Behavioral Health Counseling
Palomar College is an academic community dedicated to the development of the whole person. The mission of BHCS is to come alongside students in their process of becoming healthy adults, offering them a place to receive both nurture and challenge.
Our goal is to help students benefit fully from the college experience by supporting their personal, social, and emotional well-being. Our confidential and culturally sensitive services include counseling, crisis intervention, outreach, and prevention. In addition, we provide consultation and referrals to students and faculty/staff.
BHCS provides individual, couples, and group counseling services for registered Palomar students as well as consultation and outreach for the campus community. For more detailed information, visit the BHCS website.
Currently enrolled students who have paid the Student Health Fee ($19 for Summer semester, $21 for Fall and Spring semesters) are eligible to receive services. There is no minimum unit requirement.
Behavioral Health Counseling Services invites all students to make an initial appointment to meet with one of our counselors and discuss their concerns. During this initial meeting, the counselor, in collaboration with the student, will recommend services within Behavioral Health Counseling Services or the community and assist students in obtaining the appropriate services to meet their needs.
The Counseling Department provides a variety of services that meet the needs of the students.
Speak with a counselor regarding any academic planning issues which may arise during your time at Palomar College. Counselors can assist you in creating a semester by semester education plan to achieve your goals.
You will learn how to successfully transfer to a university. You will receive assistance in researching and choosing the right university based on your individual needs.
Palomar offers personal counseling to assist you with personal concerns as well as additional resources such as tutoring, first-year experience programs, or financial aid.
Career Counseling is available to assist undecided students to get focused on their short and long term career goals.
Disability Resource Center
The Disability Resource Center (DRC) is a department within the division of Student Services which offers specialized instruction and services to students with various documented disabilities as mandated by the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and their respective revisions. These disabilities include physical, visual, auditory, communication, learning, and psychological disabilities which might impose an educational limitation within the college environment. Faculty and Staff are committed to ensuring access to all facets of the college and to providing accommodations and services to promote student success within college programs.
Education planning, career guidance, and personal counseling for students with physical, learning, vision, hearing, communication, and psychological disabilities.
Palomar College’s Disability Resource Center (DRC) provides robust academic, vocational, and personal counseling services for students with documented disabilities. DRC counselors assist with comprehensive academic services including but not limited to: certificate/associate degree options, transfer preparation, transcript review, education planning, the semester course selection, and scheduling. Appropriate academic accommodations are authorized and established each semester. In addition, students are provided with appropriate campus and community referrals as needed. DRC counselors are here to guide and support students through personal or disability-related concerns that may interfere with academic success.
Students will need to meet with a DRC counselor at least once per year. Continuing students with the DRC who have met with a DRC counselor within one year, may return to the DRC to pick up completed accommodation forms three working days after submitting an Accommodations Request online through MyDRC. Please contact the DRC before stopping over to ensure your forms are ready for pick up.
Test accommodations are approved and provided on a case-by-case basis to students with documented disabilities. Frequently used test accommodations include extended time, distraction reduced environment, or use of a computer to take a test. It is important that you plan well in advance of your first test so that you have what you need on the day of the exam.
Students are responsible for requesting note-taking accommodations from a DRC counselor. This request can occur during the initial intake or anytime thereafter during a drop-in or scheduled appointment. The counselor will review disability documentation and engage in an interactive session with the student to determine if the accommodation can be approved. Once approved it is placed on the student’s AAP.
Students with a prescribed accommodation for mobility assistance (DRC’s Cart Service) as reflected on their Accommodation Letter may request mobility assistance, namely Cart Service, from the DRC. Mobility services are available during regular DRC business hours. Additionally, mobility services will be suspended during rain, campus emergencies, and at any time to uphold safety.
A person with learning disabilities has an average to above-average intelligence, yet has significant differences in how they remember, understand, and express information. Learning disabilities can affect students in reading, writing, oral language, and mathematics.
