• Students conversing during a pleasant evening on Luther's campus.

Health Service

Located in Larsen Hall (south entrance), the Luther College Student Health Service is a comprehensive outpatient clinic that can meet most health needs of students. Medical problems that go beyond the scope of the Health Service are referred to appropriate off-campus facilities.


From campus, call 9-911 for immediate emergency medical service and transportation to Winneshiek Medical Center.


Students' medical records are kept in strict confidence. Only with a student's written release can records be copied and sent to a third party. Information will be shared with a parent or guardian only with permission from the student. On occasion, information regarding physical or mental health status of a student may be shared with the vice president of Student Life if sharing that information would benefit the student.

General Information

Fall 2014 Hours: Health Service is open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Medical Records:

A medical record is maintained on all students. Medical records are kept for 10 years from date of graduation. If you need medical records transferred, a written release is required. Use this "Release of Information" form.

Physical Therapy

Physical therapy is not offered on campus. A college physician may refer students to a local facility. Students are responsible for any charges incurred.

Specialty Clinics

Specialists from Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn., and Gundersen Clinic, La Crosse, Wis., make regular scheduled visits to Decorah. Students may be referred to these specialists by a college physician.


X-rays are done at Winneshiek Medical Center and must be ordered by a college physician.

Massage Therapy

A licensed massage therapist is available for on-campus massages. For an appointment, call the Health Service at (563) 387-1045.

Massage Rates

Student 1/2 hour $30
  1 hour $40
Faculty/Staff 1/2 hour $40
  1 hour $50

Class Absence Due to Illness

The Health Service has no authority to excuse students from class or work study due to illness. The student is responsible for providing professors or work study supervisors with an explanation for absence.