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Higher Education Center at McAllen

COVID-19 Guidance

Updated: August 10, 2021 3:00 p.m. CDT


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General Guidance

To set up a COVID testing appointment at the Texas A&M University Higher Education Center at McAllen, go to
Email: After you address the screening questions at, you will be sent an email. Click on the link provided and make your appointment.

  1. No Food, Drink or mouthwash: You should not eat, drink or use mouthwash 20 minutes prior to being tested.
  2. Test Type: This is an oral test (NOT a NASAL test). For testing instructions, please watch video;t=7s.
  3. Where: Tests will be done in your car in the TAMU Higher Education Center at McAllen faculty/staff parking lot. Our address is 6200 Tres Lagos Blvd. When you arrive, call 956-540-8546 or 956-789-3888 and someone will meet you in your car. You will not need to enter the building.  
  4. You must wear a face covering over your mouth and nose
  5. Bring your ID and appointment confirmation number with you.
  6. Test Results: At this time, test results are coming back within two to three days.

Building Access

  • Hours of Operation:
    • Monday – Friday, 7:00 AM – 6:00 PM
    • Saturday - Sunday, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Deer Oaks is available 24/7 by phone at 866-329-4148 or online (Login/PW: TAMUSAP)

We want to make sure you have everything you need during this difficult time. Food should not be a factor anyone has to worry about during stressful times, and as such, we are extending access to the 12th Can Food Pantry on campus to students and employees as they need it. We have implemented a food pick-up system that will allow us to practice social distancing while meeting the needs of our community. 

Students and employees can fill out a request online at: