Clinical Laboratory Science Internship

Since 1977, the San Francisco State University Clinical Laboratory Science (CLS) Internship Program has been training post-baccalaureate candidates for rewarding careers in medical laboratories, clinics and biomedical research environments.

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Clinical Laboratory Science

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About the Program


The program offers expert guidance, both on campus and at affiliated clinical sites. The first semester on campus includes (5) courses specifically designed for CLS training. The remaining 40 weeks are spent at affiliated clinical sites, completing internship. Once finished, interns are eligible to challenge the California State and National examinations for required licensure. A new class of CLS interns starts on campus every fall and spring session.

Visit the Clinical Laboratory Science Program website for more information.

Clinical Laboratory Scientist Career

The job responsibilities of a Clinical Lab Scientist involve the collection and analysis of body fluids, tissues and cells in order to diagnose diseases and monitor the progress of treatments. Advances in molecular diagnostics and cryopreservation are welcoming new surroundings for licensed CLS. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics projects 11% growth for clinical laboratory technologists and technicians from 2018 to 2028, much faster than average.


Licensure and Certification

Please read the Cal State Notice to Students RE: Professional Licensure and Certification.

Candidate Requirements

Candidates must have post-baccalaureate degrees in biological science majors including Clinical Science, Microbiology, Biology or equivalent. Additional academic eligibility requirements include GPA 3.0 or above and additional courses in Immunology, Medical Microbiology, Hematology, Biochemistry and Quantitative Analysis, 3 semester units of Physics and College level mathematics.

Cost and Length

Cost: $20,900
Length: 14 months
When to Start: Fall, Spring


Clinical Laboratory Science Program

Huy Le
Program Director



Main Campus
1600 Holloway Avenue - SCI 202
San Francisco, California 94132-4161


College of Professional & Global Education

Janet Alford
Program Lead
(415) 817-4264

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