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At Penn State College of Medicine and Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, the safety of our students, patients and employees is of paramount importance.


  • COVID-19 vaccination is required for all College of Medicine students.
  • Proof of vaccination is required prior to matriculation.
  • A student may apply for a medical/disability or religious accommodation by completing the appropriate request forms.
  • Students with questions or concerns regarding COVID-19 vaccination should contact the Office of Student Health at 717-531-5998 or

Symptomatic or Exposure Testing

Students experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or exposure to COVID-19 are expected to take the following steps:

  • Contact Student Health (717-531-5998) and isolate immediately. Student Health will provide testing options and further directions.
  • Do not leave isolation until cleared by Student Health.
  • Do not come to campus or to the Student Health Office unless directed for testing or cleared by Student Health.
  • Positive test results must be communicated to Student Health. Positive test results may come from PCR or rapid antigen tests.
  • Testing guidance is updated regularly. Please visit this page or view the downloadable PDF file for the most up-to-date information.

Failure to comply with Penn State College of Medicine COVID-19 policies may result in disciplinary action.