Soka’s on-campus Health Center provides outpatient services to help students maintain optimal health. A California-licensed medical practitioner will provide medical services when you are ill and provide preventive health services when you are well. We encourage you to use these services.
On-Campus Health Center
The clinic is staffed by a California-licensed medical practitioner from South Coast Medical Group.
Location and Contact Information
Student Center, 4th Floor, Room 409 (directly above the Mailroom)
Email: HealthCenter@soka.edu | Phone: (949) 480-4143
Monday-Friday | 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday | CLOSED
University Holidays; Winter, Spring, and Summer Breaks | CLOSED
Frequently Asked Questions
An urgent care condition is not as serious as an emergency, but you need to obtain care as soon as possible. Some examples are chronic back pain, fever, headache, severe skin rash, and persistent cough. We use the South Coast Medical Group Urgent Care for after-hour/weekend services.
South Coast Medical Group Urgent Care
Location: 5 Journey #130, Aliso Viejo, CA 92656
Phone: (949) 360-1069
Monday-Friday | 8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Saturday | 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Sunday | 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
A true medical emergency is the sudden and unexpected onset of a condition in which delay in treatment would endanger your health or life. Some examples are difficulty breathing, broken bones, excessive bleeding, suspected heart attack, unconsciousness, severe burns, car accident, back or neck injury, severe allergic reaction involving respiratory distress, drug or alcohol overdose, mental distress, shock, and severe stomach pain.
If you face a life-threatening emergency on or off campus dial 911.
If you are on campus, also call Campus Security at (949) 480-4100 and notify your Residence Hall Staff while waiting for the paramedics to arrive.
For emergencies or for urgent medical needs when the urgent care center is closed:
Saddleback Memorial Medical Center
Location: 24451 Health Center Drive, Laguna Hills, CA 92653
Phone: (949) 452-3569
Location: 27700 Medical Center Rd, Mission Viejo, CA 92691
Phone: (949) 364-1400
All Soka students are eligible for care at the on-campus clinic at no cost. Students with waived insurance (having insurance other than Soka insurance) are required to bring a copy of their insurance card (front and back) to the Health Center. If lab, radiology, or a physician visit is needed, a student will be referred to their primary care physician or our supervising physician. Health Center staff can assist students with finding an appropriate, nearby provider.
MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella): two doses; Td (Tetanus/Diphtheria): must be within the past 10 years; Meningitis Vaccine: one dose if first time (need second dose if received first dose before 16 years old); Hepatitis A: two doses; Hepatitis B: three doses; COVID-19 Vaccine; Required Skin Test: current (within 12 months) TB (Tuberculosis), a current chest x-ray is needed if a skin test result is positive or there is a history of a positive result
Patients are usually seen on a walk-in, first-come, first-served basis. However, students with more urgent needs may be seen sooner. We encourage all patients with more predictable health care needs (examinations, medication refills, older injuries, or long-term health problems) to make an appointment.
We support and contribute to health education programs sponsored by Student Services. These programs might include social education/STD, nutrition/eating disorders, reproductive health, dermatology/sun protection, muscle/skeletal-body mechanics, life support (CPR), and health maintenance (blood pressure, cholesterol, etc.).
The privacy of your medical information is important to us. We understand that your medical information is personal and we are committed to protecting it. All medical information in the Health Center is confidential and is protected under FERPA.
All Soka students must have health insurance. Soka offers health insurance through Anthem Blue Cross. All international students are required to purchase Soka’s health insurance. Domestic students may waive the health insurance fee by submitting a waiver and providing a current copy of the student’s insurance card.
You must annually submit a Health Insurance Election/Waiver form to indicate whether you will be enrolling in or waiving Soka’s health insurance. These are usually due in May. If you are waiving, you must submit a copy of your health insurance card. Otherwise you will automatically be enrolled in Soka’s health insurance.
If your family encounters an event in which you lose health insurance coverage, please contact us immediately to enroll in our Soka health insurance.