Healthcare and Education for Students

Receive healthcare from registered nurses and through educational materials and referrals to community resources. We promote both physical and emotional wellness and encourage students to choose positive lifestyles.

Please note: To receive the discounted price with U.S. HealthWorks, you will need to fill out a referral form in person at our office.

Student Health Fee

Our services are funded by a health services fee of $20 per semester (there is no charge for the summer term). Expect to see an expansion of health services for students beginning in the Spring 2019 semester. 

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"Achieving better health care one patient at a time." ~ARC College Nurses

Services for Currently Enrolled Students and Staff

Tuberculosis (TB) Skin Testing

TB skin tests are placed on Mondays and Tuesdays only, from 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM. Please see the nurse availability and hours of operation notices for our schedule, and allow for 30 minutes before nurse end-of-shift time to come in for your TB skin test.


  1. Fill out paperwork in the Health Center

  2. Pay $5 at the Business Office and return to Health Center with receipt

  3. Receive TB skin test placement.

  4. Return 48 hours later for us to check the results.

Employees (No Charge)

Perform TB Risk Assessment with a nurse if you have no history of positive TB skin test in the past.

Immunizations and Titers

For immunizations, please see our nurse hours and hours of operation notices, and arrive at least 30 minutes prior to the nurse end-of-shift time to receive immunizations. Allow for 15 minutes for wait-time after administration of immunization for observation.

Titers can be ordered any time from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm, Monday to Friday. No appointment is needed. Blood draws are done off-site at a laboratory where walk-ins are welcome.

We provide the following immunizations for a fee:

  • Hepatitis B
  • Measles/Mumps/Rubella (MMR)
  • Tetanus/Diphtheria/Pertussis (Tdap)
  • Varicella

Blood Titers

Immunity for Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Hepatitis A and B, or Varicella may be verified with a blood titer. QuantiFERON TB-Gold is also available. You may have this done through your own medical provider, or we can refer you to a lab near ARC for a fee. A titer cannot be done for tetanus. A titer is recommended for anyone who has received immunizations but cannot obtain records.

Referrals for Physical Exam, Chiropractor, Eye Exam and Glasses, and Chest X-Ray

Referrals can be made any time from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday to Friday.

Please note: To receive the discounted price with our referral providers, you will need to fill out a referral form in person at the ARC Health Center.

WEAVE: Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Support

WEAVE is a domestic violence and sexual assault support service provided to staff and students of Los Rios.

WEAVE services are available on Wednesdays in the Welcome and Support Center Building, Room 316 (next to the Career and Pathways Office). Drop-ins are from 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM, and appointments are from 9:00 AM – to 1:30 PM.

For more information, please contact the WEAVE Confidential Advocate  at  (916) 568-3011

The Los Rios Community College District and its four colleges, including ARC, are committed to creating a safe environment to learn and work. The innovative WEAVE Confidential Advocate Program was designed to offer a safe, confidential option for students or staff who have been the victim of sexual assault, sexual violence, relationship violence, or stalking. Recently, the program was expanded to provide support for victims of sexual harassment as well.

The district has created a simple guide for students and staff to understand their options in the case that they or someone they know has been a victim. Please watch the video below for more information on the program.

Health Center Questions

Who can use the ARC Health Center?
All current ARC students and staff can use the Health Center.

Do I need an appointment to see a nurse? 
All services provided by the ARC Health Center are Monday to Thursday and are done on a walk-in basis. On Fridays, nurse services are by appointment only.

What is the cost to use the ARC Health Center?
Most health services are free. There are fees for immunizations, TB skin tests, and for blood titers. Please see the price list on the ARC Health Center office page for a complete list of current prices.

Does the ARC Health Center provide health insurance? 
No. However, we encourage all students to obtain health insurance. We have information on various types of student health and dental plans in our office and on our web page. Contact the Sacramento County Department of Health and Human Services at (916) 874-2072 to determine your eligibility for government assistance programs.

