On‑campus rapid‑testing clinic


Regular COVID-19 testing is an important part of stopping the spread of COVID-19 and keeping one another safe.

To make access to testing even more convenient for the Dal community, Dalhousie University has collaborated with Nova Scotia Public Health to launch a self-swab COVID-19 rapid screening program for faculty, staff and students on the Carleton Campus as a pilot project.

Walk-in testing is now being offered. However, to ensure your timeslot is available, booking an appointment is recommended. Appointments can be booked up to three weeks in advance.

Who can get tested?

The Dalhousie testing clinic is only open to faculty, students, and staff. Those being tested also need to meet all the following requirements:

  • Be asymptomatic (do not have any symptoms of COVID-19) 
  • Have not had any contact with a known positive case of COVID-19
  • Have not left Nova Scotia in the past 14 days (except for travel to approved jurisdictions)
  • Were not at any exposure locations noted by Public Health 

People who do not meet these requirements or are based in other Dal locations outside of Halifax should seek out testing through Nova Scotia Health.

In a self-swab model, faculty, staff and students will take their own sample and the process will be instructed and observed by a trained swabber. The swabber will wear mask, gloves and face shield and the participant takes their own sample and puts it into the collection tube. Participants will receive their test results by text message or phone call in about 30-40 minutes. NS Health will provide access to a software system that assigns a random code to each test, so confidentiality is maintained. Results are sent automatically from the same software system.

How does the self-swab test work?

In a self-swab model, faculty, staff and students will take their own sample and the process will be instructed and observed by a trained swabber. The swabber will wear mask, gloves and face shield and the participant takes their own sample and puts it into the collection tube.

Participants will receive their test results by text message or phone call in about 30-40 minutes. NS Health provides access to a software system that assigns a random code to each test, so confidentiality is maintained. Results are sent automatically from the same software system.


Testing site location and hours of operation


Rapid tests are available on Tuesday mornings and Thursday afternoons beginning Thursday, June 8 in the Collaborative Health Education Building (CHEB) rooms 140 and 150. Access to the building will be available using Summer Street entrance only.

Hours of operation

Tuesdays: 9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. (except July 13 — the clinic will be open on Monday, July 12 instead).
Thursdays: 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. (except for June 10 and July 8 when the hours will be 12:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. The clinic will also be closed July 1)

Plans are in early development for hosting on-campus rapid testing for faculty, staff and students in Truro this fall. In the meantime, Truro Campus individuals should seek asymptomatic testing through Nova Scotia Health.


Book an appointment


To book an appointment, please select the desired 15-minute timeslot from the DalCard Online Self-Service Website. You can find the appointments by clicking on the “purchase” tab and selecting “events.” Comprehensive instructions on how to book your appointment can be found here.

Appointments are currently available for the first three weeks of testing. Note: You must arrive within your 15-minute slot. (Example: If your appointment is at 10 a.m., you should arrive between 10 and 10:15. Please do not arrive early.)

Walk-in testing is being offered based on available timeslots.

Rapid testing does not replace the need for following the public health protocols (maintaining physical distance of 6 feet/2 metres, wearing masks, washing hands, etc.), nor does it replace the need for vaccination. Testing complements all other public health measures. A negative result on the rapid self test is not a guarantee. You could still develop or be exposed to COVID-19 in the coming days.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Project Lead at: dalcovid@dal.ca.