Required COVID-19 Vaccinations in Mercer’s Health Science Programs with Clinical Experiences

August 8, 2022

Many clinical partners in health science disciplines now require COVID-19 vaccinations and masking for Mercer students in clinical settings. The University’s current mask policy specifies that health science students in clinical settings may be required to wear masks regardless of vaccination status.

The University requires COVID-19 vaccinations for all students in health science programs with clinical experiences. By doing so, the schools and colleges can facilitate students’ clinical placements and enable students to complete program requirements and licensure requirements, if applicable, while meeting accreditation requirements.

Students in the following health science programs with clinical experiences are required to be vaccinated for COVID-19.


  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (all tracks)
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Non-Degree Graduate Program
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice


  • Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Doctor of Pharmacy

Health Professions

  • Master of Athletic Training
  • Master of Medical Science (PA)
  • Master of Public Health
  • Doctor of Physical Therapy
  • Doctor of Psychology
  • Doctor of Public Health


  • Master of Family Therapy
  • Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences
  • Master of Science in Preclinical Sciences
  • Doctor of Medicine (includes 3-yr accelerated)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Rural Health)

Other health science programs do not have clinical experiences and are excluded from this list of programs.

Health science students enrolled in the above-referenced programs are required to be fully vaccinated or have an approved exemption by the University by the first day of class in order to continue in the program. Please note that some clinical placements do not accept religious exemptions.

Once you are vaccinated, send a photo or copy of your proof of vaccination (vaccine card) to with your full name and Mercer ID number in the subject line of the email.

Please contact Dr. Kelly Reffitt at if you want to learn more about the vaccination exemptions.