The Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory (MDL) is a new Wichita State laboratory that was created for COVID response and focuses on public health to support COVID-19 prevention and control efforts by providing high-throughput, low-cost, quick-response COVID-19 virus test screening capacity to inform the population and help local health and safety officials to focus their response resources to areas of highest demand.

The MDL is part of the National Institute for Research and Digital Transformation (NIRDT) lead by faculty from Wichita State University, College of Health Professions, Medical Science Laboratory program. The WSU MLS Program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science (NAACLS).



Establish a regional, high-throughput, low-cost, quick-response COVID-19 virus test processing laboratory to keep the economy open.


Increased testing capacity enables Kansas to live with the virus and minimize, and hopefully avoid, school, childcare, business, and service closures.


Testing Capacity

The Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory at WSU has the capability to analyze 1,500 tests per 8-hour shift (totaling 4,500 per day). The maximum analyzing capacity for 3 shifts, 7 days a week, is 31,500 tests.




Regional Capacity Advantage

  1. Control testing process, prioritization, and price
  2. High-throughput
  3. Low-cost, 40%-60% savings
  4. Highly accurate, 24-hour response

Sample Collection

MDL processes COVID-19 test samples provided by healthcare providers. Individual samples are collected by your healthcare provider or you can call the Sedgwick Counth Health Department COVID-19 Hotline at 316-660-1022 to identify public testing locations. 





Laboratory Hours:
Monday-Friday 6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Saturdays only for partner drop-off

Holiday Closures:
Labor Day – Closed
Veterans Day: Open Regular Hours
Thanksgiving Day: Closed
Day after Thanksgiving:
Open 8:00am -11:00am
Saturday after Thanksgiving:
8:00am - 11:00am
Christmas Eve: 6:00am – 2:00pm
Christmas Day: Closed
New Year’s Eve: 6:00am – 2:00pm
New Year’s Day: Closed

4174 S. Oliver, Building 174H, Wichita, KS 67210

Customer Service Support

Customer Service Hours:
Monday-Friday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Phone: (316) 978-8600
Fax: (316) 978-8610

Specimen Collection Hours

Monday-Friday 6:00 AM - 6:00 PM


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