Clinical Laboratory Scientist Training Program

Valley Children’s Hospital’s Laboratory offers a training program for individuals looking to meet the practical requirement to apply for state licensure as a Clinical Laboratory Scientist. Our full service clinical laboratory includes a Core Lab (Hematology, Coagulation, Chemistry, Urinalysis, and Blood Gas Analysis), Transfusion Service, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Point of Care Testing, and Referral Testing Department. The objectives of the program are to provide a required 12 month clinical rotation through various sections of the lab and provide supplemental information through self-directed computer modules to prepare trainees for the licensure exam.

Training is full-time during the day shift, Monday through Friday.

The Clinical Laboratory Scientist Training Program includes a 12-month clinical rotation in the following areas:

  • Bacteriology - 8 weeks
  • Clinical Chemistry - 8 weeks
  • Hematology - 8 weeks
  • Immunology - 2 weeks
  • Immunohematology - 7 weeks
  • Molecular Biology - 2 weeks
  • Parasitology - 3 weeks
  • Phlebotomy - 2 weeks
  • Serology - 2 weeks
  • Urinalysis - 4 weeks
  • Reviews - 4 weeks

Admission Requirements

  • The applicant must possess a baccalaureate degree and have maintained a 2.8 grade point average.
  • The applicant must meet the requirements for a California Trainee License to include but not limited to:
    • 16 semester or equivalent quarter units of chemistry, including instruction in analytical and biological chemistry
    • 18 semester or equivalent quarter units of biological science, including instruction in  hematology, immunology, and medical microbiology which may include bacteriology, mycology, virology and parasitology
    • 3 semester or equivalent quarter units of physics including instruction in principles of light and electricity
    • A course in genetics and/or molecular biology and statistics is recommended
  • The applicant must have submitted an application for or has received a California Clinical Laboratory Scientist Trainee License
  • Produce transcripts of college work (unofficial are acceptable)
  • Submit a resume and a letter of intent
  • On site interview

Applicants apply to the training program by completing the application and uploading recommendation letters, transcripts, resume, license verification and other documents that show intent. If unable to upload documents (sealed letters of recommendation or similar documents) please mail to the hospital in care of the Laboratory Education Coordinator.  Upon completion of training, students will take a state licensure examination.

Program Availability

The training program application process begins in June and continues through July.  Open trainee positions are posted as jobs on the hospital job website. Electronic applications are accepted at that time. The start date of this program is typically in January, but may be modified.

Compensation and Benefits

Students earn an hourly wage with textbooks and benefits included. To apply for Valley Children’s Hospital Clinical Laboratory Scientist Training Program, visit our Careers at Valley Children's page.

For more information please contact:

Laurie Madden, CLS
Clinical Educator - Lab
Phone: 559-353-6061