NSU, Avera continue partnership to provide health services to students

Student Center

ABERDEEN, S.D. – Northern State University and Avera Health will continue a longtime partnership that provides on-campus health care for NSU students at no cost.

NSU and Avera have signed a 10-year agreement for Avera to operate NSU Health Services through July 31, 2027.

“This is an exceptional opportunity to continue to provide our students with excellent health care without additional costs,” said Dr. Timothy Downs, NSU president.

Avera’s on-campus health care at NSU dates back to 1992, when Aberdeen Family Physicians (now Avera Aberdeen Family Physicians) first started operating NSU Health Services. Northern’s Health Services office, located in the NSU Student Center, is staffed with a medical records specialist and two Advanced Practice Providers, who alternate in the office.

Avera St. Luke’s President and CEO, Todd Forkel, is proud of this longstanding partnership and is pleased to see it continue for another 10 years. “Northern State University is a pillar of our community and region,” he said. “It’s wonderful that two cornerstones of the community have partnered for so long for the benefit of NSU students and peace of mind for their parents.”



On-campus services are offered at no charge to students, including:

  • Assessment and treatment of acute or sudden onset of illness or injury
  • Lab testing (urine screening, strep throat, blood count and mono screening)
  • Over-the-counter medications for common colds, sore throat, cough and headaches
  • Medical equipment such as crutches, vaporizers and cold/hot packs (available for checkout)

The providers are able to write prescriptions. If they are unable to treat a student’s medical issue, the student would have direct access to a physician, which may lead to a claim with the student’s health insurance provider.

NSU Health Services is open 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday during the academic year. Outside of those hours, students may seek care at AveraQuick Urgent Care at Kessler’s grocery store. For more information or to make an appointment, students may call 605-626-7694 or stop by Student Center 254.

About Northern State University

Northern State University is a regional university that offers outstanding academics and exceptional extracurricular activities at an affordable price on a safe, welcoming campus. To learn more about NSU, visit northern.edu/admissions.

About Avera Health

The Avera Health system has over 16,000 employees and physicians, serving more than 330 locations and 100 communities in a five-state region. Our ministry, our people and our superior value distinguish Avera. We carry on the health care legacy of the Benedictine and Presentation Sisters, delivering care in an environment guided by our values of compassion, hospitality and stewardship. For more information about Avera, see our website at Avera.org.