Urgent Care at the Tang Center (On Campus)

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The Urgent Care Clinic is a drop-in service for urgent medical problems.

Urgent problems include sudden, serious and unexpected illnesses, injuries or conditions which require immediate medical attention. 

Worker injury for UC Berkeley employees: If your injury or illness arose or occured in the course of your employment, you should provide this information to the Urgent Care triage nurse/front desk staff at the time of your first visit to initiate billing of your Workers Compensation carrier.

What to expect in Urgent Care:

1) Assessment of your condition

  • Upon your arrival in Urgent Care, please check in at the kiosk. After registration a nurse will speak with you and assess your medical condition -- ask you about your symptoms, take your vital signs and consult with a physician if necessary. The nurse and medical team will recommend the best way to get you the care you need.  
  • If an urgent medical visit is advised, you will be directed to see a provider in the Urgent Care or Primary Care clinics.
  • If your condition does not require immediate care, the nurse will assist you in scheduling a medical appointment within an appropriate time period in one of the medical clinics.

*If you have a medical emergency (for example, shortness of breath, chest pain, severe pain) please let the staff know immediately upon arrival.*

2) Seeing a provider in Urgent Care

  • If the nurse recommends an Urgent Care medical visit today, your name will be called when a room becomes available for you.
  • Your clinician will work with you to determine the best plan of treatment and follow-up care for your condition.
  • If you have an urgent condition that cannot be fully evaluated or treated in Urgent Care, we will arrange transfer to a hospital, emergency room or local specialist for further care.

3) Wait times for Urgent Care

  • When the clinic is busy, wait times may be several hours.
  • The urgent care is a drop-in clinic intended for urgent medical problems. For the safety of all patients, those with the most serious conditions will be treated before those with less serious conditions.
  • Your cooperation and patience while waiting are appreciated.

4) Closing time for Urgent Care

  • Closing time is often very busy at Urgent Care, as a result, wait times may be longer
  • All patients presenting to Urgent Care will be assessed by an RN
  • Those patients not requiring immediate medical care will be assisted by staff to access care within the appropriate time period (medical appointment for example).
  • If we cannot provide your full and complete medical care due to the clinic's closure, we will create a plan with you to get you the care needed.

  • Patients triaged to an appointment, next day services, or the emergency room will be given a clear reason and explanation for the triage decisions.

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Monday-Sunday: Building/in-person hours - 10am-4pm

Phone appointments available 8:30am-4pm

Although we have in-person hours for the Fall, please consider making a phone appointment through eTang if you’re able to. If your issue requires in-person service, we are here and happy to help you!

Urgent Care is closed University holidays.

See our after-hours page for assistance when we're closed

Contact: (510) 642-3188

When Urgent Care is busy, wait times may be several hours.


For registered Berkeley students, visits to Urgent Care cost $35 office visit co-pay, regardless of your insurance coverage. There are fees for some procedures, lab, x-ray services, medications, supplies and prescriptions. See sample fees page for more detailed information. 


University Health Services, Tang Center
2222 Bancroft Way Berkeley, CA 94720-4300

The Tang Center is located on Bancroft Way at the southwest corner of campus, between Ellsworth and Fulton (Oxford) Streets. See campus map. For more about how to get to the UHS Tang Center, see our Directions page.