Welcome to the AAAHC Accredited Student Health & Wellness Center (SHWC). Our mission at the SHWC is to provide medical and counseling services, as well as health promotion programs to promote healthy living and engagement, to help students fulfill their artistic endeavors at Otis College. All currently enrolled Otis College of Art and Design degree seeking students have free access to the Student Health and Wellness Center, including those without the student health insurance plan.
The SHWC is open for all Otis students. You can make a medical appointment by calling 310-846-5738 or you can walk-in and make an appointment. For counseling, you can call 424-207-2492 or walk-in to Ahmanson B05B (on the Lower Level) to make an appointment. Lastly, if you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 and would like to be tested, we ask that you call the SHWC for a virtual zoom or phone appointment first, where we will then give you instructions on where we will be testing you.
Otis College is strongly recommended the COVID-19 vaccine for all students.
View theCounseling and Psychological Services mission, menu of services, how to make a counseling appointment, what to do if you’re in a crisis, mental health screenings, off-campus resources and more.
Click here to access your Owl Care Patient Portal where you can make an appointment, view your labs, send a message to a provider at the SHWC, upload any documents, or apply for disability accomomodations. New students gain access to their portal beginning May 2022.
Students who choose not to be vaccinated or boosted will have access to everything that vaccinated students have. No activities, dining options, or classes will be closed off to students who are not vaccinated.
Unvaccinated students or not up to date students will be required to participate in weekly surveillance/screening diagnostic COVID-19 testing. Additional details will be e-mailed to students who need surveillance/screening diagnostic testing. All testing will take place outside, on the back side of Ahmanson (near the red tent).
If there is an outbreak on campus, unvaccinated and not up to date, non-housing students will be asked to leave campus and return when told it is safe to return. Those who are asked to leave campus will have virtual access to their classes.
If there is an outbreak on campus, unvaccinated and not up to date, housing students will be asked to isolate (either on-campus or at the student’s primary residence depending on space available) until cleared to move back to their previous Residence Hall room or apartment. These students will also have virtual access to their classes.
“Surveillance” or "Screening Diagnostic" testing refers to regular testing for individuals who are not experiencing
any COVID-19 symptoms. Surveillance/screening diagnostic testing will be provided to all unvaccinated
students and is an added measure to minimizing the spread of COVID-19. There will be
no added cost for this testing. Testing will be required for all unvaccinated or "not fully vaccinated" students on a weekly basis.
Students who do not comply with surveillance/screening diagnostic testing will be notified via email and/or phone call. If the student lives in housing, then housing staff will also be notified. The student will be given the opportunity for make up testing, however, further noncompliance and continued missed tests will result in emails sent to the VP of Campus Life and the Dean of Student Affairs. If the student does not follow-up with a makeup test then the student will not be allowed to come to campus/classes and will be sent through the conduct process.
Yes, all students who are unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated will need to do covid-19 screening diagnostic testing upon move-in and then every week after*. Students will be provided more information from our COVID Nurse during their move-in day. Students who do not comply with this, will not be able to move into Otis housing.
Yes, you will need to quarantine based on the LA County Travel guidelines, which can be found here. These guidelines continually change and we encourage you to check this site regularly, as it may impact your travel plans. As of January 18, 2022, the guidelines recommend:
All unvaccinated travelers coming into LA County from another country or another state (outside of California) will need to:
Quarantine for a full 5 days after traveling AND get a negative COVID-19 viral test (swab or saliva) result from a specimen collected on days 3-5 after your arrival.
Quarantine for a full 10 days after traveling if you do not get tested with a COVID-19 viral test after your arrival
Continue to monitor yourself for any symptoms of COVID-19 for 10 days after your arrival AND avoid being around people who are at increased risk for severe illness. Immediately isolate and notify the SHWC or your medical provider if you develop any symptoms.
Yes, we will be holding various COVID-19 vaccine clinics on-campus throughout the year. Please check your Otis email regularly for any emails
from the SHWC regarding upcoming vaccine clinic dates and times.
Yes, you will be able to come onto campus. We understand that many of our
international students are having difficulty getting vaccinated prior to the start of school.
Please turn in a copy of your first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and let us know when
your 2nd dose is scheduled so that we can keep track of your vaccine status.
Students who do not comply with the COVID-19 vaccine requirement (either fully vaccinated with an FDA or WHO approved COVID-19 Vaccine or completed the COVID-19 exemption form) will not be able to attend class or campus until compliance is met.