OUR STAFF

The mission of the Student Health & Wellness Center is to help keep students physically and mentally healthy so that they can succeed in school and life. We provide clinical services, health education, referrals, and assistance in getting health insurance. 

Medical Director
Nurse Practitioner/Physician Assistant
Licensed Clinical Social Work (LCSW)
Clinical Psychologists
Marriage Family Therapists and Interns (M.F.T)
Registered Nurse
Medical Assistants
Case Manager

Thanks to all of our support staff, college assistants, part time employees, and volunteers.


 CLINICAL SERVICES

All services are completely confidential (with special legal exceptions) to currently enrolled students and are low cost or free. Call 661-362-3259 for an appointment.

  • Blood pressure checks
  • First aid
  • TB skin tests
  • Diagnosis and treatment of short term illnesses
  • Prescription medication (non narcotic, limited)
  • Self Help Center (non prescription medication)
  • Vaccinations Immunizations
  • Hepatitis A & B series and titer
  • MMR and titers
  • Varicella titer
  • Tdap
  • Flu Vaccine (Seasonal Limited Supply)
  • Tobacco Cessation Counseling
  • Men’s & Women’s Clinic
    • Birth control​ and emergency contraceptive pills prescriptions
    • Condoms (FREE)
    • Depo-provera
    • Family planning information, health education and counseling
    • Pregnancy testing
    • Pap test
    • STI/D screening and treatment
  • Mental Health
    • Personal Counseling
    • Suicide Prevention
  • Referrals to specialists and health agencies for services not available at the health center.

The Student Health and Wellness Center has a Case Manager who assists currently enrolled low income and homeless students. The Case Manager helps individuals with community linkage and /or resources for health insurance: such as MEDI-CAL and Covered CA, emergency housing and food insecurities, campus food pantry services, transportation, mental health services, life skills, Cal Fresh, employment and clothing.
To find out more about any of these services, please contact us at 661-362-3259.


HEALTH INSURANCE

Students and their dependents have access to a low cost, voluntary group medical-surgical hospital insurance plan. Applications are available at the Student Health & Wellness Center or online at the Student Insurance Agency. Check each site to confirm enrollment requirements (how many units you must be taking to be eligible), payment options (per semester, per year) and cost to enroll for yourself (different price for different ages) and for your dependents (if any). You must be on the plan yourself to be eligible to enroll your dependents.

Health center staff can determine students’ eligibility and enroll students in Family PACT, a program that offers free reproductive health care (lab testing, medications). They also help students apply for other state insurance programs, including Medi-Cal and Healthy Families.

Need Information on How to Apply for Medi-Cal and Covered California?

CLICK HERE FOR AB2308 COVERED CARE CALIFORNIA HEALTH CARE COVERAGE INFORMATION


 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 


FAQ EXPANDED

  • Can I be seen by a nurse if I'm sick?
    • Y​es. We have a Physician ( as needed) and Advanced Practice Providers and an RN that can see you for minor illnesses​.
  • I don't have health insurance - can I still be seen at COC's health center?
    • Yes. The Health center does not bill insurance for any office visit. You must however, be a currently enrolled student to get care at the health center.
  • Do I have to pay for my visit?
    • No.  All office visits are free of charge and covered by student health fees.  We charge a small fee for pregnancy tests, lab charges, prescription medications and immunizations.  Contact the office about specific charges.
  • What about birth control pills?
    • You may qualify for free birth control through the FamilyPACT clinic at the health center. This program also offers free laboratory tests and antibiotics. Stop by Valencia Student Center Room 122 to see if you might qualify. We also have applications for Medi-Cal, and optional group student insurance plans and can help you decide if you are eligible to apply.
  • What can I do if I think I'm pregnant?
    • Come in and get a pregnancy test to know for sure. There is a nominal charge, or it is free for FamilyPACT enrollees. If your test is positive we can give you referrals to outside sources for care. If the test is negative, we have valuable information about family planning and birth control options.
  • Do you have the "morning after pill"?
    • If you are at least 16 years old, you can get the emergency contraceptive pill at any participating pharmacy without a prescription. There is a charge for this service at the pharmacy.  In California, any health care provider can prescribe this medication for you as long as you are 12 or older. The “morning after pill” will not work if you are already pregnant, and is best taken within 3 days after unprotected intercourse. If you are a currently enrolled student and need emergency contraceptive therapy (ECT), we can call in a prescription to the pharmacy of your choice. We would like to see you here at the health center to discuss more effective regular birth control and to answer any questions you have. If you are eligible for Family PACT health insurance, you can get ECT with your Family PACT card at no cost to you. 
  • Are abortion pills the same as the "morning after" pill?
    • No. The "morning after" pill is designed to prevent pregnancy by preventing ovulation like oral contraceptive pills do, or by changing the lining of the uterus so a fertilized egg cannot attach. It does not terminate a pregnancy. 
  • Is there a place for me to lie down and catch a few Z's at the health center?
    • Unfortunately no. The Student Health & Wellness Center is not an infirmary equipped with a place for students to just rest. We are here to give short-term care to sick students.
  • Is there a psychologist on staff?
    • Yes. The Student Health & Wellness Center has licensed clinical psychologists on staff for individual, couples or group mental health counseling. The focus is short-term counseling with referrals to community agencies if long-term treatment is needed. These sessions are scheduled by appointment and are FREE! Each student is allowed 6 visits per semester.
  • Can I get a Band-Aid?
    • Definitely!  A self-care center at our front desk gives you acc​​ess to many free over-the-counter supplies and medications at the Student Health & Wellness Center.
  • Do you screen for and treat STD's?
    • We offer low or no cost screening for HIV and other STD's at the health center. Depending on the test, results are available in 2 to 7 days after the test. You might be eligible for other free tests and treatment through our Family PACT clinic- stop by the office at Student Center-122 (Valencia) to find out if you qualify. We will help you to apply for Medi-Cal, Healthy Families, or Family PACT at the health center.
  • Do you have prescription drugs at the health center?
    • For currently enrolled students we can dispense some antibiotics, anti-inflammatory, and a few other medications. A prescription may be given for certain medications to fill at pharmacies off campus if we do not have the medication. Our focus is short-term acute care. We do not prescribe or keep controlled drugs (narcotics, ADD medication, etc.) at the health center.
  • Can I get immunizations at the health center?
    • We provide Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR), Tetanus-diptheria-pertussis (Tdap), Hepatitis A & B (Twinrix) vaccines, and TB testing at a reduced cost.
  • Can you help me quit smoking or chewing tobacco?
    • We have a smoking cessation counselor and can suggest medications to ease cravings and periodically offer tobacco cessation groups. For online assistance check this website: www.californiasmokershelpline.org.