Clinical Laboratory Scientist Certificate

Clinical Laboratory Scientist Certificate
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 programs for Clinical Laboratory Scientist (CLS) and Clinical Genetic Molecular Biologist Scientist (CGMBS).

Designed to address the critical shortage of clinical laboratory scientists, the Clinical Laboratory Scientist Certificate Program has established partnerships with a consortium of clinical laboratories for the required bench training.

For more information, see Program Details. You may also contact Julie Foley at jfoley@calstatela.edu or (323) 343-6065.

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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

CLS Program Admission Requirements

CGMBS Program Admission Requirements

 

A minimum of a bachelor's degree (baccalaureate) with specific course requirements, 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 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)

 

  • 16 semester (24 quarter) units of chemistry that must include clinical chemistry OR analytical (quantitative analysis) and biochemistry.
  • 18 semester (27 quarter) units of biological sciences that must include specific classes in 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) and biochemistry must have been completed within 7 years of the intership.
  • 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 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 Laboratory Scientist Program Curriculum

View the Clinical Genetic Molecular Biologist Scientist Program Curriculum

CLS Forms

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

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 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

2015-2016

(n=20)

2014-2015

(n=20)

2013-2014

(n=19)

2012-2013

(n=19)

2011-2012

(n=14)

 

Cumm

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

100% 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%

100%

93%

98%