Health Center

Cynthia Ulrich, campus nurse 
Ext. 3282, Old Ropp, lower level
The Health Center is located in the lower level of Old Ropp Hall. The entrance is on the Riley Creek side. Purposes of the Health Center are to provide a variety of health services, and to promote good health on campus. Health services are coordinated in the student life office.

Each new undergraduate student is required to submit a medical history form to the health service prior to enrollment in classes. This must include documentation of a TB test taken within six months prior to admission, a Tetanus/Diphtheria booster shot within the last 10 years and two MMR shots.

Residential students must sign the Meningococcal/Hepatitis B vaccination status form on page 2 of the medical history form.

All athletes must submit a Bluffton University pre-participation physical exam form to the athletic office prior to participating in athletics each year. This form must be signed by a licensed medical physician (not a chiropractor, nurse practitioner or physician assistant).

The Health Center is staffed by a mid-level professional five days a week (Mon.- Fri. 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.) during the school year. The nurse is available to treat minor illnesses and injuries, provide health education and counseling, and arrange referrals to local physicians when necessary. There is a charge for TB tests and tetanus-diphtheria booster shots. All other services are free of charge.

The Bluffton Hospital is located minutes away from the university. Twenty-four-hour emergency care is available if needed.

Health insurance

A health insurance plan is available to full-time students. Students will automatically be billed for the health insurance unless a waiver card is signed. On the waiver card, the student must provide the name and number of her/his health policy. The student is responsible for all hospital and doctor s expenses if the insurance policy has been waived. Questions concerning the health insurance plan should be directed to the business office.

Class attendance in relationship to Health Center

A student is directly responsible to each of the instructors for all required work and class attendance. Excuses for medical reasons are not provided by the Health Center. Class attendance is a matter for direct discussion between the student and the instructor.

Steps to follow in an emergency:

  • If the health or safety of yourself or others is in immediate danger, dial 911.
  • In non-life threatening emergencies, contact the Health Center or a residence life staff member. The Health Center can be reached at 419-358-3282. The hall director on duty can be reached at 419-303-4635.
  • Please keep your health insurance information ready and available for use in emergency situations.


Bluffton University does not provide transportation to medical facilities. Students are encouraged to seek transportation from friends or family. Black and White taxi company (419-222-6161) is also available to transport residents to area hospitals. Resident advisors and hall directors do not provide transportation. In times of immediate emergency, the Bluffton EMS will be contacted.