COVID Testing Center
The ability to accurately identify university faculty, staff and students infected with COVID-19 and isolate them, along with tracing close contacts, is critical to limiting the number of COVID-19 cases in the campus community.
How Do I Schedule a PCR Test?
Boise State University continues to offer ongoing saliva testing (RT-PCR) appointments.
To get tested, you should:
- Please review the Testing Services and Charges section to identify which category you fall under and the associated terms and conditions of testing at the Boise State University COVID Testing Center.
- Find dates and times for testing at the scheduling website.
- In addition, you will have to complete the online registration to create your Patient Portal. Children will not show up in their parent’s Patient Portal until after testing. If you’ve tested at the on-campus COVID Testing Center before, you don’t need to re-register. Contact (208) 426-1523 if you have questions about registering.
- You must not eat, drink or smoke for at least 30 minutes prior to your testing appointment.
- Results will be emailed to you in 1-3 business days and can be accessed through your patient portal. For urgent testing needs, testing before noon is recommended for fastest results.
Try to access and view your results from a computer rather than a mobile device and disable pop-up blockers. If you choose to use a mobile device, do not use the Safari web browser. Google Chrome is the preferred browser for both computer and mobile access.
Campus School is located between the Brady Street Garage, Interactive Learning Center and the Mathematics Building. For the testing center, enter using the northeast entrance which can be accessed from the parking lot located between Campus School and the Interactive Learning Center.
Limited complimentary parking is available in the parking lot located northeast of Campus School, or in the Brady Street Garage during your appointment. Additional pay-to-park options are available in the Brady Street Garage.
Regular hours, by appointment only:
- Monday – Thursday, 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
- Friday, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
- Mobile testing kit pickup and dropoff is also available to individuals without an appointment. Kits are available outside the front door of Campus School.
Operating days and hours are subject to change. The COVID Testing Center is not open on days of university closure.
To report COVID-19 symptoms, exposures, or a positive case, contact Boise State Public Health at (208) 426-2968 or firstname.lastname@example.org and a team member will discuss next steps with you.
About the tests
There are different types of COVID-19 tests to choose from. The Boise State COVID Testing Center offers two types of COVID-19 tests. Please review the information below to determine which COVID-19 testing options may be best for you. In addition, if you are required to have a COVID-19 test as part of travel or work, please check with those requiring the test to ensure you get the type of test you need.
Laboratory Polymerase Chain Reaction Test (PCR Test)
- Looks for genetic material from the SARS-CoV-2 virus by using sophisticated chemicals and equipment to reproduce millions to billions of copies of viral-related DNA from even the smallest sample.
- Sample is saliva-based
- Results usually in 1-3 days
- Results are reliable for people with and without symptoms
- No follow-up test required
This is the most preferred and accurate type of COVID-19 test
PCR COVID-19 tests are available by appointment at the COVID Testing Center on campus. In most cases, insurance will cover the full cost of the PCR test. For more billing information, please visit our Testing Service and Charges page.
Rapid Test (Antigen Test)
- Searches for pieces of protein from the SARS-CoV-2 virus and therefore requires a higher level of virus in the sample as compared to a PCR test before the test will turn positive.
- Can be administered as a Point-of-Care Test by a healthcare professional, with a Self-Test or an At-Home Test
- Sample is usually a nasal swab
- Results usually in 15-30 minutes
- More likely to generate false negative results, especially when performed on people who don’t have symptoms or if the sample is not collected correctly
- Follow-up test may be required
Rapid Point-of-Care COVID-19 tests are available at the COVID Testing Center on campus for symptomatic individuals only. If rapid results are negative, a PCR test sample will be collected. The number of rapid tests available on campus is limited and depending on the patient’s insurance, there may be out-of-pocket expenses associated with this test. For more billing information, please visit our Testing Service and Charges page.
Additional Information about Self-Tests and At-Home Testing
It is important to read the complete manufacturer’s instructions before using a self-test. If you do not follow the manufacturer’s instructions, your test result may be incorrect.
- Positive results from self-tests are highly reliable.
- Negative results from self-tests do not rule out COVID-19 infection. A negative self-test result may not be reliable, especially if you have symptoms associated with COVID-19. If you are symptomatic and receive negative results from a self-test, it is recommended that you test again with a PCR test and isolate while awaiting results.
- Invalid results from self-tests mean the test did not work properly, and a new test is needed to get an accurate result.
To learn more about Self-Tests and At-Home Testing, please visit the CDC’s Self-Testing At Home or Anywhere page.
Regardless of the type of COVID-19 test you select or where you are tested, a positive test result means that you are infected with COVID-19 and should stay home from campus, isolate from others and contact Boise State Public Health at email@example.com or 208-426-2968 immediately to determine next steps.
To learn more about COVID testing options, please visit the CDC’s COVID-19 Testing: What You Need to Know page.
Community Partner Signup
The Boise State COVID Testing Center works with organizations and businesses in the community to facilitate surveillance testing or processing of samples collected from their members or employees. Availability is limited and subject to change based on campus testing needs and the testing needs of those in groups prioritized by Governor Little’s State Testing Taskforce.
If you or your organization would like to partner with the Boise State COVID Testing Center to provide testing for your organization or business, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are a community member whose organization or business is already partnering with the COVID Testing Center, follow the email instructions provided to your organization or business on how to sign up for your test.
Other Testing Locations
Low or no-cost COVID-19 testing is available at local health centers and select pharmacies across the U.S. Find a testing site near you.
Sample collection methods at clinics and test sites off-campus will vary. Please consult with the provider if you have questions about how the test sample is collected.
View the Testing Center notice of privacy practices.