Our Nasopharyngeal RT-PCR Swab Test detects if someone is currently infected with the COVID-19 virus, including the Delta, Beta, Gamma, Iota, and Omicron variants. Valley Medical Laboratory proudly offers Covid-19 testing services designed to meet the needs of travelers. Please scroll down to see our travel guidelines section for additional information.


RT-PCR Testing Appointments Currently Available Monday – Friday from 7:00AM-7:00PM in Minneapolis, Burnsville, and Woodbury!

Please select from the testing options below:

RT-PCR (NAAT) Swab Test
Option 1 - Self-Pay: $119



Test Purpose: To determine if you have an active Covid-19 Infection

About Test: Nucleic Acid Amplification Test (NAAT) can use many different methods to amplify Nucleic Acids and detect the Covid-19 virus, including but not limited to RT-PCR.

Results Turn Around Time: Before Midnight*

Payment Option: $119**

Available Appointments:  Immediate/Same-Day

**Pay using your FSA or HSA card. You may also submit a claim on your own to your insurance provider using the itemized statement that will be posted when your results are ready.


RT-PCR (NAAT) Swab Test
Option 2 – Insurance



Test Purpose: To determine if you have an active Covid-19 Infection

About Test: Nucleic Acid Amplification Test (NAAT) can use many different methods to amplify Nucleic Acids and detect the Covid-19 virus, including but not limited to RT-PCR. If you are symptomatic, a Flu test will also be performed – this should be covered by your insurance at no additional cost to you and you will not need to provide an additional sample.

Results Turn Around Time: Before Midnight*

Payment Option: Insurance Coverage

Available Appointments: Within 24 hours



You may login to your portal account to reschedule or cancel your test up to 4 hours prior to the appointment. Any canceled test will be automatically refunded. 


 How it Works

  1. Click the "Schedule Now" button above.
  2. First-time users will complete registration and receive an email with a link to create a password. 
  3. After creating your account, log in and select the testing option you need and then select "who is having the test". You may schedule yourself or register another person such as a family member or employee.
  4. Complete the 3-minute questionnaire then select your appointment date, time, and location.
  5. If you choose Option 2 (Insurance) you will have 3 tries to validate your insurance information. If you are unable to validate your insurance through our portal, you will have the option to pay with your credit card and send us your insurance information for us to validate for you. If we are able to validate your insurance after your register with your credit card, we will refund your payment and bill your insurance. We can only bill your insurance if you select Option 2.


Questions or concerns, please call (612) 286-8366 or email us at

For faster response, you may also securely text us at (612)-453-1965.


*Due to normal lab processes, a result of “indeterminate” is possible. In these instances, the laboratory will re-run samples and/or reach out to the patient to recollect the sample. These situations are rare but may cause a delay in turn-around times. Most results will be available to view in your portal account before Midnight on the day of your collection.

**If you have already visited a Valley Medical and Wellness location and provided your sample(s) for testing, we cannot cancel your order or refund your payment. Testing will be completed and results will be available in your Valley Medical Laboratory patient portal account or will be sent to you via secure text messaging.



If you are traveling to a destination which requires a negative Covid-19 test prior to entry, Valley Medical Laboratory is a CLIA-certified lab and is authorized to provide this type of testing to meet most travel requirements. Please check with your travel destination or airline for their specific testing requirements. 

Passport Numbers on Results: While registering for your test you will have the option to enter your passport number as you want it to appear on your test results.

Stamps and Signatures: Valley Medical is happy to offer signatures and/or stamps on required travel forms, documents, and on results. Please follow the instructions below to request signatures or stamps on your travel documents:

1. Please allow up to 1 business day for stamped or signed results and travel forms. Valley Medical cannot sign or stamp any form until your result is ready. Results are ready by Midnight on the day of your test. (Please note that Friday tests may not be signed or stamped until the next business day - Monday).

2. To request a stamp or signature, please pre-fill out your demographic information on the form prior to sending it (Note: Valley Medical does not supply travel forms – you must supply your own travel forms). Text the form you need signed/stamped to (612)-453-1965 or email it to You may also present the form during your test to a staff member.

3. The completed form will be emailed or texted back to you after your test results are completed the following business day. You may also pick up a physical copy at our Burnsville location during normal business hours. (Please note that Friday tests may not be signed or stamped until the next business day - Monday).

Valley Medical does NOT provide QR or bar codes on test results. QR codes are generated through third-party applications. Please check with your airline or destination country for more information on their specific travel testing requirements.

This test has been validated in accordance with the FDA's Guidance Document (Policy for Diagnostics Testing in Laboratories Certified to Perform High Complexity Testing under CLIA# 24D2072541 during the Public Health Emergency issued on February 29th, 2020.


About the COVID-19 (coronavirus) Test

The COVID-19 virus (coronavirus) gathers in an infected person’s nose and throat. In order to collect a sample of the virus for testing, a 6-inch long swab (like a long Q-tip) is inserted into a person’s nasal cavity. The swabbing takes only a few seconds and causes only minor discomfort. The sample swab is then sent to the Valley Medical Laboratory in Burnsville, MN to be analyzed by our team of highly skilled technicians.

There are multiple strains of coronavirus, and currently RT-PCR is the best method to properly distinguish the COVID-19 strain. It is highly sensitive, accurate, and is the most effective method to deliver reliable diagnoses. RT-PCR is a laboratory technique that allows us to amplify and measure the specific genetic material (RNA) of the COVID-19 virus by using various steps and markers. 

For more information about the Covid-19 & Flu test, please view the FDA Fact Sheet.

What sets COVID-19 Testing At Valley Medical Apart

At Valley Medical Laboratories, our team of high skilled PCR technicians can delivery certified, accurate test results. We we are authorized to operate and provide this test using the guidance and testing protocols approved by EUA from the FDA.

Because we do not rely on outside labs and are able to keep our testing in-house, we are able to provide easy access to testing for ALL – anyone wanting a test can obtain a test, regardless of work status, age, or pre-existing conditions. We can test patients of all ages!

Not symptomatic but need a test to get back to work, prepare for a surgery, want to visit a loved-one, or don’t have insurance? – No problem! We have self-pay testing options available for anyone based on their need.

Questions or concerns, please call (612) 286-8366 or email

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