Wellness Centers

The Wellness Centers house both Student Health Services, and Counseling and Psychological Services.

The centers are dedicated to the issue of wellness from the "whole person" perspective. Rather than focus merely on the physical, services are available to help students evaluate their overall lifestyle by addressing the physical, emotional, mental and relational aspects of their lives. In addition, the centers recognize the importance of the spiritual dimension of life and maintain a close connection with campus ministry.

The centers' staff can help students address medical concerns, make healthy lifestyle choices, change behavioral patterns that have a negative impact on their lives and select the goals that will enhance their overall well-being. In-house referrals between student health services and the counseling services help to ensure that students receive these comprehensive services in a confidential setting.

Student Counseling and Psychological Services

The University's student counseling and psychological services maintain a staff of professional counselors to help students with educational and personal concerns. Services are available free to all full-time and part-time students. Within this confidential setting, students are free to discuss personal and academic concerns, explore ways to deal with problems and develop new skills to help them handle life's challenges in an effective and health-enhancing manner. Psychological and vocational testing are available when it will aid the counseling process.

Student counseling and psychological services complements the academic experience of the student body by facilitating healthy personal, social and intellectual development of students. Life circumstances, skills deficits and/or mental health problems may at times interfere with a student's ability to successfully achieve important academic and life goals.

The office's unique environment and role allows it to help students identify their problems, manage their emotions, learn new problem-solving skills and successfully meet the academic and social challenges of University life. This is accomplished by offering:

  • counseling, diagnostic evaluation, psychotherapy, advocacy and mental health referrals;
  • developmental, preventative and remedial counseling to University students
  • consultation, educational and training services to the University community
  • experiential workshops on essential life skills (i.e. assertiveness, stress management, sleep hygiene)

The student counseling and psychological services staff offers groups and workshops to the campus community on a variety of interest areas such as stress management, study skills, time management, drug abuse, etc.

Student counseling and psychological services on the Metropolitan Campus also offers a "Stress Lab" resource room. Students are invited to utilize the resources in this facility to learn more about the sources and symptoms of stress in their lives and develop their own personalized stress management programs.


Student Health Services

The University maintains that good health is vital to academic success. In an effort to emphasize and promote this concept, a current physical examination and a complete Immunization Record indicating:

  • a Mantoux (tuberculin) test within the past six months
  • two MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccinations
  • a combined diphtheria tetanus booster within the past 10 years
  • documentation and date of varicella (chicken pox)
are required of each entering full-time and part-time undergraduate, including those transferring from other institutions. Each medical record is carefully examined. If modifications in academic load is indicated or special needs exist, a conference between the student and a nurse will be arranged.

The health services' goals include keeping students well, providing care when they are not well and empowering students to make informed decisions about their health. Nurse practitioners and professional nurses assist students with their health concerns.

As both a resource and health clinic, student health services provides students with information regarding available medical and health-related services. Programs on wellness and health are offered as part of the student learning experience. All students are welcome.

Requirements for health and immunization records may vary, depending on the academic program in which the student is enrolled and the age of the student. Personalized requirements and details are available at http://alpha.fdu.edu/wellness/.

The University requires each full-time F1 international graduate student and most domestic graduate students to carry a University-sponsored accident policy and sickness and major medical coverage. If a domestic student has private sickness and major medical coverage, the University-sponsored program may be waived. A copy of the student's private insurance card then must be submitted to enrollment services. The cost of the University-sponsored insurance is kept low to make basic health insurance available to all students.

The student health service on each campus is staffed with competent, experienced registered nurses and nurse practitioners. For major emergencies and surgery, the neighboring community hospitals are used. A student may, however, choose his or her own physician at any time, either in or out of the hospital.