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Who We Are and What We Do

Welcome to PUSH!

Our staff of board-certified physicians and nurse practitioners provide student-oriented primary care as well as ongoing care for chronic conditions. Our single-minded focus of protecting your health and wellness allows you to focus on your educational and personal goals. Please visit Medical Services to see everything we have to offer. To learn more about our PUSH providers, please visit our provider biography page.


May 14, 2019

Beginning Monday May 20, 2019 the PUSH parking lot will be closed for resurfacing. During this time, there will be no parking in our lot. PUSH has arranged for a limited number of reserved patient parking spots in the gravel lot located on N. University Street across from the Armory building. Our building will be accessible in the front and can be entered from the Stadium Mall walkway. Patients and visitors with limited mobility will have access to the ramp at the rear of the building by following a walkway next to the building. There will be signs posted to help find appropriate entrances. This project is due to be completed by mid-July. We appreciate your patience as we make improvements to better serve our patients.

Valuable Mental Health Benefit for Members of the Purdue University Student Health Plan
October 30, 2018

Students covered by the Purdue University Academic Health Plan (AHP) have 100% coverage for online mental health visits. We realize that for some counseling services there may be a waiting period before you are able to be seen at CAPS, and PUSH medical providers may not be able to provide the service you need. Enroll in LiveHealth Online and you may have a video visit with a therapist within 4 days of your request. You may consult a board-certified psychiatrist within two weeks of your request. You may access this service online at or by downloading the app on your phone or tablet.

PUSH Does Not Provide Excuse Notes for Missed Classes
June 21, 2018

Purdue University Student Health Services (PUSH) does not provide excused absence notes for students who miss class. Students should communicate with their professor as soon as possible, in the event of an illness, so that they can work together for a positive solution to their absence. In situations where a student is hospitalized or may need to go home for medical care, the Dean of Students will notify the student's faculty.

Access Your PUSH Billing Statement Online!
June 21, 2018

Billing statements are now available online for up to 12 months from the date of service. Click the link below for access.

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Departing Provider
May 20, 2019

It is with sadness that we announce the departure of Carol Lancaster, NP. Carol's last day at PUSH will be Friday May 24, 2019. Carol has been a much appreciated member of our staff. We will miss her and we wish her the best in her upcoming endeavors. If Carol has suggested another PUSH provider for your ongoing care, you may wish to schedule an appointment with that provider to discuss your personal medical needs and to ensure that your healthcare is not interrupted. Appointments may be scheduled through the Patient Portal, or by calling 765-494-1700.

ATTENTION Veterinary Medicine Students (DVM and Vet Nursing)
May 14, 2019

All Purdue Veterinary Medicine students, not previously enrolled at Purdue, will be required to show compliance with state immunization requirements, found here, by completing the immunization information form located under the forms tab in the Patient Portal.

In addition to the State Immunization Requirements, the College of Veterinary Medicine requires that you complete the rabies vaccination series and get a TB test. PUSH provides all required vaccines and we will bill your insurance. To schedule an appointment call 765-494-1700 or schedule online using the Patient Portal.

Departing Provider
May 8, 2019

It is with mixed emotions that we announce the retirement of Ruth S. O'Connor, MD. FAAFP.

Dr. O'Connor has served as a provider to patients here at PUSH for 30 years and although she will be greatly missed by staff and students alike, we are also excited for her as she begins this new adventure. We are grateful for the outstanding care she has provided to our patients. We hope that you will join us in wishing her the very best in her upcoming endeavors. If Dr. O'Connor has recommended another PUSH provider for your on-going care, you may wish to schedule an appointment to meet that provider and discuss your healthcare needs. We hope to continue to be your healthcare provider of choice during your remaining time as a student. You may schedule online through the patient portal, or by calling 765-494-1700.

Infusion Therapy
May 6, 2019

PUSH offers infusion therapy for chronic and acute medical conditions when prescribed by a referring physician, even if the physician is out of state. The PUSH nurse coordinator will work with your prescribing provider to appropriately carry out your treatment plan. We will work with your personal schedule as well. PUSH will bill your insurance for these services. We are in network with United Healthcare, Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, and the Purdue student insurance plan administered by AHP. If you are interested in this service, please call 765-494-1700 and ask to speak with the infusion nurse coordinator.

Immunization Record Self-Access
April 29, 2019

Students who are graduating, or leaving Purdue for any reason, may access their immunization records through the Patient Portal.

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Treatment of Psychological Diagnoses at PUSH
October 30, 2018

The Purdue University Student Health Service (PUSH) recognizes that psychological concerns and psychotropic medication are issues for a number of students and families. PUSH also recognizes that the resources of PUSH medical providers, within the scope of their clinical practice, have the training and skillset to provide limited services to students who present with an uncomplicated, single psychiatric diagnosis, and are in need of short term medication. PUSH providers may write one, 14-30 day, prescription for a student who has been on the same medication in the past three months with no untoward effects. PUSH providers may evaluate a student requesting new medication when the student brings in clinical records or summary from a previous therapist or psychiatrist (and in the case of ADHD, diagnostic testing). PUSH medical providers cannot provide the on-going level of care that students may need for a psychological concern. PUSH medical providers cannot provide care to students who have been hospitalized within the last 6 months, who may not be responding to psychotropic medication, or who are thinking of harming self or others. These students will be referred from PUSH medical providers to a higher level of care.

Voicing Concerns at PUSH
February 20, 2018

Our goal at the Purdue Student Health Center is to provide you with the best possible care and services. If your experience did not meet our goal, please let us know by contacting the Student Health Center Patient Advocate, Marilyn Foster, at 765-494-1720, or in person at PUSH room 132. Because we know that health insurance and billing can also be a source of concern, we want to help with that as well. Please contact Lori Blair, Business Services Manager at 765-496-3138 for billing and insurance concerns.