Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program for Clinical Genetic Molecular Biology Science
A licensed Clinical Genetic Molecular Biologist Scientist (CGMBS) performs specialized molecular diagnostic tests in hospital clinical laboratories, in commercial reference laboratories, or in research and development for biotech companies. The Cal State LA CGMBS Training Program consists of two components, a didactic component and a clinical training component. The CGMBS Training Program provides both didactic and practical clinical training in molecular testing for cancers, genetic disease markers, histocompatibility types, and some infectious diseases to prepare students to sit for the American Society of Clinical Pathology Technologist in Molecular Biology certification exam. Passage of this exam is required to obtain a California license as a CGMBS. A CGMBS license is required to work as a CGMBS in California. Eligibility to take the exam requires a full academic year of clinical training for 52 weeks, 4 days/week, 8 hours/day as well as one 6-hour day/week of face-to-face classes (3 terms of 6 units each). Clinical Training Affiliates for the CGMBS program have been approved by California Laboratory Field Services.