- Clinical Laboratory Science Internship Program Brochure
- CLS Admission Prerequisites
- Applicants with Foreign Transcripts
- CLS Prerequisite Courses at Other Colleges
- Essential Requirements of the SFSU CLS Internship Program
- Characteristics of a successful CLS candidate
SF State's Clinical Laboratory Science (CLS) Internship Program offers a 13-month full-time program that combines 16 weeks of lecture and laboratory instruction on the campus, followed by a 40-week off-campus internship at an affiliated clinical laboratory site. Completion of the internship program is required for eligibility to national board certification examinations and the California Clinical Laboratory Scientist license. We also offer a distance-learning option (hybrid program), consisting of a curriculum that may be partially offered online. See the CLS Hybrid Program FAQ link above for more information.
SF State’s CLS Internship Program provides students with the theoretical and practical skills necessary to work in hospitals, clinics, or biomedical research environments. Clinical laboratory scientists are employed in healthcare settings such as medical laboratories within large medical centers, community hospitals, public health, clinics and private industry. Excellent employment opportunities exist in research and development, medical informational technology, laboratory administration and education.
The program prepares students at the post-baccalaureate level to sit for licensure as Clinical Laboratory Scientists. The program is fully accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS) and meets the educational standards required for licensure as a CLS by the California State Department of Health, Laboratory Field Services (LFS). The program seeks to develop critical thinking skills for clinical and administrative decision making in the complex and ever-changing healthcare environment.