School of Medical Laboratory Science Program


The Eisenhower Medical Center School of Medical Laboratory Science was established in 1981. The Medical Laboratory Science (MLS) / Clinical Laboratory Scientist (CLS) Program is approved by the California Department of Public Health as a postgraduate training certificate program. The school is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS). Their contact information is:

National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences
5600 North River Road, Suite 720
Rosemont, IL 60018-5119
Phone: 847-939-3597 or 773-714-8880
Fax: 773-714-8886

Our Medical Laboratory Science program provides the educational environment necessary to produce professional entry-level medical technologists through our didactic lectures and hands-on experience. Students experience all aspects of the daily operation of Eisenhower’s state-of-the-art clinical laboratory. The laboratory is licensed by the State of California and is accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations and the College of American Pathologists. Five pathologists who are board certified in clinical and anatomical pathology direct the laboratory and administrative functions are carried out by the laboratory director and leadership team. Over one million procedures are performed annually. Services are provided to the emergency department, critically ill in-patient population and a busy outpatient services department.

Students spend 12 months learning the specialties of each area of the clinical laboratory. Interpersonal skills are fostered through interactions with patients, physicians, clients and colleagues. The Education Facilitators, or appropriate designees, supervise instruction and training. The importance of quality control and quality assurance is strongly emphasized. Safety in the laboratory is a priority, both for students and all laboratory personnel.

Program Mission

Our mission is to provide students with exemplary training and the opportunity to develop the skills and knowledge necessary to become licensed Clinical Laboratory Scientists and/or Medical Laboratory Scientists of the highest caliber. This is achieved by providing a highly structured mechanism of learning processes to aid the development of students’ skills, knowledge and techniques of medical laboratory sciences as described in the Program Goals and Competencies.

Program Goals and Competencies

The ultimate goal of the program is to graduate professional entry-level clinical laboratory scientists/medical laboratory scientist of the highest caliber who will be able to:

  1. Perform routine laboratory procedures and more complex analyses that require a high level of cognitive understanding with skill and efficiency, producing accurate and precise results within a specified period of time.
  2. Exhibit attitudes of honesty and integrity in the performance of all laboratory procedures, with an understanding of the ultimate consequences gained from a knowledge of medical ethics.
  3. Describe and relate the theoretical and practical aspects of each test performed in the laboratory.
  4. Relate normal, abnormal and critical values with their significance by demonstrating correct follow-up actions.
  5. Relate laboratory results to clinical diagnosis and treatment of patients by being able to describe the etiology, clinical symptoms and laboratory results of each diagnosis.
  6. Demonstrate understanding of the principles and practices necessary to establish and evaluate quality control procedures.
  7. Operate and maintain laboratory instruments and test equipment with the utmost care and conscientiousness.
  8. Demonstrate safety precautions, derived from the institutional and laboratory safety policies, for each and every individual involved, including patients.
  9. Exhibit independent judgment and responsibility in evaluating test results and trouble-shooting instrument malfunction and methodologies by recognizing and acting on problems.
  10. Demonstrate one’s unique potential and talents in the field of laboratory science.
  11. Demonstrate an attitude of professionalism to patients, visitors, hospital employees and health professionals, always respecting patients’ rights and safety.
  12. After completing 12 months of training, successfully utilize the knowledge and education provided during the clinical year to become a licensed Clinical Laboratory Scientist or Medical Laboratory Scientist


There are no application or entrance fees. Students currently receive a monthly stipend of $1300. This amount may vary each year. Class size is currently two to four students, which allows for one-on-one instruction.

Seven holidays and six personal days/sick days per year are standard benefits. Emergency health care is available and professional liability insurance is provided by Eisenhower Medical Center. Personal health insurance is not provided by the medical center. Each student should obtain health insurance for the duration of the CLS/MLS training program.

Required textbooks are provided by the School of Medical Laboratory Science. Students have access to additional resources located in the School office, the Clinical Laboratory and the Eisenhower Medical Library.

Administrative Staff

  • SMLS Program Medical Director:
    Barbara Comess, MD, FCAP
  • Laboratory Director:
    Laura Mohlenhoff, MBA, CLS, MLS(ASCP)
  • SMLS Program Director:
    Jamie Stypinski, MBA,CLS, MLS(ASCP)
  • SMLS Office Secretary:
    Cameron Carter

Education Facilitators

  • Chemistry/Urinalysis:
    Tim Cronin, CLS/MLS(ASCP)
  • Hematology/Coagulation:
    Jillyn Librea, CLS/MLS(ASCP)
  • Immunology/Serology:
    Barbara Renner, CLS/MLS(ASCP)
  • Microbiology:
    Aileen Mendoza, CLS/MLS(ASCP)
  • Immunohematology:
    David Fanning, CLS/MLS(ASCP)


Applicants must hold a baccalaureate degree and be eligible for a valid Clinical Laboratory Scientist Trainee license from the state of California. For more information, please visit the Laboratory Field Services website:

If degree or course-work is in excess of 7 years, the applicant may be required to successfully update the required courses prior to the start of the program.

Minimum Course Requirements:

  • Biology: Eighteen semester or equivalent quarter hours of biology, which must include Hematology, Immunology and Medical Microbiology.
  • Chemistry: Sixteen semester or equivalent quarter hours of chemistry, which must include Clinical Chemistry. Biochemistry and Analytical Chemistry may be taken in place of Clinical Chemistry.
  • Mathematics: One college level course. College algebra or higher is suggested.
  • Physics: Three semester or equivalent quarter hours of physics with instruction in light and electricity.
  • Graduates of a non-U.S. college or university must:
    Possess a degree equivalent to a bachelor's degree in the U.S. Applicant must also provide a complete transcript evaluation, including grades, by an approved agency such as the American Association of Credential Evaluation Services, (NACES), and “Endorsed Members of the Association of International Credential Evaluators, Inc. (AICE). Use the links below to view the “Current” and Endorsed” Members of these two organizations: and

Additional Requirements:

  • Ability to communicate effectively in English.
  • U.S. citizenship or permanent residency status in the U.S.
  • A grade point average of at least 2.7 in their sciences courses. (Consideration of a lower GPA will be at the discretion of the Program Director.)
  • Ability to perform the Essential Functions - various physical and behavioral capabilities that are necessary for achievement of competency.
  • A pre-training health assessment and background check are required by Eisenhower Medical Center prior to beginning the program.


Applicants are prescreened using a point system based on grade point average, laboratory experience, letter of intent, education and letters of recommendation to determine the most qualified applicants. The highest scoring applicants are invited for an interview with the program director and education facilitators. At the completion of all interviews, the overall points earned during the interview rank the applicants. The final selection of candidates is based on both the overall score and the interview score. Applicants with the highest scores are offered internships. Individuals selected for internship will be notified in writing with a written response of acceptance requested.

The School of Medical Laboratory Science does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, color, age, disability, gender, medical condition, sexual orientation, veteran or marital status, gender identity, political affiliation or otherwise defined by federal and state law.


Applicants are encouraged to start the application process approximately 5 months prior to the deadline of the application due date.

Our training program begins in September each year with an application deadline of February 1. All application materials must be received by the deadline in order to be considered complete.

Required application documents to be submitted to the school are as follows:

  • Completed application form
  • All college and university transcripts
  • Your personal statement of interest in Medical Laboratory Science
  • Your signed Essential Functions form
  • Three letters of recommendation from college/university professors, advisors and/or employers

Please mail the application documents to the following address:

Eisenhower Medical Center
School of Medical Laboratory Science
39000 Bob Hope Drive, Kiewit 402
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270

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