COVID-19 Testing

COVID-19 Surveillance Testing

CSUDH is implementing a COVID-19 surveillance testing program in its ongoing efforts to create a safe environment to learn and work.

July 2021 Notice: Due to construction in Lot 1, the testing location is now in Lot 2 until further notice. Those with pre-scheduled testing appointments do not need to make any changes to existing appointments. View the testing map here [PDF].

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Testing Program Overview

Surveillance testing, also known as repeat testing, is a public health protocol. Through repeat testing of asymptomatic people working and learning on campus, we can more closely monitor COVID-19's presence in our campus community and respond accordingly to stop the spread.

CSUDH has contracted with Phamatech Laboratories & Diagnostics to provide FREE drive-thru surveillance testing every Wednesday to eligible asymptomatic students, faculty, and staff.

Note: If your schedule makes it difficult to get tested on Wednesdays, you may get tested elsewhere and submit your weekly result to

This test is only for asymptomatic individuals (those not experiencing COVID-19-related symptoms at the time of the test).

As a reminder, those fully vaccinated must still undergo weekly testing until further notice. This is in accordance with CDC recommendations.

Mandatory Free Student Testing

Weekly COVID-19 testing will be mandatory for:

  • Students in University Housing
  • Students taking face-to-face classes

Free Employee Testing

Weekly COVID-19 testing is strongly encouraged for:

  • Faculty teaching face-to-face classes

Weekly COVID-19 testing is mandatory for:

  • MPP, confidential, and non-represented employees. Testing is strongly encouraged for all other employee groups working on campus.
    • NOTE: Temporary returns (i.e., single day approvals) to campus are not eligible for the program.

Free of Charge

Testing will be provided at no charge to eligible participants. Those who are found ineligible at time of testing may be invoiced for the testing fee.

Drive-Thru Testing Process

  • Eligible students, faculty, and staff will receive a link via email to make an appointment.
  • After making the appointment, a confirmation email will be sent by the testing provider (Phamatech Laboratories & Diagnostics) with the selected date/time.
  • Drive to the testing location in Parking Lot 2 at the appointed time. Have employee, student, or state-issued identification card.
  • The testing provider will collect the sample and the results will be emailed to the registered email address within 24 - 48 hours.

Walk-up accommodations will be made for those who cannot arrive by vehicle.

Additional Health and Safety Measures

The surveillance testing program does not replace existing preventative measures the campus has in place. Anyone on campus should continue to maintain physical distance, wear face coverings, and wash hands frequently.

Everyone who comes to campus, whether on a temporary or sustained basis, should complete a symptom self-screening check.

Icon of phoneTo make self-screening as convenient as possible, CSUDH has added a screening tool to the iToros Mobile App. The app will inform users whether or not they may visit campus. There is also a web version of the self-assessment available for users on desktop computers (or those who do not wish to download the iToros Mobile App).


Frequently Asked Questions

Below are a list of FAQ. If your questioned is not answered below, please email

  • Who must get tested weekly?

    Students living in housing are required to be tested weekly. Students who are enrolled in on-campus classes must be tested the week prior or at least 24 hours before their on-campus class.

    On-campus MPP and confidential employees are required to take the weekly test. Faculty and all other employee groups are strongly encouraged to take advantage of the full-service testing provided by the university as a measure to protect the health and safety of everyone on campus.

  • Once I am fully vaccinated, can I stop being tested?

    No, testing is still required until further notice. Vaccinated employees will be able to fill out a self-attestation form to be exempt from testing, but this form is not yet available.

  • What if I am late to my appointment?

    If late, you may have to return on the subsequent testing date or you may be asked to wait until the testing provider can fit you in.

  • How is the test administered?

    The campus will be providing drive-thru, full-service testing in Lot 2, every Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    The test is administered by the medical professional on site. An individual does have the option to self-administer the test if they choose.

  • If I am experiencing symptoms, can I be tested?

    No, this program is designed for asymptomatic participants only. If you are experiencing symptoms, please do not come to campus and contact your medical provider.

  • Do employees who need to come to campus for a temporary visit need to be tested before coming to campus?

