How do I get a test?

Follow these steps to get a test:

  • Schedule an appointment for your COVID-19 test.
    • Testing will be provided from Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 8:00am - 12:00pm (noon). The testing location is closed on Wednesdays.
  • On the day of your test:
    • Bring your smartphone, to access your test results, and your photo ID.
    • Arrive on time to the first floor of Hagestad Hall (262 E. Cascade Ave).
  • Testing will be self-administered under the supervision of medical professionals using a light nasal swab. This is done for the protection of the patient and the healthcare workers. Testing should only take a few minutes with results available within 15 minutes. If you need additional detailed confirmatory testing (PCR test), you may have an additional 15 minutes.

How do I access my test results?

You will receive an email at the account which you used to register for your COVID-19 test. You will receive a link to access your test results.You can also go to and click on "Get Results". You will log in with the same email and password you used to register for your test.

If questions, please email


Mandatory Testing Guidance for UWRF Students & Staff

In line with the updated Summer 2021 COVID-19 Testing Requirements from UW System, UWRF will continue with mandatory COVID-19 testing for students and employees. Testing will occur as outlined below:

  • Students living on-campus will be tested once per week.
  • Students living off-campus, but coming to campus regularly, will be tested once every two weeks.
  • UWRF employees working on campus will be tested every two weeks.

For the summer, we are no longer utilizing the COVID-19 portal to manage and send out notifications of official testing obligations. If you are being tested at an off-campus site, you are not required to submit your test results as we did during the spring semester. Testing obligations are being managed on an honor system.

Other County Testing Locations

Free drive-thru COVID-19 testing is being offered by Pierce & St. Croix Counties.

Pierce County Testing Locations

St. Croix County Testing Locations


Tests done on campus will be analyzed using two types of technology: antigen and PCR. Both tests will be done using a simple nasal swab (not a nasopharyngeal swab which probes deeper into the nasal cavity).

Antigen tests (frequently referred to as rapid tests) identify the presence of certain proteins on the surface of the virus. Results can be provided within a few minutes to allow quick identification of probable COVID-19 cases. A positive antigen test means you likely have COVID-19 and you will need to begin the isolation process. 

PCR tests detect the genetic material of the virus that causes COVID-19. This test is highly sensitive and specific and is considered an accurate diagnostic test. A positive PCR test means you have COVID-19 and you will be required to isolate.

If you have symptoms and the antigen test (frequently referred to as  rapid test) is negative a confirmatory PCR test is needed to ensure you are not infected. You must stay isolated until the PCR test comes back.

The specific antigen tests being utilized are Abbott BinaxNOW.