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 (cultures and molecular science) 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 CMS/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. The laboratory can draw orders or perform testing for your outside or home provider with the appropriate forms. Although CSU Health Network is not a Medicaid facility, we can draw your lab requests and send samples to an appropriate Medicaid laboratory.

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

  • Hematology:  Complete blood count (CBC), peripheral blood smear, mono test, malarial smear review, Sedimentation rate/ESR
  • STD/STI testing: HIV screen, Chlamydia and Gonorrhea.
  • (RPR/Syphilis and Herpes collected and sent to an outside reference lab).
  • Glucose screening: Finger stick glucometer
  • Urine testing: Urinalysis, urine/serum pregnancy testing
  • Microbiology: Rapid same day Strep and Influenza A/B tests , throat, urine, skin and wound cultures,  PCR testing for fecal (enteric) bacterial and parasitic pathogens
  • Chemistry: Lipid panel, comprehensive metabolic panel (CMP), basic metabolic panel, liver panel, etc.
  • Thyroid testing(Endocrinology): FT4, TSH
  • Coagulation testing: D-Dimer
  • Many other tests can be collected 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 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 costs for 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 costs for 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  laboratory services. 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. Each will be sent to a Medicaid facility. You may receive a bill 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. Any questions about that bill should be directed to the number on the invoice.  CSU does NOT handle any of the billing for outside laboratories.

Off-site providers

Students who utilize a non-CSU Health Network medical provider can bring their provider’s lab request to the CSU Health Network Laboratory for collection and/or testing. For quick assistance with outside laboratory orders, please fax or drop off a hard copy of your order prior to your appointment. Please note: Digital orders (from your phone etc.) cannot be accepted.

  • 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 our reference laboratories, results will be faxed directly to your off-site provider from the reference lab.