Student Health Services Mission

Individual and campus wide wellness is a significant contributor to the academic, career, and personal success of our students. Recognizing this, the mission of the Etter Health Center is to equip students to be successful in achieving and sustaining optimal health and to recognize their role in maintaining wellness of the campus and their greater community. The health center accomplishes its mission through excellent evidence based medical care, student education, and health promotion activities by a team of dedicated health professionals.

Hours of Operation

The Etter Health Center is located in the Wellness Center on the ground floor of Naugle Hall. The Health Center's telehealth services are available during these hours of operation:

Monday - Friday                  9am - 5pm

         Saturday              12:30pm - 4pm

         Telehealth service 717-477-1458

Please Note: Hours of operation for Etter change during fall, spring, and summer breaks! 

Hours of Operation - Summer 2020

 Monday – Friday           8am – 4pm

Closed Saturday & Sunday

 No admittance without calling first.

COVID- 19 Medical Director Update 

For complete information regarding the Shippensburg University response to the COVID-19 pandemic, please go to

The coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to be widespread across the US and throughout the world.  It is more contagious than the flu and for older individuals with other health problems, it is more deadly than the flu.  Fortunately, as a result of social distancing measures, the number of cases in most areas is limited below the threshold that health care resources and supply chains can manage.  At this time there is no treatment for COVID-19 and no vaccine.  Therefore, even though the spread may be slowed down, some of you are likely to get COVID-19 in the coming months.

You may have only mild symptoms or no symptoms at all when you have COVID19.   The most common symptoms include fever, fatigue, and a dry cough with or without mild shortness of breath.  Fever is usually defined as a temperature of 100.4 or greater however many individuals with COVID19 will feel feverish and experience body aches, sweats or chills, at a lower temperature.   Less than half of individuals with COVID19 will experience a decrease in taste or smell.  These are symptoms that may occur with some other viruses as well.  Although a loss of taste or smell should make you consider the possibility that you may have COVID19, it does not necessarily mean that you do have COVID19.  Other symptoms of COVID19 can include a headache, sore throat, and runny nose.  Although not as common, abdominal pain, diarrhea, and nausea with or without vomiting may occur.  In a few individuals, a rash may occur.  Any of these symptoms can occur in a variety of combinations.  As with several other viruses, one individual may develop the respiratory symptoms and another the gastrointestinal symptoms.  You also may start out with the gastrointestinal symptoms and later develop the respiratory symptoms. 

If you have trouble breathing, persistent chest pain or pressure, confusion, difficulty being awakened, or blue lips or face, medical attention should be obtained immediately.  If you feel feverish and have a cough or shortness of breath, you should definitely call your doctor and testing may be recommended.  If you have other viral symptoms that are worse than mild or are concerned and have questions, you should call your doctor or nurse.  You should also call if your symptoms are not improving as you would expect after a few days.   You can take Tylenol to alleviate discomfort and be sure to drink plenty of fluids.  Avoid contact with others until you are recovered.

To help you make decisions regarding testing and seeking medical care, a useful guide you can use is the CDC self checker.  You can find it at  Above all, do your best to avoid COVID19 by following recommended social distancing practices,  frequent hand washing, regular exercise, and good nutrition.