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Student Health Care

Student Health Care

Primary health care for Berea College students is provided by White House Clinics. There are eight offices in the region and students may be seen at any location. Most students will find it convenient to go to Berea Primary Care which is located in CHI St. Joseph Berea Hospital near the college's campus.

Students are entitled to unlimited visits at White House Clinics for no additional charge each term after the required health fee has been paid. Students’ dependents may utilize the clinic for an additional health fee (also must be paid each term).

For more information visit Health Care for Students in the Student Handbook and visit the White House Clinics website.


If a situation is deemed a health/illness emergency, please call 911 and seek care at the St. Joseph Berea Hospital Emergency Room. Emergency room expenses not covered by insurance are the student/patient’s responsibility.


If a student has an emergency while in Berea and is unable to get to the clinic or hospital, an ambulance should be called through 911. As soon as possible, Public Safety (ext. 3333) or a member of Residence Life staff should also be contacted to further assist as needed. The student is responsible for the ambulance charge.

Off-Campus Emergencies

When a health emergency arises during approved off-campus activities, please call 911 and contact medical providers at White House Clinics if at all possible. When the emergency is such that the student can safely be brought back to campus, they will be placed in the care of the medical staff at White House Clinics. When an emergency is such that the student cannot be brought back to campus safely, the student shall be cared for at the nearest appropriate facility.

Services Provided

  • acute care (sore throats, urinary tract infections, bronchitis, sexually transmitted diseases, etc.)
  • chronic care (diabetes, high blood pressure, etc.)
  • screenings/health maintenance (pap smears, sports and other physicals, health education, and flu vaccinations,etc.)

Tetanus boosters, meningitis, hepatitis A & B, and various other immunizations necessary for travel to certain countries are provided by White House Clinics to patients at cost.

Allergy injections ordered by an allergist are administered to students during regular clinic hours at no charge. Tuberculosis (TB) screening is also provided.

White House Clinics has a strong network for specialty care and provides referrals for various procedures, tests, specialists and sub-specialists that are not covered by the student health fee and may be charged to the student’s insurance including:

  • x-rays,
  • medically necessary diagnostic studies (MRI, CT Scan, etc.)
  • other tests as determined
  • specialty physicians as medically warranted

Prescriptions are not covered by the College health-insurance policy.

Dental Services

Dental Services provided by White House Clinics to Berea College Students, includes the following treatments:

  • Emergency Dental Evaluation -dental examination for toothache, fractured teeth, pain, swelling, oral trauma, etc.
  • Comprehensive Examination -x-rays, oral examination, diagnosis and treatment planning
  • Periodic Examination -6 month and/or 12 month exams and cleanings
  • Restorative procedures -fillings completed with either amalgam (silver) or composite (tooth color) materials
  • Extractions -including simple and some surgical extraction
  • Root Canal Therapy -limited to anterior and premolar
  • Post-Operative Dental Care
  • Oral Cancer Screening
  • Dental Prophylaxis -routine cleanings
  • Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing -deep cleanings below the gum line for patients diagnosed with gum disease
  • Periodontal Maintenance -follow up exams after Scaling and Root Planing appointments
  • Sealants
  • Fluoride Varnishes
  • Patient Education and Case Management
Approximate number of students seen at White House Clinic's free dental clinic in Berea each day.
Berea White House Dental Clinic

Student Insurance

Most questions about student insurance can be answered by the Benefit Quick Glance and/or the Student Insurance Policy.

All students attending Berea College are required to carry health insurance. Students who have their own insurance or are covered under their parent(s) health insurance plan are not required to be covered under the Berea College Health insurance plan.  The College offers health insurance to all international students and those without outside coverage in the state of Kentucky. See College Insurance Plan and Plan Year.

For students eligible for the College policy, the insurance premium is part of the Student Expense budget and reflected there as a $200 fee. Students that qualify for the Pell Grant currently have this expense covered. Additionally, students’ dependents may be added to the College plan at an additional premium.

Under the College policy, benefits and exclusions are explained in a quick glance benefits guide sent to each student along with an insurance card each term. This card must be presented when seeking medical care, other than at Student Health Services, such as at an emergency room or a specialist’s office. Students are responsible for submitting claim forms.

Health Fee

Berea College provides primary care and dental coverage to ALL students, regardless of insurance coverage through our White House Clinic providers.  This means students can regularly see a physician and dentist on campus to help maintain their health. This service is paid for through a semesterly fee of $88.00 on the student’s account titled “Health Fee.”

For more information or help with insurance coverage, please contact Campus Life at 859-985-3290 or email


  • Whitehouse Clinic: Information on this clinic for the underserved populations in Berea, Richmond, and Mckee, Ky.
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: The lead federal agency for protecting the health and safety of people- at home and abroad, providing credible information to enhance health decisions, and promoting health through strong partnerships. CDC serves as the national focus for developing and applying disease prevention and control, environmental health, and health promotion and education activities designed to improve the health of the people of the United States.
  • Eat Right!: Information from the American Dietetic Association. Your link to nutrition and health.
  • Addiction Assistance: Connecting people with the resources and tools they need to recover from opioid addiction
  • Family Doctor: Health information for the whole family from the American Academy of Family Physicians
  • Madison County Health Department
  • Managing Contraception: Information on contraception
  • Planned Parenthood: Information on gynecologic and obstetric care nationally and locally.
  • WebMD: Information on any medical condition.

Contact Us

305 Estill Street | Berea, KY 40404 | 859-986-1415 |

Location: 2nd Floor CHI Saint Joseph Hospital through the main hospital entryway (not through the Emergency Room entrance).