Health Services

Roger Williams University Health Services is committed to delivering confidential, evidence-based health care and fostering compassionate and collaborative partnerships with students, families, and the campus community.

We are patient advocates empowering students to develop and maintain healthy lifestyles and behaviors to enhance their academic success, personal growth, and sustained well-being. We provide a safe, inclusive health care experience that welcomes, values, respects and affirms all members of our community.

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Health Services Patient Portal

The patient portal is a secure electronic format for accessing the following online services:

  • New student health forms
  • Secure messages from Health Services staff
  • Self-scheduling online appointments
  • Upcoming scheduled appointments

You are automatically registered once you receive your RWU student ID and email.

Login using your RWU Student Username and Password.

Required Health Forms

Rhode Island State Law requires that all incoming undergraduate students submit health forms and a current immunizations record prior to arriving on campus.

Students, who for medical or religious reasons decline Rhode Island mandated vaccines, must complete the medical or religious exemption form.    

All health forms must be entered electronically and uploaded in the patient portal. Forms will not be accepted by fax or mail. Access health forms here.

**If Health Services does not receive completed health forms or a student is not compliant with Rhode Island mandated vaccines, a hold will be placed on the student's account and students will not be allowed to attend classes until cleared by Health Services.

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How to Access Care

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Health Services is open Monday-Friday  8:30 am-5:00 pm (last bookable appointment is at 4:20 PM).

To schedule an appointment:

  • Call (401)254-3156  OR
  • Use online self-scheduling available here.  

Walk-ins will be accommodated whenever possible.  Please expect extended wait times if you do not have a scheduled appointment.

Release of Medical Information

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RWU Health Services is committed to protecting student's personal health information (PHI) with the strictest confidentiality.  We will not disclose PHI to Dean's, Professors, other University staff, parents, or other parties without a student's consent except in rare circumstances as required by law or in the case of an emergency.  These exceptions include:

  • Threat of immediate danger to self or others
  • Reportable communicable illnesses, such as meningitis and sexually transmitted infections which constitute public health risks
  • When clinicians or health records are subpoenaed by the court in legal cases 

In the event of an emergency situation requiring hospitalization where it is impossible to obtain a student's consent, the parent or legal guardian will be notified by the hospital.

Students can request the release of medical information to outside providers by completing the Authorization for Disclosure of Medical Information

New Incoming Students

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The transition to college is exciting.  You will have great opportunities for learning in and out of the classroom.  Stress is a natural aspect of college and life, and it usually passes.  We can help you get off on the right foot by encouraging you to focus on being well. 

Having a WELLNESS MINDSET will help you navigate your journey through college.  A wellness mindset is based on the belief that taking care of all areas of your wellness will enhance your experience at RWU so that you can feel proud of your achievements and learn from your struggles.

Students who hold a wellness mindset are more motivated and confident to face college with self-awareness, effort, persistence and self-care. Goals take time and effort to turn into habits.  Before arriving at school, try out some wellness habits that will help you succeed academically and personally at RWU.  Here are some suggestions to get you started:

  1. Dispell the myth of the college all-nighter.  You can sleep your way to good grades.  Getting 7-8 hours of sleep a night  helps your brain and body rebuild and reset so that you have energy to be fully present in class, concentrate and retain information. 
  2. Notice your breathing.  When you start to feel stressed or overwhelmed, pause for a moment to take slow deep breaths and notice how your body feels as your breath moves in and out of your body.
  3. Get moving.  Physical activity is one of the best ways to refuel your body with energy and relieve stress. 
  4. Plan to be social.  Making new friends takes effort and courage.  Visit RWU website and start looking at all the student clubs, organizations and ways to get involved at RWU.
  5. Be okay with not being okay.  You may find that you are feeling many emotions as you plan your transition to RWU.  Remind yourself that it's okay to be nervous, excited, anxious, curious.  The feelings you experience are okay.
  6. Practice gratitude.  Thinking about what you are grateful for can increase your sense of well-being and happiness.  At the end of each day, start your gratitude habit by thinking about what you are grateful for.
  7. Nourish your body.  Food is fuel that you need to get through the day with energy and cognitive clarity.  Notice how your body feels when you nourish it with nutritious foods.  
  8. Think about the choice to drink or not to drink.  Alcohol is a thing in college.  There are students that drink and there are students who choice not to drink.  Think about how you want your college experience to be and how alcohol may or may not fit into your overall goals.