Lab Tests & Screenings – University Health Services – SC.edu

The Lab provides walk-in health screenings and rapid in-house testing. We also partner with outside reference labs to provide a full range of testing.
Call 803-777-3175.
Use MyHealthSpace to make an appointment, view your wellness records, message with your doctor to ask questions and more.
NOTE: Appointments open up hourly. If schedule is full, please check back in an hour.

 
You can request any of the following screenings yourself through MyHealthSpace or at any kiosk in the Center for Health and Well-Being.
Your doctor will need to order any test that’s not on this list.
High cholesterol is an indicator of coronary artery disease, something that can go unnoticed until it causes a heart attack. We’ll give you a routine blood test that will return a complete lipids profile and check that your cholesterol is within healthy limits.
Diabetes is caused by high blood glucose levels that prevent the body from producing or using insulin. We give two types of tests for diabetes: 
Fasting Plasma Glucose Test
We’ll do a routine blood test, given after you’ve fasted for 10 to 12 hours.
Hemoglobin A1c Test
We’ll do a routine blood draw to measure your glucose over the course of three months.
You can request a number of tests for STIs (sexually transmitted infections) yourself.
Blood Tests
Urine Tests
You can request a number of tests for STIs (sexually transmitted infections) yourself. Please call 803-576-6558. Appointments start with a brief meeting with a sexual health educator to discuss testing options, after which a lab provider will handle your testing. Please ensure that you view the testing window times before scheduling your appointment.
We’ll give you a routine blood test to screen for sickle cell anemia, an inherited disease which can cause tiredness, shortness of breath, dizziness and coldness in your hands and feet. 
Please plan ahead if you’re getting this screening for an athletic tryout. We may not be able to accommodate short turnaround times. 
Worksite Screening
Call 803-777-6518 to schedule your screening.
We offer free preventive screenings for for faculty, staff, retirees, COBRA subscribers and covered spouses whose primary insurance coverage is the Standard Plan or Savings Plan. 
Fee-For-Service Screenings
Call 803-777-3174 for specific charges.
To assure adequate immune response post vaccination the following Titers Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Varicella, and Hepatitis B Surface Antibody may be requested. In addition, participants may request screening for latent TB by QuantiFERON Gold or T-spot testing.
This testing is blood typing only and intended for Students in Criminal Justice or ROTC programs that require this information.
This testing is intended to provide students, faculty and staff with a convenient way to evaluate their COVID-19 status when required for travel, event participation, or return to work.  This testing is for asymptomatic patients only. 
Antibody testing test for previous exposure to COVID-19. It has not been validated for and should not be used post vaccination to assess immunity post vaccination.
Antigen/Molecular testing are both available. It is up to the patient to have reviewed the requirements for their situation.
Students, Faculty and Staff who need routine labs as part of an immigration physical may bring orders from an Outside Provider to the laboratory for testing. Requirements typically include urine testing. Patients should avoid urination for 1 hour before presenting to the lab. Requests for vaccinations will require a separate appointment with Allergy and Immunizations.
We recommend fasting overnight or 10 to 12 hours for any test that requires it. That will make sure you’re in a basal metabolic state and will produce more accurate test results.
Avoid: All food and beverages including coffee, tea and sugar-free products.
Drink Water: Hydration produces the best lab results. 
 
How you get your test results will depend on what kind of test or screening you had done.
Your screening results will be available on your MyHealthSpace account after a licensed health care professional reviews them. If any follow up is needed, your provider will contact you directly.
Your lab test results will go directly to the doctor that requested them. The lab cannot provide the results of doctor-ordered tests over the phone under any circumstances. 
Patient Services will release results about STIs and HIV/AIDS to you.
These lab results fall under the category of privileged information in our privacy practices.
If your results are positive or there is a concern, you will be contacted to schedule a follow up appointment. Negative results will be sent via secure message in MyHealthSpace. You should receive results within 48-72 hours.
We can only provide information about the test and report format. Contact your health care provider with questions about your results.
 
Licensed providers can fax orders to conduct a test to 803-576-5668. All orders must include:
Making Your Appointment
Make your appointment for your test requested from an outside doctor through MyHealthSpace.
Fee
There is a $25 handling fee for all outside orders.
 
If you live on campus, you can get official sharps containers for your discarded diabetes supplies. We recommend using official sharps containers to keep your residence hall visitors and staff safe and informed about hazardous materials.
To Get Your Containers
Visit the lab on the first floor of the Center for Health and Well-Being. We’ll give you one to use and one for backup. Return the container to us when it’s full and we’ll give you a new one.
Center for Health and Well-Being
First Floor
1401 Devine St. 
Columbia, SC 29201
Phone: 803-777-3175
You could be seen by the same team of health care experts every time you visit. This means your primary doctor and health care providers will always know you, your care preferences and your health history.
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