Where do I get a COVID-19 test?

August 20, 2021

Unvaccinated students and employees must get tested weekly, preferably at a UWM testing facility. If testing is done off campus, students and employees must file proof each week. (To be exempted from weekly testing, students and employees must provide proof of vaccination.)

If you have symptoms

Students who have COVID-19 symptoms or primary exposure should call Norris Health Center at 414-229-4716, and the center will schedule a free PCR test for them.

Employees with COVID-19 symptoms should contact their personal health care provider for a test. Employees who have symptoms but test negative should get a confirmatory PCR test.

Students and employees who receive a positive antigen test result for COVID-19 but do not get a confirmatory PCR test must continue to be tested because antigen results are considered probable, not confirmed.

If you don’t have symptoms


Students and employees who do not have COVID-19 symptoms can get tested in the UWM Wisconsin Room Lounge from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. All students and employees must make an appointment at www.doineedacovid19test.com.

Rapid-results antigen test results will be provided electronically to students and employees. If students test positive, they will be advised to go to Norris Health Center for PCR confirmation so that they may get the results by the end of the day. If employees test positive, they will get a PCR test at the same site and will be provided results electronically in 2-3 days, or they may choose to get the PCR test from their health care provider.

Students and staff who do not use campus-based testing will have to file proof of testing (or some other exemption) on a weekly basis using the Exemption Form.

If students and employees test positive and do not have a follow-up test, they are considered positive for COVID-19.

Community members may also schedule tests at the UWM Student Union. Parking is available in the lot closest to the UWM Welcome Center, 2100 E. Kenwood Blvd. (UWM Lot #6). Signs indicate which stalls are reserved for those who are testing.

Washington County and Waukesha

Rapid-results testing for students and employees is available at the UWM at Washington County gymnasium and UWM at Waukesha Field House on the following schedule:

Washington County campus:

  • Starting Aug. 31, testing available from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Additional dates: Sept. 8, Sept. 14, Sept. 22, Sept. 28

Waukesha campus:

  • Starting Sept. 1, testing available from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Additional dates: Sept. 7, Sept. 15, Sept. 21, Sept. 29

Branch campus students will be offered PCR tests on-site or may get the test from their health care provider.

All students and employees must make an appointment at www.doineedacovid19test.com. Those who develop COVID-19 symptoms should not wait for an appointment and should instead get tested as soon as possible, whether that is on campus, at a community site or with their personal health care provider.

Once registered for a test on campus, students and employees will go to the testing site, show their UWM ID, self-administer a rapid-results antigen test under the supervision of medical professionals and wait about 15 minutes to retrieve their results by logging into the same website on their smartphone.

Confirmatory PCR tests will be provided to anyone who has COVID-19 symptoms but tests negative, and anyone who doesn’t have symptoms but tests positive.