Clinical Laboratory Science Training Program

Students will spend 12 months learning the specialties of each individual department in the laboratories. The importance of quality control and quality assurance will be emphasized. Safety in the laboratory is a priority, both for students and all laboratory personnel. Interpersonal skills are fostered through interactions with patients, physicians, clients, and colleagues.


Applications submitted will be held and reviewed starting February 1, 2015. Applicants will be considered for the Fall 2015, Spring 2016, Fall 2016 and Spring 2017 classes.

For more information, call, write, or e-mail:

Amy Luong
CLS Education Coordinator
Cottage Hospital School of Clinical Laboratory Science
454 South Patterson Avenue
Santa Barbara, CA 93111
(805) 879-8103


Program Overview:

• The Hospitals

• The Laboratories

• The School

• Mission Statement

• Program Goals


• Curriculum

• Faculty / Staff

• Admissions

• Application

• Benefits and Expenses


• Program Information Packet

• Application Form

• Letter of Recommendation Form

• Contact Information

Program Director:
Training Period:
Training Begins:
Class Size:

Lynette Hansen, EdD, MHA, MLS (ASCP)

$1,000 per month

12 months

Third Monday in September

Up to 6 students

Health and dental insurance

10 discretionary days off annually

Forgivable loan program

The Hospitals

Cottage Hospital was founded in 1888 by 50 women determined to provide a health care facility for a growing community. These dedicated women raised the initial $6000 for construction of the town’s first hospital. The name “Cottage” was based on the original idea of constructing individual cottages to house various departments. This idea proved to be too costly, so a modest 25 bed redwood building was constructed. Today, Cottage Hospital is a sophisticated 465 bed acute care hospital, making it the largest healthcare facility between Los Angeles and San Francisco. Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital (SBCH) is now one of three hospitals within Cottage Health System, with locations in Santa Barbara, Goleta, and Santa Ynez.


Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital is committed to the teaching and training of future health care professionals by offering training programs in clinical laboratory science, radiology, nursing, and physician residency programs in internal medicine, surgery, and radiology. Cottage Hospital is continually growing to meet the health care needs of the Santa Barbara Community.

The Laboratories

Pacific Diagnostic Laboratories (PDL) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Cottage Health System. PDL includes the hospital laboratories at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital, and Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital. In addition, there is a Core Laboratory serving our outreach patients. The Laboratories within PDL / CHS are licensed by the State of California and accredited by the Joint Commission. The Laboratories collectively perform 5 to 6 million tests annually. The hospital laboratory provides services to an extremely busy emergency department/trauma service, a busy surgical services department, and a critically ill inpatient population. The Core Lab provides services to an extremely robust outreach market. Students will do rotations at both the SBCH campus and the Core Laboratory.

The School

The philosophy of Cottage Hospital School of Clinical Laboratory Science is to provide students with exemplary training and the opportunity to develop the skills and knowledge necessary to become a Clinical Laboratory Scientist. This goal is achieved by providing didactic instruction to students in the theory and clinical application of laboratory tests and emphasizing hands-on experience in all of the clinical departments. By rotating through Chemistry, Blood Bank, Microbiology, Immunology, Molecular Diagnostics, and Hematology, students experience all aspects of the daily operation of PDL’s state-of-the art clinical laboratories. Students will have access to resources provided by the School library, as well as Reeves Medical Library.


The school is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS) and the State of California. The program culminates in the awarding of a certificate of completion. The certificate is granted only after the completion of all program objectives with successful clinical rotation and lecture examination scores. The granting of this certificate is not contingent upon the student passing any type of external certification or licensing exam.


Upon completion of the program, graduates are then eligible to take a national CLS certification exam given by a State of California approved agency, such as the exam offered by the American Society of Clinical Pathology (ASCP).

Mission Statement

The mission of the School of Clinical Laboratory Science is to provide the highest quality of science education to future laboratory professionals through a commitment to continuous improvements in training, education, professional development, competency assessment, and student and employee satisfaction.

Goals and Objectives

The goal of the School of Clinical Laboratory Science is to provide students with the opportunity to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to become competent Clinical Laboratory Scientists. Upon completion of the program, students will be able to achieve the following objectives:

  1. Develop and establish procedures for collecting, processing, and analyzing biological specimens and other substances. Properly collect specimens and maintain their integrity for quality results.
  2. Perform analytical tests on body fluids, cells, and other substances.
  3. Integrate and relate data generated by the various clinical laboratory departments while making decisions regarding possible discrepancies.
  4. Confirm abnormal results, verify quality control procedures, execute quality control procedures, and develop solutions to problems concerning the generation of laboratory data.
  5. Make decisions concerning the results of quality control and quality assurance measures, and institute proper procedures to maintain accuracy and precision.
  6. Establish and perform preventive and corrective maintenance of equipment and instruments as well as identify appropriate sources for repair.
  7. Develop, evaluate, and select new techniques, instruments, and methods in terms of their usefulness and practicality within the context of the laboratory’s personnel, equipment, space, and budgetary resources.
  8. Promote professional conduct through interpersonal skills with patients, laboratory personnel, other health care professionals, and the public.
  9. Establish and maintain continuing education as a function of growth and maintenance of professional competence.
  10. Provide leadership in educating other health personnel and the community.
  11. Exercise the principles of management, safety, and supervision.
  12. Apply the principles of educational methodology.
  13. Develop skills for use of current information systems.

Contact Information

Medical Director: John Blaustein, MD
Program Director: Lynette Hansen, EdD, MHA, CLS, MLS (ASCP)


For more information, please call, write, or e-mail:

Amy Luong

CLS Education Coordinator

Cottage Hospital School of Clinical Laboratory Science

454 S. Patterson Ave

Santa Barbara, CA 93111

(805) 879-8103