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Laboratory services

Laboratory testing in Minnesota and western Wisconsin

Whether you need routine diagnostic testing or more specialized services, HealthPartners and Park Nicollet provide convenient, timely and accurate laboratory tests.

Our expert laboratory services team includes medical laboratory scientists and technicians, phlebotomists and laboratory assistants, pathologists and pathology assistants, histology technicians, cytotechnologists, couriers, and more. Using the latest procedures and technology, we work together to offer complete laboratory testing and analysis. That way, you and your doctor can get answers, reach a diagnosis or decide on treatment.

With dozens of collection locations in Minnesota and western Wisconsin, a HealthPartners or Park Nicollet medical laboratory is probably closer than you think. Select locations offer same-day access, extended hours, and Saturday and Sunday availability.

No matter which lab test location you visit, you’ll find professional staff and attentive service. Our coordinated team is dedicated to helping you and your doctor better understand your health.

Over 80 testing locations

Our laboratory tests need an order from a doctor. If you have an order for lab work, you can get started by scheduling an appointment online or calling a location near you.

Laboratory tests we provide

We offer many different routine and specialty lab tests to help you get the right health care and treatment. Laboratory tests we perform include:

  • Hematology

    – These tests include several different blood tests, like a white blood cell count, a comprehensive metabolic panel, a lipid panel or a hemoglobin test.
  • Coagulation

    – These tests assist in the diagnosis and treatment of bleeding and clotting disorders.
  • Urinalysis

    – Understanding different components of your urine can help us screen for and manage many different diseases and conditions.
  • Immunology testing

    – This kind of testing helps with the assessment of autoimmune diseases.
  • Microbiology

    – We use microbiology testing to determine if you have an infection, what’s causing it and which medicine or treatment would help you feel better.
  • Infectious disease testing

    – Among many others, common infectious disease tests include looking for COVID-19 and testing for sexually transmitted infections (STIs/STDs).
  • Histopathology

    – These tests involve biopsies and tissue samples to help determine whether you have cancer or a certain kind of infection.
  • Cytopathology

    – Pap tests are a common example of cytopathology, where we look closely at your cells to check for signs of disease.
  • Chemical testing

    – Some examples of chemical testing include hormone tests, thyroid tests, and getting your blood sugar levels to help manage conditions like diabetes.
  • Toxicology

    – Including work screenings, toxicology tests measure drug or alcohol levels within the body.
  • Genetic testing

    Genetic tests involve looking at tissue samples to analyze your DNA.
  • Molecular testing

    – These tests assist us in diagnosing illnesses and determining which treatments or therapies may be right for you.
  • Semen analysis

    – Semen analysis helps measure fertility levels when you’re trying to start a family or after you’ve had a vasectomy.

What is laboratory testing?

When you hear your doctor talk about “lab work,” they’re referring to medical tests that help them get more information about your health. Laboratory tests are ordered for many different reasons, including diagnostic testing, prevention, disease management and treatment.

A typical lab test involves collecting a sample of your blood, urine, cells or tissue and sending it to a medical laboratory. At the laboratory, a medical professional will analyze your sample thoroughly. With the results, your doctor can determine what kind of health care or treatment you need.

Some sample collections are performed in a clinic or hospital with the help of your care team or a trained laboratory technician. Other collections you’ll complete at home before you return your sample to us. We’ll guide you through the entire process with detailed instructions. You’ll know just what to expect and what to do.

For most lab tests, you and your doctor will get results in a few hours or a few days. Your doctor will then interpret your lab results and work with you on next steps in your care.

Our laboratory services require a doctor’s order. If you have an order for lab tests, schedule an appointment online or call a location near you. We have over 80 collection sites in Minnesota and western Wisconsin, with some locations open evenings, Saturdays and Sundays for your convenience.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

When you make your appointment or when your doctor orders laboratory tests for you, you’ll get clear instructions on how to get ready.

The instructions you receive may include fasting for a certain period of time, drinking water, refraining from exercise, avoiding tobacco or other specific preparations. Our team will give you guidance for your personal lab test situation.

We understand that sometimes it can be difficult to stick to directions. If you have trouble with your preparation instructions, let us know. We may need to reschedule your appointment or analyze your sample differently so we can get the most accurate lab results.

The methods we use to obtain samples vary. In many cases, the process is painless or only involves minor discomfort.

If we need to use a needle or another instrument to collect your sample, our staff will work with you to help make sure you’re as comfortable as possible. During a sample collection, many people feel nothing at all while others experience a brief squeeze or sting.

If you have concerns, your care team or laboratory technician can tell you more about the process and let you know about any alternatives.

We accept most health insurance plans, including Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, CIGNA, HealthPartners, Medica, Medicare, PreferredOne and many others.

Not sure what your insurance covers? Call the number on the back of your card for help looking at your options.

Don’t have your card in front of you? Here are member services numbers to help you get started: