Welcome to the Wellness Center!

We provide free and confidential Health and Counseling Services to our traditional students

We are located in the rear lower level of The Haid Theatre Building

Open Monday-Friday 9:00 am-4:30 pm

Last appointment 4:00 pm

Call 704-461-6877 to make an appointment or stop by

Health Services has a Nurse Practitioner- Melanie, who is on site four days per week and a Registered Nurse- Sue, and Office Manager- Tina, who both work Monday through Friday.  Melanie has a collaborating physician, Dr. Matthew Harrison, who she is able to contact if necessary.

We treat a variety of illnesses and injuries.

Students are encouraged to come to the Wellness Center for any issues.  If you have any question whether or not we can help you, please stop by or call us.   Most likely we will be able to help you, but if we can’t, we can direct you to a local family practice, Urgent Care or Emergency Room if necessary.


• Allergy symptoms
• Cold and sinus symptoms
• Eye symptoms
• Ear symptoms
• Sore throat
• Asthma, cough, bronchitis
• Rashes and dermatitis
• Nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea
• IV replacement if needed
• Headaches and dizziness
• Urinary tract infections
• Neck pain, back pain, sprains and strains
• Insect bites and bee stings, cuts, abrasions, etc.
• Minor laceration repair (if occurred within previous 6 hours)
• Flu shots

**Please allow enough time to see us. Expect to be in the Wellness Center about an hour.


Visits to the Wellness Center are free of charge.
Laboratory tests that need to be sent out, carry costs and are billed to the student, either through self-pay which will be charged to the student account or billed through insurance.

If a student is referred outside the Wellness Center to a local family doctor, Urgent Care or Emergency Room, the student is responsible for payment of associated charges and possible co-pay. The student should bring all insurance information to the appointment/visit.


Each student must have medical insurance, either through a private insurance company plan or the insurance package offered through the College. Information regarding the school’s medical insurance with information on how to waive the insurance will be sent during the summer months from Student Financial Services.

All students are billed every year on their fall tuition bill for the school health insurance. If the student is starting in spring semester, he will be billed at a reduced rate for the spring semester.

All international students are required to keep the school-offered medical insurance.

For non-international students, in order to waive the school insurance, you will need to complete an on-line waiver each year and show evidence of coverage by a private policy that provides benefits in this area. You will be required to submit proof of insurance according to the directions from Student Financial Services.

To waive the school insurance click here.
Submitting your private insurance information on the Medical History Form DOES NOT constitute a waiver.
**Although visits to the Wellness Center are free, we do encourage the students to carry their insurance card with them in the event they need medical care outside the Wellness Center.


The student is responsible for obtaining his own transportation if he needs health services off campus. Often times a student is able to drive himself or has a friend who can take him. Other times a student may end up taking a taxi or calling Uber or in some cases, if necessary, an ambulance may need to be called.


We understand that this is a difficult issue for parents, but once a student reaches the age of 18, he or she has legal confidentiality rights to his or her medical information.

There is no form for a student to fill out for a release of his or her medical information. Instead, on a case-by-case basis, the student can give verbal permission to the nurse practitioner or nurse who can then talk to a parent or guardian regarding his or her illness or situation.

The student is encouraged to keep an open dialogue with his parents and we are happy to talk to any parent, but only with your son or daughter’s permission in each case.


Belmont Abbey College operates on the honor system, therefore the Wellness Center does not write medical excuses for students. Students must notify their professors themselves if they need to miss a class due to illness.


Showing results of a sickle cell screen is a requirement by the NCAA for all athletes and are needed for the Athletic Department.

Screening for sickle cell disease is commonly done as a newborn. The Athletic Training website lists various ways to see if you have already had testing done and how to obtain the results to upload to the Athletic Training website, otherwise, testing can be repeated if necessary, preferably when the athlete is getting his or her physical by his/her primary care physician prior to the start of school.

*All new freshmen and transfer athletes should upload their sickle cell results to the Athletic Training Department website.

The sickle cell test results should not be sent to the Wellness Center.

