Last reviewed: 6/15/2023
The Medical Services laboratory is able to provide many tests onsite such as urinalysis, rapid strep, pregnancy, and flu. Other tests ordered by your provider, including most blood work, are sent to an outside laboratory. The results return to your Medical Services provider, who will share them via secure message on the Patient Portal.
Only tests ordered by Medical Services can be performed by the onsite lab. If an off-campus provider requests labwork, please have the specialist draw the labs or schedule a visit with an in-network facility that is covered by their insurance.
All students who have paid the Columbia Health and Related Services Fee are eligible to use the Medical Services lab. There is no cost to students who have enrolled in the Columbia Student Health Insurance Plan.
Students with outside insurance, for example those who remain on their parents’ insurance, will receive a bill sent to the primary insurance holder and can submit that bill to the insurance provider.
Labs ordered by Medical Services providers will be drawn on site for students with the Aetna Student Health insurance, for those with other insurance please verify that Lab Corp is a prefered lab prior to having blood work done at Medical Services. Check the lab hours, which vary during the academic term and summer recess. There are currently no walk in Lab services.
During the Academic Year
Monday–Thursday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Friday: 9:00 AM. – 4:00 PM
During Summer Recess
Monday–Thursday: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Friday: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Frequently Asked Questions
We perform some laboratory work at Medical Services in John Jay Hall, but if you need an X-ray or other imaging studies, your Medical Services provider will refer you to Westside Radiology or Columbia Doctors (various locations). Once results are available, we will follow up with you.
When outside specialists request additional lab tests, we encourage students to have the specialist draw the labs or schedule a visit with an in-network facility that is covered by their insurance.