Health Services

Health Services at Buena Vista University promotes wellness and enables individuals to make informed decisions about health-related concerns. We empower students to be self-directed and well-informed consumers of health care.

BVU Health Services is a professional, confidential service. Students are treated with courtesy and respect.

The center of the BVU campus

Phone: 712.749.1238
Fax: 712.749.1467

Siebens Fieldhouse L25

Office Hours
8 a.m.-4 p.m.

Health Services Staff

Lorie Stanton RN, BSN - Campus Nurse & Assistant to Wellness
Tami Laursen RN, BSN, MA - Director of Health Services & Wellness

Working with Health Services During COVID-19

I went to see the nurse and the door was locked. What should I do?

Due to COVID-19 Health Services will NOT be accepting “walk-in” appointments and the entrance door will be locked! All students will need to make an appointment.

What if I have upper respiratory symptoms?

If you have upper respiratory symptoms (fever, cough, body aches, chills, headache, shortness of breath, chest pain, sore throat, etc.) you will be seen initially via Telehealth (Zoom), using the "Book an Appointment" link. When appropriate you will be seen face-to-face in Health Services or referred to a medical provider.  

What if I have a non-emergency need to see a nurse?

All non-emergent health concerns can be seen face-to-face by appointment. Use the "Book an Appointment" link to make a face-to-face office appointment.

What should I do if I receive a red X on the COVID-19 Symptom Checker?

If you receive a RED X from the COVID-19 Symptom Checker on the BVU App you should self-quarantine and email or (if in season). Schedule a Telehealth appointment using the "Book an Appointment" link for further assistance and/or medical care.

The health and safety of the BVU community is our top priority. COVID-19 Updates

Mobile App & Symptom Checker

The Buena Vista University app serves as a convenient location for our students, faculty and staff, families and guests, and alumni to access information and resources. The app includes the COVID-19 Symptom Checker, located at the top of the screen.

Residential and commuter students on our Storm Lake campus are required to complete the Symptom Checker before leaving their residence hall room, arriving on campus, or participating in any campus activity. Tap “COVID-19 Assessment,” answer all questions accurately, and submit. You will need a thermometer to take your temperature.

A smartphone with the BVU app loaded

How to Work With Us

Freshman and Transfer Students

Please submit your completed Student Health Form including current immunization record and insurance card front/back by Aug. 1 if entering Fall semester and Dec. 15 if entering Spring semester. This form must be received and immunization status approved before you are permitted to complete the validation process.

Waiver Statement

This waiver statement is required by all students at Buena Vista University every year. This statement indicates that you have your own health insurance and DO NOT want to be automatically enrolled in the Student Health Insurance Plan offered by Buena Vista University. 

Complete BVU Waiver Statement

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. 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.

Our Mission

Our mission 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.

BVU 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.

Health Services Leadership