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COVID-19 Information and Resources

PCOM continues to closely monitor the COVID-19 outbreak. Students are advised to check your PCOM email account as well as myPCOM for updates. The following information applies to all locations. Additional information and campus status for current students can be found on the COVID-19: Current Campus Status page of MyPCOM.

If you require additional information, please contact the Office of Student Affairs. Prospective students should contact the Office of Admissions.

COVID-19 Related Questions

Are vaccination, booster shots and proof of vaccination required?

As of January 15, 2022, PCOM requires all students to have a COVID-19 booster shot in addition to the initial vaccination series. This requirement applies to all students, regardless of location, who do not have an approved exemption.

Students may request an exemption from the vaccination requirement for valid medical or religious reasons by filling out and submitting an exemption request form that will be available on MyPCOM. Students who are granted such exceptions will be required to be tested for COVID-19 periodically. Approval exempts you from having to take the vaccine but does not exempt you from submitting to mandatory COVID-19 testing.

With the extra protection of widespread vaccination, our PCOM community has be able to resume more activities and operations sooner, leading to a more engaged educational and professional experience.

Where can I find the vaccination exemption form?

View the Office of Student Affairs’ Request for COVID-19 Exemption form.

Am I required to wear a mask?

Effective 3/2/22, PCOM no longer requires that masks be worn except in the OMM and PCS labs and in the simulation center. It is recommended, however, that masks continue to be worn by those who are immunocompromised or otherwise at high risk, and in large crowds indoors.

What do I do if I’ve been exposed to COVID-19 or tested positive for COVID-19?

If you have been exposed to COVID-19, you must stay home, seek medical advice, and immediately notify your program director and email Also copy the Student Affairs Office at your campus as well as the course director.

When sending an email to, please include:

  1. Your name
  2. PCOM campus you attend
  3. Program you are enrolled in
  4. Name of program director
  5. COVID-19 information: positive test or symptoms; or close contact with someone with positive test or symptoms

Your cooperation in reporting is essential to helping your colleagues and classmates stay safe from infection.

These guidelines can also be found on myPCOM.

Should I be tested for COVID-19?

If you develop symptoms such as fever, cough, and/or difficulty breathing or have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19, stay home and call your healthcare provider. Older patients and individuals who have severe underlying medical conditions or are immunocompromised should contact their healthcare provider early, even if their illness is mild. If you have severe symptoms, such as persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion or inability to arouse, or bluish lips of face, contact your healthcare provider or emergency room and seek care immediately. Your doctor will determine if you have signs and symptoms of COVID-19 and whether you should be tested.*

All PCOM employees and students that have not been vaccinated for COVID-19 must be tested and submit their COVID-19 test results at least once every 28 days to

*Taken from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Deferral and Leave of Absence

How do I request a deferral?

Accepted students who have paid the required admission deposit(s) are eligible to request an enrollment deferral by submitting the request via email to the Office of Admissions for Faculty Committee consideration.

How do I request a leave of absence?

For more information, please visit the Leave of Absence information page.

Prospective Students

How will this affect my application for admission?

The staff of the Office of Admissions on all three campuses are committed to ensuring the swift processing of applications and associated materials so that your record may be reviewed by the appropriate Faculty Committee on Admissions. We do recommend, however, that all documentation (letters of recommendation, transcripts, etc.) be sent electronically at this time. For instructions on how to send required application documents such as transcripts, visit the "How to Apply" section of the Application Requirements page and select your program from the dropdown menu.

For more information, please view New Student FAQs: COVID-19.

How will this affect upcoming open house events?

The Office of Admissions will continue to host a variety of virtual events in the coming months. We are now offering campus tours and Open House events. Know that some events may be shifted to virtual, if needed for emergencies or inclement weather. Please visit PCOM Admissions Events for more details.

Will campus visits, tours and interviews still be offered for prospective or admitted students?

The Office of Admissions is hosting virtual interviews for most programs. Both virtual and on-campus interviews are being held for the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program at PCOM Georgia and the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) program at PCOM South Georgia only.

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