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Clinical Laboratory Scientist Training Certificate

The San Diego Clinical Laboratory Scientist (CLS) Training Program certificate is a 12 month fulltime program of training in the field of clinical laboratory medicine and technology. Trainees who successfully complete the program will be eligible to take the certification exam offered by the American Society of Clinical Pathologists (ASCP) Board of Certification, and the CLS Licensing exam offered by the California Department of Public Health.

The mission of the San Diego 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 San Diego CLS Training Program provides the professional component of training to prepare qualified laboratory practitioners for service to our profession and community. The goal of the San Diego Clinical Laboratory Scientist Training Program 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. The program continuously and consistently strives to insure entry level competence of its trainees in each discipline of the clinical laboratory environment.

Practical training (approximately 4 days/week) will be gained through hands-on experiences in one of the clinical laboratories:

  • UC San Diego Health System - including the Center for Advanced Laboratory Medicine (CALM), the UC San Diego Medical Center - Hillcrest, and Thornton Hospital-La Jolla
  • Grossmont Hospital (affiliate institution)
  • Sharp Memorial Hospital Sumerlin Memorial Hospital (affiliate institution)
  • Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center (affiliate institution)

Didactic lectures (approximately one day/week) will be conducted primarily at the UC San Diego Clinical Laboratories' CALM facility.

The San Diego Clinical Laboratory Scientist Program 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 System, and each of the participating affiliate programs of Sharp HealthCare are licensed by the California Department of Public Health, Laboratory Field Services. The UC San Diego program is also approved by the UC San Diego School of Medicine Associated Health Professional Education Committee (AHPEC).

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 Eight Courses are Required)
Transfusion Medicine
Point of Care
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

  • Academic Requirements: Baccalaureate degree in a biological science or related field. Required prerequisite courses include: Analytical Chemistry, Cell/Molecular Biochemistry, Hematology, Immunology, Medical/Clinical Microbiology, Physics (including principles in light and electricity), upper level mathematics.
  • Health and Other Requirements, and Essential Function Requirements: For a complete list of academic, health/other, and essential function requirements, please review Admission Requirements (pdf) for more information.

Next Steps Experience

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

Please Note

Admission to this program is by application only.

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

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


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

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 System

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