Health, Counseling and Wellness
Health, Counseling and Wellness
Bentley University supports the overall health and well-being of its students. The Center for Health and Wellness provides health and wellness services, and the Counseling Center provides mental health services. The Centers for Health, Counseling and Wellness work collaboratively to prepare students to thrive while at Bentley and throughout their lives.
The Center for Health and Wellness
Confidential health care is available to all full-time Bentley students through the Center for Health and Wellness, with the cost primarily covered by tuition. The care includes diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic medical illnesses and injuries, lab testing, men’s and women’s health care (including pap smears, contraception, pregnancy testing and referrals, and STD testing and treatment) and medical and dental referrals. While allergy injections are not administered on campus, the center’s staff can help students arrange treatment at nearby clinics.
The Center for Health and Wellness is staffed by nurse practitioners, a nurse, physicians, a nutritionist, a coordinator of immunizations, and a health educator, as well as an alcohol and other drugs specialist.
The Center for Health and Wellness is located on the first floor of Rhodes Hall. Hours are Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Tuesday from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; and Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The center is closed on school holidays, except for those when classes are held. During the academic year, students are seen by appointment, with serious illnesses or emergencies seen immediately and referred if necessary. Usually, students are able to obtain same-day appointments. Appointments can be made in person or by calling 781.891.2222.
During June, July and the first two weeks of August, the office is open only for administrative issues. Summer hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Monday to Thursday, from Commencement through the third week of August.
There is no overnight health facility on campus. In an emergency or if a student is very ill while the center is closed, University Police may be called at 781.891.3131; they will provide emergency response and transportation or call an ambulance if necessary. University Police is available 24 hours per day, seven days per week, at 781.891.2201 (for emergencies: 781.891.3131). Locations and telephone numbers of local clinics for non-urgent problems are available at bentley.edu/health or at the University Police Station.
Confidentiality is taken very seriously. No information is given to any other parties, including family members, without written authorization by the student, except in emergency situations, when required by law, or if a student is younger than 18.
The Center for Health and Wellness staff provides health counseling and education to individuals and groups, addressing topics such as stress management, alcohol and other drugs, relaxation, nutrition, sexuality, contraception and responsible lifestyle decision-making.
There is no charge for most services rendered at the center as they are covered by tuition for all full-time students. Exceptions include costs for lab tests and immunization, which are either billed to or reimbursed by insurance. Costs for lab tests, X-rays or appointments with specialists at off-campus facilities are also the student’s responsibility. Students should call their family or insurance company to find out about coverage for these services, especially if prior approval is needed.
All full-time students must submit a medical history form and immunization record to Bentley. The immunization record should be signed by the student’s health-care provider. The state of Massachusetts requires immunizations against measles, mumps, rubella, tetanus, diphtheria, hepatitis B, varicella and meningitis. Immunization requirements should be met before attendance. If these requirements are not fully met, students may not be able to move into student housing. A physical examination is strongly recommended but not required.
In addition, Massachusetts requires all students to have health insurance coverage. Students should be aware of how their insurance works and what restrictions may apply, especially if they are covered by an HMO or have high-deductible plans. Students need to know whether prior approval by a primary-care provider is necessary before lab tests or medications are ordered and before referrals are made.
Finding balance is important for academic success. Health promotion and wellness staff create opportunities for students to explore the many avenues that support balance inside and outside of the classroom.
Our staff coordinates and presents workshops for student groups on topics such as sleep, stress, relationships, sexual health, alcohol and other drug use, body image, fitness, nutrition and many others. Peer educators (called wellness educators or “We’s”) host workshops and events on campus almost every month. Staff members can consult with student leaders and student organizations to develop programming that best meets student needs. In addition, wellness staff members manage weekly fitness classes, coordinate therapy dog visits, and bring other stress-reduction programming to Bentley.
In addition to wellness programming, health promotion specialists also provide consultations on harm reduction related to alcohol and other drug use. Individual and confidential meetings are available for students who wish to learn more about their own alcohol or other substance use as well as that of family or friends. Smoking cessation programs are also available. Students can make appointments to see the staff by calling 781.891.2600.
Located on the second floor of the Callahan Building, the Counseling Center is staffed by psychologists and doctoral interns who can meet with students experiencing a range of adjustment, stress and mental health-related issues. For those students who would benefit, we provide confidential, short-term individual and group therapy. Psychiatric medication services may be available for students who are working with therapists in the Counseling Center.
In addition to direct services, the Counseling Center provides consultation, outreach events, workshops and training for students, staff and faculty on a wide variety of mental health-related topics.
The office is accredited by the International Association of Counseling Services and abides by the ethical standards of the American Psychological Association. No information is released to any party — including family — without consent by the client, except in emergencies or as required by law. Appointments can be made by phone (781.891.2274) or in person. Emergency hours are available for students in crisis.