Admissions Information

Clinical Lab Scientist

Who Can Apply?

Persons holding a minimum of a bachelor's degree (baccalaureate) with specific course requirements received prior to admission to the program may apply for admission.
 

Admission Information & Requirements

CLS Program Admission Requirements CGMBS Program Admission Requirements
  • A minimum of a bachelor's degree (baccalaureate) with specific course requirements, received prior to admission to the program (approved by the program director and accepted by the state of California for the purposes of licensure)

  • A minimum of a bachelor's (baccalaureate) or an equivalent degree in biological or clinical laboratory science, or a field related to genetics, received prior to admission to the program (approved by the program director and accepted by the State of California for the purposes of licensure)

  • 16 semester (24 quarter) units of chemistry that must include clinical chemistry or analytical (quantitative analys
  • 18 semester (27 quarter) units of biological sciences that must include immunology, hematology, and medical microbiology.
  • 3 semester (4 quarter) units of physics that must include instruction in the principles of light and electricity.
  • Prefer at least 4 units of upper division biology laboratory instruction and at least one, and preferably all, of the following courses: physiology, genetics, biostatistics, and a lab class that includes molecular biology techniques.
  • Core courses (hematology, immunology, medical microbiology, and clinical chemistry OR analytical chemistry (quantitative analysis) must have been completed within the past 7 years.
  • Proof of enrollment in or completion of all coursework must be received no later than February 15.
  • For candidates with foreign degrees whose language of instruction was not English, a minimum of 90 IBT, 7 IELTS or 575 PBT TOEFL score is required. IN ADDITION, an upper division course in hematology (with lab) or medical microbiology (with lab) taken in the U.S.A. with a grade of B or better.

  • A minimum of 10 semester (15 quarter) units of chemistry that must include an upper division course in biochemistry.
  • 18 semester (27 quarter) units of biology including:
    • 3 semester (4 quarter) units of genetics
    • 3 semester (4 quarter) units of molecular biology or cell biology
    • The remaining 12 semester (19 quarter) units in biology must be in advanced genetics or upper division cell biology, molecular biology, or microbiology. At least two of these courses must have laboratory components that include molecular techniques.
  • 3 semester (4 quarter) units of college level statistics
  • Core courses (genetics, molecular or cell biology) must have been completed within the past 7 years.
  • Proof of enrollment in or completion of all course requirements must be received no later than April 30.
  • For candidates with foreign degrees whose language of instruction was not English, a minimum of 90 IBT, 7 IELTS, or 575 PBT TOEFL score is required. IN ADDITION, an upper division course in genetics, molecular biology or cell biology taken in the U.S.A. with a grade of B or better.

  • A minimum GPA of 2.75 on a 4-point scale. International students must have their transcripts evaluated by the U.S.A. credentials evaluation service IERF and their grades must be converted to a 4-point scale (course by course evaluation).
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation from upper division/graduate course instructors or work supervisors, with at least two letters from instructors.
  • Pending application to Laboratory Field Services for a Clinical Laboratory Scientist Trainee License –OR- Clinical Genetic Molecular Biologist Scientist Trainee License. Final acceptance for admission to the program is contingent upon receiving this license.
  • A Statement of General Health Form completed, signed, and mailed by the student's primary healthcare provider.
  • Candidates must have U.S. citizenship or permanent residency in the U.S. to be admitted to the programs.

Apply To The Program

Program Curriculum:

View the Clinical Laboratory Scientist Program Curriculum

View the Clinical Genetic Molecular Biologist Scientist Program Curriculum

CLS Forms

CLS Applications will be accepted from October 1st of the year preceding the internship until January 15th of the year the internship begins. All application materials must be received in office by close of business on January 15th.

CGMBS Forms

CGMBS Applications will be accepted from February 1st until April 30th of the year the internship begins. All application materials must be received in office by close of business on April 30th.

Tuition & Financial Aid

The per unit fee for each course is $675.00.

Both the CLS and CGMBS Programs have been approved as Gainful Employment Programs by the Department of Education. Eligible trainees can apply for Federal Financial Aid to support them during the year that they are in the program.

Gainful Employment Disclosure

The Gainful Employment Disclosure for this program can be accessed here.

Outcome Measures

CLS Outcome Measures

 

2013-2014

(n=19)

2012-2013

(n=19)

2011-2012

(n=14)

2014-2015

 

Cumm

 

External certification or licensure results (when exam taken within 12 months of completion of program) - % pass

100% 100% 100% 100% 100%
Graduation rates - % graduated 100% 100% 100% 100% 100%
Attrition rates - % did not complete 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%

Placement rates (i.e., employment positions in a closely related field, or pursuit of further education) -

% hired

100% 100% 93% 100% 98%