Health, Wellness, and Safety for Visual and Performing Arts Students

Northern State University and the School of Fine Arts are committed to education of the mind, heart, and spirit of each student.  We understand that physical health and safety play a large role in that commitment, and as such, below are recommendations specifically for musicians and their well-being.


NSU Health Services

Health Services

Students in the School of Fine Arts are supported by the excellent staff of NSU Health Services.  This on-campus office, which maintains a partnership with Avera Health, provides certain services at no charge to students.  The NSU Health Services office is staffed with a certified medical assistant or a patient services representative and a physician assistant.

NSU Health Services also provides referrals to Avera Aberdeen Family Physicians, an Avera/St. Luke’s clinic, based on the student's physical and emotional needs.

Location:  Student Center 240

To schedule an appointment or learn more about services, call 626-7694 or stop by Student Center 254.

Hours:  NSU Health Services is open with a physician assistant on duty 8:30 a.m.-noon and 12:45-3:30 p.m., Monday-Friday.


NSU Counseling Center

Counseling Center

Students and faculty in the School of Fine Arts are also supported by the NSU Counseling Center.  This office helps students acquire the skills, attitudes, abilities, and knowledge enabling them to resolve personal difficulties and succeed in attaining their educational and personal goals.  Professional counselors provide free and confidential individual counseling, as well as crisis counseling.

Location:  Student Center 240

To schedule an appointment, call 605-626-2371.

Office Hours:  8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday

After Hours:

  • Students living in a residence hall should contact the RA or hall director, who will contact the community crisis line at 229-1000.
  • Students living off campus should contact one of the following:
  • Crisis Line: 605-229-1000
  • Avera St. Luke’s Emergency Room: 605-622-5100
  • Safe Harbor (domestic violence and sexual assault): 605-226-1212
  • 211 Helpline

Along with these valuable resources provided by the NSU Counseling Center, the counseling staff offers opportunities for students in the School of Fine Arts to access information and professional assistance in areas unique to visual/performing arts study. With the vast amount of expertise available through Avera Health, students may take advantage of the following services:

  • Screening sessions for individuals suspected of having vocal problems
  • Treatment for individuals diagnosed with vocal problems
  • Screening and diagnosis for individuals with hearing problems
  • In-class presentations covering relevant information on proper vocal health and hearing preservation
  • Physical stresses and arts study
  • Neural impingement
  • Workshops specific to individual studios, upon faculty request


Office of Disability Services

Disability Services

Since its inception, the Office of Disability Services has been committed to providing equal access to all university programs as mandated by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.


Other Links

NASM and Performing Arts Medicine Association Guidelines on Hearing Health

NASM and Performing Arts Medicine Association Guidelines on Neuromusculoskeletal and Vocal Health

CAAA Overview of Health Issues for Performing and Visual Arts Students


Beulah Williams Library

Williams Library

The staff of the Williams Library is continuously expanding its collection of books and other resources that address all aspects of health and wellness for visual and performing arts students.