Program Details

Clinical Lab Scientist

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). A CLS license is required to work as a CLS in California. Eligibility to take the exam requires a full academic year of clinical training for 52 weeks, four days/week, eight hours/day as well as one eight hour day/week of face-to-face classes (three terms of seven, six and six units each).

Our current clinical sites include: Cedars-Sinai Medical Center; Citrus Valley Health Partners (Queen of the Valley and Intercommunity); Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital; Los Angeles County, Department of Health Services (Harbor-UCLA, LAC+USC, Martin Luther King, Jr. Outpatient Center and Olive View-UCLA); Methodist Hospital; Quest Diagnostics; and White Memorial.

licensed CGMBS performs specialized molecular diagnostic tests in hospital clinical laboratories, in commercial reference laboratories, or in research and development for biotech companies. The CGMBS program will provide both didactic and practical clinical training in molecular testing for cancers, genetic disease markers, histocompatibility types, and some infectious diseases to prepare students to sit for the CGMBS licensing exam. A CGMBS license is required to work as a CGMBS in California. Eligibility to take the exam requires a full academic year of clinical training for 52 weeks, four days/week, eight hours/day as well as one six-hour day/week of face-to-face and online classes (three terms of six units each).

Our current training sites include: City of Hope; Clarient/Neogenomics; Fulgent Diagnostics; Invitae Corporation; Kaiser Permanente Genetics Laboratories; and Keck/USC.

Program Goals 

  • Provide students with necessary academic instruction and professional training in the field of laboratory medicine and to meet employment needs of the California health care industry.
  • Produce skilled clinical laboratory workers who have competent working knowledge of the principles pertinent to the laboratory tests they are performing.
  • Prepare students to become accurate and reliable members of the healthcare team.
  • Teach students the role of the laboratory in the delivery of healthcare to the patient.
  • Develop positive attitudes in students and help them become professionals committed to delivering excellent healthcare.
  • Educate each student in a manner which encourages further education, participation in community service, maintenance of special interests, and development of leadership qualities in the field.
  • Maintain accreditation of the CLS program through the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS).
  • Produce graduates who meet all the requirements to qualify for the California State licensure and national certification exam in Clinical Laboratory Science.
  • Produce graduates who pass the licensure exam in Clinical Laboratory Science upon completion of the program.
  • Maintain high academic and professional standards both for the program and students.