Student Health Services exists to advance student development and academic success by providing personalized and evidence-based healthcare to Aggies.
To be our students’ first choice in healthcare and a nationally recognized leader in college health.
1876The very first Health Center at Texas A&M functioned out of tents.
Photo Shown: Original Main Building on campus.
1880In the late 1880's, a one-story frame building was built to accommodate student health care services.
Photo Shown: Historical photo of what is now Military Walk.
1896In 1896, the Infirmary was built. This was the second building to host healthcare services. Its Victorian architecture was typical of the 1890's, with columns, ornate rails and a porch across the front.
Photo courtesy of Cushing Memorial Library and Archives.
1916In 1916, A&M's third health center was built.
Photo courtesy of Cushing Memorial Library and Archives.
1973In October 1973, the fourth "hospital" was constructed and was named the A.P. Beutel Health Center. The building is still being used to treat Aggies and is still in its original location, on the north side of campus across from Sbisa Dining Hall.
2016During the 2015-2016 school year, a $1.6 million dollar renovation was completed dedicated toward patient care.
2017In April 2017, the SHS Pharmacy was completely remodeled and now has additional space and an increased amount of over-the-counter products to serve the students at Texas A&M University.
Frequently Asked Questions
On-campus students are assessed a health center fee each semester that gives them access to the discounted services offered at SHS. Minimal charges apply for services rendered at the health center. Additional information regarding charges/payments can be found here: https://shs.tamu.edu/charges/.
The current fee schedule is included below:
- Fall/Spring Semester: $75/semester
- 10-Week Summer Classes: $75
- Summer Sessions: $25/session
- *Summer Bridge Fee (criteria must be met): $25
*For students not enrolled in classes who are seeking to access services during the summer, a summer bridge fee may be assessed. Students must show they were enrolled during the most recent semester, and proof of enrollment must be provided for the upcoming fall semester. The summer bridge fee grants eligibility for utilizing SHS during the summer session currently in progress, and will expire at the end of that respective session.
SHS can file medical claims for charges incurred at SHS. SHS will file on most health plans but is not contracted or part of any health plan network. All charges not paid by a student’s health insurance will be transferred to their student account.
TAMU utilizes Academic Health Plans to oversee their student health insurance plan. For more information on the TAMU plans offered, please visit tamu.myahpcare.com or contact their office at (877) 624-7911. For specific plan or benefit questions, please email email@example.com.
For additional information regarding TAMU Health Insurance, please visit the SHS Health Insurance webpage.
SHS can treat students for short-term, acute illnesses and injuries with its staff physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants. Appropriate referrals are made as necessary.
Dial-A-Nurse is available to advise students with non-emergency health concerns. Students can call during the day, when SHS is closed (5pm - 8am on weekdays), and on the weekend. Dial-A-Nurse can be reached at (979) 458-8379. For emergencies, dial 911 and an ambulance will transport the individual to the nearest hospital.
For medical advice when SHS is closed, visit our Medical Emergencies and After Hours Care page for additional information.
If there is a medical emergency with a student, parents are usually notified by the TAMU Critical Incidence Response Team (CIRT) team. Please visit the CIRT Critical Incidence Response Team website for more information.
The preferred method is to have charges transferred to the student account and paid via the Howdy Portal. If a student has questions on using a Health Savings Account (HSA), please contact Patient Services at (979) 458-8310.
Patient Services is available to assist students and parents with questions about charge inquiries. As a reminder, a student’s medical information, including billing, is confidential and a release may be necessary for SHS to discuss specific information.
Student Health Services clinicians do not diagnose or initiate medical treatment for ADD/ADHD and they do not provide ongoing medication refills for students already on medication.
Medication refills and diagnostic testing are not considered emergencies, so the student should address any concerns early in his/her college career at Texas A&M. Complete diagnostic testing and initiation of medication if indicated may take 4-6 weeks or longer. Testing for ADD/ADHD is usually done by a psychologist, a psychiatrist, or other specially trained healthcare professional. The diagnosis of ADD/ADHD may be made only after a comprehensive medical examination, classroom evaluations and/or psychometric testing. Most individuals with ADD/ADHD are diagnosed at a young age due to the impact it has on their early education.
The SHS Patient Services department can assist students with information regarding community medical resources that provide ongoing care and medication refills for ADD/ADHD. Please contact Patient Services at (979) 458-8310.
If the student believes that his/her condition qualifies as a disability requiring accommodation, please contact TAMU Disability Resources at (979) 845-1637 or visit their website at disability.tamu.edu.
The university views class attendance as an individual student responsibility. Students who are requesting an excused absence are expected to uphold the Aggie Honor Code and Student Conduct Code (See Rule 24).
SHS medical clinicians follow Texas A&M University Student Rule 7, “Attendance”, regarding medically indicated absences from class.
Students may receive a confirmation of their visit after an appointment with one of the SHS clinicians. Granting an excused absence falls within the purview of, and at the sole discretion of, the faculty.