Welcome to Ball State University. We want to make your visits to the Health Center as pleasant as possible, if you need our services.
The Health Center at Ball State University provides healthcare for most acute illnesses and injuries for students as well as providing care for on-the-job injuries for Ball State employees. Please click the link for services for more detailed information. If you have a chronic condition for which you need regular medical care, we would encourage you to maintain follow-up with your usual physician. If that is not practical, we are happy to consult with you about what services we can provide to you, and whether your situation would be better served by seeking the services of a specialist in the community.
The main clinic in the Health Center sees most patients on a walk-in basis without an appointment. If you register during the hours of operation, you will be guaranteed to be seen. However, the wait times do vary throughout the day. If you have a problem which is not urgent, and your schedule allows, we encourage you to try to come in before 11 a.m. and/or on a Wednesday or Thursday. Those times tend to be less crowded.Appointments are made for physicals for athletics, travel abroad, those required for school programs, outside employment and for camp. Please call the main number at 765-285-8431 to schedule.
The Health Center is also in charge of making sure that students are in compliance with state laws for immunizations. Please submit your a copy of your records or complete a 2013 Health Form and send to us via mail or fax 765-285-1103. If they are not received, a hold will be placed on your account.
As a patient at the Health Center, you can be provided a note indicating that you were seen. However, it is at the discretion of an individual professor to determine if your absence will be excused. If you need to miss for an extended period of time, then you will need to contact the ombudsperson or disability services.
Many students will be looking into study abroad programs
with Ball State University for the following spring semester. When you come to the Health Center for your
physical, a medical provider will be reviewing the CDC recommendations for disease
risk information and recommended vaccines.
We recommend that students, who are traveling for mission
trips or even vacation, schedule an appointment with the Health Center to discuss
this same information.
Currently the CDC is recommending that US residents avoid
non-essential travel to Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea due to the current
outbreak of Ebola.
There are level 1 and 2 travel alerts for many other
countries due to outbreaks of other diseases that may be discussed at your
visit based on where you are traveling.
**Students may get sick once returning from traveling outside
of the country.**
If you develop a fever
of 101.5 degrees Fahrenheit or greater, then you should first call the Health
Please let us know the following information:
How long you were gone
What you did on your trip
Where you stayed (fancy
hotel, native dwelling, tent)
What you ate and drank
while you were there
Whether you were bitten by
Whether you swam in
Any other possible
exposures (sex, tattoos, piercings)
Once we have the above
information, we will help arrange the appropriate care and any possible
Students should also be evaluated
for diarrhea or any skin problems that persist for 2 weeks after returning from
Please review the CDC website at www.cdc.gov/travel for disease risk information, vaccine
recommendations and travel health education.