Our goal is to keep our campuses safe and keep our students on the path toward academic success.

The WesternU Coronavirus Response Team (CRT) establishes institutional COVID-19 logistical support (internal link) and safety protocols. Safety protocols are guided by recommendations coming out of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the California Department of Public Health, the Oregon Health Authority, and LA County Department of Public Health.

Safety Protocols: When you are on any of our campus locations, WesternU COVID-19 safety protocols require you to:

These optional protocols are strongly encouraged:

  • When possible, physically distance (6 ft. apart) if you find yourself around a lot of people (except when required in certain teaching environments).
  • Use the hand sanitizer that is placed throughout the buildings across all campuses.
  • Wash your hands regularly.

fall 2021 COLLEGE curriculum delivery status:

WesternU Colleges follow CRT guidance and in addition establish COVID-19 safety protocols and curriculum delivery specific to their programs. The College-level protocols and curriculum delivery vary from College to College because program and professional requirements vary, as do the facilities available for in-person activities. The descriptions below offer some explanation of the variations dictated by the differing needs for the best education possible under pandemic conditions.

The College of Dental Medicine continues focusing on the success of the 21st century learner through use of active learning environments, high-fidelity treatment simulation and authentic patient care settings. The didactic instruction involves a blend of in-person and remote delivery of content using an adaptive learning platform, content reinforcement sessions, media rich presentations and a formative assessment system. Foundational pre-clinical skills are developed by replicating patient care processes in a simulated environment. The College’s clinical education engages students in comprehensive patient care systems both on-campus and in community-based settings.
The CGN faculty facilitate learning through a hybrid curriculum that varies in each program. The Master of Science in Nursing Entry (MSNE) program is composed of both on campus, face-to- face learning in both the classroom and the simulation center, as well as virtual interactive experiences. The FNP Master’s Program and FNP Certificate students and the Emergency Nurse Practitioner (ENP) students learn through virtual sessions and come to campus for in-person clinical skills training. All three programs, MSNE, FNP and ENP, attend clinical in-person in a variety of settings including the hospital, clinic, urgent care, and the larger community. The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) students and the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) students study through virtual interactive learning environments and practice competencies in clinical sites with faculty supervision.


  • Physician Assistant Education: Cohort 2022: Currently on clinical rotation assignments, will return on-campus for Senior Seminar once a month beginning in September. Cohort 2023: Currently on campus 100% for lectures and labs.
  • Physical Therapy Education: Cohort 2022: Currently on clinical rotation assignments, will return to on campus didactic lectures on Monday, August 23, 2021. Cohort 2023 & 2024: Hybrid Schedule – content dependent. Online for non-clinical skills curriculum. On campus lectures and lab for clinical skills curriculum.
  • Physical Therapy Education – Post Professional: Completely online program.
  • Master of Science in Medical Science (MSMS): Cohort 2022: Hybrid Schedule – content dependent.
  • Master of Science in Health Sciences (MSHS): Completely online program.


  • Occupational Therapy Education: Starting Fall 2022
  • Physical Therapy Education: Cohort 2024: Currently on campus 100% for lectures and lab
The College of Optometry has on-campus, in-person instruction in the classroom setting for large group didactic learning, mid-sized group instruction in pre-clinical skills and laboratories, and small group clinical education and patient care services in years 1 – 3 of its curricula. Students and faculty members are also participating in clinical education and patient care services off-campus in affiliated clinical sites and community partner sites in years 1 – 4 of its curricula.
CPM continues to deliver its pre-clinical curriculum in years one and two in a hybrid model. Didactic lectures are delivered online, along with distribution of assignments, that are then followed by in-person events designed to assess, enhance, and affirm student understanding. Hands-on, in-person workshops are conducted to correspond with online learning. Year three students are in hospital rotations throughout Southern California and participate in didactic learning one-half day weekly throughout the academic year. Fourth-year students participate in hospital rotations around the country and return to campus in December for board review and residency interview preparation. These experiences can be converted to virtual ones. During the 2020 academic year, substitute online learning events were developed that allowed our students to continue their education when hospitals cancelled rotations. This allowed us to graduate the class without interruption and with approval of our accrediting agency.
The CVM has adopted a responsive posture to the changing environment created by the pandemic and is implementing a hybrid delivery of the curriculum that is uniquely specific to each class cohort. Curricular delivery is adjusted accordingly in response to analysis of surveillance data (vaccination rates, diagnostic testing results, infection indices, and new CRT and CDC guidelines). Present curriculum delivery structure by class cohort: DVM 2022 are in off-campus clinical rotations. DVM 2023 are in online courses for the first eight weeks of the semester. Off-campus clinical activities are planned for the remainder of the year. DVM 2024 and 2025 are in a hybrid curriculum.
COMP and COMP-Northwest will continue to deliver a hybrid curriculum composed of virtual didactic lectures and in person clinical skills training integrated throughout the first two Pre-clinical Years. The third and fourth Clinical Years will be in person and in compliance with hospital and clinical site COVID Protocols. We will deliver a virtual overlay curriculum for any third or fourth-year student whose clinical site is canceled due to COVID to prevent delays in on-time graduation.
The College of Pharmacy is primarily delivering the curriculum in-person to first, second, and third- year students. Some of the lectures in a few courses are being delivered via zoom or with pre-recorded lectures at the discretion of the course facilitator and lecturer. Fourth-year clinical rotations are in person following COVID protocols at the rotation site. Students who test positive can attend class via zoom or have access to the recorded lecture in consultation with the course facilitator.
GCBS is committed to the safe and effective education of our students. Given the outstanding vaccination rates among our students, faculty, and staff, we are able to safely return to the classroom and laboratory. As such, unless LA County or the WesternU CRT determines differently, all students should be in the classroom for all didactics and be in the lab, as requested by their research mentor. Special thanks to all faculty, staff, and students for following safety protocols to keep ourselves and our entire campus as safe as possible. Enjoy the weekend.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

