Clinical Laboratory Scientist Training Program

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. 

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 program requirements?

Minimum GPA of 2.8

Bachelor Degree

All prerequisites completed and grades documented with official transcripts (see prerequisite list provided in application instruction PDF below). 

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

What is the application deadline?

The application deadline for the February class is July 15 of the preceding year.  The deadline for the August class is January 15.  Interviews take place in March for Fall and in October for Spring.

Please note the change in our policy.  Application deadline has shifted and we will no longer accept supporting documents after the application deadline.  (We will accept unofficial transcripts pending receipt of official transcripts for courses that were recently completed, as the selection committee will want to see grades in all prerequisites).

When should I apply?

All prerequisite courses and bachelors degree must be posted by the application deadline.

What is the cost of the program?

The cost of the program is 3 semesters / 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.

There are no regularly scheduled office hours during summer semester.  Office hours will resume after fall semester begins.

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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