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Rapid antigen tests for students and faculty at IMC Krems

IMC Krems has made a clear commitment to ensuring a safe start to the new academic year and has implemented a comprehensive package of COVID-19 measures. As an additional measure, free rapid antigen tests are now available for students and lecturers who attend one of the few remaining face-to-face courses in the field of health and life sciences.

Geschäftsführerin Ulrike Prommer beim Antigen-Schnelltest an der IMC FH Krems

CEO Ulrike Prommer was one of the first to be tested with a rapid antigen test at IMC Krems.

Distance Learning with a few exceptions

IMC Krems has acted as a reliable partner for students and the IMC team throughout the current health crisis. "Just like in March, we were able to convert almost all of our lectures to online mode in a very short time. Our main goal is to ensure that students do not experience any significant delays in their studies," affirms Martin Waiguny, chairman of the academic board of the IMC Krems.

Only a few courses will be held on site in the buildings of IMC Krems. These are courses that must continue to be offered in presence in order to be able to achieve the learning goals that have been set and are in part also prescribed by law. These include practical exercises in the health sciences and laboratory exercises in the degree programmes Medical and Pharmaceutical Biotechnology and Applied Chemistry.

Rapid antigen tests as a voluntary health protection offer

These practice-oriented courses continue to be conducted under the strictest safety precautions. For example, extensive hygiene regulations apply, including the obligation to wear FFP2 masks. Since 7 January 2021, all participants in these face-to-face courses also have the opportunity to take a free rapid antigen test directly at the FH on a voluntary basis.

This campaign is aimed at teachers, researchers, students and employees of IMC Krems who are working or studying at one of the IMC Krems locations in January and February.

Safe and without loss of time to complete your studies

Interested persons have to register for the rapid antigen tests using an internal tool. The tests take place from Monday to Friday from 8-10 a.m. at the IMC Campus Krems, Wing G1 and are reserved exclusively for the groups of people described above.

"The goal of our testing strategy is to offer more security for teachers, researchers, students and employees of IMC Krems who are currently working or studying at IMC Campus Krems. It is a voluntary offer to protect the health of our community. An additional important objective is that our students can complete this academic year without losing a semester," emphasises CEO Ulrike Prommer.

Project with practical relevance for students

"The testing is carried out under medical-scientific supervision. For this purpose, we have developed this testing strategy with our experts from the Departments of Life Sciences and Health Sciences in order to enable an early detection of corona infections and thus a faster contact tracing. I am particularly pleased that we are involving our nursing and “Medical and Pharmaceutical Biotechnology” students in the implementation as we are thus able to create a valuable practical experience for them," explains the programme director for general nursing, Markus Golla.