UndergraduateGraduateContinuing EducationSpecial ProgramsAbout SVAStudent LifeAttend SVAAfter SVA

For the current issue of the Student Health 101 Magazine, click on the image below:

June's Issue

For the General Health Resource Guide, click on the image below:

Health Resource Guide


Services are provided free of charge and are confidential. Our office hours are 9am to 5pm, Monday through Friday. Summer hours are 9am to 5pm Monday through Thursday & 9am to 4pm on Friday, beginning May 30 until August 22nd. 

A registered nurse is available for health education and assistance in locating community health resources in the New York City area. Medical services are not available on-site. Health resources, such as walk-in clinics and hospitals, can be found under the Download section of this site.

Therapists and a part-time psychiatrist provide short-term therapy for a variety of issues. Counseling services are available in the summer for students living on campus and/or attending summer classes and registered for the fall semester. Students should call or stop by the office to set up an appointment.

Contact Us

Contact Us

Hours: 9am to 5pm, Monday through Friday

George Washington Residence 23 Lexington Ave, Room 302
Tel: 212.592.2246
Fax: 212.592.2216
E-mail: health@sva.edu

Mailing address:
Attn: Student Health and Counseling Services
School of Visual Arts
209 East 23rd Street
New York, NY 10010

Immunization Policy

Student Health and Counseling Services oversees the process of making sure that students and the College are in compliance with New York State Public Health Laws 2165 and 2167. Students are required to complete a SVA Student Health Form to provide the documentation required to fulfill both laws.

The Form is available in the Downloads section of this page. The link to the form can be found in various notifications sent to newly accepted students, including 'What's Next? How Do I Register For Classes At SVA?"

Students should make every effort to have this completed by their previous school or healthcare provider as soon as possible following acceptance to the College. Though there is no specific due date, students are not permitted to register for classes until their Form is processed and cleared by Student Health and Counseling Services.

In the rare case of a student who has not received a measles vaccine; if a student receives their first MMR vaccine, a temporary exemption may be granted through Student Health and Counseling Services so that he/she can attend classes while awaiting the second dose. Any student who is not fully in compliance with New York State Public Health Laws 2165 and 2167 will be withdrawn from the College 30 days into the semester.

For a Measles, Mumps and Rubella Vaccination Fact Sheet, click on the image below:

Measles, Mumps, and Rubella

For a Meningococcal Meningitis Vaccination Fact Sheet, click on the image below:

Meningococcal Meningitis


Insurance Requirement


Students are automatically enrolled in the SVA-sponsored Injury and Sickness Insurance Plan and billed the Health Insurance Fee. The Health Insurance Fee is charged each semester and students who register and attend classes for the fall and spring semester have coverage for one year.

Information about the United Healthcare StudentResources Insurance Plan can be viewed at www.sva.edu/uhp or at www.universityhealthplans.com

Insurance coverage for fall 2014 begins on August 25, 2014 and ends on January 7, 2014. Insurance coverage for spring 2015 begins on January 8, 2015 and ends on August 24, 2015.  Students who wish to remain enrolled in the student health insurance do not have to compelte any enrollment forms. Review the United Healthcare pdfs under the Downloads section of this website and read the Insurance/Waiver emails sent to your SVA student email accounts, each semester, for more information. For questions on benefits or claims, contact University Health Plans at 1.800.437.6448 or visit www.sva.edu/uhp

Students who have other health insurance that can be used in the New York City area and do not wish to have the SVA-sponsored insurance or be billed the Health Insurance Fee, must complete the online waiver form, at www.sva.edu/uhp by the applicable deadline. 

In order to waive the Health Insurance Fee, the online waiver form must be completed by the deadline on an annual basis. Failure to complete this online waiver will result in continued enrollment in the SVA plan at the current rate. There are no refunds of the Health Insurance Fee after the semester's deadline date.  The waiver deadline for fall 2014 is October 2nd and includes removal from the student health insurance for both the fall and spring semesters.  Should you miss the deadline for the fall semester, or are just beginning classes in the spring, you can complete the online waiver form for the spring semester. The waiver deadline for spring 2015 is February 12th and includes removal from the student health insurance for spring only.  Anyone completing an online waiver for spring must also complete one in the fall, as well, for the upcoming academic policy year. 

Students who have waived the Health Insurance Fee and have had a change in coverage status may find and complete the Student Insurance Re-enrollment Form, under the Downloads section of this page, in order to be re-enrolled into the SVA sponsored Health Insurance Plan.

For a brief summary of the student health insurance planplease review the United Healthcare Getting Started and/or the United Healthcare Summary of Benefits pdf's under the Downloads section of this page. 


