Testing Protocols

This page presents NC State's COVID-19 testing protocols, which are helping to limit the spread of the coronavirus while also facilitating early diagnosis and rapid treatment.

Outdoor covid testing station

Guarding the Health of the Wolfpack

To help ensure a safe and healthy fall semester, beginning Monday, Aug. 16, all students, faculty and staff who will be on campus (or at any NC State owned or operated location across the state) for any reason must provide proof of vaccination or they will be required to participate in weekly surveillance testing on campus.  

If you get tested off campus and the results are positive, self-isolate, do not come to campus and self-report here for students and here for faculty and staff. The university will conduct contact tracing and follow you for symptoms. If the results are negative and you are required to participate in weekly testing, you can upload your results into the HealthyPack portal.

On-campus testing will remain available for anyone in the NC State community throughout the fall. COVID-19 tests on campus are free and available to all NC State students, faculty and staff. For more information on testing locations and hours, see below.

Through the Wolfpack Surveillance Program the university will also conduct COVID-19 testing on a regular basis in vaccinated student, faculty and staff volunteers. Our medical professionals will use this sample group to trace symptomatic and asymptomatic infections among vaccinated individuals on campus. Go here to find out more or to volunteer for the program.

The Testing Process

The testing process on campus can be completed in five minutes or less, which we hope helps members of the community incorporate testing into their weekly routine. Those who are required to get tested weekly should test on the same day each week if possible to avoid being out of compliance. A few things to remember:

  • Participants can self-select the day they wish to be tested. No appointments are necessary.
  • On the day of the test, participants should visit one of the campus collection locations (information below).
  • Participants should arrive at the test site with their NC State ID. Participant ID information is required for check-in.

Daily Symptom Monitoring

All community members who access campus must conduct daily symptom checks regardless of whether they participate in testing, as part of NC State’s community standards. If you are feeling unwell, stay home.

Testing Locations and Hours

  • 111 Lampe Drive, room 204: Monday, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.; Tuesday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Outdoor Connections Playzone (located behind Carmichael Rec Center): Wednesday, 6 a.m.-4 p.m.; Thursday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Witherspoon Student Center, room 126: Monday – Thursday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • 313 Research II (Centennial Campus): Monday – Thursday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Magnolia Cottage at the Avent Ferry Complex: Tuesday only, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • ES King Village Community Center: Thursday only, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM employees and students only): Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Parking: Please park in designated testing site parking spaces or in parking zones that are appropriate for the parking pass you have. Parking enforcement will be ticketing vehicles that are improperly parked.


COVID-19 testing is a requirement of the campus community standards. Participants who miss more than two cycles of required testing without an approved exemption can be subject to disciplinary action. To request a testing exemption, click here.

Employees required to participate in testing should complete a test weekly. If an employee does not complete this requirement, their supervisor will be notified, and the matter may be escalated to University Human Resources for disciplinary action. Supervisors can monitor their employee’s COVID-related information in MyPack Portal.

More Information

Can anyone who wants a COVID-19 test get tested on campus?
Any NC State student, faculty member or staff member with a valid NC State ID can get tested on campus. All testing is provided free of charge. For the latest updated information on testing locations and hours of operation, see the information above. 

What happens when I get a test on campus?
The test that will be used is a nasal swab of the inside front of both the left and right nostrils. You will perform your own swabbing and place the cotton swab in a tube. Staff will be available to assist. View this short video on testing for a demonstration.

Do I need to upload my test results each time I am tested?
If you receive a test at an off-campus location, you must upload your results each time you are tested. If you receive a test on campus, your results will automatically be uploaded into HealthyPack Portal, NC State’s online medical portal.

What type of test is required?
Tests must be PCR (molecular) tests. All tests provided on campus at NC State are PCR tests. If you receive a test off campus as part of surveillance testing, please check with the testing service you use to ensure the test is a molecular or PCR test.

I tested positive as part of the surveillance program. Am I now excluded from surveillance testing?
Yes, for a limited period of time. Following a positive test result and an isolation period, surveillance testing is not required for 90 days. 

I have been in contact with someone who has recently tested positive. What do I do?
If you’ve had close contact with someone who has COVID-19, you should get tested 3-5 days after your exposure, even if you don’t have symptoms, regardless of your vaccination status. You should also wear a mask indoors in public for 14 days following exposure or until your test result is negative. You should isolate for 10 days if your test result is positive. (CDC guidance updated  Sept. 1).

Where can students, faculty and staff go for surveillance testing off campus?
Testing locations are available across North Carolina. To find testing centers throughout the state, visit the NC DHHS Find My Testing Place resource page

Testing may also be available at local pharmacies, as well as urgent care centers or your doctor’s office. There may be a fee for testing or an office visit at these locations, and proof of insurance may be required. Testing on NC State’s campus is free for students, faculty and staff, and results are automatically uploaded into HealthyPack Portal, NC State’s online medical portal. 

If you are experiencing symptoms, do not go to a campus testing location.
For students experiencing symptoms or who believe they may have been exposed to COVID‑19:

  • Do not go to a campus testing location.
  • Immediately:
  • Isolate.
  • Self-report.
  • Contact Student Health for an appointment.

For employees who are experiencing symptoms or believe they may have been exposed to COVID‑19, immediately:

  • Isolate.
  • Self-report.
  • Get tested and/or contact your physician as appropriate.

What is HealthyPack Portal?
HealthyPack Portal is an online medical portal for campus students and employees that will be used for uploading COVID‑19 test results.

HealthyPack Portal complies with HIPAA and FERPA information privacy requirements. The system uses the latest industry-standard security protocol and protects patient data through ongoing security checks and audits of the system.

This information is subject to change. Last updated: Aug. 13, 2021.