COVID-19 Testing

Cats TakeAway Testing

Cats TakeAway Testing is available in various campus locations. Testing kits can be dropped off at anytime, but samples are picked up and taken to Tucson to be processed Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

University COVID-19 Protocols

Based on the current health conditions and aligned with CDC guidance, as well as our commitment to deliver in-person learning at the University of Arizona, we recommend face masks be worn in all indoor spaces where it is not possible to adequately and continuously maintain social distance.

You will find below our latest COVID-19 guidelines, which are effective immediately at all University of Arizona campuses and locations throughout the state.  


Vaccines remain incredibly important, so the university encourages you to get vaccinated and boosted according to the schedule recommended by the CDC.

  • Visit Campus Health's COVID-19 Vaccine webpage for information on scheduling vaccination appointments (including Pfizer and Moderna booster doses), which will be offered beginning Jan. 11. See for availability through community providers.

If you are fully vaccinated, please verify your vaccination status by uploading your vaccine document via the University’s HIPAA-compliant system; or, if you received your vaccine in Arizona, you also can use the state’s verification system. If you have received your booster dose, we also encourage you to upload your booster document.

To request disability accommodations — which include medical conditions — employees may contact the Disability Resource Center, 520-621-3268.

To request religious accommodations, employees may contact Human Resources.

Vaccination Incentives

Employees who upload their vaccine document will be randomly selected to receive items such as annual parking permits, Campus Recreation memberships, Arizona Arts Live show tickets and many other incentives. Students will also be eligible for incentives. Visit the COVID-19 vaccine page to learn more.

*Face Coverings

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) maintain a set of masking guidelines for communities across the country. Communities with a low (green) or medium (yellow) COVID-19 transmission rate are no longer required to wear masks in public indoor spaces. 

We are pleased to share that Maricopa County has a COVID-19 transmission rate of medium (yellow). Reported data shows a sustained period with fewer positive test results and hospitalizations. 

March 7, the UArizona College of Medicine – Phoenix stopped requiring masks to be worn indoors on the Phoenix Bioscience Core.

Individuals who are at higher risk of serious illness or who live with people in high-risk groups are encouraged to continue to wear a surgical mask or higher-grade mask to limit their exposure to the virus. 

Cats TakeAway Testing

The Phoenix Biomedical Campus now offers Cats TakeAway Testing as a convenient option for University of Arizona students, employees and active designated campus colleagues to get tested for COVID-19.

TakeAway stations are available at the following locations:

Test Yourself:

  1. Pick up a PCR saline gargle test kit, or several, and take them home with you for future testing needs.
  2. Use your cell phone to register and scan your tube. Test yourself at home or on campus. If on campus, be sure to test in a private and physically distanced location, or outside. 
  3. Drop off your test at any time. Tests will be collected and delivered to Tucson Monday, Wednesday and Fridays with a three-day result turnaround.

For additional information, please visit the Cats TakeAway Testing website, or email Wendy Nunez.

The University has established mandatory training and expectations to aid in keeping everyone as safe as possible
On-campus and off-campus safety protocols and procedures for medical students
The University of Arizona is working hard to make campus as safe as possible for students, faculty and staff