    No, only those who have been approved for sustained return to work must get tested weekly. Employees who are approved for a temporary return to work should follow all necessary safety protocols while on campus and limit their time on campus to their approved return window.

  • What kind of COVID-19 test is this?

    This is a PCR test performed on a nasal swab. It detects current infection with SARS-Cov-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. This test needs to be performed in a laboratory. It is not a rapid test (that can have results in 15 minutes) and does not detect possible immunity or if someone may have had the disease in the past (which would be a blood test for antibodies).

    The PCR test is very accurate and is considered the "gold standard" for COVID-19 testing. However, False Negatives (tests that are negative, but person may have the disease) have been known to occur, especially if someone is very early in the disease process or did not properly swab to collect the sample. False Positives are extremely rare. Also, very rarely, a test may come back as "inconclusive" which would require that the person be retested.

  • How long does it take to get results?

    Results should be emailed within 24 hours; however, depending on laboratory capacity, results may take as long as 48 hours.

  • Will I have to show proof of a negative result to enter a building?

    No, proof of a negative result will not be required to enter a campus building. The testing program is intended to ensure that positive cases are identified right away and that appropriate health measures are taken to reduce further spread of the virus in our campus community.

    Students, faculty, and staff who need to come to campus should continue to complete the COVID-19 symptoms self-assessment check on the iToros Mobile app.

  • How will testing be enforced for students?

    The university has a list of students residing in University Housing and those registered for face-to-face courses. Campus administrators will compare those lists against the lists of those being tested to ensure compliance. Failure to comply with ongoing COVID-19 testing could result in disciplinary action.

  • Who receives the results?

    Test results will be emailed to individual who took the test(s), as well as members of the COVID-19 Response Team designated to oversee campus cases and manage tracking of contacts. Testing results may also be made available to specific areas of campus as it is deemed necessary, such as administrators in Housing for management of cases in housing.

  • If I receive a positive result, who do I need to contact?

    Individuals who receive a positive result should call the confidential university COVID-19 Reporting Hotline, (310) 243-2076. Additionally, if someone is having concerning symptoms (cough, fever, fatigue, etc.) they should call their own physician. CSUDH students may also call the Student Health Center (SHC)for a telehealth visit. The SHC does not see COVID-19 patients in person. If anyone is having severe symptoms, such a shortness of breath, chest pain, confusion, extreme lethargy or blue lips/fingers/toes, they should call 911 or go immediately to an emergency room.

  • What if I am in close contact with a positive individual?

    A close contact is defined as someone who was within 6 feet for 15 minutes over a 24-hour period. Close contacts are determined by confirmation with the individual positive case. If you are identified as a close contact by a positive individual, then the COVID-19 response team will contact you. Additionally, the Student Health Center will have test kits onsite for individuals that may need to be tested outside of the designated weekly timeframe. The test will be self-administered, placed in a protected package, and test to the lab.

  • Can CSUDH students/faculty/staff who are not coming to campus still use the campus testing?

    No, if you are not eligible for CSUDH's surveillance testing program, please see your healthcare provider or county testing sites. This interactive map shows testing locations in L.A. County and Orange County.

  • Can non-CSUDH individuals use the testing?

    No, testing is not available to external members of the community.

  • Does the test hurt?

    The nasal swab may cause minor discomfort while the test is being administered.

  • Is it first-come, first-served, or will it be an appointment system?

    Testing will be by appointment only. Eligible individuals will receive a link to the testing provider appointment portal.

  • Will CSUDH accept test results from other testing sites?

    Yes, you can choose to get tested elsewhere. However, the same testing frequency (weekly) applies. You can submit your test results to

  • Do I need to get tested if I already had COVID-19 and recovered?

    If you had COVID-19 that was documented with a laboratory test within the past 90 days, you will not need to be retested. You need to call the COVID-19 Reporting Hotline and you will be directed on how to proceed. Re-testing within 90 days is usually not recommended since remnants of viral RNA from a prior infection may linger for 3 months and could give a False Positive result in a person who is recovered and is neither symptomatic nor infectious. Since there are other viruses circulating (influenza, etc.) you should still conduct daily symptom assessments and not come to campus if you are ill.

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