The Laboratory at the CSU Health Network provides high-quality, affordable clinical diagnostic testing for CSU students with orders from medical providers.  State-of-the-art equipment is utilized to perform chemistry, hematology, and endocrinology. Microbiology, Ova and Parasite exams, and many cultures are also performed on site. The lab staff includes nationally-certified medical laboratory scientists and nationally-certified phlebotomists. The CSU Health Network Laboratory holds a certificate of compliance through the Center for Clinical Standards and Quality (CLIA).

Check-in for the Lab is located on the 2nd floor of the CSU Health and Medical Center at the Medical Services reception desk. No appointment necessary. We are able to draw orders or perform testing for your outside or home provider with the proper orders. In addition, we can also draw your lab requests for Medicaid insurance and send to a reference laboratory (for a nominal draw fee)

Some of the tests performed in-house by the CSU Health Network Laboratory include:

  • Hematology:  Complete blood count (CBC), peripheral blood smear, mono test, malarial smear review, influenza A and B, sedimentation rate/ESR
  • STD/STI testing: HIV, Chlamydia, Gonorrhea and RPR/Syphilis (other STD/STI tests such as Herpes are sent to an outside reference lab)
  • Glucose screening: Finger stick glucometer
  • Urine testing: Urinalysis, urine/serum pregnancy testing
  • Microbiology: Rapid same day Strep tests, throat cultures, urine cultures, fecal cultures, skin and wound cultures, Ova and Parasite screens
  • Chemistry: Lipid panel, comprehensive metabolic panel (CMP), basic metabolic panel, liver panel, etc.
  • Thyroid testing: FT4, TSH
  • Coagulation testing: D-Dimer
  • Many other tests can be obtained and sent to our outside reference laboratories

Most in-house lab tests are done with same-day turnaround. Results of tests sent to outside labs are often available in 7-10 days.


Services completed at the CSU Health Network Laboratory are billable to your insurance, at time of service, whether you have CSU Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) or commercial insurance coverage.  Once your insurance has been billed, the amount that was not covered by your insurance become the patient’s responsibility to pay and is billed to the student’s account.

  • In-house laboratory testing for students on the CSU-sponsored Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP): Once your insurance has been billed, the amount that was not covered by your insurance will be charged to your student account for any services provided by the clinical laboratory on site.
  • Reference/Send-Out laboratory testing for students on the CSU-sponsored Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP): Once your insurance has been billed, the amount that was not covered by your insurance will be sent as a bill from that reference laboratory to the primary address on file with the University. This applies to all pathology, including skin biopsy.
  • RamCare Supplement: The RamCare Supplement Program only covers laboratory services performed in the CSU Health Network related to sickness and accident. This program does not cover preventative or wellness testing. It does not cover any testing sent out to a reference laboratory.
  • For students with private insurance coverage: CSU Health Network Laboratory is part of CSU Health Network Medical Services, which is an in-network provider with most major insurance carriers. We can file claims with your insurance provider for the laboratory services you utilize. Click here to learn more about how CSU Health Network works with private insurance. 
  • For students with Medicaid insurance coverage: If you have Medicaid insurance coverage, CSU Health Network Laboratory can draw your blood and collect your specimen sample for a $4 draw charge and send the specimens to UCHealth Northern (formerly PVH Lab), which is contracted with Medicaid. You may receive a bill from PVH if the labs are not a covered benefit in your insurance plan.
  • If tests are sent out to be performed by an outside lab, you may receive a bill for that test directly from that facility.

Off-site providers

Students who utilize a non-CSU Health Network medical provider can bring outside order to the CSU Health Network Lab for in-house testing.

  • Providers can fax laboratory orders to (970) 491-3560, or you can bring orders to the lab from your off-site provider. Outside orders must contain: Full patient name, date of birth, date of office visit, diagnosis code/s, provider’s name, signature or signature of designee, and provider NPI.
  • Results from any tests performed by CSU Health Network Laboratory will be faxed directly to your off-site provider.
  • For tests sent to an of-site reference laboratory, results will be faxed directly to your off-site provider from the reference lab.