Curative COVID-19 On-Campus Kiosk


Sam Houston State University has partnered with the Texas Division of Emergency Management and Curative Inc. to bring free COVID-19 testing to our campus community. The PCR test is collected with an oral swab and results are provided in less than 48 hours. All Sam Houston State faculty, staff, and students are eligible for the testing but it is not recommended for those who have had a positive test within the last 90 days.

A part of the Bearkat Pledge is we all share the responsibility of staying healthy and protecting our campus against the spread of COVID 19. Testing is an important part of protecting our friends, family, and the SHSU community by allowing for timely identification and response to the virus.

The Curative Testing Kiosk is located in the mall area on the corner of the LSC closes to the food court. Testing will be available Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Please pre-register for the free test by visiting the Curative Appointment Website (This link works best in Safari, Chrome or Firefox) Please choose a date and time. Bring a Sam Houston State University ID to check-in for your test. On-site registration will also be available. The testing is fast, easy, and painless.


Curative COVID-19 On-Campus Kiosk FAQ's

  • Where is the On-Campus Testing Kiosk located?

    The Curative On-Campus Testing Kiosk is located in the mall area on the corner of the LSC closes to the food court. Review the map below to see the location in relation to other buildings.

    Photo of kiosk
  • Who is able to utilize the On-Campus Testing Kiosk?

    The Curative Inc. On-Campus Testing Kiosk is available for all current Sam Houston State University students, faculty, and staff. Once you schedule an appointment and arrive at the kiosk, you will be asked to present your SHSU ID.

    NOTE: It is not recommended for those who have had a positive test within the last 90 days.

  • How do I get a test at the On-Campus Testing Kiosk?

    To receive a test at the Curative Inc. On-Campus Testing Kiosk SHSU students, faculty and staff can schedule an appointment. Registration for a testing time window can be found at the Curative Appointment Website. 

    If you are on campus and decide you would like to be tested, onsite registration (walk-ups) is available. Visit the registration staff with the tablets to sign up.

  • What kind of testing is offered at the On-Campus Testing Kiosk?

    The Curative Inc. On-Campus Testing Kiosk offers a self-administered PCR test to determine an active COVID-19 infection. The self-administered test is collected using an oral swab.

    This test is also referred to as a saliva/oral fluid test.

  • Are there any costs associated with testing at the On-Campus Testing Kiosk?

    There is no cost for individuals being tested.

  • I am experiencing symptoms. Where should I go to get tested?

    Tests are available for symptomatic and asymptomatic patients at both the Curative Inc. On-Campus Testing Kiosk and the Student Health Center. If you are a faculty or staff member experiencing symptoms, please consider making an appointment with your medical provider. If you are a student experiencing symptoms, please call the Student Health Center at (936) 294-1805 to make an appointment. 

  • What is the testing process like for the On-Campus Testing Kiosk?

    Registering Online:

    First, register online to get a testing time window. You will then receive a link for a video educating you on the collection process. Then, check-in at the kiosk located in the mall area on the corner of the LSC closes to the food court during your testing window. At the testing site, you will be placed in a testing line to be tested. You will be asked to cough (with your mask on) in a "coughing area," then walk up to the kiosk to receive the mouth swab and instructed to swab your own mouth.

    Registering by Walk-Up:

    You can walk up to the registration table near the testing kiosk that is located in the mall area on the corner of the LSC closes to the food court and meet with a registration staff member. They will instruct you to complete a form online to receive a time slot. You will then receive a link for a video educating you on the collection process. If there is a time slot available at that moment, you will be added to the testing line. If you are scheduled for a later time, the staff will offer to add you to a text alert service to notify you when you can return to the area. This allows for social distancing to be maintained. Once at the testing site during your time slot, you will be placed in a testing line to be tested. You will be asked to cough (with your mask on) in a "coughing area," then walk up to the kiosk to receive the mouth swab and instructed to swab your own mouth.


Sample Collection and Results FAQ's

  • What are the steps for the self-administered test to collect the sample on the swab?
    • Cough deeply 3-5 times
    • Swab for 20 seconds:
      • Inside of each cheek
      • Upper and lower gums
      • Underneath and top of tongue
      • Roof of mouth
    • Ensure the swab has not been touched, dropped, or contaminated in any way
    • Place the cap on the tube securely and making sure the swab tip is facing downward in the liquid
    • Return the bag the securely sealed so the tube doesn’t fall out
  • Can a patient eat or drink before taking the test?

    Patients cannot eat, drink, chew gum, or smoke in the 20 minutes leading up to their test. If they have, they will be asked to wait 20 minutes before collecting a sample.

  • Where are the samples processed?

    All tests are processed at a CLIA-certified lab in Austin, Texas.

  • How are results delivered?

    Emails will be sent to each patient with their result (whether negative, positive, or indeterminate). All positive results will be reported to the local public health department.

  • Are there any costs associated with testing at the On-Campus Testing Kiosk?

    There is no cost for individuals being tested.

  • I tested positive for COVID-19 with the Curative On-Campus Testing Kiosk. What now?

    Once you receive your positive result from Curative Labs testing, you will need to report your positive case to the university through the SHSU main COVID-19 page by clicking on Report Your Positive Case.

    You will be contacted by emergency operations to discuss your potential contact and isolation protocols.

    If you are a student you will be contacted by the Student Health Center to discuss your results and receive direction on isolation protocols. If you live on campus, you will be moved to the isolation residence hall or will have to return to your off-campus permanent residence for your isolation period.

  • What is an "indeterminate" result?

    An "Indeterminate" result means that a test was performed two times, but there wasn’t enough human material to generate a conclusive result. This is most often caused by patients not coughing before swabbing their mouth or by not swabbing their mouth long enough. If the swab dropped on the floor or scrapped another surface, that could contaminate results as well. Between 1-3% of test results are indeterminate


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