CLS Licensing for Philippine Graduate

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Tamaraw in Manila, Philippines

20 months ago

I'm a U.S. citizen currently taking the B.S. Med Tech Course at Far Eastern University, Manila, Phlippines. I'll be graduating in 2014. The course offers 7 months in clinical rotation. Would I be able to just go back to California and apply for the exam or do I need further training(internships, classes, etc.)?

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CLS48 in California

20 months ago

You will need 1 year of rotations. Unfortunately, some Filipino CLS schools shortened their internship and now made their graduates ineligible to get a CA CLS license. It will only exasperate the shortage here.

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Tamaraw in Manila, Philippines

20 months ago

I appreciate the quick response. I guess all I need to figure out now is whether I should complete my internship requirements in the Philippines or in the U.S.

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Alen in Jamaica, New York

20 months ago

Why didn't you just do a program in the US?

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Tamaraw in Manila, Philippines

20 months ago

1. My tuition is only a $2000.00 a year:)
2. I won't have any student loans when I'm finished, so all the money from my paycheck will go in my pocket.
3. There's no waiting list.
4. It's a four year degree, but the first two years are only general subjects, which means there's two years for the actual program.
5. Who wouldn't want to study abroad? (where a beer is less than a dollar:) )

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Tamaraw in Manila, Philippines

20 months ago

Tamaraw in Manila, Philippines said: 1. My tuition is only a $2000.00 a year:)
2. I won't have any student loans when I'm finished, so all the money from my paycheck will go in my pocket.
3. There's no waiting list.
4. It's a four year degree, but the first two years are only general subjects, which means there's two years for the actual program.
5. Who wouldn't want to study abroad? (where a beer is less than a dollar:) )

This is one of the best kept secrets that only a handful of Fil-Ams(Filipino-Americans)know about. The same quality education at an exponentially discounted price. The tuition, however, only seems affordable to us Americans because our money carries so much weight over here. The rest of the population may see the tuition as expensive though.

Also, when I was at City College of San Francisco there was always a waiting list for classes that I needed. I wouldn't get no more than four classes per sem. Over here, however, as long as you pay the tuition you're guaranteed classes and as long as yoou don't repeat any subjects, you're guaranteed to finish with a bachelors in four years. I can't say the same in the U.S. Not to mention the books here are the same one's students are using in the U.S. The only differences are that they are paperback, made from recycled paper, and cost $10.00 instead of $100.00. I can go on and on about why it's better to study in the Philippines, but I'll just leave you with those reasons for now:)

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CLS48 in California

20 months ago

That sounds terrific, but the only caveat is their rotations are only 7 months which means no CA CLS license. Sounds like a waste of time for me then because it will have to be redone in the US anyway.

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Tamaraw in Manila, Philippines

20 months ago

CLS48 in California said: That sounds terrific, but the only caveat is their rotations are only 7 months which means no CA CLS license. Sounds like a waste of time for me then because it will have to be redone in the US anyway.

Redone? Or couldn't I just do 5 months extra?

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CLS48 in California

20 months ago

No redone. There are no programs in CA that offer 5 months. You can try going somewhere else in the US for another 6 month rotation, but one, I don't know if there are any, and two, I'm not sure how CA will look at rotations from two different programs. They might just say redo the whole thing. It's unfortunate.

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h1b in California

20 months ago

or you can transfer to another school that still offers 1 year internship. I know Velez College in Cebu still has 11-month internship training program which I think would be accepted by CA LFS. Though you may need to relocate, this maybe your option since getting into program here in the US is very competitive as they only accept very few students.

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Tamaraw in Manila, Philippines

20 months ago

What if I pass the board exam in the Philippines and work as a Med Tech for a year in a Philippine hospital before going home? Will CA accept that?

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Alen in Jamaica, New York

20 months ago

You need to remember there are an increase of graduates now doing BS MT naacl programs in the states due to the economic situation. I can tell you first hand as unfair as it may sound to you, hospitals will always prefer the grad who went to school in the states than a foreign student. It's pretty much reality right now. Hospital admin will immediately ask you why you didn't choose to Goto school here if your a citizen, if they hear the response you gave they will definitely reject you.

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Tamaraw in Manila, Philippines

20 months ago

Alen in Jamaica, New York said: You need to remember there are an increase of graduates now doing BS MT naacl programs in the states due to the economic situation. I can tell you first hand as unfair as it may sound to you, hospitals will always prefer the grad who went to school in the states than a foreign student. It's pretty much reality right now. Hospital admin will immediately ask you why you didn't choose to Goto school here if your a citizen, if they hear the response you gave they will definitely reject you.

