Required COVID-19 Testing For Atlanta Students in University Housing and All Students in Pharmacy, Physician Assistant and Physical Therapy Programs

December 14, 2020

Required COVID-19 testing for Atlanta students in University housing and all students in Pharmacy, Physician Assistant, and Physical Therapy Programs before starting orientations, classes, labs, or clinical experiences. Students may choose to be tested for COVID-19 off campus or upon arrival at Mercer University.


Option 1: Test Off Campus

You may be tested off campus on or after January 1.The COVID-19 test must be a PCR test. Email your test results to Mercer Medicine at at least two days prior to your start date. Type “Atlanta Test” in the subject line of the email. Mercer Medicine will review your results and call you with next steps if you submitted a positive COVID-19 test.

If off-campus test results are not submitted to Mercer Medicine two days prior to your start, you must be tested on campus at Mercer Medicine, which may cause a delay in your start.

Option 2: Test On Campus

You may choose to be tested on campus at the Atlanta Administration and Conference Center (AACC) on a designated day(s) from January 2-5.  The testing schedule is based on the start date of your cohort/program. If you cannot get tested on your assigned day, you may schedule your on-campus testing appointment at another time or get tested off campus. Please remember that if you are not tested in a timely manner, your start date may be delayed.

Go to to schedule your COVID-19 testing appointment with Mercer Medicine. Make sure you take your Bear Card and insurance information to your testing appointment.

Saturday, January 2
8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Groups: New P1, P2, P3 & P4 with January 4 clinical start date*

Sunday, January 3
9 a.m. – NOON
Groups: New PA, ATL Housing

Monday, January 4
8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Groups: PA and PT, COP PHD

Tuesday, January 5
8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Groups: P1, ATL Housing

*P2, P3, and P4 students who are not beginning clinical rotations on January 4 will be tested on January 14 and 15 at the Student Health Center. Dr. Bonner Winkles will send you testing instructions.

  • Pharmacy students should contact Dr. Lea Bonner Winkles with questions about the testing schedule.
  • Physician Assistant and Physical Therapy students should contact Dr. Leslie Taylor with questions about the testing schedule.
  • Students living in University Housing should direct questions to Mr. Rich Stilley in Student Affairs.

If you tested positive within the past 90 days, you will not need to be tested again prior to starting the semester. You will receive an email confirmation later in December, and a confirmation will be sent to faculty/staff (Dr. Lea Bonner Winkles – Pharmacy; Dr. Leslie Taylor – PA/PT; Mr. Rich Stilley – University Housing). If other symptoms have developed recently, please contact the Student Health Center 24/7 COVID-19 hotline at (478) 301-7425.

If it has been over 90 days since you tested positive for COVID-19, you will need to be retested prior to the spring semester. Follow the directions above for your testing options.

If a student tests positive for COVID-19, the University has designated isolation rooms and has made accommodations to ensure continuity of academic instruction.

You must receive clearance by Mercer Medicine in order to return to campus, move into University housing, and attend orientation/lab/class/clinical experience. We encourage you to follow these instructions within the specified timeline so that we can welcome all of you back to campus safely.

If you have a question about COVID-19 testing, please contact the Student Health Center 24/7 COVID-19 hotline at (478) 301-7425.

Other procedural questions may be sent to the Office of the Provost at

We look forward to seeing you in the spring semester!