The Division of Clinical Pathology offers a diverse menu of laboratory testing services.  Our laboratories are well equipped to provide the highest level of support to health care providers and researchers through leading-edge technologies, quality assurance measurements, and laboratory management programs. 

We are dedicated to facilitating the research of VCU faculty and the community who require use of our state-of-the-art equipment, staff and our faculty.  Any researcher wishing to use Clinical Pathology facilities should contact the CPRS Coordinator at (804) 628-5764.

We look forward to working with you!

To provide convenient access to a high quality CAP & CLIA certified clinical laboratory offering onsite laboratory testing and centralized specimen processing services.

To provide laboratory services that support industry-sponsored, investigator-initiated and independent research at the VCU Medical Center.

Frequently Asked Questions

Research Specimen Processing Services

The CPRS Specimen Processing Service has been developed to meet the specialized specimen processing needs of VCU-affiliated researchers and clinical trial coordinators.

What are some advantages for utilizing CPRS for your processing needs?

  • Specimen collection at participating patient service centers located in Richmond area Pathology Laboratory Collection Locations 8.2.22
  • Laboratory professionals available to process specimens 24/7/365
  • Custom specimen processing including centrifugation, aliquoting, labeling, slide preparation
  • Study-specific documentation requirements
  • Sample storage in a temperature monitored environment (-70°C, -20°C, 4°C, RT) 
  • Packaging and shipping services by certified personnel (Infectious, IATA, HAZMAT, OSHA)
  • Sample storage and shipment to central laboratories
  • Reduced investigator/coordinator-associated labor and cost
  • Competitive pricing based on collection, processing complexity, and storage requirements

Request Services

Successful implementation of research protocols is dependent on involving the Department of Pathology early in the planning process.  We assist researchers needing use of our facilities, technology and/or professional expertise.  The CPRS coordinator will provide logistical planning and protocol set-up for all your clinical pathology services.

Getting Started:

  1. Submit a Request for VCU Health System Clinical, Nursing, and Ancillary Support Form. To access the ancillary request form, please visit

    • For laboratory services, select "Pathology and Anatomic Pathology" from the list of Ancillary Services.
    • Remember to upload the Trial Protocol, Laboratory Specimen Processing Manual (if applicable) and WIRB/IRB Approval (if available).

  2. A Pricing Proposal will be sent to you via e-mail or fax. 

    • The Principal Investigator (or his designee) should sign and return the Pricing Proposal to the CPRS Coordinator.

  3. Customized laboratory requisitions will be generated for each research/clinical trial account.  Specific registration, billing and testing information will be listed on the requisition.  

  4. All research samples submitted to the clinical laboratory for testing and/or processing must be accompanied by a laboratory requisition.

  5. If the research protocol involves specialized specimen processing and shipping to a central laboratory, contact the CPRS coordinator to schedule the delivery of study materials, shipping boxes, air bills, etc. to the clinical laboratory prior to study initiation.

  6. Notify the  as soon as possible before recruitment begins for each protocol.