COVID-19 Testing: Where can I get tested for COVID-19? What are the testing protocols? What should I do if I am waiting for test results?
COVID-19 Testing Information
Symptomatic testing is available at the following locations:
- Student Health is open Mondays to Fridays 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for students. Travel testing for students is also available through SHC. Please consult their website for more information.
- Occupational Health Express Care is open Mondays to Fridays 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. for VU faculty, staff or postdocs. Location is Suite 112 on the 1st Floor of the Medical Arts Building. Work-related travel testing is also available at OHC; contact OHC for information.
- Vanderbilt Health Walk-In Clinics noted here and the Vanderbilt Health Clinics at Walgreens noted here offer COVID-19 testing.
- More information on testing options through VUMC can be found here.
Individuals who need tests for personal travel or would like to seek testing options outside of Vanderbilt have the following options:
- Metro-Nashville has testing locations open.
- In addition, there are additional testing sites in Tennessee and Kentucky.
Free rapid antigen at-home kits are available for the Vanderbilt community (students, faculty, staff, post-docs) for pick-up at Munchie Marts on campus (Commons, Kissam, Rand, Branscomb, Highland) during open hours.
Rapid tests that you can do at home may also be available at retail locations and are partially-covered by Vanderbilt insurance.
Testing Protocols & Reporting Test Results
In alignment with CDC guidance, asymptomatic testing requirements for Vanderbilt community members are currently suspended. Individuals who are identified as close contacts or would like to periodically test asymptomatically, can pick up rapid antigen tests as outlined above. Individuals with symptoms should test at SHC, OHC, VUMC or their medical provider. Testing protocols will continually be evaluated based on trends in positivity rate and case counts and are subject to change.
Individuals who test positive for COVID-19 outside of Student Health or Occupation Health, must report their positive test result to the Vanderbilt Command Center. Individuals should immediately notify the Vanderbilt Command Center through this webform.
Symptomatic Individuals Waiting on Test Results
A student who lives on campus awaiting test results from symptomatic testing should shelter in place in their room. Students who live off campus should remain at home off campus minimizing exposure to others and keep their instructors/department chair/supervisor/mentor/lead researcher informed of their return-to-campus status. Once a negative test result is received, the student should return to campus work, research, classes, and other activities. If a positive test result is received and the student tested at a facility other than Student Health, then the individual should remain in quarantine and immediately notify the Vanderbilt Command Center through this webform.
Faculty, staff and post-docs awaiting test results from symptomatic testing should remain at home, off campus minimizing exposure to others and keep their department chair/supervisor/mentor/lead researcher informed of their return-to-campus status. Once a negative test result is received, the individual should return to campus work, research, classes, and other activities. If a positive test result is received, then the individual should remain off campus and immediately notify the Vanderbilt Command Center through this webform.