I have no health insurance. Where can I go if I am sick?
The Health Center has information about health care, mental health, dental, and other resources available in our community. You may also contact Sacramento County Clinic Services at (916) 874-8912. Fees may be charged according to eligibility and services provided. The county clinics are not emergency care facilities. If you have an emergency, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.

Can I get a physical examination at the ARC Health Center? 
Although physical examinations are not available at the ARC Health Center, our staff can refer you to health care providers in the community. You will be responsible for any fees incurred for services received from those providers. We do have agreements with certain providers for discounted student rates.

Can I get prescriptions from the ARC Health Center?
No. The Health Center does not write or fill prescriptions for medication. We can provide referrals to a physician that can do so.

Can I get an absence note from the ARC Health Center? 
No. The Health Center does not provide absence notes to instructors. It is your responsibility to contact the instructor if you are going to miss a class.

What kind of health information is available in the Health Center? 
The Health Center has an array of information on various health problems, topics, and resources. However, there may be times when the requested information is not readily available. In those instances, we will do whatever we can to help you find accurate, reliable information.

Mental Health Resources

The mental and physical health and wellness of students are important to us. If you or someone you know is struggling with mental health issues, stop by the Health Center. The nurses will assist you with information and resources based on your particular needs.

ARC Counseling Center
(located behind the Administration Building)

Support Groups – On Campus:

Women’s (Bonnie Miller)
Wednesdays: 4 pm to 5:30 pm
Howard Hall Conference Room

Traumatic Acquired Brain Injury Support
Barbara Westre (DSPS): (916) 484-8382
Wednesdays: 2:30 pm to 4 pm
Room changes: Call DSPS

Community Mental Health Resources

WellSpace Health
The ARC Health Center is proud to join with our community partners at WellSpace Health to provide free, confidential mental health counseling to any currently enrolled student of Los Rios. Services are available on Thursdays only, by appointment, from 7:00 am – 6:00 pm, for currently enrolled students only. To schedule your visit, please call the ARC Health and Wellness Center at (916) 484-8383.

Cares Community Health
(916) 914-6200
Counseling for individual adults and children after establishing care with primary care at the clinic. Psychiatric evaluations and medication management available.

Center for Counseling and Diagnostic Services @ CSUS
(916) 278-6252
Counseling, adults. 14-15 sessions/semester for $100, averages out to $7/session.

African American Mental Health Providers (Dee Bridges, MFT)
(916) 484-7522
Counseling for individual and couples. Call number and leave message, and your call will be returned within 24 hours. Ms. Bridges is retired from ARC and is familiar with our student population.

TLCS Mental Health Crisis Respite Center
(916) 737-7483
Respite program for any individual living in Sacramento County who is at least 18 years of age, experiencing a mental health crisis. All individuals utilizing the Crisis Respite Center may be eligible to stay for up to 23 hours. The primary goal is to offer a stable and supportive environment so that the “guest” is better positioned to explore their crisis with a solution oriented mindset. Every guest will leave with an individualized resource plan. TLCS may be able to provide transportation.

Hotlines and Self-Help

24hr Suicide Prevention Crisis Line
(800) 273-8255

Crisis Chat
Or text the word HOPE to (916) 668-iCAN

National Sexual Assault Hotline
(800) 656-4673

The Jed Foundation
Promoting emotional health and preventing suicide

Know the Signs
A statewide suicide prevention social marketing campaign built on three key messages: Know the signs. Find the words. Reach out.

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
Advocates for access to services, treatment, supports, and research. Committed to raising awareness and building a community of hope for those in need

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Insight Timer – Meditation Timer
Imagine the sound of beautiful Tibetan singing bowls, your attention focused inward gently and peacefully guiding you through your free guided meditations. If you're new to meditation, you'll find introductory guided meditation and a supportive community to help you get started. Download the free app.

A portable stress management tool which provides detailed information on the effects of stress on the body and instructions and practice exercises to help users learn the stress management skill called diaphragmatic breathing. Breathing exercises have been documented to decrease the body’s fight-or-flight response (stress). Download the free app.