How competitive is the CLS training program at UCDH?

Each application cycle the UCDH CLS program may have up to 100 applications with typically 50% of these applications determined as qualified and evaluated.  The selection committee reviews all qualified applications on a standardized and objective scoring rubric. Generally top 10-20% of the qualified applicants are invited for an interview.

 To be a competitive applicant for the UCDH CLS Training Program, a candidate must:

  1. Meet the UCDH CLS training program published minimum science, cumulative and recent GPA of 3.0 or greater
  2. Have ties to the greater Sacramento area or clinical affiliate training sites (Placerville, CA and Modesto, CA)
  3. Must complete all California CLS Training License required biology coursework with a B grade or higher (courses included in this criteria are: Immunology, Medical Microbiology and Hematology)
  4. Must have the biochemistry and medical microbiology coursework completed within five years of first-time application
  5. Communicate an understanding of the role of a CLS professional either through work/volunteer experience or in the compelling personal statement
  6. Provide recent letters of recommendation with strong support (experience between the applicant and recommending employer/professor should be recent, experience/interaction less than five years from first time application)
  7. Follow the personal statement prompt and directions for submission

It is expected that 8-14 students will be accepted into the CLS training program each year.  The application deadline for the fall class is January 1st and the deadline for the spring class is September 1st.

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 or greater both overall and sciences; 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.

Course now available: In order to assist applicants in meeting the California required hematology course pre-requisite, UC Davis Extension now offers a hematology course (link).  This hematology curriculum was specifically structured to meet the needs of the CLS trainee applicant and will provide them with hematology instruction required to enter a CLS training program.

Laboratory Field Services (LFS) has determined that some course work completed at Weber State University does not meet established requirements.

     - LFS will no longer accept the following courses completed at Weber State University after June 1, 2014.


The state required course work is approved by the State of California Public Health Department, LFS as they grant final approval prior to issuing the required CLS Training License.  LFS may be reached at (510) 620-5793, 5795, or 3801 to inquire about specific coursework prior to taking a class to meet CLS training requirements.

Admission Requirements

  1. 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.
  2. Course work in biochemistry and medical microbiology must be completed within the last five years at the time of application. 
  3. 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. 
  4. A valid state of California Clinical Laboratory Science Trainee License at the time when training begins.
  5. To check the status of your application please visit the following link
  6. A legal working permit.
  7. Completed Standardized Application Form 
  8. A personal statement of interest in Clinical Laboratory Science.
  9. Three letters of recommendation from science instructors and/or an employer.
  10. Official transcripts of all college course work.
  11. Foreign transcripts must be evaluated by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) or the Association of International Credential Evaluators, Inc. (AICE).  As of August 15, 2016, AACRAO discontinued its educational transcript evaluation services.
  12. Ability to communicate effectively in English.
  13. A pre-admission background check and health clearance is required of all trainees.

Selection Policy

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 Feb or March; and the students will be notified with the decision before April 1 each year.  The deadline for the spring class is September 1st; selected candidates will participate in interviews which will be held in October or November, and the students will be notified with the decision on or before January 6th each year.

Affirmative Action Policy

The University of California prohibits discrimination against or harassment of any person employed by or seeking employment with the University on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, physical or mental disability, medical condition (cancer-related), ancestry, marital status, age, sexual orientation, citizenship, or status as a Vietnam-era veteran or special disabled veteran.

The University of California is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. The University undertakes affirmative action to assure equal employment opportunity for underutilized minorities and women, for persons with disabilities, and for Vietnam-era veterans and special disabled veterans.

University policy is intended to be consistent with the provisions of applicable State and Federal law.