Top Things to Keep in Mind for Your CLS License

Why should I get a CLS license?

There are many reasons as to why California is a great state for Clinical Lab Scientists (CLS) to work in, aside from elevated pay.

California’s fantastic weather, paired with the state’s amazing scenery and attractions, make it a top travel destination. No matter what you choose to do, the one thing we know is you won’t get bored on assignment!

As a laboratory professional, obtaining the license can be tricky. Below are four things to consider when applying for your California license as a CLS.

Please note: If you’ve taken and passed the ASCP exam after October 2002 then you DO NOT have to retake the exam to be eligible for the CA license. If you became certified before October 2002 then retaking the certifying exam is REQUIRED to be eligible to work in California as a CLS.

  1. Applicant information: To save the headache, get all your documents organized before starting the application. This mean contacting you’re alma mater to send transcripts and credits earned in rotations, digging out personal ID forms like SSN & birth certificate, and having previous Lab Directors send proof of all work experience/on-the-job training. It is important to note that all documents related to work experience, training, or education must be sent by your employer or university/college to California’s Laboratory Field Services
  2. Education requirements: To meet education requirements for the license, Clinical Laboratory Scientists must have taken 18 semesters or equivalent quarter hours of Biological science, 16 semester or equivalent in Chemistry, and 3 semester or equivalent in Physics. Click here to see all CLS approved training programs and affiliates.
  3. Training and/or Internship: Training requirements include a minimum of one year of post-baccalaureate clinical training as a CLS or a minimum of one year work experience as a CLS performing high complexity testing in hematology, chemistry, blood bank, and microbiology.
  4. Experience: After you’ve obtained the proper education to receive your degree you will need one year experience in a clinical setting to be eligible to apply for the California license. Anticipate an application fee that is due at the end of registration.

Expect the application process to take anywhere between 3-6 months. Contact the Laboratory Field Services office after four weeks, and every week after, to check the status of your application and ensure it is moving along in the process.

Click here to get started on the application.

Chase Ahlers is a Social Media Recruiter for Aureus Medical Group.

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