The Student Health Center is prepared to serve students, faculty, and staff by providing health, wellness, and counseling professionals on-site in a cost-effective and confidential environment.
Students are encouraged to visit Health Services before going off campus unless it is an emergency situation. Services offered are free to students and many common health issues can be fully addressed by our staff. While appointments are recommended, especially when seeing a doctor or when you have a tight schedule, walk-ins are always welcome!
Someone is available to take your calls Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. during the regular scheduled semester class dates. Doctor & nurse hours are as follows:
All doctor, nurse, and counseling visits conducted in Health Services are free for students.
The Student Health Center is located at 529 N. 89th Street.
For specific information or questions, or to schedule a visit, please call 414.443.8630 (Monday - Friday from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. during regular semester class dates) or
Outside of Health Services office hours, students are encouraged to contact the Resident Assistant (RA) on their floor or the Resident Counselor (RC) for their building for non-emergency assistance. In an emergency situation, dial 911 from any phone, then contact Campus Safety at 414.443.8500 or Health Services at 414.443.8630. Both departments have trained first responders that may be able to assist until emergency responders arrive.
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In the case of a life threatening emergency, dial 911 from any phone, then call Campus Safety at 414.443.8500. Health Services should also be contacted at 414.443.8630. Many people in both of these departments are trained first responders.
Urgent care, but non-emergency concerns, should be directed first to Health Services during office hours. Many times the nurse or doctor can diagnose and/or prescribe methods or medications. If not, they will refer students to the appropriate next level of care.
Outside of Health Services office hours, students should contact the Resident Assistant (RA) on their floor or the Resident Counselor (RC) for their building for assistance in getting the care they need.
Our preferred Urgent Care Clinic is:Plank Road After Hours Clinic
1155 North Mayfair Road
Wauwatosa, WI, 53226
Our preferred Emergency Room is:Froedtert Hospital Emergency Department
Enter at 87th and Watertown Plank Road
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Wisconsin Lutheran College is committed to promoting good health to ensure our students' academic success. We have a health care practitioner on campus every weekday, and a professional counselor also is available. Many services can be accessed at the Student Health Center, from simple over-the-counter medications, to injury and illness assessments, physicals, travel screenings, lab work, TB tests, and most vaccinations. When you access care on campus, your services at WLC are covered 100% and you pay nothing.
While the Student Health Center is a great resource and can handle many health concerns, having access to more care is essential. Emergencies arise, and health concerns can escalate and require more urgent care. We encourage you to carefully look over your personal health insurance policy, be sure you are eligible for benefits, and ensure that there are providers near WLC that accept your insurance coverage. It is also helpful to understand your deductible levels and preauthorization requirements. Be sure that the student is aware of where and how to best use their insurance coverage and that they have an insurance card with them at all times and have provided a copy to the Student Health Center.
Personal counseling at WLC is provided to students. We believe that God creates us all with our individual personalities and challenges. Our counselors work with campus ministry and use counseling theory to help make practical changes for students in distress, and always put God's love for the individual at the forefront of their work.
If you or someone else is in imminent danger and/or experiencing a life-threatening emergency, please call 911 and then WLC Campus Safety at 414.443.8500. You may also bring a student who is in an urgent state to Health Services during the week.
It is common for students talk with a counselor since being in college entails many changes and challenges. It is natural for people to want to talk with someone about these complex developmental issues or other concerns such as depression, anxiety, eating concerns, or self-esteem issues for example. Our primary personal counselor, Tanya Gerhard, MSW, LCSW, of Christian Life Counseling, is available to see students on campus by appointment. To make an appointment with Tanya, or to arrange other counseling services, contact Karen Fischer, Health Center Director, at 414.443.8549, or stop by her office in the Health Center. Individual counseling appointments are generally 45 minutes long. Counseling visits at the Health Center are free to students and completely confidential. No one outside Tanya and Karen will know that you have seen a counselor unless you choose to tell them.
Our primary group counseling facilitator is DeAnn Frey, of Christian Life Counseling. Group Counseling is an excellent way to talk with peers about a topic of interest, explore differences in how individuals deal with challenges, and help build character in yourself and those in the group. Groups are hosted on campus for your convenience and available to all students.
Current Counseling Groups:
WLC retains the services of a psychiatrist for instances where students may need medication to help regulate a mental health issue. Referrals to this psychiatrist must come through Tanya Gerhard's office. When a student is referred to the psychiatrist, through Tanya, all those services are performed at no cost to the student. Medications prescribed, however, are the student's responsibility and may have a cost associated.
A healthy campus is of vital importance to you and to us. The Health Center supports this through screenings and protocols meant to protect the student or faculty/staff member coming into this country to study or teach and for individuals who are returning from an extended trip abroad. This supports the health of the traveler and the entire WLC community.
For new students who have lived abroad during the three months prior to arriving on campus, the following are required:
Our medical staff provides follow up care based upon the responses and conditions of each individual. Vaccines, health protocols, lab work and other services are provided to follow through on any health concerns that arise following the screenings.
Some of the great experiences of college for students involves travel overseas. Our wellness initiatives support the continued health of these students and faculty or staff members when they travel. It is important to come see us as soon as you make plans to go abroad. Some travel protocols take up to six months to complete.
Full physicals are available with a physician at no cost* including a review of immunization records.
Our office can provide health clearance for visa requirements as well as typical vaccines such as Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Tdap - Tuberculosis, Diptheria & Pertussis, and Tetanus at no cost* and other specialty vaccines or protocols can be ordered at cost.
Through WLC's partnership with Scholastic Emergency Services (SES), students have access to a large network of resources including:
The SES website is very comprehensive in its content. It includes pre-travel specifics for each country and travel updates. The SES Reference number is 01-AA-SID-01031 and when prompted will give even more specifics.
*No cost items apply to students; faculty and staff may have an associated cost.
Our Health Nurse, Cindy Sanders, is a certified provider of first aid, CPR and AED training programs through the American Heart Association. Many individuals on campus including coaching staff, residence life staff, campus security, team leaders and building managers are certified as first responders on our campus through this training. If you have a group that would like this training, please contact Cindy directly.
The Student Health Center organizes an annual wellness program benefiting the entire campus. This year, individuals begin a 4 week program of stretching, strengthening, easy office chair workouts and walking in March. Weekly entries are made based on healthy choices and exercise for chances to win prizes. Even if you complete just one day of exercise or make a healthy choice you win something each week! This event has always energized the campus in spring and brought a wave of energy back from break!
Meningitis is a potentially fatal disease that can progress rapidly in just hours if untreated. Because this disease poses a particular threat to certain college students (i.e. freshmen students living in a dorm), it is important to become educated on the risks of the disease and the effectiveness of the vaccine created to prevent it.
For more information on meningitis, please read the information sheet.
Hepatitis B is a potentially life-threatening disease that damages the liver. A vaccination is available to help prevent the disease, but there may not be an effective cure for it once the infection is received.
To learn more about this serious disease and its vaccination, please read the information sheet.
Visit the Student Health Center if you wish to receive a vaccination against Hepatitis B or Meningitis.
Disclaimer: WLC does not necessarily endorse everything on the following websites, but they are provided as a service to obtain furthur information on health topics.
Dieting and Nutrition
Nutrition and Athletes
Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Health Services is happy to assist faculty and staff with day-to-day concerns. Please stop and see us if you have mild health concerns. We are also able to offer more extensive services, lab work and vaccinations and pass that on to you at our cost. Individuals will want to consider coming to Health Services for work related travel screenings and vaccinations. We are not able to bill third party insurance at this time.