People with sickle cell trait are at a higher risk for heat-related illness/heat stroke. Knowledge of sickle cell trait status prior to sports participation does not disqualify the athlete from participation; it allows for simple precautions to help prevent complications.
“Sickle cell disease affects millions of people throughout the world and it is particularly common among people whose ancestors come from sub-Saharan Africa, Spanish-speaking regions in the Western Hemisphere (South America, Cuba, and Central America), Saudi Arabia, India, and Mediterranean countries such as Turkey, Greece, and Italy.”

For more information about Sickle Cell trait/disease visit this website.

Melanie Eckstein, FNP-BC Director of Health Services 


Tina MorganOffice Manager


Sue Stipanovic RN, BSN, College Nurse

Counseling Services, which includes two licensed counselors on staff professional counselor on staff, are free and confidential. Concerns that students may bring to counseling may include, but are not limited to: Bereavement/loss, depression, homesickness and college adjustment, psycho-education, relationship issues, stress and anxiety, stress management, and substance use issues. Some student issues may require an outside referral. Appropriate referrals will be determined and made in these cases.

College is a time of change, growth and transition. The emphasis is on learning during this time in your life, but college is also a time to explore your ability to cope with stress, adapt to change, form relationships, balance work and play and make personal decisions.

The counselors at the Abbey are here to help you when presented with the challenges of taking responsibility for your personal growth. During the course of your years at the Abbey, you may want help and guidance in dealing with the everyday stresses of college life, self-confidence, emotions or finding your personal values. This is why we are here.

Currently enrolled traditional Belmont Abbey College students may utilize counseling services or consultations. If it is determined that another agency or person may better meet a student’s needs, he or she is referred on a voluntary basis to that source. If a student is referred to an off-campus therapist, he or she will be responsible for all fees.
You can call the counseling center at the numbers listed to set up an appointment. All messages on the voice mail are confidential. You may also come by the Counseling Center to make an appointment in person.

We are located in the Wellness Center- bottom level of the Haid Building- accessible via rear entrance. Call 704-461-5081

Please note: the Counseling Center at Belmont Abbey College does not address counseling issues or concerns via email or the Internet. Please address your concerns by calling or coming by the Counseling Center office.

The counseling Center staff provides short-term counseling on multiple issues and concerns, including:

  • Self-esteem Issues
  • Anxiety
  • Stress Management
  • Depression
  • Relationship Conflict
  • Grief and Loss
  • Eating Disorders
  • Lifestyle Concerns
  • Family Issues
  • Substance Abuse/Dependence
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Sexual assault
  • Trauma

Note: In the event of an emergency, call campus police at 704-461-6200. Police will contact the counselor on call immediately.

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Christie Simons

Christie Simons, MAMFT, LPC, LCAS Director of Counseling

Jenn Cooney

Jenn Cooney MTS-Counseling, LPC Counselor

  1. Immunizations:  Please send a copy of your Immunization Records from your health care provider or a copy of a State Certificate of Immunization Record. Please see a list of North Carolina required immunizations on the link below.

The State of North Carolina mandates that all students must provide their immunization records to the school they are attending. If this requirement is not met or not in process of completion, dismissal from school 30 days after registration is mandatory under North Carolina law.

  1. Medical History form to be completed by the student or parent (link below).


3. Physical Exam form which is highly encouraged for new incoming students to be completed by their physician prior to attending Belmont Abbey College.

Required forms are due by July 1 for the Fall Semester and December 1 for the Spring Semester.

**Student Athletes: These forms are in ADDITION to the forms required by the Athletic Department.  Our forms are different and both are necessary. Below the links to the required Wellness Center forms is a link to the Athletic Trainer’s required forms.

Immunizations Required
Student Medical History Form
Physical Examination Form
Forms for athletic trainer

Athletes:   Click here for required forms for athletic trainer

Please return all completed forms by mail, email or fax to:

Wellness Center
Belmont Abbey College
100 Belmont – Mt. Holly Road
Belmont, NC 28012
Fax:   704-461-6878

If you have any questions, please contact us between 8am-4pm Monday-Friday.

Please note: Summer Hours during June and July will be limited.

Thank you,

Wellness Center Staff
Belmont Abbey College
(704) 461-6877