Thank you for your input. That may be true, but I'm banking on the chance that the scarcity of the CLS's by the time I graduate will allow for many job opportunities with minimal competition. I will definitely remember not to give the response I gave to you to the hospital admin unless they themselves are Philippine grads.

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Osyrus in San Francisco, California

19 months ago

Tamaraw in Manila, Philippines said: Thank you for your input. That may be true, but I'm banking on the chance that the scarcity of the CLS's by the time I graduate will allow for many job opportunities with minimal competition. I will definitely remember not to give the response I gave to you to the hospital admin unless they themselves are Philippine grads.

Im in a similar situation as you. Graduated in SFSU in spring 2012 with a BS in Microbiology. Didnt get accepted in the program just as many of my student colleagues. It's definitely more difficult to get into despite the supposed shortage n increase in CLS retirements. I called numbers from CDPH.ca.gov and LFS asking about the internships in the Philippines and if CA would credit it. Nobody had straight answers for me. Then i was told to email this lady and so im currently waiting for her reply (if she ever does). I asked specifically how many weeks of field experience they want. Maybe i can convince (im willing to pay) them there in the Philippines to allow me to train longer to meet reqiurements CA is looking for. The tuition for the CLS internship program alone is about $16,000.00 right now in SFSU and SJSU. I wouldnt spend that much if i did my 1 year internship in the PHilippines. My brother finished his studies there in the Philippines and he's been working as a CLS for UCSF for 9yrs. Requirements were different but we know the quality of education there is sufficient. Do you know of any schools out there that may be able to help my situation? Any lead is greatly appreciated.

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Osyrus in San Francisco, California

19 months ago

Does anybody know of any colleges anywhere in the Philippines that offer 1 year training program for CLS?

Or is there any way to beat the system like taking 2 terms of 6 month training programs to equal the requirement in California?

Any advice or lead is greatly appreciated.

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FEU Tamaraw in Manila, Philippines

19 months ago

Osyrus in San Francisco, California said: Im in a similar situation as you. Graduated in SFSU in spring 2012 with a BS in Microbiology. Didnt get accepted in the program just as many of my student colleagues. It's definitely more difficult to get into despite the supposed shortage n increase in CLS retirements. I called numbers from CDPH.ca.gov and LFS asking about the internships in the Philippines and if CA would credit it. Nobody had straight answers for me. Then i was told to email this lady and so im currently waiting for her reply (if she ever does). I asked specifically how many weeks of field experience they want. Maybe i can convince (im willing to pay) them there in the Philippines to allow me to train longer to meet reqiurements CA is looking for. The tuition for the CLS internship program alone is about $16,000.00 right now in SFSU and SJSU. I wouldnt spend that much if i did my 1 year internship in the PHilippines. My brother finished his studies there in the Philippines and he's been working as a CLS for UCSF for 9yrs. Requirements were different but we know the quality of education there is sufficient. Do you know of any schools out there that may be able to help my situation? Any lead is greatly appreciated.

My teacher told me that I would need to pass the board in the Philippines first, then work as a med tech in an "externship" program. It's basically volunteering at a hospital or clinic, but the good news is unlike nurses we won't have to pay the hospital to get the experience. I can't remember if she told me whether I could just add the additional 6 months to my experience in school or if I would have to start over and work for a year. Either way, I'm not complaining:) My teacher, a licensed med tech here in the Philippines, also said that there are many foreign students as well as those looking to work abroad doing this after they graduate from school in order to meet the requirements back home.

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FEU Tamaraw in Manila, Philippines

19 months ago

FEU Tamaraw in Manila, Philippines said: My teacher told me that I would need to pass the board in the Philippines first, then work as a med tech in an "externship" program. It's basically volunteering at a hospital or clinic, but the good news is unlike nurses we won't have to pay the hospital to get the experience. I can't remember if she told me whether I could just add the additional 6 months to my experience in school or if I would have to start over and work for a year. Either way, I'm not complaining:) My teacher, a licensed med tech here in the Philippines, also said that there are many foreign students as well as those looking to work abroad doing this after they graduate from school in order to meet the requirements back home.

The top schools for Medical Technology are Far Eastern Universtiy and University of Santo Thomas. UST is the oldest school in the Philippines and more prestigious, so the tuition is higher and kinda harder to get in to, but honestly it doesn't matter where you graduate from as long as you don't plan on working in the Philippines(I've got friends who've graduated in the province and are now RNs in CA). With your bachelor's in Microbio, you might be able to enroll as a third year student, which is when the actual Med Tech program starts if you started as a freshman. All of 3rd year and the first sem of 4th year is all academics(Microbio, Histo, Clinical Chem, etc.) and then the last sem of 4th year. are your clinicals(the actual internship). What I described is the program at my school, FEU, but I'm not sure of the internship program at UST. I'll have to get back to you on that.

