Voluntary Testing

Ohio State’s comprehensive testing program allows students, faculty and staff to arrange voluntary scheduling of a COVID-19 test. 

The university encourages Ohio State community members to do everything they can to stay healthy through the winter season. To utilize all available strategies, all students, faculty and staff are encouraged to take advantage of asymptomatic surveillance testing.

Testing Process 

Appointments are scheduled via MyChart. It is recommended to schedule appointments in advance to ensure the appointments fit best with your schedule. Walk-ups will not be permittedTesting at these locations is at no cost to students or employees. 

To create a MyChart account, please visit https://mychart.osu.edu/osumc/signup to complete the registration form. For assistance with MyChart, please call MyChart Technical Support at 866-966-6975 (available Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.) or email MyChartTechSupport@osumc.edu. 

Please note: The university testing sites are for asymptomatic individuals. If you are experiencing any symptoms, contact your health care provider or call 614-293-4000 to schedule a testAdditional information is available on the Symptomatic Testing page. 

Scheduling Instructions

Please follow the steps below for scheduling an appointment for COVID-19 screening testing using a mobile device or by using a browser on a computer or tablet: 

  1. Log in to MyChart and tap Appointments > Schedule an appointment. 

  1. Select the most convenient COVID-19 campus testing site. 

    1. Employees should select: OSU COVID-19 Columbus Campus Employee Testing or OSU COVID-19 Regional Campus Employee Testing

    2. Students should select: OSU COVID-19 Columbus Campus Student Testing or OSU COVID-19 Regional Campus Testing

  1. Read the consent and then tap I Consent. If you tap I Do Not Consent, you cannot proceed with scheduling an appointment. 

  1. Scroll down and answer all the questionnaire questions to the best of your knowledge. The questions are required for reporting to various state and federal agencies. When you’re finished answering questions, tap Continue. 

  1. Tap an appointment time. 

  • Appointment times are every 15 minutes. You can arrive for your appointment up to 30 minutes ahead of time.  

  • Note: Individuals who arrive more than 30 minutes past their scheduled appointment time will be unable to “Check-in” for their appointment and will be required to reschedule.  

  1. Double check your selections. In the “What is the most important thing you want addressed during this visit” field, enter COVID Testing. 

  1. Then, tap Schedule. The appointment is now scheduled, and you will receive a confirmation email with the appointment details and instructions. 

For a detailed MyChart instruction guide, visit the Wexner Medical Center’s website. 

Testing Process

Before you arrive at the testing site: Please bring your BuckID and a mobile device to the testing site. Because this is a saliva test, it is recommended that you hydrate in the hours before your scheduled test. For at least 30 minutes before saliva collection, it is important that you DO NOT: 

  1. Eat or drink 

  1. Smoke 

  1. Clean your teeth 

  1. Chew gum 

  1. Use nasal sprays 

Once you arrive to the testing site: You may check in up to 30 minutes prior to arriving at the testing site. Check-in is required prior to arriving at the check-in table at your testing location. 

  • Log in to MyChart and tap Appointments   

  • Tap your OSU COVID-19 Testing appointment to open it and then tap “I’m Here”  

  • A “Welcome” message will appears. Tap “OK” to acknowledge it.  

  • Follow signage to “MyChart Check-In” 

  • A staff member will direct you through the process once you arrive at the check-in table. 

Results

You will receive results via your MyChart account within two to three business days. When test results are available, MyChart will send an email to the email address associated with your MyChart account. Tap the link in the email and then log in to MyChart to review your results. You may also log in to MyChart any time and then tap Results on the MyChart home screen.  

A representative from the Ohio State Case Investigation and Contact Tracing Team will call you if you have a positive test result. Please note that if results are received later into the night, you may not be contacted until the next morning. 

 

Testing Hours and Locations

Columbus Campus

Jesse Owens North (JON): 2151 Neil Ave, Columbus, OH 43210 

Appointment Hours: 

  • Monday and Tuesday: 8:45 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.  

  • Wednesday: 8:15 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.  

  • Thursday: 10:45 a.m. – 5:45 p.m. 

  • Friday: 10:45 a.m. – 2:15 p.m.

Jesse Owens North will be closed on Monday, January 17 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Lima Campus 

Public Service Building – Rooms 212 & 213 (4240 Campus Drive, Lima OH 45804) 

Appointment Hours:  

  • Monday: 10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.  

  • Tuesday: 9 – 11:45 a.m. 

Testing site will be closed on Monday, January 17 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Testing appointments are available on Wednesday, January 19 from 10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. 

Mansfield Campus 

Eisenhower Student Union – Room 217 (1760 University Dr, Mansfield OH 44906) 

Appointment Hours:  

  • Monday: 10 a.m. – 1:45 p.m.  

  • Tuesday: 10 a.m. – 1:45 p.m. 

Testing site will be closed on Monday, January 17 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Testing appointments are available on Wednesday, January 19 from 10 a.m. – 1:45 p.m.

Marion Campus 

Multipurpose Center – Room 121 (1463 Mt Vernon Ave, Marion, OH 43302) 

Appointment Hours:  

  • Monday: 10 a.m. – 1:45 p.m.  

  • Tuesday: 9 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. 

Testing site will be closed on Monday, January 17 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Testing appointments are available on Wednesday, January 19 from 10 a.m. - 1:45 p.m.

Newark Campus

Founders Hall – Room 2168 (1179 University Drive, Founders Hall, Newark, OH 43055) 

Appointment Hours:  

  • Monday: 9 a.m. – 1:45 p.m.  

  • Tuesday: 9 a.m. – 1:45 p.m. 

Testing site will be closed on Monday, January 17 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Testing appointments are available on Wednesday, January 19 from 9 a.m. - 1:45 p.m.

CFAES Wooster Campus

Student Activities Center (SAC) - Gymnasium (2060 Garrison Circle, Wooster OH 44691) 

Appointment Hours:  

  • Monday: 9 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.  

  • Tuesday: 9 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

Testing site will be closed on Monday, January 17 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Testing appointments are available on Wednesday, January 19 from 9 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

 


Please reference this website for the most up-to-date guidelines. The university’s COVID-19 Transition Task Force’s Safe Campus and Scientific Advisory Subgroup will continue monitoring changing conditions and consult with local and state health authorities. Recommendations and requirements will be refined as needed.