The goals of Transylvania's department of health and wellness are to provide accessible, timely, and confidential primary care while educating students about maintaining good health and choosing healthy lifestyles. Achieving these goals will improve student retention and academic success and prepare students for a lifetime of good health.
A registered nurse is on campus Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to provide routine care and first-aid treatment. In addition, Central Baptist Physicians Inc. provides physician services Tuesdays from 4–6 p.m.
The health office also serves as a resource center for health-related topics and referral to other health services, including the university's counseling services.
Hospitals and Emergency Care
Lexington has many fine private hospitals and a major regional medical center at the University of Kentucky. Students requiring acute emergency care are usually sent to Samaritan Hospital, eight blocks from campus. Emergency care can be provided by the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Fire Department's paramedic squads in minutes, and each resident assistant is trained in basic first aid and CPR.
Student Health Insurance
Transylvania students may purchase an accident and illness insurance plan that is advertised by the University, or they can be covered under their family's plan. The University strongly recommends that students have health insurance coverage, are aware of any restrictions, and have a copy of their current insurance card. Information about individual health policies is available through the American College Student Association.
Students often wonder if counseling would be helpful to them or if their problem is “severe” enough to get professional help–or if they even have the time and energy to engage in counseling.
Typically, students seek counseling for a variety of reasons: dealing with a recent stressor or long-standing problem that is interfering with some aspect of their life; taking a positive first step to prevent a problem; or simply seeking self-awareness. Individual counseling is an opportunity to talk with a counselor about any topic on the student’s mind or to address particular issues the student and counselor have already worked to identify.
Transylvania provides on-campus counseling services Monday through Friday. Services include individual and couples’ counseling and referrals to other types of mental health services. Services are confidential and are not a part of a student’s academic record.
Health and Wellness Education
The department of health and wellness provides a variety of health education and awareness programs throughout the year for students, faculty, and staff. Topics include:
- Lifestyle health concerns, such as stress management, financial management, relationship concerns, and spiritual wellbeing
- Disease prevention and immunization
- Nutrition and eating disorders
- Making exercise a part of your life
- Reducing tobacco use
- Avoiding drugs and alcohol abuse
- Preventing sexual assault
- Preventing suicide
The department of health and wellness coordinates Transylvania's Disability Services, working with many constituencies at the college to assure that all aspects of life at Transylvania are as accessible as possible. Additionally, our student affairs specialist works one-on-one with students, their families, faculty, and staff to ensure disability accommodations are met while maintaining academic integrity and confidentiality.