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Health and Wellbeing

Center for Faith and Spirituality 

The purpose of the Center for Faith and Spritiuality is to encourage and support students in nurturing their spirit, that part of the self that seeks meaning, purpose and connection. The Chaplains are available for individual conversations and counseling, small group discussions, and student group presentations and collaborations. The Center for Faith and Spirituality also offers assistance to students looking to connect with a faith-based student organization on campus and/or a faith community off campus. The Chaplains work to promote mutual respect, understanding, and cooperation between students of different spiritual and ethical beliefs.

Disability Support Services

The University is committed to ensuring access and providing reasonable accommodation for students with documented disabilities who request assistance. The Director serves as the advocate of Disability Support Services (DSS) at the Daytona Beach residential campus, Worldwide Campuses, and online.

Students’ needs are addressed on an individual basis with regard to their specific disabilities, academic and career goals, learning styles, and objectives for personal development. Campus-specific services include academic advisement or assistance with planning academic schedules, registration assistance and advance registration, academic intervention programs, time management training, study skills assistance, arrangements for peer tutoring, testing modifications, advocacy, and facilitation of physical access. In addition, DSS supports returning veterans in need of service.

Because certain academic programs are FAA-certified, those programs are subject to regulation by that agency. Therefore, regulatory limitations may delay or preclude participation or licensure in those programs by persons with certain disabilities.

Prospective students considering a program of study are encouraged to contact the Disability Support Services staff for information on policies and procedures, eligibility concerns, or campus-specific services. All information is confidential and not for inclusion in the students’ University records.

Health Services

Maintaining optimum health promotes a productive university experience. Health Services promotes student wellness through direct care, education, and assistance with lifestyle modification.

Services include medical diagnostic assessment, prescriptive and nursing care, referrals, wellness education and counseling, women’s health care, medical grounding of flight students, and assistance with aerospace medical concerns.

Students must satisfy the mandatory immunization requirement prior to enrollment. The Medical Report form supplied by University Admissions indicates the immunizations that students must document in order to register for courses and reside in University-managed housing.

Prospective flight students should note that certain sensory impairments, medical, neurobiological, and psychological conditions, and the use of mitigating prescriptive medications may delay or preclude medical certification by the FAA. These issues should be discussed with an aviation medical examiner (AME) to ensure participation in flight instruction. Students may also contact the Health Services clinical staff for information on eligibility for medical certification by calling (386) 226-7917.

Health Insurance Requirement for Students

All students must have health insurance and provide proof of coverage on an annual basis; coverage must be continuous throughout enrollment at Embry-Riddle. The University recommends that students who are currently insured contact their plan administrator to ascertain benefits and limitations while enrolled. Some plans cover only emergency room care or require extended waits to become established with a local provider; many plans reimburse services received out-of-network at a lower rate or not at all.

All students are automatically enrolled in the University’s student health insurance plan. Students with comparable private insurance may waive out of this plan to have the premium removed from their account. Prior to completing the waiver request, we encourage students and/or their parents to review the University’s basic student plan and major medical options at www.uhcsr.com. The waiver request must be received and approved by the semester deadline. Failure to waive the insurance by the semester deadline will result in the nonrefundable insurance fee remaining on the student’s account. Embry-Riddle is not responsible for insurance waivers that are submitted after the deadline. The waiver can be found in WebAdvisor by logging onto ERNIE.

International students with an F-1 or J-1 visa must demonstrate proof of coverage that meets the State Department’s requirements and the coverage must be from a U.S-based company. All International student athletes who have private health insurance must have their policies reviewed by the Assistant Director of Sports Medicine. Non-international students should contact the International Student Advisor (386) 226-6579 to arrange a review of their individual insurance plan.

Counseling Services

The Counseling Center strives to enhance the emotional well-being of students. Counseling helps students effectively cope with difficult situations and promotes academic success..

The office is a calm, friendly, and supportive place where students can openly discuss and explore personal, social, and academic concerns. All services are confidential and free to students.

Students seek counseling services for a variety of reasons: stress, relationship problems, depression, anxiety, loneliness, low self-esteem, poor academic progress, and concentration and motivation issues. Students also choose counseling as an opportunity for personal growth and relationship enhancement.

The office offers short-term counseling, but also assists students with community referrals for longer-term counseling or specialized services, including psychiatric evaluation and medication.