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
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.
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical
Technology (CLS/MT) Training Program
- 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
- 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
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
For detailed requirements and application materials, please contact Laura Ogata,
Program Director at (714) 456-6305 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Information is also available at Department
of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine.
- 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