Requirements

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CLS CGMBS
  • A minimum of a bachelor’s degree in biology or related science, received prior to admission to the program (approved by the program director and accepted by the state of California for the purposes of licensure)
  • 16 semester (24 quarter) units of chemistry that must include inorganic chemistry, analytical chemistry, organic chemistry, and biochemistry.
  • 18 semester (27 quarter) units of biological sciences that must include immunology, hematology, and medical microbiology.
  • 3 semester (4 quarter) units of physics that must include instruction in the principles of light and electricity.
  • Prefer at least 4 units of upper division biology laboratory instruction and at least one, and preferably all, of the following courses: physiology, genetics, biostatistics, and a lab class that includes molecular biology techniques.
  • For international trainees whose language of instruction was not English, a minimum of 90 (IBT), 230 (CBT), or 575 (PBT) TOEFL score AND an upper division course in hematology (with lab) or medical microbiology (with lab) taken in the U.S.A. with a grade of B or better.
  • A minimum of 10 semester (15 quarter) units of chemistry that must include an upper division course in biochemistry
  • 18 semester (27 quarter) units of biology including
    • 3 semester (4 quarter) units of genetics
    • 3 semester (4 quarter) units of molecular biology or cell biology
    • The remaining 12 semester (19 quarter) units in biology must be in advanced genetics or upper division cell biology, molecular biology, or microbiology.  At least two of these courses must have laboratory components that include molecular techniques.          
  • 3 semester (4 quarter) units of college level statistics
  • For international trainees whose language of instruction was not English, a minimum of 90 (IBT), 230 (CBT), or 575 (PBT) TOEFL score AND an upper division course in genetics, molecular biology or cell biology taken in the U.S.A. with a grade of B or better.
  • ALL courses listed above must have been completed within the last 7 years.
  • • A minimum GPA of 2.75 on a 4-point scale in the required courses listed above. International students must have their transcripts evaluated by the U.S.A. transcript evaluation service AACRAO (http://www.aacrao.org/) and their grades must be converted to a 4-point scale.
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation from upper division/graduate course instructors or work supervisors, with at least two letters from instructors.
  • Pending application to Laboratory Field Services (http://www.cdph.ca.gov/programs/lfs) for a Clinical Laboratory Scientist Trainee License OR Clinical Genetic Molecular Biology Scientist Trainee License.  Final acceptance for admission to the program is contingent upon receiving this license.
  • A signed Statement of General Health from the student’s primary healthcare provider.
  • International trainees must have the legal right to work in the U.S.A. and must be able to show supporting documents.