help you with a wide range of mental health issues like homesickness, academic stress, relationship concerns and many others.

If you think something needs to be done instead of talking to your family on the phone or chatting with your friends, you can reach out to MU Student Health Center for medical treatment and behavioral health counseling.

Taking classes and making new friends is not easy and is often stressful. MU Student Health Center also offers students stress management programs such as yoga and meditation classes, in addition to medical services.

Details for the service categories are available on MU Student Health Center’s website,

How to set up an appointment

Making an appointment with the Student Health Center is as simple as Snapchatting with your friends. Call the center’s main number 573-882-7481 before you want to arrive. It is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday except for Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

When you reach out to the center to make an appointment, they will typically schedule an appointment for the same day or following day, depending on availability.

What to bring

You’ve scheduled your appointment — but before walking in, you might want to see this checklist so that you don’t miss anything.

• If you have insurance, don’t forget to bring your insurance and prescription cards.

• For insurance purposes, you are required to provide your parent’s birth dates including the years.

• If you have any past medical problems or surgeries, let the nurses and doctors at the center know.

• Tell the center what medications you are currently taking.

• If you have any allergies, provide a list of drug, food or environmental allergies you have.

• Tell your doctor if there’s any family medical history such as cancer, diabetes or hypertension.

  • I'm a reporter at the Missourian. I'm a graduate student studying convergence journalism at the Missouri School of Journalism.

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