People who test positive are advised to avoid taking a PCR (NAAT) test for 90 days


March 11, 2022

Dear Campus Community:
Starting today and all through finals week, the campus will be distributing one rapid antigen at-home COVID-19 test kit to all UCSB students, staff and faculty who would like a test kit. Test kits are available at (i) the Customer Service Desk at the front of the UCEN Bookstore, (ii) the Loma Pelona COVID-19 testing clinic, and (iii) all campus housing residence hall front desks and apartment complex offices. All you need to do to get a test kit is to show your UCSB ID card. 

We all greatly appreciate everyone’s efforts to keep the campus open and safe. 

Vejas Skripkus, M.D.
Executive Director of Student Health and Campus Physician

Returning to campus at the end of your Spring Break


Please use this test kit to check yourself prior to returning to campus at the end of your Spring Break. If you test positive, please report the result through the Student Health Patient Portal under “New Messages” and contact your instructors and/or supervisors to inform them of the situation. At least 5 days of isolation is needed after a positive test and a full 10 days of isolation if symptoms continue, and subsequent rapid antigen at-home test results continue to be positive. Hopefully, everyone will be negative. 

If you need more test kits, you can purchase them at many local pharmacies as well as get 2 sets of 4 tests per U.S. address free from the U.S. Government (although that may take a week or two).



How To Make Your Appointment

  • Log on to the Patient Portal Gateway with your Net ID and password
  • Click "schedule an appointment"
  • Choose "COVID-19 Services" click continue
  • Choose "Testing Services", click continue
  • Choose "Schedule a COVID-19 test" or "Schedule a Drop-Off COVID-19 test"
  • Read the notices and click continue
  • Enter your phone number
  • Choose your appointment date range and search for appointments
  • Select your day and time
  • Choose "Continue
  • Click "Confirm"


How To Make Your Covid-19 testing Appointment

  • Log on to the Patient Portal Gateway with your Net ID and password
  • Click "schedule an appointment"
  • Choose "employee COVID-19 testing in-person" or "drop off" click continue
  • Read the notice, click continue
  • Enter your current phone number
  • Choose your appointment date range and search for appointment
  • Choose the time and date and click "continue"
  • Click "confirm"

Canceling your appointment:

  • Log on to the Patient Portal Gateway 
  • Go to "appointments"
  • Click "cancel appointment"
  • Choose a reason and select "ok"

Normal Testing Hours and Locations

Loma Pelona

Monday through Friday
8:30-11:45 am | 1:05-4:45 pm
Closed Holidays and week-ends

Map to Testing Location
Loma Pelona
(near Manzanita Village)

Food Donations
Accepted at Covid-19 Testing Site

Please bring your shelf-staple, unopened food that has not expired AND hygiene products when you come for a test.

Food Drive Flyer

Drop-off appointments

Monday through Friday
8:30-4:45 pm

Self-collection COVID-19 test kits can be obtained from the Loma Pelona COVID-19 testing center, Student Resource Building, Library, RecCen and the UCSB ResHall Front Desks

Types of Tests

All Testing Utilized by UCSB are Nucleic Acid Amplification Test. Two kinds of molecular tests are being utilized to meet campus' needs:

*There are times when a specific type of test will not be available on a given day



Contact a Student Health Clinical Nurse by joining a QLess Line and a nurse will call you back.

If you were tested outside Student Health, please contact the organization that performed the test for results and notify Student Health of the results through the Patient Portal Gateway.


Please contact your Primary Care Provider or the local Urgent Care Center.

To speak with a COVID Response Team member, please email and your question will be forwarded to the appropriate person.  




LAMP (Loop-mediated Isothermal Amplification) uses an isothermal amplification process with a strand-displacing polymerase to promote rapid amplification and quantitative fluorescence detection of viral RNA. The test used at UCSB was developed by Atila Biosystems and is performed on campus in the Student Health Service CLIA-certified Laboratory Annex using the Atila iAMP COVID-19 RNA Detection Kit.

Results generally return in 1-2 days.


SWAB-SEQ testing is performed at a CLIA-certified lab on the UCLA campus. The method was developed by the UCLA Computational Medicine Department using state-of-the-art DNA sequencing technology.  A unique molecular “bar code” is added to each patient’s sample during amplification. A very large number of samples are then combined and analyzed in a DNA sequencer and the bar codes allow for determination of the presence or absence of SARS CoV-2 viral RNA in each original patient sample.


The ACE (Aptitude COVID-19 Express) test is performed at Aptitude Clinical Diagnostics, a CLIA-certified laboratory in Goleta. This test is a reverse transcription and loop-mediated amplification (RT-LAMP) test intended for the qualitative detection of nucleic acid from the SARS-CoV-2 in saliva specimens collected without preservatives in a sterile container. This test detects fragment of the Nucleocapsid (“N”) gene of SARS-CoV-2. This test also detects the human RNase P gene (“RP”), which serves as an internal process control for the handling and processing of the clinical sample in the absence of a positive SARS-CoV-2 result. The entire reaction from RT-LAMP amplification to fluorescence-based detection of the target analytes can be performed in approximately 40 minutes.

Results generally return in 1-3 days.



  • The test only reflects your status at the moment the specimen was collected;

  • You may not develop a positive test for up to 14 days after exposure; most new cases show positive results from 2-11 days after exposure, but it can take 14 days or more to turn positive;

  • After an exposure and without symptoms, the ideal time to test is 5-8 days after exposure, but it is recommended you wait at least 2 days before testing to avoid a misleading negative result that might later turn positive;

  • All laboratory results are subject to potential errors from a variety of factors, so please consult with your healthcare provider if the result seems surprising or does not match your situation