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About the Clinical Laboratory Scientist Training Program


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Closed cohort - Not available for open enrollment

Advanced TopicsPATH-40009

Units: 2.00


The study of new and upcoming technologies such as immunogenetics, Flow Cytometry and/or Molecular Diagnostics. Study and learn laboratory techniques in new technologies such as: Immunogenetics th...

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Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer


Units: 10.00


The study of protein and chemical constituents present in blood and body fluids, their analytical methods of measurement, and correlation of clinical laboratory data with the diagnosis and treatment o...

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Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer


Units: 6.00


The study and performance of tests related to the enumeration and identification of the cellular elements of blood and body fluids, primarily red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets. Includ...

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Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer


Units: 2.00


The study of the immune system and tests used to identify its disorders; and the practical application of immunological principles and methodologies to aid in the diagnosis of infections and autoimmun...

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Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Laboratory OperationsPATH-40013

Units: 1.00


The study of the laboratory s role in conforming to regulatory and accrediting agencies requirements, with particular emphasis on laboratory operations and management, and overall quality. The study...

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Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer


Units: 8.00


The study, detection and identification of bacteria and mycobacteria of clinical significance using culture and isolation, direct and stained smears, biochemical, microscopic, molecular, and automated...

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Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Transfusion MedicinePATH-40015

Units: 4.00


The study of blood group serology as it applies to the preparation and provision of blood products in transfusion therapy; to include donor collection, component preparation, pre-transfusion testing a...

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Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
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Graduation Rates of Students

Graduation Year Students Enrolled in Program Students Graduating from Program Graduation Rate
2020 12 12 100%
2021 10 9 90%
2022 14 14 100%

Success Rates of Students

ASCP Board of Certification Passed Certification Rate
2019 14/14 100%
2020 12/12 100%
2021 10/10 100%
2022 14/14 100%

NAACLS Accredited

The San Diego CLS Training Program Consortium is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences: NAACLS  5600 N. River Rd, Suite 720 Rosemont IL  60018-5119; ph: 773.714.8880; fx: 773.714.8886;  We are a sponsoring institution;  UC San Diego was approved by the CDPH-LFS as a training program for Clinical Laboratory Scientists in 2004.  Participating affiliates:  Sharp Healthcare, approved in 2013 and El Centro Regional Medical Center, approved in 2019.

Job Placement

Our program does not guarantee job placement, but all students trained at the SD CLS Training Consortium from inception year 2005 have achieved a 100% success rate in obtaining a well-compensated career as a Clinical Laboratory Scientist.  The majority of our graduates receive multiple career offers prior to graduation.

Physical Address

San Diego Clinical Laboratory Scientist Training Program
UC San Diego Clinical Laboratories
9300 Campus Point Dr.
La Jolla, CA 92037-1300


Steps to apply:

  1. Create an account in MyExtension.
  2. Starting the 3rd week of November of each year, enroll and pay the $50 application fee.
  3. Go to to start your application. Save your progress.
  4. To access your application (prior to submission), go to MyExtension, click on the tab My Applications. Then click on Complete Your Application.
    Application deadline is Jan 31st of the Program Start Year​.

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Advisory Board

Ana Dowey, CLS(ASCP), M.S., Ed.D.

Lab Administration - CLS Education Program Coordinator

UC San Diego Health - Clinical Laboratories

Robert Fitzgerald, PhD

Program Clinical Advisor

UC San Diego Health - Clinical Laboratories

Gwynette Girasol-Chavez

Laboratory Administrative Director

El Centro Regional Medical Center

Peggy Kollars, MS, MT (ASCP)

Site coordinator

Sharp Memorial, Sharp Grossmont Hospital, Sharp Chula Vista

Judie Nocera, CLS (ASCP), MA, CHC

Program Director, CLS Training Cons. & Bus Mgr UCSDH ClinLab

UC San Diego Health - Clinical Laboratories

Sharon Reed, MD

Advisor & Program/Advisory Committee. Director of Clinical

Microbiology Laboratory; UC San Diego Health

Eun Song, CLS

CLS Education Coordinator, Hematology Lead

Palomar Health Laboratory

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This certificate requires an application before taking any courses. There will be a $50 fee to apply to this program. Students will also be required to pay a $95 certificate fee upon enrollment into the program after acceptance. View the complete Certificate Registration and Candidacy Guidelines. NOTE: Due to a system error, deadline has been extended to February 7, 2023.