Loyola University Chicago

Wellness Center

Clinical Services

The Wellness Center is an interdisciplinary team staffed by medical doctors, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, social workers, psychologists, a psychiatrist, a registered dietitian, and a medical assistant. The Wellness Center strives to provide high-quality, evidence-based health care to all Loyola students.

*Services not available at Water Tower Campus

For a full list of the cost of immunizations, tests, and medicines at the Wellness Center, see our List of fees.

Allergy Injections

Serum and treatment plan must be provided by a private allergist. An appointment is necessary.

Gynecological Exam

An annual gynecological exam is recommended for women who are sexually active or 18 years of age and older. The exam includes a Pap smear, pelvic exam, chlamydia test and breast examination. The Pap smear screens for cancer or precancerous changes of the cervix. The pelvic exam checks for abnormalities of the uterus and ovaries. Chlamydia screening is routinely performed because chlamydia is the most common bacterial sexually transmitted infection. The breast exam is performed to assess breast tissue. Women will be taught the self-breast exam so that they can perform it at home each month. An appointment is necessary for the gynecological exam.

Health Education

Loyola students seeking information about abstinence, alcohol and other drugs, smoking cessation, stress management, sexually transmitted diseases, HIV/AIDS or other health topics are encouraged to contact the Health Education office in the Lake Shore Campus Wellness Center for pamphlets, videos, books and referrals. Wellness Advocates (peer health educators) or a professional health educator are available to lead fun and informative health programs for groups of students upon request.

Lab Tests

Lab tests include, but are not limited to the following: mono spot, urinalysis, blood tests, pregnancy test and testing for sexually transmitted diseases.

Mental Health Counseling

Individual, short-term counseling (six sessions) and various are available to students. When necessary, outside referrals will be provided.

Nutrition Services

Consultations with a registered dietician are available to discuss a variety of nutrition-related health concerns, including weight loss/gain, special dietary needs, healthy eating, and more.

Wellness Center Groups

The Wellness Center offers groups that focus on a particular concern/interest shared by each of the group members as well as general therapy groups. Groups are typically facilitated by one or two Wellness Center staff members. Check the on this web-site for group times and topics that are currently available.

Groups are available that meet for a limited time and have a specific theme or topic relevant to each participant. These various groups typically educate and support participants' wellness, growth, and positive change efforts. It can be a powerful learning experience to realize that others share some of the same goals or concerns as you do and can offer feedback and support.

Many people who seek personal counseling at the Wellness Center have a curiosity or some worries about how they get along with other people. When this is a central interest or problem, group therapy is often recommended. In group therapy you have a chance to understand your reactions to a range of people and to try out new ways of relating. Group therapy typically involves weekly meetings with a small group of students to work toward understanding and resolving various personal/social/emotional concerns in a group context. The support, feedback, and interchanges that develop in group therapy often are extremely beneficial in developing awareness and promoting change for the individual members.

Pregnancy tests

A urine test for pregnancy can detect a pregnancy as early as 10 days after conception. Results are immediate.


All referrals outside of the Wellness Center - emergency or otherwise - should be covered under individual health insurance plans. The Wellness Center is not responsible for payment of these fees.

STI/HIV Antibody Testing

The Wellness Center offers confidential testing for common sexually transmitted infections (STI), including chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, trichomoniasis, human papillomavirus, herpes simplex virus, and hepatitis. A lab fee is charged for most of these tests. Call Dial-a-Nurse at 773-508-8883 if you have questions about STIs and/or testing at Loyola.

FREE Confidential HIV testing is available every 3rd Thursday of each month (September-April) from 3-6pm.  No appointment is necessary, but space is limited.  First-come, first-served.

Telephone Advice


A registered nurse is available by phone during Wellness Center hours to assist students with health concerns and questions. The nurse will advise students about self-care or will schedule an appointment as needed with a health care provider. Not sure what to do? Dial a nurse at 773-508-8883.

After Hours Nurse Advice

The Wellness Center partners with Resurrection Health Care to provide the RES-INFO nurse advice line to students for after hours care. By calling 877-RES-INFO (877-737-4636), students may discuss health issues with a nurse, receive health information or find a physician. RES-INFO is available to students Monday through Friday after the Wellness Center closes until 8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m. When you call, please identify yourself as a Loyola student. For more information, contact or visit the Wellness Center.

Therapy Dog—"TIVO"

Tivo is Loyola's very own therapy dog! A 5 1/2 year old black lab, Tivo spends his days at the Wellness Center during regular business hours, but does have some time scheduled around campus at his "Talk with Tivo" sessions. He loves to play fetch, sleep, and lay around getting pet while spreading love and happiness to all who meet him. Tivo can join you in a therapy session, come visit your res hall, or just be found taking it easy here at the Wellness Center. If you wish to contact Tivo, please call the Wellness Center before hand. Follow Tivo on facebook to stay up to date on everything he is doing to make Loyola a better place for everyone!

Throat Culture

A throat culture specifically tests for one family of bacterial organisms, streptococcus bacilli. There is one group of strep that requires antibiotic treatment—Group A Beta hemolytic streptococcus. Penicillin is given to treat this infection. (If a patient is allergic to penicillin, other antibiotics are available.) Antibiotic treatment is usually not necessary for other groups of strep.

Tuberculosis Screening

Forty-eight to 72 hours after a TB skin test is given, patients must return to the Wellness Center for a reading/result. Students should check their schedules and the Wellness Center's hours before receiving the test to ensure they will be able to return on time for the reading.

All consultations and records are strictly confidential and will not be released without the student's written consent. Click here for an Authorization for Release of Confidential Information form.