For Appointments: (515) 294-5801

COVID-19 Testing

Testing: Students

  • Thielen Student Health Center (TSHC) offers COVID-19 tests for students who are experiencing symptoms. Students can call 515-294-5801 to schedule an appointment.
  • Rapid antigen tests are available for free. The test is a self-collected nasal swab and will show your result in 15 minutes. If you are not experiencing symptoms, but were exposed or need to test for travel, we ask that you consider other testing options. Antigen tests are available at the following locations:
    • TSHC (8:00AM-5PM weekdays, except Wednesdays 9AM-5PM)
    • Memorial Union information desk (7AM-9PM, weekdays, 7AM-8PM, Saturday, 11AM-8PM, Sunday)
    • Union Drive Community Center mailroom (1-3PM, weekdays)
    • Maple Willow Larch hall desk (8AM-6PM weekdays, Sat/Sun 1-5PM)
    • 2270 Veterinary Medicine (8AM-5PM, weekdays)
  • Travel testing is not available at TSHC for individual pre-travel requirements, except for students participating in the Study Abroad program. Check for pre-travel and passenger testing availability at airports, pharmacies, clinics and Test Iowa at-home testing kits.
  • Test Iowa at-home test kits are available at TSHC, the Memorial Union information desk, Union Drive Community Center mailroom, Maple Willow Larch Commons and Vet Med Room 2270. More information is available on the Thielen Student Health Center website.

Questions about which testing option is best for you? Iowa State’s public health team developed a checklist to help you identify the best test based on symptoms and exposure.

Testing: Employees

  • Rapid antigen tests are available for free. The test is a self-collected nasal swab and will show your result in 15 minutes. If you are not experiencing symptoms, but were exposed or need to test for travel, we ask that you consider other testing options. Antigen tests are available at the following locations:
    • TSHC (8AM-5PM weekdays, except Wednesdays 9AM-5PM)
    • Memorial Union information desk (7AM-10PM, Mon-Sat, 11AM-10PM)
    • Union Drive Community Center mailroom (8 AM-6PM, weekdays, Sat 1-5PM)
    • Maple Willow Larch hall desk (8AM-6PM weekdays, Sat/Sun 1-5PM)
  • Travel testing is not available on campus. Check for pre-travel and passenger testing availability at airports, pharmacies, clinics and Test Iowa at-home testing kits.
  • Test Iowa at-home tests kits are available at TSHC, the Memorial Union information desk, Union Drive Community Center mailroom, Maple Willow Larch Commons and Vet Med Room 2270. More information is available on the Thielen Student Health Center website.

Questions about which testing option is best for you? Iowa State’s public health team developed a checklist to help you identify the best test based on symptoms and exposure.

Positive tests, close exposure

If you test positive or if you’ve been in close contact with someone who tested positive, use this flowchart for isolation and quarantine guidance (Updated Jan. 18, 2022).

Positive case notifications

As the COVID pandemic has shifted, Iowa Department of Public Health guidance has transitioned to reduced case investigation and contact tracing. Accordingly, Iowa State is no longer providing case investigation or contact tracing for the campus community. If you test positive or need to quarantine according to CDC guidance, it’s your responsibility to contact your instructor or supervisor and make arrangements for class or work. Faculty will not be notified of students in their class who test positive.

  • Faculty members or supervisors made aware of a positive case in their classroom or work area should not share this information with others. This parallels how we handle other medical information about an employee or student and protects the privacy of the individual. Furthermore, faculty and supervisors may not have all of the details to make accurate notifications.