New & Readmitted Students

Welcome to Dordt University!

The Student Health and Counseling Center looks forward to serving you during your time at Dordt University. It is our hope that your days at Dordt will be blessed with intellectual, emotional, and spiritual growth as well as deep Christian friendships.

It is the mission of the Student Health and Counseling Center to support students by promoting and maintaining optimal physical and emotional health as they pursue their academic and life goals. The Student Health and Counseling Center provides medical and counseling services to all full-time Dordt students during the academic school year.

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New Students

Student Health and Counseling Eligibility for Use

All full-time, undergraduate students have access to medical and counseling services through the Student Health and Counseling Center. 

Secure Communication

To ensure that all communication between you and Student Health and Counseling is safe and confidential, we will communicate through an Online Student Health Portal (OSHP); this secure messaging tool is more secure than email. The OSHP can be accessed from your Student Account or from the Student Health and Counseling page on u.dordt.edu. The OSHP is not for urgent concerns or emergencies; if you have an urgent need, contact us at 712-722-6990 and ask to speak to a nurse. If you have an emergency on campus, dial 911.

When we send you a message, you will receive an email to your Dordt account from Health@Dordt.edu. This secure message will become a permanent part of your record. Please do not block these messages, instead, take the time to review them. If you ever have any concerns about the validity of a message, please contact us at 712-722-6990.

Health and Immunization Requirements:

What to Bring to Campus:

  • A copy of your insurance card and some understanding of how your insurance plan works
  • Asthma medications: Fall harvest can trigger asthma symptoms in students who have been asthma free for many years. If you have a history of asthma with the use of inhalers or nebulizer, please bring those items to campus with you.
  • Prescription medications
  • Over the counter medications: allergy medication, Tylenol, Ibuprofen, sunblock
  • Thermometer
  • If you use injectable medications, protect others from injury, and bring a sharps container to campus.
  • First Aid supplies

New Student FAQs

  1. What if I cannot meet the July 1st/ January 2nd deadline?
  2. Do I need to notify Student Health and Counseling if my forms will be late?
  3. Where do I send the health forms?
  4. What is the Online Student Health Portal?
  5. Where can I find the Online Student Health Portal?
  6. I am having a difficult time using the Portal.
  7. I am having difficulty registering for an Online Student Health Portal Account.
  8. I submitted my immunizations, but my checklist doesn’t show it.
  9. Can I submit a copy of my baby book immunization record?
  10. What do I do if I can’t find an official document of immunization?
  11. I am unable to locate my immunization records. What should I do?
  12. Where should I look for my immunizations?
  13. Can I have the immunizations I need at Student Health when I arrive on campus?
  14. Does Dordt require proof of health insurance?

1. What if I cannot meet the July 1st/ January 2nd deadline?

Please make every effort to submit and upload forms by the requested date, this allows our office time to process your information and communicate with you about missing requirements, it will ensure that your medical record is ready when you arrive on campus. If your circumstances are such that you cannot complete the forms by this date, please do so as soon as possible. Athletes will not be able to practice with their teams until health information is on file.

2. Do I need to notify Student Health and Counseling if my forms will be late?

You do not need to notify us that your forms will be late unless you expect that it will be after July 31 for the fall semester, December 31 for the spring semester. We request that you submit forms after this date only in extreme circumstances. If you cannot have forms completed by the July 31/December 31 deadlines, please email us at health@dordt.edu.

3. Where do I send the health forms?

All health and immunization forms must be submitted through the Online Student Health Portal. Information on how to access the portal and upload forms can be found in your Student Account Checklist.

If you are unable to upload forms, please fax them to our secure fax at 712-722-6991.

4. What is the Online Student Health Portal?

The Online Student Health Portal (OSHP) provides you with access to your electronic health chart and is a secure messaging tool that is more secure than email. You will use the OSHP to submit health and immunization information, schedule visits, and exchange health-related messages with us. Information in the Portal will become part of your electronic health record in Student Health and Counseling. The OSHP can be accessed from your Student Account or from the Student Health and Counseling page on u.dordt.edu

5. Where can I find the Online Student Health Portal?

The Online Student Health Portal and instructions for using it can be found in your Student Account checklist.

6. I am having a difficult time using the Portal.

If you are experiencing difficulties using the Portal, try switching to another browser such as Chrome. If this does not correct the problem, please email us at health@dordt.edu or call us at 712-722-6990.

7. I am having difficulty registering for an Online Student Health Portal Account.

Using your Dordt Student ID, enter the first 6 digits after the zero. Once registered, you may use your Dordt username and password as your portal username and password. Remember, if you share your Dordt username and password with anyone, they will also have access to your health information.

8. I submitted my immunizations, but my checklist doesn’t show it.

The Health and Immunization Requirement will turn to green after you have submitted the Health History form, Immunization Documentation, Tuberculosis Screening form, Consent to Treat, and Privacy Information, and Consent to Treat a Minor (if you are under 18, by August 1).

9. Can I submit a copy of my baby book immunization record?

Because we are asked to provide proof of immunization to other organizations and institutions, it is necessary that we have an official document of immunization to verify the information. Official records include an immunization record that you receive from your healthcare provider, electronic record from your healthcare provider’s online chart that you have access to, a copy from your state’s central immunization registry, or a copy from a branch of the military where you have served.

10. What do I do if I can’t find an official document of immunization?

On the Forms page of our website, you will find the Dordt University Immunization Record. This can be printed off and taken to your Healthcare Provider for them to complete. 

11. I am unable to locate my immunization records. What should I do?

If you cannot locate immunization records, you can choose one of the following:

  • You can be re-immunized
  • You can have a blood test to determine immunity. Please note that if your blood test indicates you are not immune, you will need to be re-immunized.

12. Where should I look for my immunizations?

Consult The Centers for Disease Control’s Finding and Updating Vaccine Records.

13. Can I have the immunizations I need at Student Health when I arrive on campus?

The required vaccines will need to be administered prior to your arrival on campus. If you are unable to meet this requirement for logistical restrictions, please email health@dordt.edu.

14. Does Dordt require proof of health insurance?

Dordt does not require that students provide proof of insurance. Student Health and Counseling do not charge for services (see Student Health and Counseling for more detailed information about services and fees). Off-campus medical and mental health services will incur charges and students should have a working knowledge of any health insurance they have access to.

Readmitted students

Report of Health Information

All readmitted students who have previously met the University’s immunization requirement, are asked to complete and submit the online Health History information accessed from their Student Account.  Health Information should be submitted by July 1st for the fall semester, and January 2nd for the spring semester.


Contact Us

If you have read through the FAQs and still have questions, please email us at health@dordt.edu or contact us at 712-722-6990. During the summer months, the office is open for business on Wednesday mornings, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.