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COVID-19 Surveillance Testing FAQ

Testing Frequently Asked Questions


Is Ramapo College requiring entry COVID-19 testing for each semester for resident and commuter students?

All resident students and 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, Rapid Antigen or PCR test collected 3 to 5 days prior to the first day of classes.  Students must submit evidence of a negative test to Students with a positive result should immediately report it to Health Services here

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?

Yes, but no home or self COVID tests will be accepted.


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.

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. Resident students with a religious or medical waiver will be required to test on campus twice weekly on campus. The test itself is estimated to take no longer than 3-4 minutes.  Pre-registration is strongly recommended 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). Walk-ins are available during operating hours if needed. Information about registration can be found here:


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 and their student ID 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?

Testing days will be Mondays from 2:30pm – 5:30pm, Tuesdays from 1:00pm – 4:30pm, and Thursdays from 6:45am – 11:00am


Where is the COVID-19 testing?

Greenhouse classroom.


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 as determined by Health Services.


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.


Do I need to participate in weekly on campus surveillance testing if all my classes are fully online?

If all of your classes are online/virtual and you will have no on campus presence (such as student club meetings, going to student events, etc.) please email prior to the start of the semester for specific guidance regarding your situation. This request needs to be submitted prior to the start of each semester.


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 1pm 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?

You will need to schedule an appointment each time you get tested. Walk-ins are available if needed.  You can schedule an appointment


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.