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Testing Frequently Asked Questions


Is Ramapo College requiring entry COVID-19 testing for Spring 2021 resident students?

Yes.  All resident students must get a viral, PCR COVID-19 test anytime on or after January 17, 2021.  Residents can submit evidence of a negative test to or show a copy of the negative result at check-in day on Monday, January 25th.  Students with a positive result should immediately report it to Debra Lukacsko, Associate Director of Health Services,  Students with a positive result will be directed to stay home and will be given a new check-in date/time once their isolation period has ended.


Can I show evidence of a rapid test?

No.  The entry testing must be a viral, PCR test.


Where can I go for a COVID-19 test?

NJ’s COVID-19 Information HUB, found here, has information about where you can get tested for COVID.

Below are community providers local to Ramapo College offering COVID-19 testing, but please call head to make sure the test you will be given is a PCR test, not a rapid test.

City MD, Ramsey 551-497-5679
City MD, Paramus 551-222-0800
Doctor’s Inn, Ramsey 201-785-0011
The Doctor’s Office, Midland Park 201-857-8400
Rite Aid, Waldwick 201-670-1022
Synergy Health, Montvale 201-677-8680

Valley Health Urgent Care, Mahwah 1-800-Valley1

CVS, Mahwah 201-529-5930


Is the College doing any COVID-19 testing on campus?

Yes.  All resident students are required to participate in a surveillance testing program whereby 25% of the residential population will be tested weekly.  Each resident will be placed in Group A, Group B, Group C, or Group D.  Residents will test on the weeks their Group is assigned for testing.  Students will be given a date and window of time to appear for their COVID-19 test.  The test itself is estimated to take no longer than 3-4 minutes.  Pre-registration is required in advance, so that the testing goes much faster and reduces the time you are waiting on a line with other people present (social distancing and face coverings will be required).  Information about registration will be sent to residents via their Ramapo e-mail account prior to move-in.


Who is conducting the COVID-19 testing?

The College has partnered with Visit Health Care to conduct COVID-19 testing.  The test is administered by a medical professional from the company.


When will testing occur?

During your test week, your “Group” will be assigned to test on Monday from 3pm to 6pm, or Thursday from 9am to 12pm.  You will receive a more specific time window.


Where is the COVID-19 testing?

Padovano Commons.  Each time window is expected to have 12-15 residents.  Since the Padavano Commons typical occupancy is about 100 people, there will be plenty of room for social distancing.


What kind of test is being used?

Viral, PCR test via nasal swab.  The sample is taken from the nose cavity near the base of the nose.  The test will NOT be the nasopharyngeal swab you may have heard or experienced that takes a sample all the way up the nose.


What does this cost me?

Visit Health Care will direct bill your insurance company.  Please remember that if you receive an Explanation of Benefits (EOB) from your insurance company, this is not a bill.   While claims will be submitted to insurance companies, students will neither receive a bill, nor be expected to cover testing costs that may be denied by their insurance provider.


When will I know the results?

Results are typically available within 48 hours of the sample reaching the lab.  You will receive notification of your result from Visit Health Care.  Students who are positive for COVID-19 will be contacted by Health Services and given directions about next steps.  Resident students, who are positive, should expect to be relocated to a self-isolation apartment on campus, which will be a different space from their current room/apartment.  The College offers medical support via daily, remote check-ins by Health Services staff to resident students in self-quarantine/self-isolation.  A Case Manager, a college employee, is assigned to the student for daily check-ins for non-medical support.


I received the COVID-19 vaccine, do I still need to participate in the testing program?

Yes, you still need to be part of the surveillance testing.  Some vaccinated people get infected with COVID-19 without developing symptoms and then could, unknowingly, transmit the virus to others.


I already had COVID-19, recovered, and may continue to test positive for a while.  What are my next steps?

Contact Debra Lukacsko, Associate Director of Health Services, at  You will receive an exemption from producing the entry testing requirement and will be exempt from the surveillance testing program for a period of days.


I am required to test for COVID-19 as part of my internship, job, or obtained a test on my own.  Can I show a copy of my test result and be exempt from the testing program?

No.  We need all residents to participate and will not accept documentation from an off campus provider.  Maintaining accurate statistics is a critical component of surveillance testing.  We need to know what the test positivity rate is for campus and track other data.


I am an employee or a commuter student, can I attend on-campus testing?

No.  The surveillance testing program is for resident students.


If I am having symptoms of COVID-19, know of an exposure issue, or recently traveled – can I get tested at the Padovano Commons?

No.  You should stay home or in your residence room and contact Debra Lukacsko,, to receive instructions for next steps. Always call 911 if you are having a medical emergency and need immediate attention.

If you have further questions about testing, please email


Will I have the same time slot each month for my test?