Feel better with Student Health Services.

As you prepare for your new adventure as a BHSU student, here are some suggested supplies you may want to consider:

  • Cold Pack
  • Heating Pad
  • Small Humidifier
  • Nail Clippers
  • Scissors
  • Thermometer
  • Tweezers and Needle
  • Band-Aids
  • Cotton Balls
  • Safety Pins
  • Pain Relievers (i.e. Advil, Tylenol)
  • Hydrogen Peroxide
  • Eye Drops/Wash
  • Antibiotic Cream
  • Anti-fungal Cream
  • Sewing Kit
  • Antacids
  • Rubbing Alcohol
  • Large pad bandages
  • Athletic tape

What is Student Health Services?

When you are feeling under the weather or need health care advice, Student Health Services is the place to come. A Nurse Practitioner or Physician's Assistant is available 35 hours a week to address your medical concerns. Through your fees, the university attempts to offer the best care possible. The Health Services office is open while classes are in session. Remember to bring your BUZZ card for student status verification.

To make an appointment:
Office Hours: Monday through Friday 8am-noon and 1pm-5pm
Phone: 605-642-6520
--services are provided on a walk-in basis, but appointments are recommended.

What services do we provide?

  • Initial intervention for care of acute common
    medical conditions such as, but not limited to:
    • colds
    • ear infections
    • strep throat
    • uncomplicated flu cases
    • STD diagnosis
    • sports injuries
    • urinary tract infection
    • etc.
  • Routine physical exams for work and student teaching, including pap smears
  • Allergy injections (student provides serum)
  • Unlimited visits with the medical staff
  • Health Education seminars relevant to college students
  • Administering and record keeping for immunization requirements including MMR's, Tetanus, TB, Hepatitis, Flu shots, Chickenpox, and Meningitis.
  • Depression screening
  • Miscellaneous consultations such as birth control, wellness, weight loss, headaches, and more
  • Pregnancy tests

Student Health Services is located in the Student Union, room 006.

Athletic Physical Form

It is required of all admitted students born after 1956 to document their immune status for measles and rubella. Proof of two doses of measles vaccine or of the presence of an immune antibody titer against measles is required by South Dakota law. Additionally, meningococcal meningitis is a rare but serious disease that is life-threatening. It can strike without warning and progress quickly. Therefore, we highly recommend that students receive the shot series for Meningitis and Meningitis B.

Have you provided the immunization documentation as required? If not, please fax your proof of immunity (shot records/titer information) to Student Health Services at (605) 642-6194. If you have questions, please contact Deeann.Dorfschmidt@bhsu.edu or call (605) 642-6102; or Jane.Klug@bhsu.edu or call (605) 642-6080.

The following are other immunizations available at Student Health Services:

  • Measles vaccine (MMR) is offered at Student Health Services at a charge for students over 18 years of age.
  • Hepatitis B vaccine series is recommended and offered to students 18 years of age and younger. Because certain age groups are deemed at higher risk, the State of South Dakota will provide those students with free serum.
  • Flu vaccine is offered in late fall to students wishing to receive the shot at no charge to them, while supplies last.
  • Allergy shots are administered. A Board Certified Allergist must provide the allergy serum for each student allergy patient.
  • Tetanus shots are offered at a charge and recommended to students who are behind on this vaccination, and would like to be updated.
  • Tuberculin skin testing is available to students at no charge to them.

Recommendations Regarding Influenza

  • Pandemic Flu Plan in place and ready to use
    • Symptomatic students are asked to self-isolate (either by going home or staying home) at least 24 hours after they no longer have symptoms.
    • On-campus roommates of symptomatic students may be asked to temporarily relocate
    • On-campus symptomatic students may receive sick-trays from dining services
    • Contact your health care provider or Student Health Services with your specific questions 
    • For emergency notifications concerning the flu, we will notify you with the Alert System. Sign up for emergency notifications.
    • Any student with symptoms of influenza (fever >100.4, cough, sore throat, etc) is advised to call or visit the BHSU Student Health Services at 605.642.6520 for instructions and treatment.

What Can I Do To Protect Myself From Catching Influenza?

  • The main route of transmission of influenza virus seems to be via droplets that are expelled by speaking, sneezing or coughing.
  • You can prevent getting infected by avoiding close contact with people who show influenza-like symptoms (trying to maintain a distance of about 3 feet if possible) and taking the following measures:
    • avoid touching your mouth and nose;
    • clean hands thoroughly with soap and water, or cleanse them with an alcohol-based hand rub on a regular basis (especially if touching the mouth and nose, or surfaces that are potentially contaminated);
    • avoid close contact with people who might be ill;
    • reduce the time spent in crowded settings if possible;
    • improve airflow in your living space by opening windows;
    • practice good health habits including adequate sleep, eating nutritious food, and keeping physically active.

Flu Kit Items:

  • Fever reducing medications like Tylenol or Ibuprofen
  • Cough Syrup
  • Anti-Diarrheal medication
  • Sore Throat Lozenges
  • Vitamins
  • Gatorade
  • Thermometer
  • Kleenex
  • Hand Sanitizing Gel
  • Humidifier
  • Insurance and Prescription Cards

Related Links

Know the Difference between Cold and H1N1 Flu Symptoms



H1N1 Flu


Fever is rare with a cold.

Fever is usually present with the flu in up to 80% of all flu cases.    A temperature of 100°F or higher for 3 to 4 days is associated with the flu.


A hacking, productive (mucus- producing) cough is often present with a cold.

A non-productive (non-mucus producing) cough is usually present with the flu (sometimes referred to as dry cough).


Slight body aches and pains can be part of a cold.

Severe aches and pains are common with the flu.

Stuffy Nose

Stuffy nose is commonly present with a cold and typically resolves spontaneously within a week.

Stuffy nose is not commonly present with the flu.


Chills are uncommon with a cold.

60% of people who have the flu experience chills.


Tiredness is fairly mild with a cold.

Tiredness is moderate to severe with the flu.


Sneezing is commonly present with a cold.

Sneezing is not common with the flu.

Sudden Symptoms

Cold symptoms tend to develop over a few days.

The flu has a rapid onset within 3-6 hours. The flu hits hard and includes sudden symptoms like high fever, aches and pains.


A headache is fairly uncommon with a cold.

A headache is very common with the flu, present in 80% of flu cases.

Sore Throat

Sore throat is commonly present with a cold.

Sore throat is not commonly present with the flu.

Chest Discomfort

Chest discomfort is mild to moderate with a cold.

Chest discomfort is often severe with the flu.


The only way to stop the spread of the epidemic is to spread the awareness.


If you are experiencing any COVID -19 symptoms:

    • Fever or chills
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    • Fatigue
    • Muscle or body aches
    • Headache
    • New loss of taste or smell
    • Sore throat
    • Congestion or runny nose
    • Nausea or vomiting
    • Diarrhea

Please call Student Health Services at 605-642-6520 or 605-642-6406 if first line is busy.  The staff there will assist you in getting tested. Alternatively, you can email Sara.Gottlob@bhsu.edu and she will respond by the next day.

In partnership with Monument Health, Department of Health and the State of South Dakota, BHSU has arranged for students to be tested free of charge through the Monument Health COVID testing drive-through locations in Spearfish and Rapid City.

For more information about BHSU Covid-19 Updates and Information, please go to:  http://www.bhsu.edu/covid