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Boettcher Health Center

Student Health Center: 719-389-6384

Colorado College proudly partners with Optum formerly DaVita Medical Group to provide health services to students on campus through the Student Health Center.  The College has made health services available to students since the Center’s opening in 1963 and continues its commitment to delivering a wide array of programs to augment “life at CC”. 

The college and the health professionals with whom we partner are committed to supporting Colorado College students’ health with an understanding that healthy students are best equipped to fully engage the educational opportunities available through Colorado College curriculum and programs. We are also committed to educating our students on how to become savvy and informed users of healthcare for a life time.

Counseling Center and Psychological Services
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Colorado College Counseling and Psychological Services remains a program operated by the college and directed by Dr. Bill Dove.  Our PhD-level psychologists work in supporting and addressing the mental health needs of our students.  Counseling and Psychological Services can be reached at 719-389-6093 and are located in the Boettcher Health Center Building.

Measles Information

Measles is one of the most contagious of all infectious diseases, as it spreads easily through the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It is more likely to spread and cause outbreaks in communities where groups of people are unvaccinated. Measles is a health risk for students and staff who have never had measles or have not received the recommended two-vaccine series. While Colorado Springs is not currently experiencing an outbreak, given the national measles outbreaks, Colorado College is working to proactively reduce the risk of an outbreak on our campus, and we want to assure parents and families that in the event of a campus outbreak, we would work very closely with local public health officials to ensure that notifications are made and proper care is provided to all who might be affected. 

At this time, we have identified and notified approximately 45 students who may currently be under-immunized, provided them with information about prevention, and strongly encouraged them to go to the Student Health Center to receive immunizations.  We are also communicating with our staff and faculty encouraging them to work with their health care providers to document their immunity and/or receive immunizations as appropriate.  In order to be considered immune, an individual needs to have received either two doses of the Measles/Mumps/Rubella (MMR) vaccine after the age of 1, OR had a blood test showing the presence of antibodies to the virus.

You can find more information about measles and the measles vaccine on the Center for Disease Control’s website

You can also find information on the CC website about the documentation the college requires for entry into Colorado College, and campus prevention education.

Welcome to Colorado:
What You Need to Know About Altitude Sickness

As you settle in to Colorado Springs, keep in mind that the elevation of the city and surrounding parks are 6,035+ ft above sea level, and may be much higher than you're used to.

At these high altitudes, your body takes in less oxygen due to the decrease in air pressure, which can cause altitude sickness.

You may experience the following symptoms, usually within the first 48 hours of arriving in Colorado:

  • Headache
  • Dizziness and lightheadedness
  • Shortness of breath
  • Lack of appetite, nausea or vomiting
  • Fatigue and weakness
  • Difficulty sleeping

The best way to prevent altitude sickness is to plan ahead when traveling to higher elevations and go slowly. For example, if you are driving to Estes Park from sea level, you might want to consider spending a night or two in Denver. Once you arrive, you should plan on avoiding exertion for the first day or two. Consider waiting until later in your trip to drive over Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park (which has a high point of 12,183 ft.), or climb to any of the mountain peaks.

Altitude sickness can affect anyone, even pets. Allow yourself to rest, and be sure to drink plenty of water, as high altitudes increase chances of dehydration. Avoid drinking caffeine or alcohol. Mild analgesics, such as Tylenol, can also help. Altitude sickness will usually subside within a few hours, and mostly disappear within a day or so. It's important to pay attention to your body, and don't overdo it.

Adapted from Estes Park's article on altitude sickness at

Traveling Abroad Next Semester?
Make Sure Your Vaccinations Are Up To Date!

Optum offers Travel Medicine at their Urgent Care Clinic on Union & Fillmore every Tuesday. Call 719-636-2999 to schedule your appointment today.