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Insurance and Vaccination Policies


Malpractice Insurance Coverage for All Students

Students are fully covered by Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine's professional malpractice insurance while on all officially assigned hospital and health care center clerkships, preceptorships, and electives approved by the College.

First- and second-year students participating in clinical opportunities outside of the regular curriculum are covered by PCOM's malpractice insurance provided the clinical opportunity has the approval of the Director of Clinical Education and/or Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs.


All students are required to complete all necessary health/physical examination forms and to have all immunizations and health-related records completed by the deadlines set by the Office of Student Wellness. Vaccinations are required, upon initial enrollment, for all students who have contact with patients, clients, school students or whose program requires laboratory instruction. Psychology students must document immunizations prior to the clinical component of the academic program. Students in the Organizational Development and Leadership program are not required to document immunizations.

Required Documentation of Vaccinations
  • Measles (two doses live virus vaccine after 1967 plus quantitative blood titers)
  • Tetanus (within past two years)
  • Rubella (two doses plus quantitative blood titers)
  • Tuberculin skin test (within the past 6-8 months of start date or IGRA blood test within 6-8 months of start date)
  • 2-step PPD (required of pharmacy students only)
  • Polio (four doses)
  • Diphtheria/Pertussis (within past two years)
  • Mumps (two doses plus quantitative blood titers)
  • Hepatitis B (three doses plus quantitative blood titers - can be waived in writing with additional school requirements, contact student wellness for additional details)
  • Varicella (two doses plus quantitative blood titers)