Dec 05, 2021  
2021-2022 Academic Catalog 
    
2021-2022 Academic Catalog

Clinical Laboratory Scientist (CLS) Training Program Certificate


Program Director: Michael Bowling

The Clinical Laboratory Scientist (CLS) Training Program, offered by the Department of Biological Sciences , is a 12 month advanced certificate program that enables students to obtain a Medical Laboratory Scientist (MLS) Certificate from the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP), as well as a California Clinical Laboratory Scientist License issued by the California Department of Public Health. The program is approximately 55 weeks long. Students spend 32 hours a week training on site at one of our hospital affiliates, and 8 hours a week taking part in formal coursework online. If you are interested in applying to our program, visit www.sjsu.edu/cls.

Accreditation

The Clinical Lab Scientist Training Program is approved by Laboratory Field Services, a division of the State of California, Department of Public Health (www.cdph.ca.gov). The program is accredited by the National Accreditation Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science (NAACLS) (www.naacls.org), and our graduated students are eligible to take the ASCP national certification exam.  For more information, you can contact NAACLS directly at: 5600 N. River Road, Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018 or by calling 773-714-8880.  You can also reach them on the web by emailing info@naacls.org.

University Advanced Certificate Requirements​

Advanced certificate programs offers postbaccalaureate students coursework leading to a specific, applied, focused goal. In order to be eligible for admission to an advanced certificate, students complete an intake form or apply through CalState Apply and submit an official transcript(s) (noting the completion of a U.S. bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution or the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor’s degree from an accredited and/or recognized institution from a foreign country). Students must have a minimum of 2.5 undergraduate GPA.

Students must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 in all advanced certificate coursework, with no less than the grade of “C” in any course. A maximum of 4 units of coursework with a grade of “C” can count toward an advanced certificate. A maximum of 4 units of coursework may be repeated. Undergraduate lower division courses are not applicable to advanced certificates. A maximum of 30% of any graduate degree program units (e.g., 9 units for a 30-unit Master’s degree) can be completed from another institution and/or units from Open University (including advanced certificate courses) at SJSU with approval from the department or school. The choice of grading requirements may have implications for transferability to degree programs (University Policy S16-17). 

The advisor/director of the program is responsible for verifying a student’s satisfactory completion of the academic requirements established for the program and for forwarding a copy of the certificate audit completion form to the Office of the Graduate Admissions and Program Evaluations. The Office of the Registrar records the completion of the program on the student’s transcript.