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Clinical Laboratory Scientist Training Certificate

The San Diego Clinical Laboratory Scientist (CLS) Training Program Consortium is a comprehensive 12 month full-time program of training in the field of clinical laboratory medicine and technology, annually commencing in September. Trainees who successfully complete this internship will be eligible to take the Medical Laboratory Scientist (MLS) certification exam offered by the American Society of Clinical Pathologists (ASCP) Board of Certification and the California law exam offered by the California Department of Public Health, Laboratory Field Services (CDPH-LFS).

The mission of the San Diego CLS Training Program is to provide both theoretical and practical applications of current, relevant clinical laboratory technologies. Offered as a Certificate Program under the umbrella of UC San Diego Extension, the program provides the professional component of training that prepares qualified laboratory practitioners for service to our profession and community. The goal of the program is to provide trainees with high quality professional training and academic instruction in the field of laboratory medicine to pass a nationally recognized certification examination, obtain state licensure, and meet employment needs of the California healthcare industry. At the conclusion of the program, the trainee will be expected to have achieved entry-level competence in all core disciplines of the clinical lab, as listed in the certificate course matrix below. In California, licensed CLS professionals are permitted to report clinical results of high complexity laboratory testing in addition to waived and moderate complexity testing.

Didactic lectures (approximately one day/week) are conducted at UC San Diego Health’s Center for Advanced Laboratory Medicine facility. Practical training (4 days/week) is gained through hands-on experiences in one of the consortium’s participating clinical laboratories of:

  • UC San Diego Health
  • Sharp Grossmont Hospital
  • Sharp Memorial Hospital
  • Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center

The San Diego Clinical Laboratory Scientist Program consortium is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS; 5600 N. River Rd., Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018-5119). The sponsoring institution, UC San Diego Health was approved by the CDPH-LFS as a Training Program for Clinical Laboratory Scientists in 2004, and each of the participating affiliate programs of Sharp HealthCare was approved in 2013.

Note: For more information regarding the program and admission requirements please refer to the PDF's below:

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Certificate Course Matrix
Course Title Course Number Units FA WI SP SU
Required Courses (All Seven Courses are Required)
Advanced Topics
PATH-40009
2
X      
Chemistry/Urinalysis
PATH-40010
10
X      
Hematology/Coagulation
PATH-40011
6
X      
Immunology/Serology
PATH-40012
2
X      
Laboratory Operations
PATH-40013
1
X      
Microbiology/Parasitology
PATH-40014
8
X      
Transfusion Medicine
PATH-40015
4
X      
L=La Jolla M=Mission Valley O=Online U=University City X=Location TBA
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To Apply for the Certificate Program

Candidates are encouraged to apply in the certificate program as early as possible to take advantage of program benefits. See Certificate FAQs for more information.

Application Fee: $0 Apply Now!
Contact: Healthcare & Behavioral Sciences, 858-657-5714
Email: clsprogram@ucsd.edu
Please note: Upon acceptance into the program, there will be a $60 certificate fee.

Conditions for Admission

The period for submission of application documents is from October – January for the annual class commencing in September. Submission deadlines are strictly enforced. Final admission to the San Diego CLS Training Program is by application and interview only.

  • Academic Requirements: Baccalaureate degree in a biological science or related field. Required prerequisite courses include: Organic Chemistry, Biochemistry, Analytical Chemistry, Hematology, Immunology, Medical/Clinical Microbiology, Physics (including principles in light and electricity), college level mathematics (calculus and/or statistics/biostatistics). These requirements are based on standards set by the California Department of Health.
  • Health and Other Requirements, and Essential Function Requirements: For a complete list of specific academic, health/other, U.S. citizenship or permanent residency, and essential function requirements, please review Admission Requirements (pdf) for more information.

Next Steps Experience

Connect your classroom education with real-world knowledge through a Next Step Experience. The program is specially designed to allow students to gain hands-on experience by working closely with instructors and/or peers on real-world projects.

The goal of the Clinical Laboratory Scientist Program is to provide a comprehensive year-long training course of laboratory study that provides both theoretical and practical applications of the most up-to-date relevant clinical laboratory technologies. The Program also provides the professional component of training to prepare qualified laboratory practitioners for service to our profession and community. The aim is to provide trainees with the necessary academic instruction and professional training of the highest quality in the field of laboratory medicine to pass a nationally recognized certification examination, obtain licensure in the state of California and meet the employment needs of the California healthcare industry.

Please Note

Admission to this program is by application only.

Candidates should verify that they have completed the academic and other requirements including the ability to perform the Essential Functions listed on the Admission Requirements (pdf) page before contacting the program for an application. Refer to the “Additional Certificate Information” pdf above for specific application request details.

Applications for the class commencing in September 2016 will be available on October 15th, 2015. For application materials, please contact clsprogram@ucsd.edu.

Note: Program prerequisites have been updated, effective September 2015


San Diego Clinical Laboratory Scientist Training Program
UC San Diego Clinical Laboratories
9300 Campus Point Dr. #7320
La Jolla, CA 92037-1300

Advisors

Jan Dowd, JD., MS, MT (ASCP)
Program Director/Laboratory Compliance Officer
Clinical Laboratories, UC San Diego Health

Peggy Kollars, CLS, MT (ASCP)
CLS Program Coordinator, Clinical Laboratories
Sharp Memorial, Sharp Grossmont Hospital, Sharp Chula Vista

Sharon Reed, MD
Faculty Advisor, CLS Training Program
UC San Diego Health

Barbara Sevilla, CLS, MT (ASCP)
Program Coordinator, Clinical Laboratories
UC San Diego Health