The Clinical Laboratory Scientist (CLS) Training Program at San José State University


The Clinical Laboratory Scientist (CLS) Training Program, offered by the Department of Biological Sciences, is a 12 month 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 52 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, we encourage you to read all of the information on this website.

Located in the heart of Silicon Valley, we proudly serve hospitals all across our beautiful State.

Clinical Affiliates

Students who are admitted to our program will train on site at one of these hospitals. We have affiliated hospitals throughout the State of California, including:

  • Adventist Health Bakersfield

  • Adventist Health Hanford

  • Adventist Health Lodi Memorial

  • Adventist Health and Rideout Marysville

  • Antelope Valley Hospital in Lancaster

  • Bakersfield Memorial Hospital

  • Dignity Health Sacramento

  • El Camino Hospital in Mountain View

  • Enloe Medical Center in Chico

  • Fairchild Medical Center in Yreka

  • Feather River Hospital in Paradise

  • Hoag Memorial Hospital in Newport Beach

  • Kaiser Permanente Santa Clara

  • Kaiser Permanente San José

  • Kaiser Permanente South Sacramento

  • Marian Medical Center in Santa Maria

  • Mercy Medical Center in Redding

  • Mercy Medical Center in Merced

  • Natividad Medical Center in Salinas

  • Oroville Hospital

  • Ridgecrest Regional Hospital

  • Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital

  • Santa Clara Valley Medical Center in San José

  • St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Stockton

  • Shasta Regional Medical Center in Redding

  • Stanford Medical Center in Palo Alto

  • Stanford Healthcare ValleyCare in Pleasanton

Note: Every one of our clinical affiliates do not participate each training cycle. Some affiliates take students each cycle, others take students once a year or once every 18 months.

Approval and Accreditation

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

The Program is accredited by the National Accreditation Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science (NAACLS), and our graduated students are eligible to take the national ASCP MLS Certification Board 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 by email at


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