*Insurance coverage for fall 2013 began on August 25, 2013 and ended on January 8, 2014. Insurance coverage for spring 2014 began on January 9, 2014 and ends on August 24, 2014. For questions on benefits or claims, contact University Health Plans at 1.800.437.6448 or visit www.sva.edu/uhp

Insurance - Student Health Insurance & the Affordable Care Act

Affordable Care Act and Student Health Insurance

American College Health Association - Updated Frequently Asked Questions Page:

ACHA has posted updated Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and answers regarding the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and its effect on college student health coverage. These FAQs are provided to assist our members and others in their general understanding of the changes to student health plan coverage brought about by the ACA.

This information is not intended as legal advice, nor is it intended to address specific questions about student health coverage offered/provided by a specific institution of higher education.

For information on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and how to enroll, please visit https://www.healthcare.gov/

For important health insurance terms, visit http://www.insurancequotes.org/health-insurance/

Student Health and Counseling Services Staff


Free Counseling Services Available For Students


Jennifer Wilson, MA, LCAT, Psychotherapist
Christine Gilchrist, MSN, MPH, RN, BC, Associate Director
Mark Howell, PhD, LCSW, Psychotherapist
Karla Abrantes, Coordinator
Edward Rabinowitz, MD, Psychiatrist
Navah Steiner, MA, LCAT, Psychotherapist

2013-14 Dental and Vision Providers
DentistOpthamologist (Eye Doctor)

The information included below is not intended to reflect the only medical facilities available, nor should it be regarded as a recommendation or endorsement of the providers, clinics or services by the office of Student Health and Counseling Services.

The SVA-sponsored student injury and sickness insurance, United Healthcare StudentResources, does not include dental or vision coverage. If you are seeking dental or vision services, you can review the options below:


United Health Allies Discount Programs - Dental/Vision: If you are enrolled in the student health insurance - United Healthcare StudentResources, visit www.sva.edu/uhp and click on United Health Allies Discount Programs. Review the information and go online to create an account. You will need your Health Discount Card (this came with your Insurance ID Card) to log in.  Once logged in, go to Find A Provider, click on Dental or Vision, select a specialty, and enter your zip code.  A list of providers will appear along with the estimated discounted savings.  Click on a provider, confirm your personal information, and print out the Discount Confirmation Letter.  Now you are ready to call and make an appointment. Bring your Health Discount Card and the Discount Confirmation Letter with you on your visit. The same instructions apply for Vision.

NYU College of Dentistry- Stu-Dent Plan: Students enrolled in the Stu-Dent Plan will be treated by D.D.S. and dental hygiene students, supervised by licensed dental faculty members, at the NYU College of Dentistry, 345 East 24th Street (on the corner of First Avenue). Services include:Diagnostic Care, Restorative Treatment, and Preventive Care. Enrollment is on a rolling basis. Membership takes effect on the date of enrollment and terminates one year after the effective date. Call 212.998.9870 or visit http://www.nyu.edu/dental/patientinfo/stu-dent-main.html for more information.


For more information on dental and vision providers in the area, see below:

Name - Dental Services


Madison Square Dentistry

212.231.4029 / 1158 Broadway

Gramercy Park Dental

212.889.0999 / 334 3rd Ave

Clarence Loflin, DDS (General Dentistry)

212.683.2890 / 164 Madison Ave

Lillian Mittl, DDS (General Dentistry)

212.683.3328 / 160 E  32nd St

Richard Ricci, DDS & Andrea Cambras, DDS (General Dentistry)

212.213.4558 / 201 E  28th St

Amir Ahmadi, DDS – (Periodontist)

212.685.2890 / 164 Madison Ave


Name- Vision Services


Union Square Eye Care

212.844.2020 / 235 Park Ave

Cohen’s Fashion Optical

212.677.3707 / 106 East 23rd St

Jonathan A. Feistmann (Optometrist)

212.979.4000 / 310 E 14th St

Allison J. Bruckner (Optometrist)

212.686.7500 / 423 E 23rd St

Jonathan Ellant (Opthamologist)

212.889.7177 / 144 East 27th St

Curreri & Hornfeld Laser

212.979.2020 / 247 3rd Ave,

Suite 204


2014-2015 Online Student Insurance Waiver Form
SVA students are automatically enrolled in the SVA -sponsored student health insurance. If you are already covered under an insurance plan, you must complete the online waiver form to be removed from enrollment and billing. The DEADLINE to complete the online waiver form for fall 2014 -spring 2015 is October 2nd, 2014. Click below for the waiver form
Waiver Form
Getting Started with United Healthcare 2014-15
Fall 2014 student health insurance coverage begins on August 25, 2014. Insurance ID Cards will be available for print beginning in August. You may review the Brochure and plan details by clicking on the button below. You may also review the United Healthcare Getting Started pdf under the Downloads section below

School of Visual Arts | 209 East 23 Street, NY, NY 10010-3994 | Tel: 212.592.2000 | Fax: 212.725.3587