Paternity Testing

The University of Nebraska Medical Center has offered DNA-based parentage testing through our Regional Pathology Services office since 1991. 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 College of American Pathologists and the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors. The laboratory is part of the Molecular Diagnostic Laboratory located within the University of Nebraska Medical Center, a partner with the Nebraska Medicine.

Court Admissible 

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

Turnaround Time

Test results are usually available 2-4 weeks after all samples are received at the laboratory.

Test Sample 

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: Buccal Swabs
Party of up to 3 individuals; 2 swabs per patient 

DNA Paternity: Blood Draw
Party of up to 3 individuals; EDTA: adult 5 ml, infant 1-2 ml 


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

Paternity with Amnio Specimen


Expert Testimony, Depositions


Review/Interpretation of Outside Reports $200/hour
Disclosure Book $250
Additional Document Requests

Payment is expected at the time of specimen collection (or with receipt of specimens by mail) before testing will be initiated. Payment can be made by money order or bank cashier's check. At this time, credit cards, cash, and personal checks are not accepted.

Paternity testing performed at the University of Nebraska Medical Center is not payable by Medicaid or health insurance.


For information or to schedule an appointment, please call Regional Pathology Services at 402-559-6420 or 1-800-334-0459.