Paternity Testing

The University of Nebraska Medical Center has offered DNA-based parentage testing through our Regional Pathology Services since 1996.  The methods used for this type of analysis have been continuously updated and improved over the years.  This has resulted in more accurate test results and a marked reduction in the amount of specimen necessary to obtain results.  Our laboratory personnel have extensive training and background in DNA-based testing.

Confidential Testing
Information given about the parties being tested is strictly confidential and will not be released to anyone without your written authorization.

Laboratory Accreditation
The Human DNA Identification Laboratory is accredited by the ANSI National Accreditation Board (ANAB)/ISO17025:2017 for Forensic DNA testing.  The laboratory is part of the Molecular Diagnostic Laboratory located within the University of Nebraska Medical Center, a partner with Nebraska Medicine.

Court Admissible
Yes, results are admissible in court.  Proper documentation is maintained on the test specimens to ensure that accurate, reliable results are obtained and can be used in the court of law.

Turnaround Time
Test results are usually available within 2 weeks after all samples are received at the laboratory.

Test Samples 
A painless, non-invasive procedure called a buccal (cheek) swab is used to collect the DNA sample.  We also provide testing on blood, fresh tissue, hair, bone and other unusual specimens. 

Cost of Services

DNA Paternity: 2 Buccal Swabs/person, or one EDTA blood vial/person
Party of up to 3 individuals


Additional Individuals
Alleged father or child on same day
Alleged father or child on a different day 

Send Out Kits
3 day priority mail

Non-Blood Specimens
Fresh Tissue

Please inquire
Expert Testimony, Depositions $250/hour
Review/Interpretation of Outside Reports $250/hour
Disclosure Book $150
Additional Document Requests $100/hour   

Contact and Scheduling

For questions regarding paternity testing and scheduling, contact:
Regional Pathology Services: (402) 559-6420 or 1-800-334-0459