Gonorrhea Culture (GCSCR)  

IMPORTANT! Pre-approval needed from state or local health department. Local or State Health Department. Send approval to NPHL@unmc.edu or call (402) 559-9444.

NPHL has moved to an electronic ordering system, NUlirt, and it is now the preferred method to order all tests. Once ordered, print a "batch list" (see NUlirt Guide).

Forms Required - Nulirt batch list or NPHL Test Request Form (completed in entirety) must accompany the specimen to include the following information: symptoms and date of onset, pregnancy status, travel and vaccine history. Testing will not be performed without all required information.

Please call NPHL Client Services at (402) 559-2440 or toll free at (800) 334-0459 for further clarification.


Test: Gonorrhea Culture (GCSCR)
Synonym: GC Screen, Gonococcal Culture, GC Screen  
Method: Standard reference procedure for Neisseria gonorrhoeae culture and identification.  
Availability: Test performed Daily.  Preliminary report as soon as found positive, final for negative results at 3 days.  
Specimen: Any site or fluid, urethral swab, endocervical swab, rectal swab or throat swab.  
Collection Device: Copan Diagnostics ESwab™ Patented Sample Collection and Delivery System
  • Ambient 15-25°C
  • If a daily courier has not been arranged at your facility, please contact NPHL at (402) 559-9444
Unacceptable: For optimal chances of recovery, submission to reference lab must be within 24 hours of collection.    
Specimen Stability: Ambient: Within 24 hours of collection  
Reference Interval: Negative for Neisseria gonorrhoeae  
Reportable Disease: Report positive Neisseria gonorrhoeae within 7d to local or state health department. Refer to Nebraska DHHS Title 173, Communicable Diseases  
Comments: Use standard culture collection technique to swab the patient source of infection using an ESwab 
  • Place the ESwab in the specimen tube with the transport media and tighten the lid
  • Label specimen container with patient full name, DOB, time and date of collection, source, and collector initials
  • Confirm specimen label matches the patient’s ID band or badge
  • Place ONE specimen into small biohazard bag (with adsorbent pad) and seal
  • Place all small bags into one or more larger bags to double bag
  • Store specimen at room temperature after collection
  • Order patient test (GCSCR) in NUlirt
Revised: 5/9/2023 
If you have questions about proper specimen collection, please call NPHL Client Services at (402) 559-2440 or toll free at (800) 334-0459.