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The Penn State Beaver Health Center is located in room 104 on the main floor of the Ross Administration Building (RAB).

Please feel free to contact us whenever you need information, have questions, or don't know how to proceed. Contact Nurse Barb Kugel, 724-773-3955, or Denise Turyan, staff assistant in the Office of Student Affairs, 724-773-3951.

Penn State Beaver offers a variety of health education programs in diverse areas, including nutrition, wellness, sexual health, and avoidance of substance abuse. Students are strongly encouraged to learn how to establish positive, lifelong health habits.


  • The Penn State Beaver Health Center assures that all health care providers and supporting health services staff adhere to the professional practice of patient confidentiality, privacy, dignity, and informed consent.
  • If parents or guardians wish to obtain information about their child's medical records, the Health Center will release information only when appropriate written authorization has been obtained from the student.
  • Copies of medical records are mailed for free when sent to other health care providers or institutions. Fees are charged for all other types of requests.
  • To request records, please place your request five days in advance to allow for processing time.

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There is no fee to see Nurse Barbara Kugel. She is available 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Dr. Mitchell Pfeiffer, the consulting physician, is available from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on two Wednesdays each month. Contact Nurse Barb Kugel to confirm Dr. Pfeiffer's hours. There is a $15 free charged to the student's account for a physician consultation. Please visit the Health Center to see a complete list of dates of when the doctor will be available, or contact Ms. Denise Turyan, staff assistant, Office of Student Affairs, 724-773-3951.

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Services Provided

  • Assessment, evaluation, and treatment of short-term illness or injury
  • Consulation for health concerns
  • Emergency care for injuries on campus
  • Referrals to physician(s), hospital, emergency room, or community agency as necessary and appropriate
  • Health screenings for blood pressure, height, and weight
  • First aid and emergency care
  • Emergency, on-campus transportation to Health Services
  • Resource center for health information and literature
  • Health education opportunities though wellness initiatives, awareness programs, and the annual Penn State Beaver Health Fair
  • Maintenance of confidential student health records
  • Compliance with local and state health department's rules and regulations
  • Physical examinations for driver's license, employment, and athletics

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Health Care Checklist

While packing bags for the big move to campus, don't forget to include medical information! Knowing what to do in case of illness and recognizing how to continue a healthy lifestyle are vital to a student's success when he/she leaves home and will add to the student's enjoyment of the college experience.

  • Please review the following questions and suggestions with your student:
    • Did the student complete his/her online Medical Entrance Compliance? 
    • Does the student have all immunizations required by Penn State?
    • Is the student covered under a medical insurance plan while at Penn State?
    • If the student is covered, please supply him/her with the name of the plan, the policy number, and guidelines on how to use the medical plan. If the student isn't covered, please consider the Penn State Health Insurance Plan.
    • If enrolled in an HMO, call the HMO and let them know when and where the student will be attending Penn State. This will speed up insurance approval for medical visits and procedures.
    • Is the student covered by a prescription plan? If so, please make sure he/she packs a copy of the plan card.
    • Does the student know his/her own personal and family medical history?
    • Discuss basic safety practices, e.g. locking doors, securing valuables, using a buddy system if out at night, etc.
    • Pack a first-aid kit! Basic supplies, including aspirin, ibuprofen, cold medicine, acetaminophen, antiseptic, and bandages, will come in handy!

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Immunization Reminder

Penn State University requires all degree-seeking students, domestic and international, to be immunized against measles, mumps, and rubella and recommends being fully immunized against Varicella (Chicken Pox), Pertussis (Whooping Cough) and Influenza (Flu).    

You must obtain an official copy of your immunization record from either your health care provider or a school record. You will need this information to accurately submit your immunizations online at http://studentaffairs.psu.edu/health/myUHS.

Also, please complete the Online Health History at http://studentaffairs.psu.edu/health/myUHS/. Once submitted online, you must fax the official record to the Office of Immunizations/Medical Records, 814-865-9309.

In recent years, there has been an increase in the number of cases of mumps, measles, chicken pox, and whooping cough on college campuses. If there is an outbreak at Penn State and you are not fully compliant with the immunization requirements, you may need to receive additional vaccines, leave campus, or be restricted from class attendance for a period of time. In addition, after your arrival on campus, you will receive a questionnaire regarding tuberculosis (TB). 

