Clinical Laboratory Scientist Certificate

Clinical Lab Scientist

The College of Professional and Global Education is pleased to offer a one year post-baccalaureate training program for Clinical Laboratory Scientist (CLS).

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. 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.

Download the Clinical Laboratory Scientist Brochure.

 

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

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).

  • 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.
  • 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

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.

Tuition & Financial Aid

The per unit fee is $675.00.

Both the CLS programs 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.

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%
100%
Attrition rates - % did not complete
0%
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%
100%
93%
98%