A leave of absence is defined as a pre-approved leave from the institution that suspends
a student's course of academic and/or clinical study or off-site training for a definite
period of time, not to exceed 12 months.
A leave of absence may be granted for one of the following reasons:
Only the Dean can grant a leave of absence.
A student must complete a leave of absence form and submit this to the Dean.
The student, in consultation with the Dean, should consider how a leave will affect his or her overall progress in the academic program of the College. The Dean reaches a decision after careful consideration is given to personal and professional circumstances. All applications for leave of absence are considered on their individual merits and approved only for extraordinary reasons.
When a student is on a leave of absence they are not considered:
As such, students are advised to consult with the Financial Aid Office regarding their loan payback and other financial matters throughout their decision
A student who owes PCOM funds may be placed on a financial leave of absence and will
not be allowed to register for subsequent semesters until they satisfy his or her
account with the Bursar as stipulated in "Payment of Tuition and Fees" section before
petitioning for readmission.
Before the conclusion of the leave of absence, the student must notify the Dean and
the Registrar in writing of intent to register and resume the degree program. If a
leave of absence is due to personal illness, the student's attending physician or
other health care provider as specified by the dean must supply a letter attesting
to the student's ability to continue in the academic or clinical program, or other
training activity. The student's course of study will then be resumed at the point
in the curriculum deemed most appropriate by the Dean.
A student on a leave of absence who fails to return within the time period specified
in the approved leave of absence will be dropped as a student from the College. Any
student who is dropped must reapply for admission.
Notwithstanding time off for leave(s), all requirements for graduation from PCOM must
be completed within seven (7) years from the first date of matriculation in the medical
and doctoral programs or within three (3) years for the graduate programs.