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SHIELD Testing

Heartland Community College is offering free COVID-19 testing at the main campus in Normal and in Lincoln and Pontiac (general hours listed below).

Normal Campus:
Location: Normal Readiness Center (NRC) 1101/1102
Hours: Mon: 7am-7pm*
Tue: 7am-7pm
Wed: 7am-11am 
Thu: 7am-4pm 
Fri: 7am-11am 
Sat: 8am-12pm*
*closed 5/28, 5/30, 6/4


HCC Lincoln:
Location: HCCL Room 403
Hours: Wed: 2pm-6pm


HCC Pontiac:
Location: HCCP Room 201
Thu: 3pm-6pm

SHIELD Testing at Heartland is available by appointment. Walk-ins are accepted as available. Sites are closed on days the College is closed.

During the signup process students and employees must sign a waiver to allow Heartland to view test results for contact tracing and also provide permission for the SHIELD testing process. 

A few things to keep in mind before registering:

  • Do not "auto-fill" the information forms.
  • Use a cell phone number to receive text confirmation.
  • Save your access code (or the email with the access code) for future scheduling.

Sign up for SHIELD Testing.

You will receive an email with a confirmation of your appointment. You should not eat or drink for 1 hour prior to the appointment.

Face coverings are required for all at the SHIELD Testing site.

The SHIELD Illinois test is a saliva-based test for COVID-19. It is a PCR test (which tests for the virus’s genetic material) rather than an antigen test (that checks for proteins from the virus). This test, which was developed by the University of Illinois, is in use throughout colleges and universities in Illinois. It is highly accurate and very sensitive. This means it is good at capturing positive results from people without symptoms.

This saliva-based test is not invasive and the testing process only takes a few minutes. Results will be reported directly to those tested the following day.

For questions related to Heartland Community College SHIELD testing contact Rana Aljibawi, SHIELD Manager, 309-268-8317.

For assistance with setting up your SHIELD account call 217-265-6059.