The mission of Student Health Service is to provide health care and education to students in support of their well-being so they may attain their educational goals, and to serve as a health and medical resource for the campus community. The Student Health Services will provide medical, dental and mental health services for students who are enrolled and attending classes. In promoting wellness, both physical and emotional, students are encouraged to choose positive life-styles.
Medical, Dental, Vision and Mental Health services are available for currently enrolled students as well as health education and prevention activities. Students are required to pay the Student Health fee each semester or term.
Currently enrolled students can make medical appointments on the AVC campus by visiting CSUB-AV, Building 200, located on the corner of J-8 and 30th Street West or by calling (661) 952-5064. The clinic is available Monday - Thursday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm and Friday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm. Educational information is also provided to students via health related events held throughout the year. For Summer Session hours, please contact Student Health Services at (661) 722-6300 x 6683.
Personal Mental Health Counseling Services
Balancing college life with other responsibilities can be difficult. Make a confidential appointment with a mental health counselor on campus to assist with anxiety, depression, stress management, drug and alcohol awareness, building life enhancement skills and other mental health issues. Counselors are available at CSUB-AV located at the corner of J-8 and 30th Street West, Building 400, Room 413-A. Appointments are available Monday - Friday. To schedule an appointment call (661) 952-5099. Please bring your AVC Student I.D.
Yes! Your smile is covered at AVC. Currently enrolled AVC students are eligible for preventive dental services exclusively at Westside Dental Care.
What is covered?
• Dental exams, x-rays and cleanings
—all free of charge
• Special discounted fees for all other treatments
• Most insurances accepted—for even more savings
What do I need to do?
• Visit Student Health Services, SSV 180 to pick up your dental voucher
• Call Westside Dental Care to make an appointment
• At the time of your appointment, present your authorized dental voucher from Student Health
(Required for treatment)
Westside Dental Care 445 West Palmdale Blvd., Suite D, Palmdale, CA (661) 274-2223
(corner of Palmdale Blvd. & 5th St. West)
National Domestic Violence Hotline 1.800.799.7233
National Suicide Prevention Hotline 1.800.273.8255
Department of Social Services
Disaster Response Resources
The recent wildfires in Northern and Southern California have been disruptive and traumatic for communities throughout the state.
The California Community Colleges (CCCs) in impacted areas are experiencing significant disruptions to school functioning, and
face challenges to returning to normalcy. Many students, faculty, staff, and administrators have been directly affected by the loss of
life and property from these fires.
Coping Strategies for College Students
The following strategies are adapted from SAMHSA's four-page Tips for College Students: After a Disaster or Other Trauma
- Talk about your emotions with peers, family, a professor, a counselor, or another trusted person. If you have physical ailments, visit the health center or talk to your physician.
- Take care of yourself. This includes exercising and stretching, deep breathing or meditation, and eating healthy meals when available.
- Take a break from social media and television.
- Avoid alcohol, tobacco, and drugs.
- Get back to your daily routines, even if you don't feel like it, to regain a sense of control.
- Get involved in your community and recovery efforts.
Ways to Help
KQED News lists links to organizations accepting money, plus information about how to provide shelter, volunteer, and donate items.
Los Angeles station KTLA 5 lists where to donate funds, how to help animals affected by fires, and where to volunteer.
This Helpline provides crisis counseling and support to people experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters. Call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 (Spanish: Hablanos) to connect with a trained crisis counselor.
Anyone experiencing emotional crisis can text COURAGE to 741-741 to communicate with a compassionate, trained crisis counselor. The Chancellor's Office partnered with Crisis Text Line to develop outreach materials for the CCC (watch the archived webinar to learn more).
National Child Traumatic Stress Institute https://www.nctsn.org/search?query=mass+trauma Helpful website with Trauma Therapy Information on mass trauma
Resources to Share with Students
This four-page SAMHSA tipsheet outlines signs of distress and ways that college students can cope with disaster in a healthy way.
Disaster Preparedness for College Students
Texas A&M Agrilife Extension compiled this list of action planning tips and emergency kit supplies specifically for college students. It includes considerations for living away from family and in a dorm or apartment.
SAMHSA's Disaster Distress Helpline
This Helpline provides crisis counseling and support to people experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused
disasters. Call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 (Spanish: Hablanos) to connect with a trained crisis counselor.
Crisis Text Line
Anyone experiencing emotional crisis can text HOME to 741-741 to communicate with a compassionate, trained crisis counselor.
Valley Oasis Liaison
On campus Sexual Assault Advocate, Angelina Alvarez can be reached at (661) 341-7962 or at email@example.com for assistance or support regarding dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking past or present.
Student Health Services is currently offering Student Health 101, a free online magazine. Each monthly issue is full of relevant, timely information, from eating well and staying active to managing stress and studies; Student Health 101 has it all. To locate Student Health 101,click on Student Health 101 on the left side of the website or log in to myAVC, click on College Services and find the link under Health Services. Read the latest issue of Student Health 101 and view archived issues.