The Student Health and Wellness Center provides a holistic approach to health care that embraces physical, psychological and social factors. Our team includes a medical director, board-certified nurse practitioners, registered nurses, licensed medical assistants, clinical psychologists, doctorate-level psychology interns, and a welcoming front office staff.
Our services are complimentary for students enrolled in the current semester, who have paid their health fee. Some tests, labs, prescriptions, and procedures may include a low-cost fee.
Student Health and Wellness Center Services
Scheduling an Appointment
NOTE: Tele-health and in-person appointments are available.
- To schedule a tele-health or in-person appointment with a nurse practitioner, nurse, or therapist, please click here to schedule an appointment or call (949) 582-4606.
- Hours: Monday through Thursday from 8 am to 5 pm; Friday from 8 am to 3 pm. Closed daily for lunch from 12 to 1 pm.
Prepare for Your First Appointment
Once you have scheduled your appointment, please download and fill out the consent form, health questionnaire and PHQ9. There are 3 pages that must be completed before you may be seen at the Student Health Center. Please arrive 15 minutes before your first appointment in order to complete necessary paperwork.
NOTE: All information is confidential.
Obtaining Protected Health Documents: In order for Saddleback Student Health and Wellness Center to release any protected health information, a student must fill out and sign the Authorization of Release Protected Health Information (PHI). Please allow 24-48 hours for all medical information to be processed. All mental health summaries require 7-10 business days.
We believe in a holistic approach to health care that embraces physical, psychological, and social factors. The team at the Student Health and Wellness Center strive to meet all of the physical, mental health and basic needs of our students. We also focus on preventative health and wellness education. Our services include:
- Urgent Care
- Physical Examinations
- Women's Health and Pap testing
- Sexual Health and STD screening
- Immunizations and TB testing
- Low-cost laboratory testing
- Low-cost prescriptions
- Psychotherapy and psychological testing
- Mental Health Crisis intervention
- Community Referrals
- Program Clearances
The Student Health and Wellness Center provides short-term mental health therapy for individuals, couples, and families, as well as crisis-intervention for currently-enrolled students. We treat all patients confidentially, with the goal of helping students achieve their personal, academic, and life goals.
If you are a student in distress or crisis, you may walk into the Student Health and Wellness Center or call us during hours of operation to receive immediate help or schedule an appointment for less urgent help.
Our trained and caring therapists are here to help students in need of LGBTQ support; alcohol, drug, and addiction help; support for victims of domestic violence and abuse and sexual assault.
After Hours Crisis Resources
If you are experiencing a mental health crisis after hours, these resources are available to you:
- Dial 988 for 24-hour Suicide and Crisis Lifeline. For those who are deaf or hard of hearing, dial 711 then 988, or use the online chat service.
- Contact the Crisis Text Link by texting 741741
- The OC Warmline offers non-crisis mental health support for anyone struggling with mental health and substance use issues. Call 877-901-WARM (staff providing the services have been through a similar journey, either as mental health or substance use services consumer, or as a family member or an individual receiving these services.)
Saddleback College has free COVID testing available to students at the Campus Clinic located in Village 1, Room 20.
The clinic is open for testing Monday through Friday from 8 am to 4pm and closed daily from 11 to 11:30 am for lunch.
Students are required to register prior to their first visit. Click here to register with the Campus Clinic. After that, testing is available on a drop-in basis.
Prescription opioids can be addictive and dangerous. In 2019, nearly 50,000 people died from an opioid-involved overdose (CDC, 2022). Narcan, a brand name for the generic opioid reversal medication Naloxone, can reverse an overdose with the ease of a nose spray. This medication works by blocking the effects of opioids and can restore normal breathing within 2-3 minutes in individuals whose breathing has slowed or stopped. More than 1 dose may be required for stronger opioids such as Fentanyl.
Narcan will not hurt someone if they have overdosed on something other than an opioid, so it’s better to err on the side of caution and give a dose. Good Samaritan laws are in place in CA to protect those who are assisting anyone overdosing.
Signs of Overdose:
Recognizing the signs of opioid overdose can save a life. Here are some things to look for:
- Small, constricted "pinpoint pupils"
- Falling asleep or losing consciousness
- Slow, weak respirations, or no breathing
- Choking or gurgling sounds
- Limp body
- Cold and/or clammy skin
- Discolored skin (especially in lips and nails)
Where to Find Narcan on Campus:
"Opioid Overdose Kits" are available in all of the AED (defibrillator) boxes for easy accessibility. We also have doses available at the SHWC and Campus Police.
Each kit contains two doses of Narcan nose-spray, and it works like any nose spray you would buy at the drugstore.
This video gives step-by-step instructions on how to use Narcan.
If there is an emergency on campus involving an overdose call Campus Police at (949) 582-4444.
Saddleback College recognizes that sexual assault is a serious issue and does not tolerate sexual assault in any form. The college will investigate all allegations of sexual assault occurring on-campus or at off-campus grounds or facilities maintained by the South Orange County Community College District, and take appropriate disciplinary, criminal, or legal action. If the sexual assault did not occur on campus-controlled property but the alleged assailant is a Saddleback College student or employee, the victim should report the incident to the Vice President for Student Services as soon as possible.
Any student or employee suspected of committing a sex offense of any kind is subject to both criminal prosecution by the State of California and disciplinary action under district and college policies and regulations. Campus disciplinary action will be initiated even if criminal charges are not pursued.
Disciplinary actions may be imposed on individual students, student organizations and/or any college faculty or staff responsible for any act of sexual violence. The accuser and the accused are entitled to the same opportunities to have others present during a campus disciplinary proceeding and both shall be informed of the outcome. College sanctions following campus disciplinary procedures, detailed in Administrative Regulation 3540, depend on the outcome and may range from suspension to expulsion.
Every effort will be made to criminally prosecute perpetrators of sexual assault.
Both Covered California and Medi-Cal have plans from well-known companies. Medi-Cal has free or low-cost coverage if you qualify.
NOTE: Covered California and Medi-Cal use the same application. That means that once you apply, you’ll find out which program you qualify for. Some households qualify for both.
C.A.R.E. (Community Allocated Resources for Everyone) Corner is an on-campus Basic Needs Center for all students to secure their food, clothing, wellness and financial needs.
CARE and Title IX Reports
If you or someone you know needs help or support submit a CARE report. Click the link below to submit a CARE concern.
Student Health and Wellness Center
Thursday from 8 am to 5 pm
Friday from 8 am to 3 pm
Closed daily for lunch from 12 to 1 pm