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.

Health Services

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

Since United States residents are required by law to have medical insurance, it is important to note that Whitman College will no longer sell an insurance policy starting the 2015-16 academic year. It has become more cost effective for students to purchase their own plan due to the declining enrollment in the Whitman plan and the Affordable Care Act changing the family dependent age to 26. International Students are required to have insurance with a U.S. based health insurance company that will pay benefits in Washington State.

If you need help in finding information about available plans or have questions regarding a plan, refer to the Welty Center website at, or feel free to contact Claudia Ness, Director of the Welty Student Health Center, for assistance.

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 insurance for students participating in varsity intercollegiate athletics. This coverage is available to varsity athletes that sustain an injury during scheduled and supervised athletic activities. As a secondary insurance, the varsity athletics accident insurance policy will only pay medical bills after they have been processed by the student’s primary personal insurance. Please contact John Eckel, Head Athletics Trainer, at 509-527-5590 for more information.