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COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions

The Office of Student Affairs continues to monitor the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Please review the following for answers to frequently asked student questions regarding the impact of COVID-19 on operations at PCOM, PCOM Georgia and PCOM South Georgia.

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 covidnotice@pcom.edu. Also copy the Student Affairs Office at your campus as well as the course director.

When sending an email to covidnotice@pcom.edu, 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 covidnotice@pcom.edu.

*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.

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