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Student Health Center

Health is a Key to Success

Spring 2023 Semester Operations

The Health Center is open from Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. See details below for making an appointment and other ways to get health advice.

Welcome to the Health Center

Our dedicated team of nurse practitioners is available throughout the academic year to help full-time students navigate all of their health care needs. We diagnose and treat many common health conditions and injuries, perform lab testing, write prescriptions and support medication delivery, and connect students with specialty care when indicated. Health Center clinicians offer preventive routine care and health education and are committed to helping students become smart and safe consumers of health care. Learn how to schedule an appointment with us and access campus resources below!       

24-Hr Emergency Information

Call (781) 891-3131

Health Center

Make an Appointment

Call the Health center at 781-891-2222 to schedule a visit. Appointments are usually available the same day. For questions about health requirements, email ga_healthcenter@bentley.edu.

If calling when the Health Center is closed, you will have the option to speak with a nurse from our After-Hours Nurse Advice Line.

The STI Express Clinic is open most Wednesdays. Schedule your appointment today via the Bentley Health Portal. Testing is typically covered by your insurance.

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Bentley’s COVID-19 Plan and COVID FAQs

Resources for obtaining a COVID-19 rapid test can be found hereYou can see the current level of risk by reviewing the CDC resource COVID by County that provides guidance based on level of risk.

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Health Center Happenings

  • The final on-campus vaccine clinic for COVID-19 boosters, flu shots and more will be held on Feb. 8, 2023. Learn more
  • The SHAC is BACK! Join the Student Health Advisory Committee (SHAC) and help us help our students achieve their health goals. Learn more and register
  • Schedule a visit with our nutrition and wellness coach Kenya Palmer
  • Would you like to update your name, gender and/or pronouns with the Health Center? You can do so through the Bentley Health Portal.
  • The Bentley Student Health Center is committed to providing gender-affirming care to our students, and we now offer gender-affirming hormone therapy. Schedule an appointment with one of our providers to find out more. You can find out more general information on what transitioning can look like here.

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People and Resources

Monitoring Monkeypox (MPV)

The Health Center is closely monitoring the monkeypox (MPV) outbreak that recently has been declared a public health emergency by the World Health Organization and the United States. Fortunately, the risk of MPV to the general population remains low. The Health Center has been in touch with our local public health department to ensure strong collaboration and communication in the event of any cases on our campus. Our clinicians are prepared to identify any potential cases on campus and implement appropriate clinical protocols to support an ill student as well as mitigate spread of infection. As always, we will serve as a source of evidence-based guidance and will share information as it becomes available to protect the health of our campus.  

What you should know:

  • MPV is a rare disease caused by the MPV virus, which is from the same family of viruses the causes smallpox. MPV has similar symptoms as smallpox, but typically much milder. 
  • MPV usually presents as a flu-like illness (fever, chills, headache, body aches, fatigue) along with swelling of lymph nodes and a rash. Most infections last for 2-4 weeks and resolve on their own. 
  • Currently, there are no specific treatments for MPV infection. However, antiviral drugs and vaccines developed to protect against smallpox may be used to prevent and treat MPV, particularly for people with weakened immune systems. 
  • MPV does not spread easily between people. The virus is spread primarily from skin-to-skin contact. It can also be transmitted from contact with infected material (e.g., clothing or linens) and may also be spread by respiratory secretions when there is prolonged face-to-face exposure. 
  • For most people, the risk of getting MPV remains low. To reduce your risk, avoid close contact with anyone who has a rash that looks like MPV, don’t touch any materials that have been used by a person with MPV and wash your hands often. 
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) currently recommends MPV vaccination for anyone exposed to MPV and people who are more likely to get MPV. Vaccination sites are available in Massachusetts. While the majority of identified MPV cases are among men who have sex with men, people of any sexual orientation or gender identity can become infected and spread MPV. 

If a case occurs on campus: 

If a student tests positive for MPV and lives in a shared space on campus without the ability to return home, university officials will provide a space for isolation and will coordinate other support services as needed.

After a positive case, contact tracing would be performed by the Massachusetts State Epidemiologist in collaboration with the Waltham Health Department and the Bentley Health Center to notify individuals who may have been exposed. Bentley is prepared and trained to follow Massachusetts Department of Public Health and CDC protocols related to treatment for a student diagnosed with MPV and anyone exposed who may be eligible for vaccination. In addition, Bentley follows all cleaning and disinfection guidelines to reduce the risk of transmission. As a reminder, Bentley’s Health Center has information privacy policies in place and will not share information about care unless specifically approved by the patient as required by law and in cases of life endangerment.

Learn More About MPV from the CDC

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