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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 (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) and each of the participating affiliate programs (of Sharp HealthCare) is 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 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)
Chemistry/Urinalysis
PATH-40000
25
X      
Hematology
PATH-40001
12
X      
Microbiology/Parasitology
PATH-40002
18
X      
Transfusion Medicine
PATH-40003
9
X      
Immunology
PATH-40004
7
X      
Immunotransplant
PATH-40005
2.5
X      
Point of Care
PATH-40007
1
X      
Compliance
PATH-40008
0
X      
L=La Jolla M=Mission Valley O=Online U=University City X=Location TBA
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To Register in the Certificate Program

Certificate registration is required to complete the program. Candidates are encouraged to register in the certificate program as early as possible to take advantage of program benefits. See Certificate FAQs for more information.

Certificate Section ID: 103559 Contact department for an application.
Application Fee: $60
Contact: Healthcare & Behavioral Sciences, (858) 657-5714
E-mail: clsprogram@ucsd.edu

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.

Please Note

Admission to this program is by application only. Contact the program at 858-657-5714 or clsprogram@ucsd.edu.

The upcoming application deadline is January 25th, 2014.

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

Advisors

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

Lorraine Tamashiro, MS, MT (ASCP)
Administrative Director, Clinical Laboratories
UC San Diego Health System