If you suspect you have learning disabilities or have prior documentation, please come to our office to discuss the next appropriate step for you.
The Disability Resource Center (DRC) proudly provides Deaf and hard-of-hearing students with access to services including Sign Language Interpreting, Real-Time Captioning, note-taking services, and an Assistive Listening Device (ALD) loan program in an effort to promote language equality, empower students, and assist them in the attainment of their academic and vocational goals.
The Access Technology Center (ATC), located on the first floor of the Library, is designed to provide training in the use of assistive technology for Palomar College students with disabilities. The ATC is also where students, faculty, and staff can explore assistive technology, discover technology solutions, and receive training and support in the use of assistive technology. Computers in the ATC are equipped with Windows 10 and the latest version of Microsoft Office.
Many students with disabilities find it difficult, if not impossible, to read and understand a standard textbook. Through the Alternate Media Center, textbooks and class materials can be converted to audio, Braille, large print, or other alternate formats. Students who are blind or visually impaired, as well as those with motor impairments and learning disabilities, may qualify for services through the Alternate Media Center.
Accessible furniture (a free-standing desk or table and chair) are located in most of the classrooms on campus. Science labs feature accessible stations that are accessible for wheelchairs and have adjustable or accessible-height work surfaces. However, there are some buildings featuring classrooms which do not have free-standing table/desks or chairs. Further, you may have a furniture need or request that is more specific.
EOPS is a state-funded program designed for the orientation, recruitment, and retention of California residents who are economically, socially, and educationally disadvantaged. EOPS assists students in reaching their educational goals through academic support and financial assistance.
EOPS, with sensitivity and responsiveness to emergency needs, provides a variety of innovative and traditional support services to eligible EOPS students leading to positive and measurable educational outcomes.
EOPS students are generally characterized as full time, low income, and educationally disadvantaged who possess the potential of achieving a Palomar College certificate, Associate of Arts degree, and/or four-year college transfer readiness despite one or more additional challenges inherent with EOPS populations. These additional risk factors include first-generation college students, re-entry students, students with disabilities, students whose first language is other than English, ethnic minorities, and/or students who have not experienced significant success in their educational history.
EOPS Services may include:
- Book Voucher (redeemed only at the Palomar College Bookstore, San Marcos campus)
- Counseling (Academic, Transfer, Career, and Personal)
- Priority Registration
- Palomar College Picture Identification Card/ Activity Sticker
- Parking Permit or Monthly Transit Pass
- Transportation Support (Parking Permit or Monthly Transit Pass)
- Student Success Workshops
- College Application Fee Waivers for Four-Year Universities (UC & CSU)
- Social Activities
- Referral Services
- Bilingual Services
- Cross-cultural Events
- Registration Assistance
In keeping with Palomar College’s commitment to creating a safe campus, the Pride Center exists, within the oversight of the PC3H, to provide a space for members of the college community to explore issues relating to sexual and gender identities, practices, and politics. The Center offers LGBTQ students and staff a secure place to study, converse, explore, and join in a common celebration of their experience. It also promotes student leadership, professional and academic equity, and visibility of gender and sexual minorities in addition to providing educational resources and programs for the LGBTQ and Allies community. We value intersectionality and racial and economic justice and support other campus groups in striving towards such justice. While the Center welcomes all Palomar students and staff regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, it serves first and foremost as a Safe Zone for the campus LGBTQ community.
- Support groups
- LGBTQ out/ally list
- Study room
- Computers and printers for student use
- Social gatherings
- Referrals to off-campus services
Student Life & Leadership
Student Life & Leadership focuses on creating fostering learning environments that engage our students and empower them to develop strong leadership skills, inside and outside of the classroom.
We are committed to providing well-balanced programs and to supporting opportunities for the personal, social, recreational, spiritual, cultural, and civic development of our students, to become actively engaged within the campus community and beyond. We value and care for our students and their rights, and embrace diversity by cultivating inclusiveness and enthusiastically engage them in ways to inspire and mentor them.
