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Return Ready™ for campuses

A comprehensive, fully configurable COVID-19 testing solution to get your students, faculty and staff back to campus.

COVID-19 has upended the way we work, teach and study. Though the pandemic will not end until widespread vaccination is a reality, colleges and universities need a solution to return to campus and maintain continuity.

Return Ready, by CVS Health, provides the most comprehensive, flexible and scalable COVID-19 testing solution, enabling your college or university to return back to campus with testing and reporting prior to arrival, upon arrival and then ongoing throughout the semester.



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Higher education institutions can rely on our customizable back-to-campus solution, which will evolve and adapt to changes in technology and clinical protocols and meet their unique population health management needs.

Troyen Brennan, MD, MPH, Chief Medical Officer and Executive Vice President, CVS Health

Flexible COVID-19 testing

We recognize that every campus has its own unique set of needs. With Return Ready, you can choose who, how and where to test. Individuals can be tested before they return to campus, when they return to campus and intermittently throughout the semester, as well as receive case-by-case testing based on symptoms, exposure and risk factors.

From point-of-care testing with results in minutes to third-party lab processed testing with results in a few days, we’ll customize the testing solution that works best for each institution.

Testing before arriving to campus

CVS Pharmacy® drive-thru testing locations, results in daysLab samples are sent offsite to independent, third-party labs and majority of results are returned in approximately 2 to 5 days. Please note that lab delays may occur, particularly in areas experiencing high demand..
Students, faculty and staff can be tested before they arrive to campus at our more than 1,800 CVS Pharmacy drive-thru locationsAvailable at select CVS Pharmacy locations (approximately 1,800 locations in AZ, CA, CT, DC, FL, GA, HI, IL, IN, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, NC, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, VA, WI). Service offering in NY and NJ is pending.. Testing can be scheduled online and results are available via a web-based portal.

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Testing upon arrival and ongoing monitoring

On-campus rapid testing, results in minutes.
Rapid point-of-care molecular diagnostic testing on campus. Testing sites can be set up in large campus facilities, such as recreation centers and auditoriums.

On-campus swab-and-send testing, results in days.
Samples collected on campus and/or at our more than 1,800 CVS Pharmacy drive-thru testing locations. Testing can be scheduled online and results are available via a web-based portal.

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Consultation and planning

We work with colleges and universities to develop an effective testing strategy to meet their specific needs.

  • Fully configurable COVID-19 testing strategy

  • Clinician-informed protocols for symptom checking and temperature screening

  • Access to additional solutions (e.g., symptom monitoring, contact tracing)

End-to-end testing execution

A team of dedicated, full-time professionals will help to design, stand up, manage and evolve testing and vaccination services.

  • On-campus logistics and turnkey communications toolkit

  • Licensed professionals on site for testing and student/staff support

  • Digital scheduling and results tools

  • On-campus or pharmacy-based vaccination services


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Symptom monitoring and contact tracing support

Salesforce customers can combine Return Ready’s COVID-19 testing with complementary symptom checking and contact tracing services from Salesforce via their platform.

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Start planning your return

Let us partner with you to implement your organization’s testing strategy. Please complete the two-step form below and our team will follow up within a few days.

Are you an individual looking for COVID-19 testing? Please visit our COVID-19 testing page for options.

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Important information

COVID-19 testing does not eliminate the risk of transmission of SARS-CoV-2 or Coronavirus Disease 2019. Further, available testing procedures may produce false negative or false positive results due to a variety of factors. Institutions should consider these factors in developing their return to campus policies and procedures. The COVID-19 pandemic has created an unprecedented and still-evolving legal landscape for organizations. You may need to consider various federal, state, and local laws, regulations, or other mandates when developing your return to campus plans. Competent legal counsel should be consulted. This  is not intended to be a complete description of the terms and conditions of the Return Ready program. Services described would be provided by CVS Pharmacy, Inc. or a subsidiary, including but not limited to MinuteClinic, LLC and its subsidiaries and managed entities. In addition, access to additional health and safety solutions such as contact tracing and symptom checker may be through third parties. Not all services available in all locations.