Aculabs offers COVID-19 RT-PCR Testing:

One of the main tests used in the diagnosis of COVID-19 is a RT-PCR test (#3994), a molecular test intended for the qualitative detection of nucleic acid from SARS-CoV-2, present in cases of active infection of COVID-19.

Our laboratory currently offers a 12-24 hour turnaround time on results for COVID-19 testing. The molecular testing used by Aculabs has been authorized by the FDA under EUAs for use by authorized laboratories. At this time, we currently do not offer antibody testing (serology testing used to determine past infection) for COVID-19 to outpatients.

Where is COVID-19 outpatient testing currently offered?

All outpatient testing is done at our East Brunswick, NJ laboratory by appointment. Appointments are made via our Patient Portal. Please make separate appointments for all individuals who require testing.

Those with further questions should contact our staff at

Outpatients are asked to bring with them their prescription and insurance card (if applicable), a valid form of photo ID such as a driver’s license or a state-issued ID, and a copy of your appointment confirmation (printed or accessible via a cell phone to scan the QR code). Parents who are having their child tested should bring both their own state-issued photo ID, as well as a state-issued photo ID, student ID or birth certificate for the child being tested if available.

We ask that all outpatients arrive on-time and do not arrive more than 15 minutes before or after their scheduled appointment. Those who wish to cancel or reschedule their appointments can email us at

Why would someone need a SARS-CoV-2 RT-PCR test?
There are several reasons why someone may want to do molecular testing for SARS-CoV-2.

  • Displaying active COVID-19 Symptoms
  • Screening before medically necessary surgery
  • Clearance to Return to Work or School
  • Clearance for Local & International Travel

Aculabs offers testing to both symptomatic and asymptomatic patients with a valid prescription from a physician, as well as to those who wish to pay out-of-pocket for RT-PCR testing without submitting to insurance for reimbursement.

Please note that COVID-19 testing for screening purposes, like with clearance for travel, is not considered medically necessary and therefore not reimbursable by insurance. In cases where a prescription for COVID-19 testing cannot be provided and reimbursement is not possible, payment must be made out of pocket via cash or credit card at time of testing.