Asymptomatic University Campus COVID Test

The asymptomatic University Campus COVID Screening Test is open to all students who are engaged in activities on campus. This means students who are taking part in clinical rotations, labs and other learning activities on campus can schedule an asymptomatic COVID-19 test in AAC 994.

Our number one priority is to protect your health and the health of others on campus; therefore we highly recommend that you schedule your Campus COVID Screening Test immediately, and on a biweekly basis. It is your responsibility as a student and member of the Rush community to participate in testing and other preventative measures to reduce the risk of an outbreak on campus.

However, please remember that if you have symptoms or are concerned that you have been exposed to COVID, you should utilize the regular COVID testing that Rush is providing to all students, faculty and employees.

What to do before scheduling this test:

Download the Rush MyChart app on your mobile device in order to participate. The MyChart app will be used to schedule the University Campus COVID Screening Test and also symptomatic testing at the medical center facilities. When creating an account in MyChart for the first time, you will be required to provide your insurance information. Although Rush will attempt to bill your insurance, there will never be a balance billed to you for this test.

How to schedule your test:
  1. Download the Rush MyChart on the App Store (iOS) or from Google Play (Android).
  2. In the app, navigate to Visits > Schedule an Appointment.
  3. Select “Employee/Student COVID-19 Testing”.
  4. Provide the requested information indicating that you are a student, enter your student ID, then indicate if you are experiencing symptoms of COVID or not. Please read all questions and notes carefully to be scheduled for the correct type of test.
  5. Click YES to “Are you scheduling your University Campus COVID Screening Test?”
  6. Choose an appointment time.
  7. Complete eCheck-in within 24 hours of your testing appointment.
On the day of your test:

As long as you have not developed any symptoms, proceed to AAC 994 five minutes before the time of your appointment. Once there you will check-in and follow instructions provided by staff.

After the test:

Results will be available in MyChart within 24-72 hours following your appointment. If you test positive, you will receive additional outreach and instructions from the Medical Center. You should also contact your program director to discuss a plan for your coursework.

FAQs:

Am I required to take this test?

  • This test is not required. But we highly encourage that you participate so that our University campus can avoid cluster spreads and remain open throughout the fall term.

When should I schedule this test?

  • Please schedule an appointment at your earliest convenience. We strongly recommend that you test on a bi-weekly basis so that we can monitor cases in order to avoid an outbreak on campus.

What if I previously tested positive for COVID-19?

  • If you have received a positive test in the past 90 days, you should NOT schedule another test during this timeframe. Once the 90-day period has passed after a positive test result, you may resume regular bi-weekly asymptomatic testing.

What if there are no appointments available?

  • Because of capacity issues, you might not be able to schedule a test right away. Please continue to check the app for new appointment times as they are added based on demand. You can still come to campus even if you are not able to schedule a test immediately.

Is this test free?

  • You will not incur any out-of-pocket costs for this bi-weekly testing. Rush will attempt to bill your insurance, but you will never have to pay a balance or co-pay to your insurance or to Rush.

What type of test sample will be collected?

  • We are using the self-administered nasal swab test for these appointments, meaning that you will perform the COVID-19 swab on yourself with supervision from clinical personnel. If you are unable to use the nasal swab method for medical reasons, notify the staff at check-in and they will provide you with a saliva test kit.

Who will have access to my results?

  • Besides you and Rush Infection Control, the Division of Student Affairs leadership will be notified of positive cases of COVID in order to monitor clusters and spread. Please be assured that your information will not be shared outside of the noted leadership and your program director.

What if I can’t make my confirmed appointment?

  • Please cancel your appointment as soon as possible to open up testing appointments for other students.

What if I become symptomatic before my scheduled appointment?

  • This specific test is for asymptomatic students only. If you become symptomatic, you should immediately self-isolate and schedule a new test via MyChart, indicating that you are symptomatic during the scheduling process.
If you have any other questions, please contact UnivCommandCtr@rush.edu.