The Student Health Center at the University of Nevada, Reno was established prior to 1902 and has been in continuous operation since the time of its inception. The Nevada Legislature appropriated funding, which was given to UNR for construction and equipment for the University Hospital. The building had two wards, one for male and one for female students.
In the mid 1970s the inpatient hospital services were eliminated in favor of a more comprehensive outpatient clinic. The service was funded with student registration fees until the fall of 1985. For several years the Health Center had a voluntary fee that students could pay each semester to be seen at the Student Health Center. In the fall of 1995 the ASUN Student Government, Administration and the Board of Regents passed a mandatory health fee that all students taking 6 or more credits pay each semester.
The main function of the Student Health Center is to provide medical treatment for acute and chronic illness or injury to students and health care maintenance. The mission of the Student Health Center is to provide high quality medical care to the student community, promote healthy living, stimulate better health awareness and educate students and staff in therapeutic and preventive care. As part of an institution of higher learning, the Student Health Center participates in the educational process by increasing knowledge and supporting positive health behaviors to promote health and prevent disease.
Services at the Student Health Center include ambulatory health care, urgent walk-in care and health care maintenance.
The Student Health Center staff is comprised of physicians, nurses and other health care professionals who are available to all enrolled students during the regular hours of operation. The principle responsibility of the SHC staff is to provide health services to all enrolled students.