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Student Health Services


Lab Tests & Screenings

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.

Schedule an Appointment Online

Or call 803-777-3175.

Use MyHealthSpace to make an appointment, view your wellness records, message with your doctor to ask questions and more.


  

Walk-In Tests

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.

Cholesterol Testing

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 Screening

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.

Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs)

You can request a number of tests for STIs (sexually transmitted infections) yourself.

Blood Tests

  • HIV
  • Syphilis (RPR)

Urine Tests

  • Chlamydia
  • Gonorrhea
  • Trichomoniasis
Sickle Cell Screening

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. 

Tests for Faculty and Staff

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. 

  • Blood Count
  • Blood Pressure Screening
  • Body Fat Percent Measurement
  • Health Education
  • Lipid Profile
  • Metabolic Profile
  • Weight Measurement

Fee-For-Service Screenings
Call 803-777-3174 for specific charges.

  • Liver Profile/Hepatic Function
  • Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH)
  • Diabetes Screening (Hemoglobin A1C)
  • Vitamin D
  • Prostate-specific antigen (PSA)

Fasting Instructions

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. 

 

Getting Your Results

How you get your test results will depend on what kind of test or screening you had done.

Screening Results

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.

Doctor-Ordered Lab Results

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. 

Sexually Transmitted Infection Results

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.

We can only provide information about the test and report format. Contact your health care provider with questions about your results.

 

Outside Lab Orders

Licensed providers can fax orders to conduct a test to 803-576-5668. All orders must include:

  • Two patient identifiers (name, date of birth or social security number)
  • The health care provider's name and signature
  • The health care provider's phone and fax numbers
  • Diagnosis code (ICD10)
  • Clearly listed tests (LabCorp test numbers may help clarify panel requests)

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.

 

Sharps Containers

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.