Clinical Laboratory Scientist Program

Clinical Laboratory Scientist Program

Clinical Laboratory Scientists, known also as Medical Technologists and Medical Laboratory Scientists in states other than California, are professionals who provide essential patient information. These scientists must ensure the quality of patient laboratory results because physicians and other healthcare workers make requisite decisions based on the validity of that data. This information plays a critical role in disease diagnosis, prognosis and treatment as well as in the maintenance of overall health.

Cedars-Sinai is the largest nonprofit hospital in the western United States and is internationally renowned as a teaching hospital. Residency and fellowship programs in both anatomic and clinical pathology are offered by the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine. Our faculty additionally participates in undergraduate medical school instruction as well as in scientific endeavors throughout the world.

Clinical Rotation Courses

In conjunction with California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH), Cedars-Sinai provides a one-year Clinical Laboratory Scientist (CLS) hands-on clinical experience to students chosen not only on the basis of their academic performance in baccalaureate or postgraduate work, but also on qualities such as service work and communication skills. PLEASE NOTE: We are an affiliate of CSUDH. CSUDH is responsible for accepting students into their program and sets the admission criteria. Foreign graduates must have had their transcripts evaluated by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO).  Interested students should apply at CSUDH for this program, which includes 32 hours per week of laboratory rotations at Cedars-Sinai, as well as six to eight hours of classroom instruction per week, provided by CSUDH. A total of 28 academic units are accrued during the clinical year rotation. These units are assigned as follows:

CLS 430 Clinical Microbiology Laboratory (4 units) - 14 weeks total

  • 1 week Specimen Processing
  • 7 weeks Bacteriology
  • 1 week Mycobacteriology
  • 1 week Mycology
  • 2 weeks Molecular Biology
  • 1 week Parasitology
  • 1 week Virology

CLS 431 Clinical Chemistry Laboratory (3 units) - 8 weeks total

  • 4 weeks Core (Automation) Chemistry I
  • 4 weeks Core Chemistry II

CLS 432 Clinical Hematology/Urinalysis/Coag Laboratory (4 units) - 12 weeks total

  • 6 weeks Core Hematology
  • 3 weeks Core Urinalysis/Body Fluids
  • 1 week Core Coagulation
  • 2 weeks Special Testing Coagulation

CLS 433 Clinical Immunohematology/Serology Laboratory (3 units) - 13 weeks total

  • 7 weeks Transfusion Medicine
  • 6 weeks Special Testing/Immunology/Hematology

CLS 434 Clinical Special Procedures Laboratory (1 unit) - 3 weeks total

  • 1 week Laboratory Principles/Safety/Regulation/Quality Assurance
  • 1 week ER Laboratory/Immunopathology
  • 1 week Cytogenetics/FISH

Program Completion

Upon successful program completion, students are eligible to take the following credentialing examinations:

ASCP National Certification

American Society for Clinical Pathology Board of Registry. Passing this exam allows the technologist to use MLS (ASCP)cm after his/her name, signifying certification as a Medical Laboratory Scientist by ASCP. The successful candidate is then registered with ASCP and is eligible for affiliate membership in this organization.

AAB National Certification

American Association of Bioanalysts Board of Registry. Passing this exam allows the technologist to use MT after his/her name, signifying certification as a Medical Technologist by AAB. The successful candidate is then registered with AAB and is eligible for affiliate membership in this organization.

State Licensure

California State Department of Health Laboratory Field Services (LFS). Passing one of the above exams allows the technologist to apply for licensure by the state of California. This license must be renewed biannually and requires the completion of 24 units of approved continuing education.

Cedars-Sinai Scholarship

A Cedars-Sinai scholarship is available to students enrolled in the clinical component at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Students selected for placement here are eligible for this award, provided that they meet and maintain the minimum GPA requirements. Scholarships are in the amount of $500 each month of the 12-month clinical rotation period.

Please direct questions to:

Irene Tran
Education Coordinator