How to get tested

MU has the ability to test any student or employee who requires it and return results within 24-48 hours. If you’re experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, stay home and contact your health care provider.

Tests are covered by insurance or free of charge if you don’t have insurance. Under the direction of Columbia/Boone County Public Health and Human Services, the university’s contact tracing team will guide isolation plans and will identify and assist close contacts of those who test positive.


There are a few ways to access testing at Mizzou:

MU Students:

  • MU students should call the Student Health Center at 573-882-7481
  • Once a student has a provider’s order to be tested, they can go to the Student Health Center
    to be tested. Please note: This testing site is for students only.
  • Hours:
    • Mon./Tues./Thurs./Fri. 8 a.m.– 5 p.m.
    • Wed. 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    • Please note: The Student Health Center is closed on Saturday and Sunday.

Employees and other community members:

MU Health Care offers a convenient walk-in testing option:

  • Location: 404 N. Keene St, Columbia inside the east entrance of Women’s Hospital.
  • Hours:
    • Monday – Friday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    • Saturday & Sunday: 8 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.
      • Please note: Last patients accepted 15 minutes prior to closing. If the site is experiencing high volume, we may stop accepting new patients more than 15 minutes prior to closing time.
  • Learn more: MU Health Care — How to get tested for COVID-19

Those with COVID-19 symptoms have several other options to obtain care, including:

MU Health Care COVID-19 testing site

A new MU Health Care COVID-19 collection site, located at 404 N. Keene St. inside the east entrance of Women’s Hospital, is open starting Tuesday, Jan. 18. The new location replaces the site at 2003 W. Broadway, Suite 100, in Columbia and is available for those with known exposure or mild symptoms, or those who just need a travel test.
No appointment is required, but patients must wear a mask and bring proof of insurance (if insured). There is no cost to the patient. Results will be delivered within 48 hours of testing, and will be available in HEALTHConnect, MU Health Care’s patient portal.

Missouri DHSS drive-thru testing site

Free testing is available at the Mizzou North drive-thru testing site on the following dates:

Weekend and after-hours testing options

  • Local options for COVID-19 testing may be limited after hours and weekends in Columbia.
  • If you have severe symptoms, including difficulty breathing, go to the Emergency Department or call 911.
  • MU Quick Care or MU Urgent Care will provide evaluations and testing.
  • If you are having mild symptoms or are asymptomatic, you can delay testing until Student Health or other sites are open. You should stay home and monitor your health to protect your friends, family and others.
  • Additional free testing sites around Missouri are available. You can find those sites here. (Scroll to bottom of page for Missouri sites.)

When to get tested

If you have symptoms, seek medical attention immediately.

The CDC recommends that anyone with any signs or symptoms of COVID-19 get tested, regardless of vaccination status or prior infection.

  • Stay home and restrict your activities with others until you receive your test results.
  • Students who live on campus, wear a well-fitting mask and get carry-out food from Campus Dining Services to eat in your room until you receive your test results.

Who should get tested

The following people should get tested for COVID-19:

Testing following exposure

People who are up to date with their vaccinations or had confirmed COVID-19 within the past 90 days (confirmed using a viral test) do not need to stay home unless they develop symptoms.

  • Get tested, even if you don’t develop symptoms. Seek testing at least five days after you last had close contact with someone with COVID-19.
  • Watch for symptoms for 10 days. If you develop symptoms, isolate immediately and get tested. Stay home until you know the results, and wear a well-fitting mask around others.

People who are not vaccinated or not up to date on their COVID-19 vaccinations should stay home and quarantine for at least five days following exposure.

  • People who are not vaccinated or up to date with their vaccinations should quarantine for at least five full days and be tested at least five days after last exposure or immediately if symptoms develop during quarantine.
  • Watch for symptoms for 10 days. Isolate yourself from others if symptoms develop. Wear a well-fitting mask around others for 10 full days anytime you are around others inside your home or in public.

For more in-depth guidance, visit our quarantine and isolation page or the CDC website.

Test result notification:

  • If results are positive, patient will receive a phone call from the testing location.
  • If result is negative, patient will be notified via a message in the HealthConnect portal.

If you test positive:

  • If you are a student, you are required to self-report your positive result within 4 hours.
  • If you are an employee, notify your supervisor. Your supervisor will then report the necessary information to Human Resources through the COVID-19 Tracking Form.
  • Begin making a list of your close contacts, which helps case investigators notify your contacts quickly, so they reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19. Individuals in your home as well as people who were within 6 feet of you for a cumulative 15 minutes in a 24-hour period (with or without a face covering) are considered to be close contacts.
  • During your isolation, you should restrict activities. This means staying home and remaining at least 6 feet away from others. Instead, arrange for food, prescriptions and other necessities to be delivered and left at your door.

If you test negative after exposure:

People who have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19 — excluding individuals who have had COVID-19 within the past 90 days or who are up to date with their vaccinations — still need to finish quarantine, even after a negative test.

Mental health and wellness resources

While isolating and quarantining, you may be having a lot of reactions and feelings, all of which are valid and important. Remember, Mizzou is here to help with a variety of mental health and wellness resources.

For more information and guidance visit: