COVID-19: Before you test

While the university updated its mask guidance to make masks optional in most indoor spaces, masks remain required at all COVID-19 testing locations at all times.

Testing Protocols 

Testing for asymptomatic individuals will continue to be available on the Columbus campus at the Biomedical Research Tower, 460 W 12th Ave. Antigen tests are available for pick up while supplies last at various locations on the Columbus campus and regional campuses. Read more on the at-home testing page.

The university encourages students, faculty and staff to have COVID-19 tests on hand in case they are needed. The federal covid.gov website provides information about ordering free at-home tests as well as other testing resources. The Wexner Medical Center COVID testing site also provides information and resources. 

The university’s COVID-19 response is always subject to change. Throughout the pandemic, Ohio State has followed guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Ohio Department of Health as well as federal, state and local policy.  

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 

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


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 Site

Biomedical Research Tower, Room 134 

460 W 12th Ave, Columbus, OH 43210

Appointment Hours:

  • Monday 9:15 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.
  • Tuesday 9:15 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.
  • Wednesday 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • Thursday 11:15 a.m. – 5:15 p.m.
  • Fridays 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

BRT will be closed on the following university holidays:

  • Friday, Nov. 11
  • Wednesday, Nov. 23
  • Thursday, Nov. 24
  • Friday, Nov. 25

Antigen tests are available at various locations on the Columbus campus and regional campuses.

Frequently Asked Questions

I tested positive, what do I do now?

Please note that isolation and quarantine guidance may vary based on specific circumstances, including for health care personnel and the immunocompromised. Please visit the Isolation and Quarantine webpage for general guidance.


How do I register for MyChart?  

Students and employees will use MyChart for scheduling appointments and receiving results. If you do not currently have a MyChart account, please visit https://mychart.osu.edu/osumc/signup to complete the registration form.  

If you have difficulty creating your account, you can call MyChart Support at 866-966-6975, option 3 (available Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.) or email MyChartTechSupport@osumc.edu for assistance (email may take up to 2 business days for response).  

What if I’ve forgotten my MyChart username or password?  

Instructions for retrieving a username or password appear on the MyChart login page. If those options don’t work, call MyChart Support at 866-966-6975, option 3 (Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.) or email MyChartTechSupport@osumc.edu (email may take up to 2 business days for response).  

How do I reschedule my appointment?  

You can reschedule your appointment within MyChart. Instructions can be found at go.osu.edu/mychartreschedule 

Am I able to walk up without an appointment to test? 

No. Ohio State’s campus testing sites require an appointment to test. Appointments can be scheduled using MyChart.  

How do I check in for my appointments using MyChart?  

Upon arrival to the testing center, you should log in to MyChart, tap Appointments and then tap, “I’m Here” to mark yourself as arrived. This will cause your testing label to print.  

What if I do not have a smartphone?  

You can log in to MyChart through the internet browser on any device that connects to the internet, such as a computer or tablet. The web address is mychart.osu.edu. When you arrive at the testing location, you can check in from an available tablet.   

Where can I find the results? 

If you tested via the Ohio State lab, you will receive your results via the MyChart platform. Results will be available in MyChart in up to 72 hours after testing. 

How long does it take to get Ohio State lab test results? 

Results will be available via MyChart up to 72 hours after testing. 

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.