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Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology (CLS/MT) Training Program


The Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology (CLS/MT) Training Program is a full-time, one-year educational program that leads to a career in diagnostic laboratory medicine. In the learning environments of the University of California Irvine, Medical Center and its clinical affiliates, participants acquire the academic knowledge, technical skills, and critical thinking experiences necessary to become proficient healthcare professionals. Participants put their scientific knowledge into practice, and are prepared to perform laboratory procedures related to patient diagnosis and treatment.

Upon successful completion of the program, participants are awarded the Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology Certificate and are prepared to take the California CLS licensing exam and the certifcation exams offered by the American Society of Clinical Pathology and National Credentialing Agency.

This program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science (NAACLS - 5600 N. River Rd., Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018-5119), and approved by the California Department of Health Services and the UCI Allied Health Committee.

Who Should Enroll

Individuals with a strong interest in laboratory science and who are seeking healthcare careers will be interested in the CLS/MT training program. Program graduates are currently in high demand and opportunities for career advancement are widely available. Clinical laboratory scientists may also pursue careers in fields that include laboratory management, education, forensic science, research and development, and technical sales/support.

Certificate Candidacy

Applicants must meet the following minimum requirements: Baccalaureate degree (biological science/biochemistry preferred) and completion of the following: courses in Biological Science (18 semester units or equivalent), courses in Chemistry (16 semester units or equivalent), Physics (at least 3 semester units or equivalent, including principles of light and electricity), and a college-level mathematics course. Prerequisite courses must include: Medical Microbiology, Immunology, Hematology, Biochemistry and Analytical Chemistry (Quantitative Analysis).

Certificate Eligibility and Requirements

A certificate is awarded upon completion of the six required courses: Phlebotomy, Clinical Chemistry, Medical Microbiology, Hematology/Coagulation, Transfusion Services, and Professional Practice with a grade point average of "B" or better. Registration is not available for individual courses.

Program Benefits

  • Learn the theories and principles of laboratory medicine
  • Acquire techniques to perform diagnostic procedures and operate sophisticated instrumentation
  • Relate the clinical significance of laboratory procedures to patient diagnosis and treatment
  • Utilize principles and practices of quality assurance
  • Develop skills in communication, problem solving, educational methods, research and management related to a clinical laboratory
  • Engage in a dynamic clinical environment, further developing professional behaviors

Program Admission

The CLS/MT program is offered once a year, beginning in the Fall Quarter. Admission to the program is by separate application only. Applicants selected for admission will then be registered into the program courses through UC Irvine Extension.

For detailed requirements and application materials, please contact Laura Ogata, Program Director at (714) 456-6305 or

Information is also available at Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine.

Advisory Committee

  • Luis M. de la Maza, M.D., Ph.D., Professor, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine; Medical Director, Medical Microbiology; Medical Director, CLS/MT Training Program, University of California, Irvine Medical Center
  • Janet Shigei, MS(ASCP), CLS, Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, University of California, Irvine Medical Center
  • Laura Ogata, M.A., MT(ASCP), CLS, Education Coordinator, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Program Director, CLS/MT Training Program, University of California, Irvine Medical Center