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.

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 and one in February.

What is the application deadline?

The application deadline for the February class is June 15 of the preceeding year.  The deadline for the August class is November 15 of the preceeding year.  Interviews take place in February for the following Fall and in October for the following Spring.

What is the cost of the program?

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


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

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 semester.

During months of June/July/August and December/January please send email to request an appointment prior to coming to campus as 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.

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


Email inquiries preferred:

Message:  408-924-5098

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