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Frequently Asked Questions

What can you do for me at Student Health Services (SHS)?

Our no-cost and low-cost services include:

  • treatment for minor injuries and illnesses, and monitoring of some chronic conditions such as high blood pressure
  • personal counseling on a short-term basis
  • wellness workshops and group sessions
  • work-, school-, and job-related physical exams
  • immunizations against tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (TDaP); measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR); hepatitis A and B, and influenza (flu)
  • testing for pregnancy, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis (TB), and other conditions
  • over-the-counter medications, such as tylenol and ibuprofen, and condoms, free of charge
  • emergency birth control
  • referrals to community agencies and help finding appropriate local resources for more serious or chronic issues
  • Prescribe (Rx)

What does it cost to be seen at SHS?

Most professional services are covered through your student health fee, (for a detailed list of prices, see Immunization/lab price list). Outside services such as laboratory testing, and x-rays are by referral and are at additional cost. Immunizations, TB tests, and some medicines have additional fees, although we keep your cost as low as possible.

Do I need an appointment?

Although is always best to schedule an appointment SHS offers daily walk-ins and crisis support.

Who can be seen at SHS?

All registered students with student ID and current semester ASB sticker can be seen and treated by the SHS staff. In addition, SHS provides first aid for staff and visitors, and tuberculosis (TB) testing and for Cabrillo employees.

Can my family be seen at SHS?

Because SHS is directly supported by student fees, we can only treat registered students (and some staff and faculty, as mentioned above).

Who provides the care at SHS?

Our staff consists of family nurse practitioners (FNPs), Student Medical Asst.(SMA), Student Nurses (SN), Licensed Family and Marriage Therapist (LFMT), and Family and Marriage Interns (MFT Interns). (See our home page for schedule and appointment information).

Can I get health insurance through the SHS?

Cabrillo students are covered for accidental and athletic injuries that occur on campus or during sanctioned Cabrillo events. There is currently no extended health insurance plan available through the college, though we may have some suggestions for vendors who can provide insurance products at reasonable rates. Please come in and talk to us individually about your situation and needs.

What is the health fee that I pay every semester, and what do I get for it?

Each registered student is assessed a $21 fee for fall and spring semesters and a $18 fee for the summer term as part of their regular registration fees. This fee covers direct medical services received at SHS; accident coverage for campus incidents and events; access to health education materials and events; some OTC medications dispensed at SHS; and health screening programs offered at various times throughout the school year.

Do you have mental health counseling, and how much does it cost?

Yes, SHS provides mental health counseling to students that are currently registered and have paid for the student health fee. There is no additional charge when scheduling an appointment.

Do you take or offer health insurance?

SHS does not take any type of insurance except Family PACT. Family PACT is a state program that provides free family planning services to low-income men and women.

Do you host events or workshops?

Yes, you can visit our web home page for information.

Are there lactation rooms on campus?

SHS provides a private, safe, and clean space where a nursing mother can use a breast pump.

Is there a program that can help people with disabilities?

Yes, Accessibility Support Center (ASC). ASC offers academic support for students with disabilities at Cabrillo College. Assist students with disabilities in achieving their academic goals by providing equal access to educational content and facilities.

What do I do if I need care when SHS is closed?

SHS is open Monday-Thursday from 8 am to 5 pm, and Fridays from 8-12pm. (Nurse Practioners are not available on Friday)

* During COVID-19 pandemic hours and times may change. Please visit our home page for current hours information.

Since we are closed during most school recesses and holidays, students should be aware of other county resources for ongoing preventive and acute care. We're happy to help students identify community agencies and appropriate local resources for more acute or chronic medical problems. In addition, students should call 911 in case of a medical emergency and 831-454-4170 Santa Cruz Behavioral Health for a mental health emergency.

  • We encourage all students to identify a primary care provider or clinic for ongoing preventive care and care of chronic illnesses or conditions.


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