SHAC - Student Health and Counseling



The integrated Samuel Merritt University SHAC (Student Health & Counseling Center) aims to provide top quality physical and mental health care under one roof. Our health professionals recognize that good health is more than the absence of illness, but rather a robust state of well-being that acknowledges the importance and inseparability of the mind-body relationship. Together we work with you to promote healthy lifestyle choices, encourage a holistic philosophy and balance to life for healthy living and academic success.

Whether you are enrolled in the SMU-sponsored Student Health Insurance plan or you maintain alternate health insurance coverage, SHAC offers a variety of free or very low cost physical and mental health services to all matriculated SMU students. SHAC is an important part of the Division of Enrollment and Student Services at SMU. Together, our nurse practitioners, psychologists and administrative staff are committed to enhancing your health and well-being. We invite you to make our center a part of your SMU experience.

Available Health Services:

  • Acute outpatient health care
  • Women's Health; GYN & Family Planning
  • Health care screening/assessment
  • PPD skin tests for tuberculosis screening
  • Immunizations (fee apply) 
  • Specialty referrals
  • Health & Wellness consultation
  • Physical Exam (fee apply) 

Available Counseling Services:

  • Individual Counseling
  • Couple's Counseling (*both individuals need to be SMU students)
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Mental Health Consultation
  • Outreach & Presentations
  • Mental Health Screenings
  • Local 12-Step Groups
  • Off-Campus Referrals

Click here if you want to make an appointment.           

Emergency & After Hours Care:

SHAC (Student Health & Counseling) is open Monday through Friday between 8:30 am- 5:00 pm. After hours, on weekends and during University holidays we encourage you to utilize the resources below. 

Health/Medical After-Hours Care:
Should you need medical services when we are closed, students will need to utilize their health insurance for medical services at private physician offices, urgent care centers or emergency rooms.

A list of Local SF Bay Area Urgent Care Clinics can be found here:

Mental Health After-Hours Care:
SHAC staff does not provide after hours crisis intervention. If you need immediate mental health assessment or care after hours, during weekends or holiday breaks, you may choose from the following options

  1. Contact the Sutter EAP 24/7 line at 800-477-2258. Identify yourself as an SMU student.
  2. Call 911, go to your nearest hospital emergency room
  3. Call a Local or National 24-hour crisis support hotline.   

In any of these situations, you are encouraged to also call the Counseling Center at (510) 879-9288 during office hours as soon as possible to alert the staff that you are need in of help.


Flu Vaccination Policy:

Samuel Merritt University, an affiliate of Sutter Health and Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, adopts Sutter Health’s policy in flu vaccination.  All Samuel Merritt University students must have an annual flu vaccine during each flu season.   Students who decline flu vaccine must wear a mask when they are in clinicals.  Students are informed that if they refuse to get their annual flu vaccine, it may affect their ability to practice in a clinical location and prevent a student from progressing in her/his academic program.

SMU Non Discrimination Policy:

Samuel Merritt University does not discriminate on the basis of  race, religion, color, sex, pregnancy, ethnicity, national origin (including ancestry), citizenship status, familial status, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, veteran or military status (including special disabled veteran, Vietnam-era veteran, or recently separated veteran), predisposing genetic characteristics or any other protected category under applicable local, state or federal law, including protections for those opposing discrimination or participating in any resolution process within the University or within the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission or other human rights agencies. Nondiscrimination is consonant with the principles and practice of the University and is in compliance with Title VII of The Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, Title IX of The Education Amendments of 1972, and section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.


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