Healthy Living at Wentworth

Harvard Vanguard Student Health Services

In addition to primary medical care, Wentworth offers specialized services including counseling, disability services and comprehensive health education. Harvard Vanguard Student Health Services (HVSHS) provides primary medical care services on campus to students enrolled at Wentworth. Students may use HVSHS for diagnosis and treatment of both short and long term illnesses and for preventive care.

HVSHS is located on campus in the Mass Art Tree of Life building, 2nd floor at 578 Huntington Avenue and is open Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. The main number is 617-879-5220.

Making an appointment: Both scheduled and walk-in appointments are available at HVSHS. Students will need to register as a Harvard Vanguard patient by calling 1-800-249-1767. Once registered, students can call 617-879-5220 to schedule their appointment.

HVSHS will bill the student's health insurance plan for all services rendered. Please visit Harvard Vanguard's list of Accepted Health Insurance Plans. If your plan is not accepted, Wentworth offers an exceptional Student Health Insurance Plan underwritten by Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Insurance Company, Inc.

Students must present their Wentworth ID and their health insurance card at every appointment. Wentworth will pay for co-payments, co-insurance or deductibles due for primary care services after the student's insurance plan has been billed. For speciality and diagnostic services, however, co-payments, co-insurance or deductibles may be due, as outlined in the student's insurance plan. Wentworth does not cover any part or speciality or diagnostic services for students. For a list of primary and specialty/diagnostic services, please visit the Harvard Vanguard website.  

Medical advice and information is also available to students by phone 24 hours/day, 7 days/week by dialing the main Health Services telephone number 617-879-5220.

Wentworth students also have access to medical care at Harvard Vanguard's Kenmore practice (133 Brookline Avenue) when HVSHS is not open. This would include:

  • Weekday mornings from 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
  • Weekday evenings from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Sundays and holidays from 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

When using the Harvard Vanguard Kenmore practice, students should identify themselves as a Wentworth student by presenting a validated Wentworth photo identification card. Students should also carry their insurance card.

In the case of a life-threatening emergency, students should immediately contact Wentworth Office of Public Safety at 617-989-4444.

HVSHS respects student confidentiality. No health information is released to parents or college staff without the student's written authorization unless required by law or unless it is a life threatening.

For additional information, please visit Harvard Vanguard Student Health Services.

Student Health Insurance Plan

According to Massachusetts law, Wentworth students enrolled for 9 or more credit hours per semester, including co-op students and international students, will be required, as a condition of enrollment, to have adequate health insurance. This policy has been put in place to ensure that students have access to quality and appropriate health care while pursuing their college career at Wentworth. Students who are not enrolled in a qualified health plan will be required to enroll in the Wentworth Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP), which has been designed specifically to meet the needs of Wentworth students.

The SHIP offers exceptional coverage at an outstanding value compared to most options available to students. For coverage details including costs, benefits, exclusions, any reductions or limitations, please refer to the plan information online or call 800-977-4698. The SHIP is underwritten by Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Insurance Company and administered by UnitedHealthcare Student Resources.

  • All students who are enrolled for nine or more credit hours per semester (or on co-op) will automatically be billed for the student insurance plan.
  • If the student is covered by another plan that offers comparable coverage and wants to waive the college insurance plan, the student MUST complete the Health Insurance Waiver on-line by the semester bill due date. Once the waiver is completed, a waiver credit will be added to the account.
  • If the student wants to purchase the Student Health Insurance Plan, the student must complete Health Insurance Enrollment form on-line. The premium is due in full by the semester bill due date.
  • Any questions regarding the billing process should be directed to the Student Service Center (617-989-4020).
  • Wentworth requires international students to be enrolled in the college plan (SHIP).
  • Dependent coverage is available for dependents of students who enroll in the Student Health Insurance Plan. Rates for dependents can be found online.
  • The Massachusetts Division of Health Care Finance and Policy has ruled that free care provided by the Uncompensated Care Pool is not comparable coverage. If you should have any questions regarding the state-mandated qualifying student health insurance program, please visit the Massachusetts Division of Health Care's website.

Students should know whether they have the college insurance plan (SHIP) or a family plan. If a student is covered by SHIP, Health Services knows the policy number for the students. However, if covered by a family plan, please be sure to:

  • carry an insurance card,
  • know under whose plan you're covered (mother, father, yourself),
  • know the name of the plan,
  • know the policy number of the plan, and the address

The Center for Wellness and Disability Services

The Center for Wellness and Disability Services is comprised of Counseling Services, Disability Services, and Wellness Education. The mission of the Center for Wellness and Disability Services is to provide comprehensive support to all students around mental health, wellness education, and disability support and accommodations. 

Counseling Services assists students with their mental health needs so that they may be successful in their academic pursuits.  Counseling Services offers a safe, confidential environment where students can share thoughts and feelings: explore issues of concern, and gain awareness and insight into their lives.  Services are available to all Wentworth students without charge on a short term basis, depending on individual need.

Disability Services is committed to providing support for students with disabilities so they may participate fully in the life of the community. Students with physical, medical, psychological, and learning disabilities are eligible to utilize Disability Services to arrange for reasonable accommodations, such as testing modifications and tutoring.  To receive services, an individual must voluntarily disclose his or her disability, provide documentation as required by the institution, and request specific services.  At Wentworth, students with disabilities are fully integrated into the campus community.

The Office of Wellness Education is housed within the Center for Wellness and Disability Services and offers information and consultation to educate the Wentworth community about issues surrounding healthy living. By providing current, objective health and wellness information the office informs healthy and responsible lifestyle choices to enhance personal success and growth. The office works collaboratively with the Wentworth community to create opportunities that promote the physical, emotional, social, academic, occupational and environmental well-being of students.  Campus-wide wellness events throughout the year educate students on a variety of health and wellness topics, including alcohol and drug use, sexual assault, eating disorders, stress management, and smoking. Staff is also available to consult with individual students seeking health and wellness resources.  The “AlcoholEdu for College” program, which first year students complete prior to orientation, is one of Wentworth’s continuing efforts to educate on the effects of alcohol.  

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