Areas of Study

COVID-19 testing is optional unless you are symptomatic or an identified close contact. If you are symptomatic, please go to Student Health Service (SHS) to be tested during the hours listed below. Rapid tests are available at the following locations for all students and employees that are not symptomatic. You may test as often as you like at SHS or with the rapid tests.

Rapid Tests

Rapid tests are available for your convenience (if you have no symptoms), and may be picked up from the following locations on campus:
  • Student Health Service
  • Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. and Saturday, 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
  • Field House Athletics Trainers Office
  • 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • JSAC Student Engagement and Leadership Desk
  • Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m, closed 5-6 p.m.
  • Ballard North RA Desk
  • 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • College Hall Human Resources Office
  • Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

    If you have symptoms, please get a PCR test at SHS (hours listed below). Do not pick up a rapid test at one of these locations.

    PCR Tests

    Student Health Service (SHS)

  • Monday—Friday: 8 a.m.-7 p.m.
  • Saturday: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Sunday: CLOSED
  • Swag bags are distributed during testing hours

    Testing results availability

    Weekdays: within 8-12 hours after closing

    To check-in and receive your PCR results:

    To check-in for your test and to receive the results from your test, download the Safer Community smartphone app from the Apple iOS or Google Play store.

    • Sign in using your Gallaudet University single sign-on (SSO) credentials.
    • Once signed in, please be sure to go to settings and input all personal information. This is what we will need in order to check in all patients.
    • You will receive your test results through this app.

    Before PCR Testing:

    You must be hydrated. Drink fluids beforehand, up to 1 hour before your test.

    For 1 hour before your test, you may not:

    • Drink, not even water
    • Eat
    • Chew gum
    • Take medication
    • Brush your teeth
    • Smoke
    • Use chewing tobacco

    If your sample cannot be analyzed, you will need to do it again.

    Watch one of the videos below that show how to provide a saliva sample:

    Contact Us


    Chapel Hall 102

    (202) 250‐2738

    (202) 651‐5505

    (202) 651‐5704

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