Watkins Health Services' onsite laboratory offers many services, including HIV and STI testing. The lab is located on the first floor of Watkins Health Center. No appointments are necessary for general lab requests.
The lab is accredited through the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) program, a federal quality assurance initiative. Our staff of registered medical technologists, certified by the American Society for Clinical Pathology, provides quality and timely testing. Their extensive experience ensures maximum patient comfort.
If you have questions about our diagnostic tests and procedures, please refer to the FAQ Library for information about Lab Procedures.
Lab Orders from Outside Physicians
The WHS laboratory will process tests ordered by health providers from outside Watkins Health Services. The orders can be brought to the lab by the patient or the health provider can fax the order. Each order must be signed by the provider and include the diagnosis for test(s) ordered.
If you have orders from an outside health provider, you must be in the lab at least 15 minutes prior to closing time in order to process specimens for the evening courier pick-up. Otherwise you may be asked to return the next business day.
Lab results are given to the ordering provider and placed in the student's medical record at WHS. In most instances, negative lab results are sent via secure messaging to the patient. Please make sure that your current email address is registered with Watkins Health Services. WHS calls all patients who have abnormal lab results when they arrive from the lab.
Some lab results take several days for a result. Pap smears may take up to two weeks. Please be assured that every effort is made to contact you the same day your lab result information is received by WHS. The lab staff is not allowed to release the results directly to the patient. If you have questions regarding your lab results, call our Nurse Helpline at 785-864-9583.
There is a charge for laboratory tests, which varies per test. Check with your health insurance company to find out what your health insurance policy covers. Depending upon your policy, WHS may be able to bill your insurance company, or you may be able to receive reimbursement for some or all of these costs.