LABORATORY SERVICES

Effective Date: 
Fri, 06/15/2012
Reviewed: 
Tue, 01/10/2017
Policy: 

     Laboratory services are provided to eligible UCSC students at the UCSC Student Health Center (SHC) by Clinical Lab Scientists (CLS) licensed in the State of California and certified phlebotomists in accordance with the rules, regulations and ethical standards of the UCSC, COLA and the California Department of Laboratory Field Services.  The laboratory is accredited by COLA and classified as High Complexity Lab. The laboratory is licensed by the State of California Department of Public Health.

     The laboratory tests that can be performed within the Student Health Center (in-house) have been selected based on clinical utility with feedback from clinical staff.   These in house laboratory tests allow convenient and timely laboratory results that are cost effective and support the clinical management of students presenting for health care. The laboratory is part of the SHC’s overall mission of providing quality care focused on the particular needs of students.  Common examples include pregnancy tests, rapid strep and influenza tests, complete blood counts, serology for infectious mononucleosis, throat and urine cultures and serum electrolyte levels. See the attached list* of in house lab tests available at the UCSC Student Health Center.

    In addition to in house laboratory testing, the SHC laboratory sends out more complex tests to the Quest Reference laboratory located in San Jose.  This includes wound and skin cultures, antibody testing, STD testing.  Pathology specimens (cervical and skin biopsies) are sent out to the DPMG reference lab in Sacramento. All send out laboratory tests are tracked to confirm that specimens are received and results return in a timely manner.

    Laboratory orders will be processed on UCSC students with a documented order from a licensed health care provider. This includes both SHC health care providers as well as health care providers outside the SHC with a written order.   One exception is the Self Directed STD testing option which allows students without symptoms to have screening urine and blood tests to screen for HIV, syphilis, Chlamydia and gonorrhea without a clinician order.  Normal results are communicated electronically through a secure communicator the following week and any patients with abnormal results are notified promptly and brought in for treatment and education as well risk assessment for other STI.  Another option for HIV testing that does not involve a blood draw is through the Student Health Outreach Program (SHOP) located adjacent to the pharmacy. In addition to harm reduction programs, SHOP offers FREE and ANONYMOUS rapid oral HIV testing through a peer counseling program.