WesternU is dedicated to protecting the health and safety of its faculty, staff, students, and patients during a pandemic. This page includes information regarding important forms for visiting campus, reporting COVID-19 exposures or symptoms, and requesting personal protective information (PPE).

Campus reopening guidance is now available. Employees and students, see the latest Policies and Guidelines.

For the latest campus announcements and updates visit the COVID-19 Updates page. The WesternU COVID-19 Dashboard provides information regarding contact tracing, testing, and vaccine distribution on campus.

Important Forms


Daily Screening Survey

This survey must be completed each day prior to arriving on campus. You must receive a green “Pass” screen for campus access.



Report a COVID-19 Test Result

This link is for reporting any COVID-19 test results.

Including self-test home kits or those obtained off-campus.


COVID-19 Exposure, Symptoms, Positive Test Report form

This form will initiate the WesternU Contact Tracing process. Please contact COVIDTracing@westernu.edu if you have any questions.

  • Activity Questionnaire

    Please use this form to request any non-curricular on- or off-campus activity. All non-curricular activities now require approval from the CRT. Due to infection rate fluctuations and COVID-19 variants statistics, the need for CRT to review these activity forms will for now be on a month-to-month basis.

    The CRT will use this form to evaluate the activity’s planned procedures and make recommendations on any protocols that need to be improved upon or followed before the activity may be held. Please e-mail completed forms 2 weeks in advance of the activity to: CRT@westernu.edu for approval. The CRT requires activity organizers to keep a list of all event attendees for both on-campus and off-campus activities. In the event of an outbreak, attendee lists will be requested for contact tracing purposes.

  • International Travel Report

    • Completed each time for planned international travel only. Prior to making international travel plans we suggest you review the latest travel advisories for Los Angeles County or Linn County, Oregon. Email ehs@westernu.edu to report international travel cancellations.
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Request

  • Coronavirus Logistical Support Team SharePoint page

    • For faculty or staff related important forms and helpful information during the temporary remote work period.

WesternU COVID-19 Contact Information


Coronavirus Response Team (CRT)



For general questions regarding COVID-19 and WesternU. Please do not send any personal information to this email.

Coronavirus Logistical Support Team



For all logistical support questions.

Student-Employee Health


Please submit your completed COVID-19 vaccine record with the subject line “COVID Vaccine”, your student/employee ID number, and college/program/graduation year (for students).

WesternU Contact Tracing Team



For questions regarding the contact tracing process, including reporting a COVID-19 Exposure, Symptoms or Positive Test. Additional information for students and employees can be found here.

WesternU COVID-19 Testing



For questions regarding COVID-19 testing available on campus.

WesternU Health Vaccine



For questions regarding COVID-19 vaccines available on our Pomona campus at WesternU Health. Additional information can be found here.

Additional Resources

Get the facts about Coronavirus

Click here to visit CDC Coronavirus Interactive, featuring maps, charts and data provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The following are links that provide updates from the WHO, CDC, and local authorities:

CDC Coronavirus Information

LA County Public Health: Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Oregon Health Authority: Coronavirus (COVID-19)

United States Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service

LA County Public Health COVID-19 Variants FAQ