Alert: Learn more about COVID-19 requirements for the Fall 2021 term: https://nunm.edu/coronavirus/.

COVID-19

Vaccinations & Testing

Healthcare practitioner vaccinates a patient in a clinic setting. Effective Oct. 18, 2021, or six (6) weeks after full FDA approval, whichever comes later, all Oregon healthcare providers will be required to be fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus.

Last updated: Sept. 15, 2021

NUNM’s COVID Operations Team has determined a structure for weekly testing for:

  • Clinical individuals who have been granted a religious or medical exemption
  • Non-clinical individuals who have opted for weekly testing instead of vaccination  

Please read the NUNM COVID-19 Testing FAQ below for more information.

Take the Vaccination Survey

Thank you to everyone who has completed the COVID-19 vaccination survey. If you have not yet completed the survey, please do so as soon as possible. Survey completion is necessary for us to provide accurate testing information. 

Students and employees who have not completed the survey below by October 1, 2021, cannot participate in academic, clinical, or employment duties beyond that date.

Vaccine Survey-Faculty & Staff 

Vaccine Survey-Students 

NUNM COVID-19 Testing FAQ (September 15, 2021)

Q. When will weekly testing begin for qualifying individuals? 

Weekly testing will begin the week of October 11, 2021, to be in compliance with the Oregon state mandate and the restart of lecture classes effective October 18, 2021.

Q. Will NUNM accept outside COVID-19 test results or offer testing on-site? 

While we continue to determine final details, we anticipate NUNM will both accept off-site COVID-19 test results and offer on-site testing opportunities. Any off-site testing must be completed by an outside provider who is licensed to perform tests. Results from home test kits or tests from providers, whose license or lab scope does not include testing, will not be accepted.

Q. What type of testing will be accepted? What type of testing will NUNM offer on-site?

Both PCR and antigen (rapid) testing will be accepted. NUNM intends to offer antigen testing while supplies are available.  If supply shortages are observed, we anticipate using PCR tests collected in the nares (not nasopharyngeal). 

Q. What is the cost associated with testing?

At this time, NUNM will absorb the cost of COVID-19 testing done on campus, as well as the cost of the staff and resources to complete testing. Depending on the duration of this testing effort, NUNM may move to cost-sharing for individuals in need of weekly testing.

Q. When will on-campus testing take place?

On-campus testing opportunities are expected to be offered Mondays and Fridays. Depending on the need, a Wednesday option may become available. 

Students and employees will be assigned a specific test day and must complete testing on that day regardless of on- or off-campus testing location. All tests collected offsite (not on the NUNM campus) must be submitted electronically by 11:59 pm PDT on an individual’s assigned testing day. The database for this is still forthcoming.

Q. What if I miss my test day or need to test on a different day than assigned?

Students who are unable to comply with testing on their assigned testing day will be presumed positive for COVID-19 and will be unable to participate in on-campus activities until their next test date. 

Opportunities to participate in assigned on-campus academic or clinical activities will not be offered to individuals who miss class, clinic, or work due to testing non-compliance. 

Vaccination Requirements

NUNM requires all students enrolled in a clinical program and all employees who engage in direct or indirect patient care to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 with an acceptable vaccine or submit to weekly COVID-19 testing in accordance with OAR 333-019-1010.  

Requirements for NUNM staff and students engaged in clinical activity are different from those in non-clinical activities. Please see details below.

Clinical Students & Employees

All clinical students and employees must comply with the Oregon Healthcare Vaccine Mandate, which requires vaccination or approved medical or religious exemption. (Please see the Vaccination Exemption FAC for more information.) Any individual who receives an approved exemption will be required to comply with the weekly testing requirements. 

In-Person non-clinical Students & Employees

All non-clinical students and employees, including those in the School of Undergraduate and Graduate Studies, must submit either a copy of their vaccination card or weekly negative test to be on campus after October 18, 2021. (Due to regulatory differences, non-clinical individuals do not need to submit a specific exemption form; they only need to agree to participate in weekly testing.)

Online Students & faculty 

Online students and faculty are exempt from the vaccination and testing requirements — unless you will participate in precepting or internship opportunities (either on or off campus) or you plan to use on-campus resources such as the NUNM Library

Any online students who will participate in clinical activities or who will be on campus for any reason are required to meet the same vaccination or testing requirements as in-person students.   

Exemptions

Currently, there is no exemption for individuals who have previously been infected with COVID-19. Experts do not yet know how long a person is protected from getting sick again after recovering from COVID-19 and recommend getting vaccinated regardless of whether you already had COVID-19.   

Per state mandate, unvaccinated individuals who do not meet exemption and weekly testing requirements will be unable to participate in clinical or non-clinical activities at NUNM. 

For more information, please read the Vaccine Exemption FAQ.

Questions? 

Email covid@nunm.edu and we will direct your question to the appropriate individual.