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California CLS (Medical Technologist)


Education And Training Requirements

The prerequisites for entrance into California's licensing examination shall be one (1) of the following:

1. Graduation from a college or university accredited by an accrediting agency acceptable to the California Department of Health Services (DHS), with a bachelor's (baccalaureate) degree and a major in clinical laboratory science, the last year of which shall have been primarily clinical laboratory procedures in a clinical laboratory training school
OR
2. Graduation from a college or university accredited by an accrediting agency acceptable to DHS, with a bachelor's (baccalaureate) degree and courses pertinent to the clinical laboratory field plus one (1) year as a clinical laboratory technologist trainee or the equivalent in a clinical laboratory; provided, however, that a bachelor's (baccalaureate) degree obtained after July 1, 1973, must include at least:
a.  sixteen (16) semester or equivalent quarter hours of chemistry, including instruction in analytical and biological chemistry;
b.  eighteen (18) semester or equivalent quarter hours of biological science, including instruction in immunology, hematology  
     and medical microbiology, which may include bacteriology, mycology, virology and parasitology;
c.  three (3) semester or equivalent quarter hours of physics, including instruction in principles of light and electricity; 
OR
3. A minimum of two (2) years of experience as a licensed trainee or the equivalent as determined by the DHS doing clinical laboratory work embracing the various fields of clinical laboratory activity in a clinical laboratory acceptable to the DHS and ninety (90) semester hours or equivalent quarter hours of university or college work in which are included the following courses, or essentially the equivalent, as may be determined by the DHS:  general inorganic chemistry - eight (8); quantitative analysis - three (3); basic biological sciences - eight (8); bacteriology - four (4); provided, however, that university or college work completed after July 1, 1973, must include at least:
a.  sixteen (16) semester or equivalent quarter hours of chemistry, including instruction in analytical and biological chemistry;
b.  eighteen (18) semester or equivalent quarter hours of biological science including instruction in immunology, hematology 
     and medical microbiology which may include bacteriology, mycology, virology and parasitology;
c.  three (3) semester or equivalent quarter hours of physics, including instruction in principles of light and electricity.

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