Clinical Laboratory Science Training Program: Admission
It is expected that 7-8 students will be accepted into the CLS fall training program and 4 students will be accepted into the CLS spring training program each year. The application deadline for the fall class is January 1st and the students are accepted into the spring class on a rolling basis. The applicant must demonstrate a strong interest and motivation in Clinical Laboratory Sciences; have a B.A. or B.S. degree with a GPA of >3.0; complete the prerequisite courses of Analytical Chemistry, Immunology, Physics, Biochemistry, Medical Microbiology or Pathogenic Bacteriology, and Hematology 2-3 months before starting the training program; and obtain a valid trainee license from the State of California. For UC Davis students only, if you have taken Chemistry 2 ABC series, you have satisfied the coursework requirement for Analytical Chemistry.
- BS/BA degree from an accredited university or college in Clinical Science, Biology, Microbiology or equivalent with a minimum of overall and science GPA of 3.0. Course work must meet requirements of the California Department of Health Services, American Society of Clinical Pathologists, the National Certification Agency for Medical Laboratory Personnel, and the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences.
- Course work in biochemistry and medical microbiology must be completed within the last seven years at the time of application; otherwise, the applicant is required to show proof of preparedness.
- Minimum coursework requirements are listed as follows:
- Chemistry: 16 semester hours or equivalent quarter hours including quantitative analysis (analytic chemistry) and biochemistry. Clinical chemistry is recommended.
- Biological Sciences: 18 semester hours or equivalent quarter hours including medical microbiology, immunology, and hematology. Mycology, virology, parasitology, human anatomy and physiology are recommended.
- Physics: Three semester hours or equivalent quarter hours, including principles of light and electricity. Electronics, instrumentation, and computer science are recommended.
- Mathematics: College algebra or higher. Calculus and statistics are recommended.
- A valid state of California Clinical Laboratory Science Trainee License at the time when training begins.
- A legal working permit.
- Completed Standardized Application Form
- A statement of interest in Clinical Laboratory Science.
- Three letters of recommendation from science instructors and/or an employer.
- Official transcripts of all college course work.
- Foreign transcripts must be evaluated by American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admission Officers (AACRAO)
- Ability to communicate effectively in English.
- A pre-employment and health clearance is required of all trainees. A Hepatitis B vaccination or proof of immunity, recent TB Test (PPD type) and immunization records are also required.
- Selected candidates will participate in interviews
The selection of CLS trainees is based on their academic performance; completion of prerequisite courses; and assessments of recommendations, interviews, work experiences, and statement of interest. The deadline for application for the fall class is January 1st; interviews will be held in early March; and the students will be notified with the decision before April 1 each year. The deadline for the spring class is October 1st; interviews will be held in November or early December; and the students will be notified with the decision on or before January 6 each year.
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