Clinical Lab Science Didactic Certificate

The Clinical Laboratory Science (CLS) Training Program is a full-time, post-baccalaureate one-year educational program that leads to a career in diagnostic laboratory medicine. This program is an internship in a clinical setting consisting of two components, a didactic component and a clinical practical training component. The lecture courses required for this program are offered through Extended Learning in special sessions to students accepted into the program. In the learning environments of National University and its clinical affiliates, participants acquire the academic knowledge, technical skills, and critical thinking experiences necessary to become proficient healthcare professionals. Participants put their scientific knowledge into practice, and are prepared to perform laboratory procedures related to patient diagnosis and treatment. Upon successful completion of the program, participants are awarded the CLS Training Program Certificate and are prepared to take the California CLS licensing exam. Graduates are also eligible to take national certification exams.

Application and Admission Procedure

Admission is by application only. A minimum science GPA of 2.75 is required. Transcripts from all schools attended must be provided along with 3 letters of recommendation. A resume and a one or two page letter of interest in CLS must accompany other application materials. Applications are obtained from the program director. Applications must be complete and applicants must meet all minimum requirements to be considered for the program. The admission committee, comprised of the program director and faculty involved in the program, reviews all eligible applicants for admission into the program. Top applicants are contacted for a scheduled interview by the selection committee and the education coordinators from the clinical affiliates. A standardized set of questions is asked of all candidates and ample time is provided for the applicants to ask any questions that they may have regarding the program. Student applications are accepted by the program director in conjunction with the availability of clinical site placements. Unless otherwise specified by the program director, applications will be accepted starting in April of each year, with the application deadline being the 3rd week of May. Selected students are offered interviews in June. After the interviews, students are asked to rank order their clinical site preferences, and clinical sites are asked to rank order the interviewed candidates. The two lists are reconciled and offers of positions in the program at a specific training site are sent to accepted students shortly after the interview process. Students offered positions must confirm acceptance via email. Training starts in September. Work hours vary from section to section depending on the laboratory. Typical workdays begin at 7 or 7:30 AM and end at 3:30 or 4 PM. Students are not required to work weekends or holidays. Some clinical sites are able to offer supplemental employment and/or a stipend if so desired, but it is NOT required as part of the training.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate basic knowledge and technical ability essential to the practice of Clinical Laboratory Science.
  • Interpret clinical significance, clinical procedures, and laboratory test data accurately.
  • Apply principles and concepts of lab operations to clinical decision making.
  • Comply with established laboratory safety regulations and regulations governing regulatory compliance related to lab/pathology services.
  • Exhibit analytical and critical thinking skills necessary to succeed in laboratory medicine.
  • Practice professionalism through ethical behavior and attitudes.


One of the following;
A. A Bachelor of Science Degree in CLS, or
B. A Bachelor of Science Degree in a related science that contains the following course work:
18 semester or equivalent quarter hours of Biological Science with courses in Medical Microbiology, Hematology and Immunology
16 semester or equivalent quarter hours in Chemistry with courses in Analytical Chemistry (Quantitative Analysis) and Biochemistry
3 semester or equivalent quarter hours in Physics Including instruction in Principles of Light and Electricity
2. A pending application to Laboratory Field Services for a Clinical Laboratory Scientist Trainee License ( Final acceptance for admission to the program is contingent upon receiving this license.
3. A signed Statement of General Health form from the students primary healthcare provider.
Requirements for the Major (8 courses; 36 quarter units)
Core Requisite(s):