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Northwest Missouri State University

Wellness Services

Our Services | Clinic | Personal Development and Counseling | Health Education

Wellness Services takes a holistic approach to health, and believes it involves a balance between mind, body, and spirit.  We provide services that contribute to all six dimensions of wellness - Physical, Social, Emotional, Spritual, Intellectual, and Occupational.  For practical purposes, our services can be divided into three main functions:

  • Outpatient Clinical Health Services
  • Personal Development and Counseling Services
  • Health Education and Promotion (including Peer Education)

For more details on these functions, click the links at the top of the page.

Outpatient Clinical Care

Wellness Services provides outpatient clinical health care to Northwest students, and is staffed with a Physician, Nurse Practitioners, RN's and LPN's.  Wellness Services sees students with a variety of health issues, ranging from routine sore throats or flu symptoms, to more urgent care problems, and also provide screenings and immunizations in an effort to protect the campus from the spread of communicable diseases.  Wellness Services strives to focus on holistic care, patient education and follow up.


Northwest students seek our outpatient clinical care services for a number of reasons, including (but not limited to):

  • Cold and Flu Symptoms
    • Cough, Headache, Fever, Sore Throat, Infections, etc.
  • Immunizations
  • Injuries
    • Sprains, Strains, Lacerations, etc.
  • Women's Health Annual Exams
  • STI Testing
  • Mental Health Care
    • Anxiety, Depression, Stress
  • Rash/Skin Issues
  • Wound Care
  • Minor Procedures
    • Toenail Removal, Wart Removal, Sutures, etc.
  • Much More!

Wellness Services works closely with the local hospital to help students receive services that are NOT provided by our clinic. These include (among others) allergy injections, surgeries, ADHD management, and emergency care services.

Students can schedule an appointment with Wellness Services' clinic by calling (660) 562-1348, or can schedule a clinic appointment online through the Wellness Portal.

Our Approach to Care

While remaining committed to quality outpatient care, we focus on wellness not only as a means of preventing disease, but as a way of life.  We believe that individuals are an integration of mind, body, and spirit and our approach to healthcare involves treating the whole person, not just the illness or injury.  We do this by providing our students with quality medical care, education, and empowerment in taking responsibility for their own health and wellness.

Insurance and Billing

Wellness Services will file your insurance for all services provided in our clinic.  We submit claims to all insurance carriers, except out of state Medicaid, and we encourage you to reach out to your insurance carrier to verify your network status.

All Northwest students pay a designated wellness fee that supports Wellness Services' operation.  Because this fee is in place, Wellness Services does not balance-bill students for Office Visit charges (which includes consultation, diagnosis, and treatment recommendations only), or collect a co-pay.  Students are responsible for charges associated with procedures, lab work, injections, and/or medications that are not covered by their insurance.  These charges will be applied to your University account, and can be paid as part of your monthly bill.  Wellness Services provides clinical care to all students, including those that do not have insurance.  If you do not have insurance, Wellnes Services will apply procedure, lab work, injections, or medication charges to your University account, as described above.

Personal Development and Counseling (PDC)

Wellness Services provides personal development and counseling to Northwest students, which is a vital resource to help students reach their full potential.  Students use these services because they want to improve the way they live, learn and grow.  College is a perfect time to make changes in your life - to consider who you are, who you want to be, and a time to build on your strengths, so you can reach out full potential and achieve your personal goals.  Wellness Services is staffed by Licensed Mental Health Professionals who will help you get the most out of your college experience.  Personal development and counseling services are provided to students at no additional charge, and include:

  • Counseling for common concerns: anxiety, depression, relationship issues, adjustment to college, body image, and more.
  • Consultation and referral services
  • Workshops and presentations

Currently enrolled students may receive up to six counseling sessions each trimester at no additional charge.  Wellness Services also provides Hatha Yoga and Mindfulness Meditation classes to students at no additional charge.  Students who utilize our personal development and counseling services consistently report high satisfaction with the caring staff and the help they receive.  100% reported they would strongly recommend on campus counseling to other students, and 97% of students surveyed report their counseling experience helped them stay in college.

Our Approach to Care

Wellness Services' PDC team is dedicated to creating a positive, healthy campus environment and to helping students learn to incorporate principles of wellness into their lives. We strive to develop and offer services designed to assist students to acquire those skills, attitudes, and resources necessary to both succeed in the college environment and pursue productive and enriching lives. We work hand-in-hand with students to provide an atmosphere which promotes their academic, personal, and social development. Our commitment is to help each student have a rewarding and successful experience at Northwest Missouri State University. We also actively contribute to the campus' broader academic mission by training and developing students and professionals, helping build a intercultural learning community and by developing collaborative campus and community partnerships.


Wellness Services maintains a professional commitment to protect your right to confidentiality. Counseling often involves the disclosure of sensitive personal information. Any information you share with Wellness Services' Licensed Mental Health Professionals is protected by professional ethics and state law. The records maintained by the counseling staff are not part of your academic record.

No information will be released about you except under the following circumstances:

  1. Imminent threat to harm self or others
  2. Child or elder abuse
  3. Written release from you
  4. Court ordered subpoena - under this circumstance, every effort will be made to obtain your permission as well.

If you are under the age of eighteen (18), the staff will work with your guardian(s) to obtain majority status for you in regard to client confidentiality.
If you are 18 years of age or older, you are no longer considered a minor. Therefore, your records will be kept confidential, and we will not speak about you with anyone else, without your written permission, unless we're concerned that you present a psychological or physical danger to yourself or others, in cases of child/elder abuse or neglect, or in the rare instances when a court of law could subpoena Wellness Services PDC records.

If you have questions or concerns, you are encouraged to discuss them with a staff member.

Health Education and Promotion

This area of Wellness Services focuses on the overall wellness of our students.  We help students realize they can make responsible and educated choices about their health and wellness by providing programming and presentations about all aspects of wellness.  Wellness Services' health education staff plays a vital role in campus compliance initiatives involving alcohol and other drugs, Title IX, Clery Act, and suicide prevention.

Bearcat Peer Education

Bearcat Peer Education is a premier leadership opportunity within University Wellness Services that utilizes the expertise of students who are trained to provide educational programs and outreach on various wellness topics.  Their mission is to provide an effective peer network to encourage, support, and promote healthy living for all students.  We have five student organizations within Bearcat Peer Education:

  • Northwest Coalition Against Violence (CAV)
    • CAV educates, empowers and engages the campus community in violence prevention and bystander intervention.
  • To Write Love On Her Arms (TWLOHA)
    • A mental health advocacy group dedicated to raising awareness about mental health concerns and promoting student resiliency.
  • Greeks Advocating for Mature Management of Alcohol (GAMMA)
    • For students in Greek Life who are passionate about encouraging their peers to make responsible decisions regarding alcohol.
  • Wellness Advocates for Healthy Lifestyles (WAHL)
    • Focuses on educating students about nutrition, healthy relationships, body image, sexual health, and tobacco and other drugs.
  • Diabetes Support Group
    • Provides a support system where Northwest students who have diabetes can come and feel comfortable asking questions and talking about their diabetes.