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New Students

Welcome to PCOM! We know that new students have plenty of questions as they begin their time here. If you don't find an answer here, don't hesitate to contact Student Affairs at 215-871-6870 in Philadelphia or 678-225-7534 in Georgia.

Frequently Asked Questions

How does orientation work and what are the dates?

PCOM orientation programs on both campuses are designed to acclimate new students to the PCOM community. Orientation programs are unique and tailored to each academic program. New students are required to attend all orientation events.

Orientation program dates will be posted in January 2016 on Nucleus.

What is Nucleus?

Nucleus is the PCOM intranet site that is accessible by login for students, faculty and staff. Nucleus is a resource that offers access to important information for current students related to academics and in other areas.

Where can I find information on registering for classes?

Visit the Registrar's FAQ page. Here you can find the start date of classes as well as a great deal of other information regarding the registration process.

For additional registration information, please visit the Registrar's website.

Where can I find information on financial aid and paying for school?

The Office of Financial Aid provides detailed information on financial aid options and financial literacy.

Does PCOM require students to have health insurance?

Yes. All students enrolled at PCOM must be covered by a health insurance plan.

PCOM doesn't offer health insurance, but Information about finding a health insurance plan can be found on Nucleus, the student portal.

What is the Medical History Questionnaire?

The Medical History Questionnaire is a health physical form that is required to be completed before classes begin by students in the DO, PA, Biomedical Sciences, and Forensic Medicine programs.

The Medical History Questionnaire form can be found on each academic program's new student link on Nucleus. If you have any questions about the form, please contact the Student Wellness Office at 215-871-6420 (Philadelphia Campus) or 678-225-7484 (Georgia Campus).

Questionnaire should be returned to:

PCOM-Student Wellness Office
4190 City Line Avenue
Philadelphia, PA19131

PCOM Student Wellness Office
625 Old Peachtree Road NW
Suwanee, GA 30024

How do I apply for learning or physical disability accommodations?

If you indicated as part of the application process that you need special accommodations, you will be receiving a copy of the PCOM Guide to Applying for Disability Services.

The coordinator of disability services will work with you to ensure that your documentation is complete, and will guide you through the process of applying for accommodations. If you have questions, feel free to email the coordinator at

What kind of technology services does PCOM provide?

All PCOM students receive an email account and access to Nucleus, the student portal. You will receive your email and Nucleus access information when you receive your New Student Booklet.

Learn more from Information Technology Services' new users page about setting up accounts and computer recommendations.

For further information about technology at PCOM, please visit the ITS section of the PCOM website.