Deadline dates listed here/above supersede deadlines and dates previously listed on the program website and Application documents.
Please note the following attributes of our program for 2020:
The program will commence in July 2020.
A program fee will be assessed. Please refer to the Admission tab and linked documents for more information.
The San Diego Clinical Laboratory Scientist Training Consortium Program (San Diego CLS Training Program) is a comprehensive 12 month full-time program of instruction in the field of clinical laboratory medicine and technology. In 2020, the program will commence in July. Trainees who successfully complete this training 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 required courses matrix located in the "courses" menu 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 hosted by 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 laboratory systems of:
The San Diego CLS Training 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 was approved by the CDPH-LFS as a training program for Clinical Laboratory Scientists in 2004. Each of the participating affiliate programs of Sharp HealthCare was approved in 2013, followed by Scripps Health in 2016.
Success Rates of Students
The program does not place students, but all students trained since 2005 have achieved a 100% success rate in finding CLS entry level positions, all within California, most within San Diego County.
Note: For more information regarding the program and admission requirements please refer to the PDFs located at the right side of the page under "Related Documents".
There will be a $95 fee upon acceptance into the program
From the 'Apply Now' button, login to your student account, complete the online application, and pay the application fee if applicable.
It is preferable that you create an account before proceeding if you have not already done so.
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.
Healthcare & Behavioral Sciences. Call 858-657-5714 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The period for submission of application documents is from November – mid-January for the annual class commencing in July 2020. Submission deadlines are strictly enforced. Final admission to the San Diego CLS Training Program is by application and interview only.
Laboratory Compliance Officer and Program Director
UC San Diego Health
Sharp Memorial, Sharp Grossmont Hospital, Sharp Chula Vista
Advisor & Program/Advisory Committee. Director of Clinical
Microbiology Laboratory; UC San Diego Health
Scripps Health North, Scripps Health South
Lab Administration - CLS Education Program Coordinator
UC San Diego Health - Clinical Laboratories
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 in the Admission Requirements (pdf) before contacting the program for an application.
Refer to the Additional Certificate Information (pdf) for specific application request details.
The application period for 2020 will open soon.
*Applications for the class commencing in July 2020 will be available in November, 2019.
To request an application please contact email@example.com.
San Diego Clinical Laboratory Scientist Training Program
UC San Diego Clinical Laboratories
9300 Campus Point Dr. #7320
La Jolla, CA 92037-1300
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