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Clinical Microbiologist Scientist License

Thank you for your interest in the California Clinical Microbiologist Scientist License. Laboratory Field Services (LFS) requires applicants to submit documentation of academic coursework, clinical training, and work experience to qualify for licensure.

Work experience in California as an unlicensed laboratory staff person will not be accepted as qualification toward any clinical laboratory license.  Please note that biotech/pharmaceutical, forensic, academic, veterinary, research, and student laboratory experience cannot count as work experience or training for any clinical license.

 

Scope of practice

This license permits you to perform testing in all areas of the specialty of microbiology in a laboratory certified under CLIA for performing high complexity testing in the specialty of clinical microbiology.

 

Academic requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree (baccalaureate) in microbiology or equivalent major.

    • Official transcripts must verify the completion of 25 semester or equivalent quarter units of microbiology courses, which must include medical microbiology or pathogenic microbiology or bacteriology.

    • Examples of microbiology courses include, but are not limited to, parasitology, virology, mycology, mycobacteriology, serology, molecular techniques, immunology, and basic microbiology.

Note: Transcripts must be original documents bearing the school, college, or university registrar's seal, and must be sent directly to LFS from the office of the college or university registrar.  Request to have your transcripts mailed to:

Laboratory Field Services - CLS Program

850 Marina Bay Parkway

Bldg. P 1st Floor

Richmond, CA 94804

 

Non-US transcripts

All non-U.S. transcripts must be evaluated by "Current Members" of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) or "Endorsed Members" of the Association of International Credential Evaluators, Inc. (AICE). This allows LFS to determine if your education is equivalent to a U.S. college or university education. Official transcript from the university  is required in addition to the evaluation. The evaluation service will send an evaluation of your educational institution and academic courses directly to LFS.

Request to have your transcript evaluation mailed to:

Laboratory Field Services - CLS Program

850 Marina Bay Parkway

Bldg. P 1st Floor

Richmond, CA 94804


To obtain an application, instructions, and information, visit them on the web:


If you are an applicant whose education, training, or experience is from a non-U.S. school, college, university, or clinical laboratory, please make sure that your name is printed in English on all your transcripts and supporting documents and that it matches your name on the application.

 

Training or Experience

  • Minimum one year of post-baccalaureate training or minimum one year of work experience in all areas of the specialty of microbiology, microbiology including bacteriology, mycobacteriology, mycology, parasitology, and virology; immunology, including diagnostic immunology and syphilis serology; and molecular biology in a clinical laboratory that possesses a certificate issued under CLIA for performing high complexity testing in the specialty of microbiology.

  • Training or work experience must be in a laboratory certified under CLIA (usually in the U.S.).

  • Official verification of training or work experience must be on letterhead and signed by the training coordinator or laboratory director, and must show the beginning and ending dates of the training or experience. This information should cover all areas in which the rotation was completed with a description of the clinical laboratory tests or examinations performed. Document can be uploaded during the online application process

  • If you lack applicable training or work experience you may want to consider applying for a CLS trainee license.

 

Examinations

The ASCP certification for Technologist or Specialist in Microbiology is approved by the Department for Clinical Microbiologist Scientist licensure as of March 1, 2004. Applicants who are certified before the above date must re-take the certifying examination.

Failure to pass the written certification examination two times requires a waiting period of one year before taking the exam again. A third failure requires a two year wait. Thereafter, the examination may not be taken more frequently than once in two years.

Applicants will also have to complete the online California quiz on state laboratory laws and regulations. During the application submission process, you will automatically be required to take and pass  the online  California Quiz on state laboratory laws and regulations.

 

Renewal

Once you receive your license you will need to renew it every two years. To renew, you must pay a fee and submit documentation of continuing education. For information about the renewal process please visit the LFS renewal web page.

 

Resources

Helpful links

CLS Training Programs (PDF)*

LFS Approved Certification Examinations

*If you are having difficulty accessing this document, please contact LFS at LFSCLSTrainingProgram@cdph.ca.gov to request this information in an alternate format.

Statutes and regulations

California Business and Professions Code, Clinical Laboratory Technology, Licensing

California Code of Regulations, Title 17, Section 1031, Clinical Laboratory Specialists

 

The requirements listed may not be comprehensive. 

 

How to Apply

Visit the LFS online application website to create an account and submit an application.

 
Apply Online  *You will need to pay your application fee online.  

   

Additional Information:

  • Transcripts must be original documents bearing the school, college, or university registrar’s seal, and must be sent directly to LFS from the office of the college or university registrar. Request to have your transcripts mailed to:

    Laboratory Field Services - CLS Program

    850 Marina Bay Parkway, Bldg. P 1st Floor

    Richmond, CA 94804

  • Official verification of training or work experience must be on letterhead and signed by the training coordinator or laboratory director, and must show the beginning and ending dates of the training or experience. This information should cover all areas in which the rotation was completed with a description of the clinical laboratory tests or examinations performed.

  • Applicants are automatically required to take and pass the online  California Quiz on state laboratory laws and regulations during the application submission process.

    

*Incomplete application packages may be considered abandoned. All applicants whose applications have been abandoned who wish to re-apply must pay a new non-refundable application fee.

 

Documents you may need for your application

  • Official transcript showing your baccalaureate degree.

  • NACES or AICE course-by-course evaluation.

  • Verification of one year of post-baccalaureate training.
    OR
    Verification of one year of on-the-job experience in a clinical laboratory (signed by the CLIA laboratory director).

  • Verification of certification examination for the license type.

  • Online California quiz on state laboratory laws and regulations.

 

For additional information you may contact LFSscientist@cdph.ca.gov.

 

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