Bakersfield College

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Currently, the BC Student Health and Wellness Center can provide:

  1. Tele-mental health
  2. COVID-19 Community Forum
  3. Advice Nurse Services
  4. COVID Advice line
  5. Referral to Community Resources

COVID-19 Community Forum:

Each week SHWC will provide a virtual forum for renegade students who have questions regarding the COVID-19 virus to ask. The forum will provide accurate information about COVID-19 symptoms and virtual screening for people who are experiencing symptoms. Our acting Student Health Director and Registered Nurse will answer questions about the virus and direct patients to the appropriate level of care:

  • Treating symptoms at home
  • Following up with a primary doctor
  • Resources for obtaining testing
  • When to seek treatment at urgent care on an emergency center
  • Questions about quarantine and how to sanitize your home

Mondays from 2 to 3 p.m. Students can join the COVID-19 Community Forum (CCCConferZoom).

Advice Nurse Services:

BC Student Health and Wellness Center Advice Nurse services are available by appointment at no charge for all BC students wishing to discuss medical and mental health concerns and determine the need for care. These services can help you make informed decisions about your situation and direct you to the most appropriate departmental or campus resource. The Advice Nurse services are staffed by registered nurses who provide assistance via Zoom or over the phone. Current times available are:

  • Mondays and Wednesdays 2 to 4 p.m.
  • Tuesdays and Thursdays 8 to 11 a.m.

Email or call (661) 395-4336 during normal hours of operation to schedule an appointment.

Tele-Mental Health Services:

The BC Mental Health Providers are still available for all enrolled students to make personal and confidential virtual appointments. We even do appointments on the weekend. Please call (661) 395-4336 or email

Community Medical/Tele-Health Assistance

  • Dignity Health: The following options are available to access the program for arranging a virtual visit
    • go to Virtual Care Anywhere
    • download the Virtual Care Anywhere app in the Apple App Store or Google Play Store​
    • call (855) 356-8053 and use the coupon code COVID19
  • Adventist Health developed a special coronavirus advice line by calling 844-542-8840, which is available 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Pacific time, Monday through Friday.
  • Accelerated Urgent Care began exclusive Coronavirus testing at the medical facility in southwest Bakersfield located at 212 Coffee Road.
  • The Mobile Evaluation Team: MET is dispatched by law enforcement when a mental health crisis is identified in the community. MET provides crisis intervention, voluntary and involuntary assessment for psychiatric hospitalization, and follow-up in the community. Active suicidal thoughts with a plan in Kern County call 661-327-7111 

Community Mental Health Assistance

  • Kern Behavioral Health & Recovery Services (KernBHRS): Understanding the anxiety, stress, and uncertainty that this situation is causing across our community and beyond, they are providing a 24-hour Crisis Hotline which will remain fully staffed and operational at 1-800-991-5272 to help residents work through any anxiety and uncertainty they may be experiencing during this time.
  • Pacific Health Education Cognitive Center Inc.A new service to help reduce the anxiety created by social distancing due to the coronavirus. Tele-connection services are free to Cognitive Center clients and to the residents of Kern County. The COVID-19 Support Group toll-free number is 1-888-415-0604.
  • CCC Health & Wellness Resources: Providing California Community College students, faculty and staff with resources, best practices, and opportunities.
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: Can all help prevent suicide. The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals. In English - 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or in Spanish - 1-888-628-9454
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness: NAMI to help millions of Americans who face mental illness every day.