Clinical Genetic Molecular Biologist Scientist Certificate

Clinical Lab Scientist

The College of Professional and Global Education is pleased to offer one year post-baccalaureate training program for Clinical Genetic Molecular Biologist Scientist (CGMBS).

licensed CLS can perform the full spectrum of diagnostic tests in hospital clinical laboratories, in commercial reference laboratories, or in research and development for biotech companies. The CLS program will provide both didactic and practical clinical training in hematology, clinical chemistry, blood banking, microbiology and immunology to prepare students to sit for the State of California CLS licensing exam (American Society of Clinical Pathology MLS exam). For more information, see Program Details. You may also contact Julie Foley or call (323) 343-6065.

 

Who Can Apply?

Persons holding a minimum of a bachelor's degree with specific course requirements completed by May of the year the internship begins.

Admission Information & Requirements

CGMBS Program Admission Requirements

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

  • 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 7 years of the intership.
  • 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.
  • Students must complete all admission requirements by May of the year of the internship begins.
  • 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.
  • Candidates must have U.S. citizenship or permanent residency in the U.S. to be admitted to the programs.
  • Beginning September 2016, prospective students will be allowed to apply to the program up to 3 times. After 3 unsuccessful attempts, the applicant will no longer be eligible to enter the program. 

 

Apply to the Program

Program Curriculum:

View the Clinical Genetic Molecular Biologist Scientist Program Curriculum

CGMBS Forms

CGMBS Applications will be accepted from February 1 until March 31 of the year the internship begins. All application materials must be received in office by close of business on March 31.

Tuition & Financial Aid

The per unit fee is $675.00.

Both the CGMBS program has 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.