About the Clinical Laboratory Science Program

Mission Statement

The certificate CLS 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.

Two people in a lab wearing purple coats.

The faculty of the CLS Program has a responsibility for the impact the student enrolled in the CLS 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.


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.


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

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

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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