COVID Testing on Main Campus

Joliet Junior College has partnered with SHIELD Illinois, a saliva testing program through the University of Illinois, to offer COVID-19 testing on the Main Campus.  

The safety of students and employees is a top priority for JJC, which is why we highly encourage our campus community to get tested routinely, especially if exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19. In addition, the college continues to require campus visitors to pass through a hands-free temperature scanner upon entry and to wear a mask in all common areas while on campus.

The information below offers additional information on SHIELD testing, including how to make an appointment and answers to common questions.  


Getting Tested

  • Making an Appointment

    Appointments are strongly encouraged to allow for adequate social distancing. If you don’t have an appointment, you may be instructed to register and make an appointment on site.

    Testing at the SHIELD site on Main Campus is open to JJC students, employees and community members. 

    For JJC Students & Employees: 

    Visit the MyJJC portal for instructions on how to make an appointment. 

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    For Community Members:

    In order to get tested, follow these steps:

    • Visit the MySHIELD portal page
    • For new visitors, select "sign up for an account"
    • Enter community agency code: df5brbrj
    • Enter your information on the account registration page
    • You will receive a code via text message once you've entered your information. In order to complete the registration process, enter the code on this site.


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    By scheduling your appointment, you are consenting to the release of your test results to Joliet Junior College for contact tracing purposes.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Where is the testing being conducted?

    Currently, testing is being conducted on Main campus on the lower level of J-Building (J004 and J006). Please follow the signs located throughout campus. 

    View campus map 

    Please note, entry to Main Campus is limited to the following areas: 

    • Buildings A, G, U (M-Th | 6 a.m. - 9 p.m.)
    • Building J (M-Th | 6 a.m. - 4 p.m.)
    • Campus closed on Fridays over summer

  • What time is testing available?

    Hours of operation: 

    • Monday and Thursday: 1:30 – 4:30 p.m.
    • Tuesday: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.


    **JJC is closed on Fridays during the summer from May 24-Aug. 6. 

    Additional testing times may be added later on. 

  • How do I submit a saliva sample?

    This video, courtesy of SHIELD Illinois, explains how to effectively submit a test sample during your appointment. 

  • Do I need a negative COVID-19 test before entering campus?

    At this time, testing is not mandatory to be allowed on campus. However, testing is highly encouraged to reduce the possibility of spread on campus and throughout our surrounding communities.  This is just another measure JJC is taking to ensure a safe campus for students, faculty and staff. 

    COVID-19 requirements for campus visitors currently includes passing through a hands-free temperature station upon entering campus and wearing masks in all common areas. 

  • Should I be tested even if I don’t have symptoms?

    Yes. Testing is open for everyone regardless of symptom status. We recommend everyone get test twice per week especially if you are regularly on campus.

  • I am feeling sick/have COVID-19 symptoms. Can I visit campus to get tested?

    Yes. JJC students and employees can make an appointment, per the process outlined above, on the MyShield portal.  

    If you are visiting campus for the sole purpose of getting a COVID-19 test, refrain from entering through the regular temperature screen locations, and follow these steps: 

    • Park in the J-Building parking lot on the northwest side of campus (View campus map). 
    • Upon arrival, call 815-280-2544 (the number will be posted on the signs) to confirm arrival. 
    • A staff member will come out to your vehicle to assist you with the testing process.

  • I've been vaccinated. Do I still need to get tested?

    It is not yet clear whether it is possible to carry and spread the virus even after being fully vaccinated (defined as 14 days after second shot), so it is recommended to test regularly even after being partially or fully vaccinated.