University Health Services Lab
University Health Services is home to an onsite medical laboratory available to all registered students and spouses of students enrolled in the Penn State Student Health Insurance plan (SHIP). The lab is accredited by the Commission on Laboratory Accreditation (COLA), and approved by the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendment (CLIA).
Commonly ordered tests performed within the lab include complete blood count and urinalysis. A Quest Diagnostics Reference Lab is also used for less commonly ordered tests.
The lab is staffed by medical technologists certified by the American Society of Clinical Pathologists (ASCP) and overseen by a board-certified pathologist.
Request Lab Work
To request lab work, please bring a lab order from your clinician to the lab reception desk. The lab processes requests from both University Health Services and outside clinicians. No appointment is necessary for general lab requests; however, if you are bringing a lab order from an outside clinician, we ask that you report to the lab before 4:00 p.m. All outside clinician orders are sent to Quest Diagnostics or Labcorp, depending upon your insurance requirements.
Your lab order must include all of the following information:
- Patient name
- Patient's date of birth
- Ordering provider’s:
- NPI number
- Phone number
- Fax number
- Test orders and diagnosis codes
Pre-employment drug screening
Pre-employment urine drug screen collections are available at the University Health Services Lab. You must bring a Chain of Custody Form from Quest or Labcorp to initiate testing or a document from the requesting employer including:
- Company name and address
- Contact person
- Phone and fax number
- Drug screen panel
You will also need to show a current photo ID. Please be prepared to provide a urine sample during your drug screening.
University Health Services offers STI self-testing to detect gonorrhea and chlamydia. No appointment is needed for STI self-testing. To complete a test, simply visit the lab reception desk (fourth floor of the Student Health Center) before 4:00 p.m. and ask for STI self-testing.
The cost of the STI self-test is $30.00 which may be paid at the time of specimen collection or billed to your bursar account. If you elect to send the charge for the test to insurance, your costs may vary depending on your insurance plan and coverage. The test is processed at the Center for Disease Detection lab.
Basic University Health Services medical service fees do not include the cost of laboratory services. Laboratory services are subject to separate charges for each service performed. The fee depends upon the lab study ordered by your clinician. University Health Services accepts insurance for laboratory services. Please visit our for more information on accepted insurance plans.
If students wish to send their testing to Quest or Labcorp for insurance purposes they MUST notify the lab reception desk before samples are collected.