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Student COVID-19 Testing

This page will serve as the resource for all student testing information related to COVID-19. This information applies to all students at Penn State College of Medicine.

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Return-Home COVID-19 Testing

Penn State is offering free COVID-19 testing for all Penn State students prior to the shift to completely remote learning on Nov. 20, 2020. At the Penn State College of Medicine, the tests will be conducted in person.

Dates: Nov. 17 and 18, 2020
Times: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Location: Main Gym, University Fitness Center (enter through main entrance)

Appointments are encouraged. Walk-ins are also welcome.

Appointments can be made starting Nov. 6.

Make a testing appointment here

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

These FAQs are top-line only. With additional questions, call the Penn State COVID-19 Response Center at 814-865-2121. See more information from the University at

How is "travel quarantine" different from quarantine? Expand answer

For several days before and after being tested, individuals need to take extra precautions until they travel. During this travel quarantine period, individuals may attend classes in person and get food and essentials, but should be particularly diligent about wearing a mask, practicing social distancing and staying home as much as possible.

Who is conducting the testing? Expand answer

Penn State College of Medicine is partnering with Vault Health for the departure testing, which will be conducted in person at the University Fitness Center on Nov. 17 and 18 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Are you offering walk-ups or is the testing by appointment only? Expand answer

Students are encouraged to schedule an appointment for in-person testing and can begin booking appointments beginning Friday, Nov. 6, 2020. All students will receive an email on Friday, Nov. 6, with the link, which can also be found here. Walk-in appointments are also available. The voluntary on-campus departure testing will be offered Nov. 17 and 18 at Penn State College of Medicine.

What if I test positive before I’m scheduled to depart campus? Expand answer

Please call Student Health at 717-531-5998.

Am I required to take a test prior to leaving campus? Expand answer

No, testing is voluntary; however, the College of Medicine is urging all students to get a COVID-19 test (at no cost to students) and, if presenting symptoms, to do so as early as possible prior to leaving campus so that if an individual is found to be positive for COVID-19, they can complete their isolation period as quickly as possible. This way it will not delay students’ departure plans or risk the health and safety of their family and the community.