Professionally trained counselors are available to provide personal and psychological counseling to students at no charge. Counselors assist individuals and groups with personal and academic concerns, career choices, interpersonal relationships, and other areas that may interfere with their success at Whitman. The center works on a short-term counseling model. Students work with that counselor to develop goals. Together they work out appointment times and length of counseling. A Mental Health Nurse Practitioner is available to students one day per week for medication evaluations. The Counseling Center offers a variety of personal growth opportunities, including but not limited to workshops and programs on listening and communication skills, stress management, and assertiveness training. Whitman’s supervised peer counseling program, the Stuart Religious Counselor, and two Master’s level interns provide additional counseling resources and support. All counseling is confidential.
The on-campus Health Center, with a 12-bed capacity, is staffed by nurses around the clock. During the academic year, the Health Center serves as a facility for the management of minor injuries and illnesses, and it offers student overnight rooms for health-related conditions not requiring hospitalization. Illness prevention and health education are emphasized.
The Health Center physicians maintain regularly scheduled hours on campus Monday-Friday. The physicians may refer students to outside resources if indicated. Limited postoperative care may be provided at the Health Center. The director of the student Health Center, who is a registered nurse, also is available to see students on a walk-in basis for nursing assessment and referral. All regular students may access Health Center resources and may see the Health Center physician and nurses without charge. If a student wishes to consult a private physician, the Health Center staff may recommend competent local specialists when requested to do so. Whenever a student is treated away from the Health Center, the expenses incurred will be the student’s responsibility.
Services at the Health Center include: Women's health care, including PAP smears and contraception, anonymous HIV testing, a dispensary for prescribed medication, allergy antigen regimes/shots prescribed by home physicians, travel consults, vaccines, physical therapy, and nutritionist.
Accident and Health Insurance
It is mandatory for all regular students to have health and accident insurance. For those who do not already have medical insurance, Whitman College offers a group illness and injury plan to students at a reasonable cost. International students must have the Whitman College student insurance plan.
Each year the fee for the college insurance policy will be included on the student bill. If the student has other health and accident insurance, proof of insurance must be provided to the Health Center in order to receive a waiver of the college insurance policy (this must be done each year the student is enrolled). This proof of insurance must be received by the end of the third week of each academic year, at which point the insurance fee will be removed from the student bill.
It is the student’s responsibility to understand his or her insurance plan and know how to access coverage. We advise that each student carry a personal insurance card at all times.
If hospitalization or outside medical services are needed, the Health Center will assist the student in locating suitable medical treatment. The cost for such outsourced medical treatment, however, must be assumed by the student.
Whitman College provides “secondary” accident injury insurance for intercollegiate/varsity sport athletes who sustain injuries directly related to their varsity sport. This coverage applies only to varsity athletes, not club/team/intramural sports participants. If a varsity sport athlete becomes injured in a varsity sport-related accident, the student’s primary personal insurance will be billed first. As a secondary insurance, the varsity sport accident insurance policy will pay the balance due after the student’s primary personal insurance has paid its portion of the bill. Please contact John Eckel, Head Athletics Trainer, at 509-527-5590.