Urgent Medical Care
The Urgent Care area of Medical Services assists Columbia students with urgent medical concerns. While we encourage all students to make an appointment with their primary care provider for routine medical care and illnesses, there are times when a sudden, serious illness or injury may require the immediate care that the Urgent Care area provides.
What to Expect When You Come to Urgent Care
- Sign in and complete a brief registration form at the front desk.
- If you are experiencing an acute condition (e.g., chest pain, shortness of breath, or severe abdominal pain), you should inform the front desk before completing the form.
After Hours Emergencies and Urgent Health Concerns
- Dial 911 if you are off campus.
- St. Luke’s Hospital Emergency Room at 113th Street and Amsterdam Avenue is the nearest emergency room to the Morningside campus, and is open 24 hours a day.
- If you have an urgent concern after clinical hours, contact the clinician-on-call at (212) 854-9797. Your concern will be assessed by one of our expert telephone triage specialists and recommendations for care will be provided.
Many laboratory tests for routine medical conditions are completed on-site in the Medical Services laboratory. Specialized testing is sent to an off-site laboratory (LabCorp) and is subject to co-payments and fees determined by your insurance carrier.
X-rays and other types of diagnostic imaging are usually performed at a nearby location of West Side Radiology, and the cost to the student depends on their individual insurance coverage.
Visits to the Urgent Care area and Medical Services are covered by the Columbia Health Program Fee. For those students who have not enrolled in the Columbia Health Program, a fee will be charged per visit. For more information about the costs for care, go to Fees.
Medical Services serves as the primary care provider for all students who carry the Columbia Student Medical Insurance Plan (Columbia Plan) and also for all students enrolled in the Columbia Health Program.
To obtain a referral, make an appointment to be evaluated by a Primary Care Provider. Referrals are written at the discretion of providers at the time of your visit, based on your medical condition.
Students who have their own medical insurance will be covered for off-campus medical services as determined by their individual carrier.