About the CLS Program

Mission Statement

The certificate CLS Internship Program provides the academic and practical experience necessary to attain entry-level competency in the practice field. This educational model has a strong academic structure and offers intensive technical development. This model also emphasizes the critical importance of leadership in the field of clinical laboratory science through the application of principles related to problem solving and evaluation, education, communication, research and management.

The faculty of the CLS Internship Program has a responsibility for the impact the student enrolled in the CLS Internship Program may have on patient testing. In order to fulfill this responsibility, the program has established minimum technical standards that must be met, with or without reasonable documented accommodation, in order to participate in the program and graduate. The program is committed to the principal of equal opportunity. The program does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, disability, disabled veteran or Vietnam-era veteran status.

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The overall goal of the program is to prepare graduates who are knowledgeable and respected clinical laboratory scientists, and who are lifelong learners with the potential for leadership as supervisors, managers, and educators.

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The CLS program consists of (1) a 16-week semester of didactic and laboratory work and (2) a 40-week off-campus internship at affiliated clinical laboratory sites.  For the 40-week off-campus portion, students enroll in special sessions through the College of Extended Learning.

First Semester   Units
CLS 701 Clinical Chemistry and Urinalysis 4
CLS 706 Contemporary Clinical Science Issues 2
CLS 731 Clinical Hematology and Hemostasis 4
CLS 753 Clinical Microbiology (including Parisitology, Mycology and Molecular Diagnostics) 4
CLS 790 Clinical Serology & Immunohematology 4
Total   18
Subsequent 40 Weeks   Units
CLS 702 Clinical Laboratory Internship (4 units of CLS 702 taken twice 8
CLS 705 Clinical Laboratory Internship II (3 units of CLS 705 taken twice)  6
CLS 709 Clinical Laboratory Internship III 3
CLS 707 CLS Bridge to Clinical Practice 3
Total for enitre program   38

English Proficiency Requirement

Level One: Students complete a two-page, proctored essay at the time of their application interview. If necessary, remediation will be fulfilled by successful completion of SCI 614 or equivalent course.

Level Two: Successful completion of a series of written professional reports as required for a leadership role in professional environments: CLS 706.

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CLS Occupational Guides

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SF State's CLS program has been accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS) for the maximum 10 years. (renew 2029)


National Accreditation Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science (NAACLS)
5600 N. River Road, Suite 720
Rosemont, IL
(773) 714-8880

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Gainful Employment Regulation Disclosure

Effective July 1, 2011, each Title IV-eligible Gainful Employment Program must provide prospective students with specific information regarding its program:

Please refer to the Employment Regluation Disclosure.

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