About the CLS Training Program

The CLS training program is a 12 month course of study that prepares students for the ASCP national board exam for licensure as a Clinical Laboratory Scientist. Students will train on the bench in a hospital laboratory 4 days a week for 52 weeks and will attend classes at San José State University one day a week throughout the year.

Applying to the SJSU CLS Training Program

Download the Prequisite and Application Instructions

Download the Application Form

Download the Recommendation Form

When does the program begin?

After an interview process, selected students enroll in the program for 3 continuous semesters. We take two classes a year, one in September and one in March.

What is the application deadline?

The application deadline for the March class is June 15 of the preceding year. The deadline for the September class is November 15 of the preceding year. Interviews take place in February for the following Fall and in September for the following Spring.

What are the prerequisite courses for the SJSU CLS Training Program?

  A bachelor's degree from an accredited U.S. university or the equivalent (as determined by San José State University and the foreign transcript evaluation service American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO). Graduates of colleges and universities outside of the U.S. must complete 12 units of upper-division coursework in biology, chemistry, or a related science.

  18 semester units of biology classes including a course in Immunology, Hematology, Medical Microbiology (Pathogenic Microbiology), Human or Mammalian Physiology and Human Genetics.

  16 semester units of chemistry classes including instruction in Quantitative Analysis (Clinical Chemistry) and biochemistry.

  One semester of Physics that includes instruction in optics and electromagnetism and one semester of Statistics or Calculus.

  We recommend that students take a course in upper division English.

What are the SJSU CLS Training Program admissions requirements?

  Completion of a bachelor's degree with a minimum overall GPA of 2.8 on a 4.0 scale.

  The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and Graduate Record Exam (GRE) are required for those applicants whose language of instruction in college was not English.

  Completion of the application including resume and personal statement as well as three letters of recommendation from past instructors or employers

  Completion of ALL required prerequisite coursework

  Legal authorization to work in the United States
  Possession of a California State CLS Training License

What is the cost of the program?

The cost of the program is 3 semesters of graduate studies tuition (Spring, Summer, Fall). See the bursar's website for current fee information http://www.sjsu.edu/bursar/fees/.

Is there a stipend offered?

Stipends are offered by our clinical affiliates ranging from $1,000 to $2,000 per month.


The SJSU CLS Training Program is approved by Laboratory Field Services, a division of the California State Health and Human Services Department.

The program is accredited by the National Accreditation Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science (NAACLS), thus our students can 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 e-mailing info@naacls.org or by visiting www.naacls.org.

Other California Programs

New training programs are opening in different parts of the state. Call the Department of Laboratory Field Services for the most updated information about CLS training programs in California. See also the California Department of Public Health's list of approved CLS Training Schools.
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