Clinical Laboratory Scientist Training Program

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The Clinical Laboratory Scientist Training Program at San Jose State University is a 12 month training program that prepares students to take the ASCP national exam for Clinical Laboratory Scientists. The training program is a 40 hour per week commitment with an emphasis on hands-on learning in the hospital setting. Most weeks students will spend 32 hours training at a clinical site and 8 hours in lecture. 

Where is training provided?

Our students train in our affiliate hospital laboratories located throughout the State of California.  Students who train at hospitals in the San Jose bay area attend lectures on campus here at San Jose State University.  Students who train outside of this area participate live online. For a list of our clinical affiliates, see PDF below. (Not all clinical affiliates participate each cycle.  Some sites take student(s) each cycle, others take a student(s) once a year or once every 18 months.)

When does the program begin?

After an interview process, selected students enroll in the program for 3 continuous semesters.  We take two cohorts a year, one beginning in August/September and one in February/March.  The lecture portion of training begins a few weeks in advance of the clinical rotations.

What are the minimum program requirements?

  • Bachelor Degree Conferred
  • GPA of 2.8 or higher
  • Hematology, Immunology and Medical Microbiology completed within 5 years
  • B grades or better in Hematology, Immunology and Medical Microbiology

All prerequisites completed and grades documented with official transcripts (see complete prerequisite list provided in program brochure PDF below). 

(Applicants who have completed prerequisites or degree in a foreign country, please see additional requirements provided in application instruction PDF below).

All candidates should be able to pass a health screen, drug test, and background check and should be able to provide proof of current immunizations/immunity to Hepatitis B and other infectious diseases as required by the clinical affiliates. 

What is the application deadline?


Spring Session - July 15 of preceding year (next Spring Session will be Spring 2018 with deadline of July 17, 2017 as the 15th falls on a weekend.)

Monday lecture begins mid February / Tuesday - Thursday internship begins early March and is one calendar year in length.

Interviews for Spring are generally in late September.

Applications are now open for Spring 2018.  We will be happy to begin collecting letters and transcripts in advance of the application deadline.  When we receive any of your supporting documents, a file will be created.  When we receive your application, we will confirm its receipt and provide a link to a google doc where you can track our receipt of your supporting documents.

Fall Session - January 15.  As the 15th falls on a weekend, application including supporting letters and transcripts must be either received or postmarked by Monday, January 17.

Monday lecture begins mid August / Tuesday - Thursday internship begins early September and is one calendar year in length.

Interviews for Fall are generally in early March.

What is the deadline for supporting documents?

We will accept unofficial transcripts pending receipt of official transcripts for courses that were recently completed, but all grades and bachelor degree must be documented by the application deadline.  All files are submitted to the selection committee as they are completed.  Any applications not containing the required letters and transcripts as of July 30 will be considered incomplete.

When should I apply?

Grades for all prerequisite courses and bachelors degree must be posted to transcripts and be available to the selection committee by the application deadline.  It is up to you to plan your application accordingly.

Is there a limit to the number of times I can apply?

Applications are limited to three attempts.   

What is the cost of the program?

The cost of the program is 3 semesters x 15 semester units.  Current rate is $280/unit.

How successful are the students in our program?

Prospective students can be confident that our program will prepare them for a career as a CLS.  We provide a comprehensive program and are proud of our student's success. 

Our success rate over last 5 years:

Completed Passed ASCP

Program MLS Exam
2015 100% 100%
2014 100% 100%
2013 100% 100%
2012 97% 100%
2011 100% 97%

For additional information including data covering the life of both our CLS and CGMBS programs, see Progress Report          (PDF provided below).


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 emailing

See PDFs below for more more information.  Prerequisites are listed within the application instructions.

For more Information on career as a CLS:   
California Lab Science Career Project 

CLICK FOR LINK TO:  Clinical Genetic Molecular Biologist Scientist Training Program

Office Hours:

Duncan Hall room 251, on Wednesdays from 10:00 - 12:00 on a first-come first-served basis most days during the regular Spring and Fall semesters.

We do not have regular office hours during Summer semester or during breaks between semesters. Keep in mind we are not available for office hours when the campus is closed during Spring and Holiday breaks or when we have Orientation and Interviews scheduled.

If you are making a special trip to campus to meet with us, it is always a good idea to confirm that we are holding office hours.  We will update this page when we have to cancel office hours. 

​Office Hours will continue most Wednesdays from 10-12 in Duncan Hall, Room 251. 

Known conflicts where there will be NO OFFICE HOURS:

February 16
March 9

Be advised that parking is problematic here on campus.  We suggest using public transportation.  There is a light rail/bus stop 2 blocks from campus on Paseo de San Antonio.  If you bring a car to campus and are unable to find a parking spot, a shuttle runs every 10 minutes from the parking lot at Spartan Stadium.​

Contact Information:

Suzanne Gayrard, Program Director

Sharlene Washington, Program Coordinator

San José State University, CLS Training Program

One Washington Square

San José, CA  95192-0100


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