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Testing Frequently Asked Questions


Is Ramapo College requiring entry COVID-19 testing for Fall 2021 resident and commuter students?

No.  Only students who have a COVID-19 vaccine medical or religious waiver are required to submit an entry test.


Are students with a COVID-19 vaccine medical or religious waiver required to submit an entry test?

Yes.  Students with a waiver must submit a negative COVID test result from a viral, PCR test no earlier than 5 days prior to your planned date of in person presence on campus.  Students must submit evidence of a negative test to Students with a positive result should immediately report it to Health Services at 201-684-7536 or email it to

Students with a positive result will be directed to stay home and will be given a new check-in date/time or advised when they can come to campus 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 Medical Group, Waldwick 201-447-3603

CVS, Mahwah 201-529-5930


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

Yes.  All unvaccinated students with a religious or medical waiver (who are approved to have an on-campus presence) will be required to participate in a weekly surveillance testing program.  Students will be given a date and window of time to appear, on-campus, 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 students via their Ramapo e-mail account prior to the start of the fall semester.


I’m already vaccinated but can I voluntarily get tested?

Students may get voluntarily tested, as long as they are not symptomatic, at no cost to them. Student can just show up with their insurance cards on the testing days.


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?

Weekly, but the actual dates and times for student testing are TBD.


Where is the COVID-19 testing?

Overlook Hall.


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

Contact Health Services at 201-684-7536 or 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 students 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.


If I am having symptoms of COVID-19 or know of an exposure issue – can I get tested?

Yes.  Health Services is offering testing for symptomatic students, Monday to Friday from 9am to 4pm. Please contact Health Services at 201-684-7536 for an appointment.


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



Additional testing measures may be implemented in the context of an outbreak, if the NJ COVID-19 Activity Level Index (CALI) score is High or Very High, recommended by public health officials or new guidance emerges.