Meningococcal Disease

Pennsylvania state law requires that, if living on campus, a student must complete and submit the online Meningococcal Vaccination Certification form, which indicates that the student has
(a) received a meningococcal vaccination through a health care provider or University Health Services or
(b) waived the vaccination.

For more information about state and University requirements for prevention of meningococcal disease, please visit Housing and Food Services at http://www.hfs.psu.edu/vaccine/.

If you need information or have questions about this matter during the summer months, please contact Denise Turyan, staff assistant, Office of Student Affairs, 724-773-3951.

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Chronic Diseases

A student with ongoing medical conditions such as diabetes, asthma, allergies, heart problems, depression, etc., is strongly advised to: 

  • Ask his/her home health care provider to send a summary of the student's history and recommendations for ongoing health care to: Health Services Office, Penn State Beaver, 104 Ross Administration Building, 100 University Drive, Monaca, PA 15061.
  • To make an appointment at the Beaver campus Health Center for the upcoming academic year, please contact Nurse Barb Kugel, 724-773-3955, or Denise Turyan, staff assistant, Office of Student Affairs, 724-773-3951. Please make an appointment as soon as possible and while the student is well so that the student can establish a relationship with the campus nurse and/or doctor.


The Health Center provides free "sharps" disposal containers for students with medical conditions that require the use of syringes, e.g. diabetes. When the container is full, students can exchange it for an empty one.

Alcohol: Consider These Statistics

Alcohol Awareness

Sometimes college students think that, in order to make friends on campus, they need to experiment with alcohol, but Penn State Beaver offers exceptional opportunities to socialize without relying on the effects of beer, wine, or spirits. 

Remember, Penn State Beaver is a dry campus. Even students of a legal drinking age may face disciplinary action if they are found to be in violation of the Code of Conduct. Students under the age of 21 who are found drinking and/or intoxicated will face disciplinary and/or legal sanctions. Students charged with alcohol violations will be required to complete the Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students (BASICS) program.

If students have concerns about their drinking habits or those of a friend, they're encouraged to contact Ms. Larissa Ciuca, student personal and career counselor, 724-773-3961, or Ms. Amy Gartley, associate director of student affairs, 724-773-3956, to discuss the matter confidentially.  

Some Statistics About Alcohol:

  • More than 7% of the nation's freshman college class will drop out of college because of alcohol-related reasons.
  • The average annual beer consumption of American college students is just short of four billion cans. If these "college beer cans" were stacked end-to-end, the stack would reach the moon and continue 70,000 miles beyond.
  • Administrators at 200 colleges and universities across the country estimate that, on average, alcohol is involved in 68% of violent behavior and 52% of physical injuries on their campuses.
  • Nationwide, it's estimated that 85% of sexual assaults on campus are alcohol-related.
  • The typical student will probably spend more money on alcoholic beverages than textbooks.

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Health and Safety Strategies

Penn State Beaver and the surrounding communities have low crime rates. However, it can be misleading to think of our community as crime-free.

Unfortunately, theft is a common occurrence, but can often be prevented simply by remembering to lock the doors of residence hall rooms, vehicles, etc. It's also important that students never share their student ID, credit card, or bank numbers with anyone, including other students, staff, and/or faculty.

Ongoing awareness plays a crucial role in the prevention of sexual assault, which is often associated with strangers and unfamiliar surroundings. On college campuses, however, date and/or acquaintance rape is the most underreported crime. Figures suggest that only one out of every 100 sexual assaults is reported to authorities.

Safety awareness can be a powerful tool in combating both theft and sexual assault. All students should be encouraged to participate in safety awareness programs offered on campus. Making informed decisions about alcohol use can greatly help students to avoid situations that could quickly spin out of control. 

For instance, for campus security systems to be effective, it's important that doors are never propped open. Get-togethers with acquaintances should take place in public areas. Suspicious activity should always be reported to campus police.

Help us keep Penn State Beaver safe!

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Health Center

Barbara Kugel, R.N., B.S.N., C.D.E.,C.S.N.

104 Ross Administration Building
Penn State Beaver
Monaca, PA  15061
Fax: 724-773-3769

Monday through Friday
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

BASICS Program
Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students

Virtual Doctor

Disability Services

Flu Information

Emergency Information

AED Locations on Campus

CPR Virtual Training