MS in Clinical Laboratory Sciences

Dominican offers the only graduate Clinical Laboratory Sciences program in California. The Master of Science in Clinical Laboratory Sciences (CLS) with an emphasis in Molecular Diagnostics is a 30-unit, non-thesis program, designed for practicing Clinical Laboratory Scientists looking to become a leader in the clinical laboratory. Students who are not already CLS licensed or license-eligible pursue a Master of Science in Molecular Diagnostics.


This program provides advanced education in technical, management, and regulatory skills to students who are already CLS-licensed or are CLS-license eligible.

Students in the CLS program will be prepared to understand, evaluate, and modify systems, procedures, and policies in an effort to make the clinical lab more efficient and cost-effective while still emphasizing the importance of obtaining accurate and reproducible patient results. Examples of molecular diagnostic techniques covered by this program include nucleic acid extraction, gel electrophoresis, PCR, fluorescent in situ hybridization (FISH), NGS, and DNA and RNA microarray technology.



This program is a great fit if you are looking to become more competitive prior to application to a CLS internship program.

MS in Clinical Laboratory Sciences Course

Descriptions can be found in the online catalog


Program Highlights

  • The program’s primary goal is to provide advanced education in technical, management, and regulatory skills to licensed CLS or CLS-license eligible professionals.
  • A 30-unit, non-thesis program
  • Two year program that includes one summer term 
  • Courses typically meet on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, 6:00 - 8:40 p.m.
  • Coursework meets the California Department of Public Health continuing education requirement for CLS license renewal


Program Objectives

The Clinical Laboratory Sciences program will teach students to:

  • Evaluate and implement molecular diagnostic techniques combined with various computer applications used in the clinical lab.
  • Know how to implement knowledge of CLS laws and regulations, ethical practices, financial management strategies, and laboratory utilization in a clinical lab setting.
  • Evaluate effectiveness of current quality system practices in the clinical lab and devise alternative quality control (QC) and/or quality assurance (QA) measures when necessary.
  • Devise and carry out a research scheme designed to test an original hypothesis pertaining to a current issue in the CLS field.
  • Analyze and evaluate research data and explain, both orally and in journal article format, its relevance to the general field of interest
  • Generate clear and concise written protocols for various CLS procedures.


Admissions Requirements



Questions? Contact Graduate Admissions, 415.485.3214 or email