The Office of Student Life & Leadership holds the key to enhancing your college experience. It is the one-stop center for activities on campus. We host many campus wide events and activities adding to the student benefit of enrolling at Palomar College. We want your experience at Palomar to be full of support both inside and outside the classroom.
We oversee the Student Union (SU) building, where you will find the Access and Engagement (A&E) Center (SU-19), the Success, Equity, Advocacy, Leadership (SEAL) Center room (SU-18), the Diversity Room (SU-204), the Reflection Room (SU-104), The Hub – Basic Need Resources (SU-22) and the Associated Student Government offices (SU-202 & 203). Leadership training and workshops are offered throughout the year, enabling students to become outstanding leaders.
Student Health Centers
The mission of Palomar College Student Health Centers is to support student learning for success. This goal is achieved by supporting the physical, emotional, and social well being of students through accessible, high-quality health and wellness services. The primary goal is to assist students in establishing healthy lifestyles, which will have long-term benefits for them, their families, and the community. Palomar College Student Health Centers are also committed to ensuring a healthy and safe environment that supports student learning and staff productivity.
Currently, enrolled students who have paid the Student Health Fee are eligible to receive services. There is no minimum unit requirement. Palomar College Student Health Centers will also evaluate and/or refer any employee or visitor who is in need of emergency medical attention.
A scheduled appointment is the preferred method to receive services at the Student Health Centers. Appointments may be made by calling: (760) 891-7530. Same-day appointments are available whenever the appointment schedule has openings. If you are unable to keep a scheduled appointment, please notify the Student Health Center at least 24 hours in advance.
You can now log-in to the Student Health Centers’ patient portal to manage your medical care including:
- Complete new patient paperwork
- Update your contact information
- Complete appointment questionnaires and surveys
- Enter your health history
- Message your medical provider
- View immunizations, letters, handouts and discharge summaries provided during a visit
Veterans Resource Center
The Veterans Resource Center supports all Veterans, Active Duty, and Dependents currently enrolled at Palomar College. We strive to provide the most up-to-date information pertaining to Veteran Affairs Educational benefits and policies to our students.
Veteran students can come into the VRC a week prior to the beginning of each semester. Fill out a textbook request form and turn it into the front counter. Students will receive a call when your textbooks will be available for pick up. All rental books are to be returned at the end of each semester on time in order to continue using the program.
We offer walk-in tutoring for various subjects. Tutors schedule is posted outside the tutoring room in the VRC and on the VRC website.
Veterans students are paired with a mentor within your major or program currently attending Palomar or have in the past. Each student will receive guidance throughout the semester with information on VA updates, registration dates, transfer tips, and benefits questions.
Veteran students are allowed three $25 gas cards per semester. Students must have a minimum 2.5 GPA required in order to receive the cards and be in financial need.
The primary purpose of our program is to increase the persistence and graduation rates of our student participants. To this end, we are committed to our students’ successful achievement in reaching their academic goal of transferring to a four-year institution and earning a degree. We strive to provide various resources that add value to their educational journey at Palomar College and beyond.
Education planning, career guidance, and personal counseling related to academic success for first-generation college students and/or low-income students and/or students with disabilities.
All our services are student-focused which include the following:
- Academic, Career, and Transfer Advising
- Textbook Support
- Priority Registration
- Tutorial Services
- College and University Tours, Visits, lectures, and Fairs
- Computer Lab (Free printing)
- Gas Cards
- School Supplies
- Use of Laptops, Calculators, Ipads and Digital Recorders
- Scholarship Information and Assistance
- Academic Success Workshops
- Leadership and Personal Development Workshops and Programs
- Cultural Enrichment Activities
- College and University Search and Major Planning Meetings
- Academic and GPA Monitoring
- Mid-Semester Evaluations
- SSS Graduation/Transfer Recognition Ceremony
And much more!