Graduate Certificate in Clinical Laboratory Science
Advisors: Albee, Kazarian, Silverman
The SF State Clinical Laboratory Science (CLS) Internship Certificate program provides students with the theoretical and practical skills necessary to work in hospitals, clinics, or biomedical research environments. The program prepares students at the post-baccalaureate level to take the national board examination for certification as Clinical Laboratory Scientists. In addition, the program is fully accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for clinical laboratory sciences (NAACLS) and meets the educational standards required for licensure as a CLS by the California State Department of Health, Laboratory Field Services (LFS). The program seeks to develop critical thinking skills for clinical and administrative decision making in the complex and ever-changing healthcare environment.
Clinical laboratory scientists are employed in healthcare settings such as medical laboratories within large medical centers, community hospitals, public health, clinics and private industry. Excellent employment opportunities exist in research and development, medical informational technology, laboratory administration and education.
Admission to Program
- Earned bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited university in related science major of microbiology, biology or equivalent. Students with international degrees should check the CLS website for more information (http://cls.sfsu.edu).
- Overall GPA of at least 3.0 or GPA of at least 3.0 in last 60 units (90 quarter) (3.0 GPA).
- A score of 4 or better on a proctored writing examination administered prior to admission or for international students, at least 80 on the internet-based TOEFL, or a 550 on the paper-based test with a Test of Written English (TWE) of at least 4.
- Science course preparation to include courses in hematology, immunology, medical microbiology, quantitative chemistry analysis, biochemistry, physics, and college-level mathematics.
- Eligibility for a trainee license from the State of California Department of Health, Laboratory Field Services.
- Completion of the application form, which includes three letters of reference.
- Proof of health insurance
- Background checks may be required.
The CLS program consists of
- a 16-week semester of didactic and laboratory work and
- a 40-week off-campus internship at affiliated clinical laboratory sites.
Students enroll for 18 units for the pre-clinical semester. For the 40-week off-campus portion, students enroll in a combination of regular university sessions and special sessions through the College of Extended Learning.
|CLS 701||Clinical Chemistry and Urinalysis||4|
|CLS 706||Contemporary Clinical Science Issues||2|
|CLS 731||Clinical Hematology and Laboratory Application||4|
|CLS 753||Clinical Microbiology for the CLS Intern||4|
|CLS 790||Clinical Serology and Immunohematology||4|
Total Units First Semester: 18
Subsequent 40 Weeks
|CLS 702||Clinical Laboratory Science Internship I (4 units of CLS 702 taken twice)||8|
|CLS 705||Clinical Laboratory Science Internship II (3 units of CLS 705 taken twice)||6|
|CLS 709||Clinical Laboratory Science Internship III||3|
|CLS 707||CLS Bridge to Clinical Practice||3|
Total Units Subsequent 40 Weeks: 20
Total Units for Entire Program: 38
English Proficiency Requirement
Students complete a proctored essay at the time of their application interview. If necessary, remediation will be fulfilled by successful completion of SCI 614 or equivalent course.
Successful completion of written professional documents as required for a leadership role in professional environments.