Frequently Asked Questions

  • How can I become a patient at the BRIDGE Healthcare Clinic?

    A: The BRIDGE clinic is a free healthcare clinic providing routine care for non-emergent medical needs. We serve patients in our local area within two zip codes that make under a specific income. You can inquire as to becoming a patient by speaking directly to our clinic manager. The BRIDGE clinic phone number is 813-526-9684. The clinic manager can review your financial and residential status to see if you qualify for services at our clinic.

  • How much does it cost to receive health care at BRIDGE?

    A: All patients sign a waiver when they first establish care with BRIDGE acknowledging that, while we try to provide most services free of charge to patients, there are some services such as procedures or surgeries that we do not have the resources to cover. As a result, patients may have to look for other resources in the community to provide additional assistance, or they may ultimately have to pay out of pocket.

  • What if I don't qualify to be a patient at BRIDGE because I do not live in the local area?

    A: We suggest applying for the Hillsborough County Health Care Plan, a program that acts as an insurance program for Hillsborough County residents who qualify based on income. If you are currently unemployed, you may be eligible for Medicaid. If you would like assistance with the application process one of our social workers would be glad to help. Our clinic manager (813-526-9684) can put you in contact with our social workers.

  • Does BRIDGE offer dental services?

    A: Unfortunately we do not provide any dental services as USF does not have a dental school. Our clinic manager (813-526-9684) can put you in contact with our social workers who may be able to provide you with information with regard to dental services. You may also want to contact Tampa Family Health Centers as they offer dental services at a sliding scale cost.

  • I am an undergraduate student interested in volunteering at BRIDGE. Do you have any positions open?

    A: Unfortunately we do not have clinic positions for undergraduate volunteers. We do occasionally have openings for "behind the scenes" positions (i.e. public relations, research assistant, etc.). We would be unable to provide positions involving patient contact or physician shadowing as these spots are occupied by medical students. If you're interested in a "behind the scenes" position, please email us at and we will contact you with any openings.

  • May USF students be seen at BRIDGE?

    A: USF students may NOT be seen at BRIDGE. Students should utilize Student Health Services.