Kim Carver RN - Campus Nurse
Tami Laursen RN, BSN - Director of Health Services & Wellness
Lorie Stanton RN, BSN - Campus Nurse

Zika Update 2016

The Zika Virus is spread to people through mosquito bites.  The most common symptoms of Zika Virus disease are fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis (red eyes).  The illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting from several days to a week.  Severe disease requiring hospitalization is uncommon.  In May, 2015, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) issued an alert regarding the first confirmed case of Zika virus in Brazil.  The outbreak in Brazil led to reports of Guillain-Barre syndrome and pregnant women giving birth to babies with birth defects and poor pregnancy outcomes.  In response, the CDC has issued a travel alert (Level 2-Practice Enhanced Precautions) for people traveling to regions and certain countries where Zika virus transmission is ongoing.  Additionally, the CDC has warned pregnant women to postpone vacation plans to Mexico, Puerto Rico and parts of the Caribbean, Central and South America where Zika is present. For more information regarding the Zika Virus Download Zika Update 2016

Mumps 2015 Update

Buena Vista University Health Services & Wellness has been aware of the mumps cases at the University of Iowa since July and have been monitoring the situation with guidance from the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) and our local Buena Vista County Public Health (BVCPH).  For more information regarding the mumps go to

Health Services Mission

The mission of Buena Vista University Health Services is to enhance the educational process by modifying, changing or removing health related barriers to learning, promoting optimal wellness, teaching and enabling individuals to make informed decisions about health related concerns, and empowering students to be self directed and well informed consumers of health care.

Buena Vista University Health Services is a professional, confidential service. Medical records are private and do not become part of the university record. We want students to feel comfortable and confident that they will be treated with courtesy and respect.

Health Services is a free professional and confidential service for students. Our office is located in the lower level of Siebens Fieldhouse, L-25 (adjacent to Finkbine Natatorium). Office hours are 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday – Friday and after hours through the residence life staff or campus security.

How to Work With Us

Freshman and Transfer Students

Please return your completed Student Health Form by August 1st. This form must be received and immunization status approved before you are permitted to complete the validation process.

View the Health/Athletic Forms page to view required forms.

Required Health Insurance

All full-time students (12 credit hours or more) and/or students residing on campus are required to have health insurance. If you have health insurance coverage and do not wish to be enrolled in the policy offered by Buena Vista University, complete the waiver form. (Please note that the policy being offered does not cover athletics). The cost of the policy offered by BVU will be added to the student's registration fees if the parent/guardian or the student does not return the waiver by the date indicated on the form. Any inquiries please contact the Business Office at 712.749.2041 or Health Services at 712.749.1238.