Program Description

The Clinical Laboratory Science program begins summer quarter and is based on the completion of two years of prerequisite course work at any accredited college or university. The first year at Loma Linda University primarily emphasizes the theoretical aspects of clinical chemistry, microbiology, hematology, and immunohematology, with training in phlebotomy. The senior year combines clinical training with more advanced classroom topics. 

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Program Length

2 years

Possible Careers

This career opens the doors to many medical and scientific opportunities. The majority of clinical laboratory scientists work in hospitals or similar medical facilities. Some CLS's work in private and government reference laboratories where they may perform specialized testing. Other opportunities exist in public health agencies and laboratories, forensic medicine, home health diagnostics, blood banks and transfusion services, health and patient education as well as in physician's offices and medical clinics. CLS personnel are also employed by medical consulting firms, DNA technology and genetic engineering corporations, research laboratories, medical product development companies, and in health information management systems.

Application Deadlines

There are currently no published application deadlines.

Admissions Requirements

To be eligible for admission, the applicant must have:
  • Completed a minimum of 96 quarter units or 64 semester units (including prerequisites) at an accredited college or university
    • A minimum grade of “C” is required for all transfer courses. C minus grades are not acceptable for transfer credit.
  • Minimum prerequisite science GPA of 2.75 required
  • Official Transcripts for all college credits (High School transcripts or GED are required for those without at least an Associate degree)
  • Application with personal essay
  • Three letters of recommendation (preferably academic)


  • 20 quarter or 14 semester units of humanities
  • College algebra or Calculus. 
  • Introductory or General Physics with lab (must include principles of light and electricity)
  • General chemistry with lab (complete sequence)
  • Organic Chemistry with lab (complete sequence)
  • General biology with lab (one course)
  • English composition (complete sequence)
  • 9 quarter or 6 semester units of communication
  • Cultural diversity course (cultural anthropology)
  • 12 quarter or 8 semester units of social science
  • Personal health or nutrition
  • Two physical education activity classes
  • If attending a Seventh-day Adventist college, four quarter or three semester units of religion per year is required.

Discipline Accrediting Agency

National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS), 5600 N. River Road, Suite 720, Rosemont, IL  60018-5119.  (773) 714-8880.
Integrating faith and health
Loma Linda University educates and encourages a balanced life by living our values of humility, compassion, justice, integrity, excellence, freedom and self- control. You will be surrounded by faculty who are committed to healthcare innovation and research while engaging your spirituality.

Expected Cost of Attendance

Academic Year 2021-2022

Year of Program: Year 1 Year 2
Tuition $41,706 $41,706
Fees $3,696 $3,696
Books & Supplies $1,515 $90
Misc (e.g., Boards, Licensing exam, Uniforms)
Total $46,917 $45,492


The cost of attendance varies from year to year.  Please contact the office of Student Finance for up-to-date costs.

Estimated Living Expenses

Academic Year 2021-2022, off campus, with a roommate

Year of Program: Year 1 Year 2
Months enrolled 12 12
Room & Board $14,750 $14,750
Transportation $3,200 $3,200
Personal Expenses $2,500 $2,500


  • Amounts are what a student can apply to borrow for the number of months shown in each academic year based on living off campus with a roommate and not with a relative.
  • International students need to calculate 12 months of living expenses based on the numbers listed here.
  • In general, to qualify for financial aid a student must be enrolled at least half time taking degree requirements. Half time is 6 units in a quarter for undergraduate programs and 4 units in a quarter for graduate programs.