Skip Sub Menu

Drake Student Health Center

COVID-19 Novel Coronavirus—University Status

Information regarding the University’s response to COVID-19 may be found on our Coronavirus Website.

Click here to see after hours clinics hospitals and pharmacies.

The American Republic Student Health Center is an on-campus medical facility offering quality healthcare to full-time Drake students.

Services offered include (not limited to):

  • Basic physical exams
  • STD testing and treatment
  • Allergy injections
  • Family practice support
  • Women health services 

The center is comprised of two nurse practitioners and two registered nurses. Students can get immediate answers on medical related concerns, receive remedial treatment, and assistance in connecting with local physicians and hospitals when a higher level of medical support is needed. 

Healthcare Guide

For more information about services offered, local medical facilities, your right's as a patient, along with answers to general healthcare illnesses and disorders, download Drake's Healthcare Guide.


American Republic Student Health Center
3116 Carpenter Avenue (corner of 32nd and Carpenter)
Des Moines, IA 50311
Phone: (515) 271-3731
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday 8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM

  • Calls made after normal business hours will be answered by phone mail.   
  • Hours vary during holidays, breaks and summer sessions.
  • If you need medical attention after hours, visit our AFTER HOURS page for local listings of medical providers.
  • For life threatening emergencies dial 911.


Students are seen by appointment only.
Please note, our medical staff will not give notes or passes for missed classes

What happens if you’re late to your appointment?

  • If you’re 5 minutes late, our staff will do our best to fit you in however, you may have to wait longer than expected.
  • If you’re 10 minutes late, you'll have to reschedule.

What if you need to cancel?

  • All cancellations MUST be made 2 hours prior to your scheduled appointment.
  • Failing to do so 3 or more times within an academic year, you need to seek medical care elsewhere for the remainder of the year. 

Also, please note, our medical staff will not give notes or passes for missed classes.

Before scheduling an appointment, students are encouraged to make sure the medical attention they’re seeking is necessary. If a student feels a professor or parent needs to talk with someone in the American Republic Student Health Center, the student will be required to complete and sign a “Medical Release of Information” form granting permission for the American Republic Student Health Center staff to speak with designated personnel.

Payments / Fees

Majority of services are provided at no charge.

Additional laboratory work and test cultures, as deemed necessary by the Health Center medical staff will be sent to the Iowa Methodist Hospital laboratory. It will be the students or students’ insurance responsibility to cover the cost of these tests.

The American Republic Health Center does not submit fees for insurance billing / reimbursement.

Here’s a brief overview what students will and will not pay for:

No payment for . . .

  • Acute illness visit
  • Management of existing conditions such as asthma, diabetes, etc.
  • Contraceptive Counseling
  • Health Care Education and Counseling
  • Health Screenings
  • Testing for Sexually Transmitted Infections

Payment for . . .

  • Medications
  • Annual Physicals
  • Immunizations - Hepatitis B, Measles / Mumps / Rubells, Flu, Hepatitis A, Tetanus, Meningitis
  • TB Skin Test (Mantoux)
  • Allergy Injections
  • Annual Pap Exam
  • Sports Physicals

The American Republic Student Health Center mission is to provide services to the campus community to assist students in their preparation to be active and engaged participants in an increasingly complex world. 

University News