Health Services


Kim Carver RN - Campus Nurse
Tami Laursen RN BSN MA - Director of Health Services & Wellness
Angie Rasmus RN MSN CHES - Campus Nurse & Assistant to Wellness


Measles Update

April 26, 2019

Since January 1, 2019, there are over 626 individual cases of measles that have been confirmed in 22 states. Currently, two cases of measles have been confirmed in Iowa, the first in an unvaccinated Iowan with recent travel to Israel. The second is an unvaccinated Northeast Iowa resident, who is a household contact of the first confirmed case.  This person was identified as part of the initial case investigation and was under a public health voluntary confinement order in the home to prevent further exposures. Because this second measles case has been isolated at home during the measles incubation period, there is no current threat to the general public. These cases serve as a reminder for all Iowans to ensure their vaccinations are up-to-date. Vaccines prevent diseases and save lives.   

The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) considers you protected from measles if you have written documentation (records) showing at least one of the following:

  • You received two doses of measles-containing vaccine, and you are a(n)—
    • school-aged child (grades K-12)
    • adult who will be in a setting that poses a high risk for measles transmission, including students at post-high school education institutions, healthcare personnel, and international travelers.
  • You received one dose of measles-containing vaccine, and you are a(n)—
    • preschool-aged child
    • adult who will not be in a high-risk setting for measles transmission.
  • A laboratory confirmed that you had measles at some point in your life.
  • A laboratory confirmed that you are immune to measles.
  • You were born before 1957.

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Health Services Mission

The mission of Buena Vista University (BVU) 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.

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. 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 access 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.

Contact Information

Phone: 712.749.1238
Fax: 712.749.1467

Health Services is located in Siebens Fieldhouse L-25

Office Hours
Monday - Friday
8 a.m. to 4 p.m.