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FEU Tamaraw in Manila, Philippines

19 months ago

Osyrus in San Francisco, California said: Does anybody know of any colleges anywhere in the Philippines that offer 1 year training program for CLS?

Or is there any way to beat the system like taking 2 terms of 6 month training programs to equal the requirement in California?

Any advice or lead is greatly appreciated.

Check out my response to Osyrus. "Beat the system" I like the way you think brother:)

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FEU Tamaraw in Manila, Philippines

19 months ago

Osyrus in San Francisco, California said: Im in a similar situation as you. Graduated in SFSU in spring 2012 with a BS in Microbiology. Didnt get accepted in the program just as many of my student colleagues. It's definitely more difficult to get into despite the supposed shortage n increase in CLS retirements. I called numbers from CDPH.ca.gov and LFS asking about the internships in the Philippines and if CA would credit it. Nobody had straight answers for me. Then i was told to email this lady and so im currently waiting for her reply (if she ever does). I asked specifically how many weeks of field experience they want. Maybe i can convince (im willing to pay) them there in the Philippines to allow me to train longer to meet reqiurements CA is looking for. The tuition for the CLS internship program alone is about $16,000.00 right now in SFSU and SJSU. I wouldnt spend that much if i did my 1 year internship in the PHilippines. My brother finished his studies there in the Philippines and he's been working as a CLS for UCSF for 9yrs. Requirements were different but we know the quality of education there is sufficient. Do you know of any schools out there that may be able to help my situation? Any lead is greatly appreciated.

Hey, my uncle's been a CLS at UCSF since the 80's. Maybe they know each other:)

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Osyrus in San Francisco, California

19 months ago

FEU Tamaraw in Manila, Philippines said: Hey, my uncle's been a CLS at UCSF since the 80's. Maybe they know each other:)

Thank you very much for your help! I really appreciate every information. I just found out that my brother attended FEU as well so that's a good look. I just emailed FEU and hoping to get a reply. I wanted to know if they can accept me as a senior or if I can just enter the clinical training program, since I already completed the upper division courses here. Do you know the email of the head in charge of the CLS program?

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Fatima in Quezon City, Philippines

11 months ago

Tamaraw in Manila, Philippines said: What if I pass the board exam in the Philippines and work as a Med Tech for a year in a Philippine hospital before going home? Will CA accept that?

Hi! Did u ever found out what to do to extend the university's 6 months internship?

Our program here is also 6 months. What to do?

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CLS in Torrance, California

11 months ago

Fatima in Quezon City, Philippines said: Hi! Did u ever found out what to do to extend the university's 6 months internship ?

Our program here is also 6 months. What to do?

Hi Fatima! I think the best think that you can do is to cross enroll your intenrship. Some of my friends are from FEU and cross enrolled to another school for one year internship. They will be late for the their own graduation though but most of them dont really care cause they dont plan to practice in PI anyway. So that is the best thing that you can do I think. Hope it helps.

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CLS Trainee in Los Angeles, California

2 months ago

I am a fresh BSMT graduate from Philippines. I only had 6 months of internship there, but I didn't take the Philippine Board Exam nor worked there. I got here in the US and asked the CDPH-LFS if I can qualify for the CA CLS license. They told me I need 1 year of clinical rotation here. I read about the ASCP requirements, and I need to have a year of training at a NAACLS-accredited school to be qualified for the (MLS) ASCP certification.

I am currently applying at San Francisco State University, Calstate LA, Calstate Dominguez Hills, and Loma Linda University. These schools are what I think are easier on requirements based on my situation compared to the other schools here in CA (which I think we'll both have).

What I suggest you do is ask your registrar if they can mail transcripts directly to US institutions; if not, then after you graduate be sure to request OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS WITH THE SCHOOL's SEAL, and request to of them (maybe 7) just so that you can be prepared later. If you requested them because they won't directly mail those transcripts, when you received the transcripts, be sure to have a school envelope for each, leave these transcripts in the Philippines to anyone you know so that they will be the ones who will mail these transcripts later to US institutions (Note: schools do not want transcripts coming from you).

Another thing to do is pick at least 2-3 of your science instructors that you could ask a recommendation from and ask them if they are willing to help you later. You will need to ask them for letter of recommendations later.

If you have any more questions just email me, comrade.

God bless you.

Niel E.
xeniemoego9@gmail.com

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CLS Trainee in Los Angeles, California

2 months ago

Even if you extend your training to a year in the Philippines and qualify for a CLS license in CA, it doesn't help you qualify for the ASCP because the ASCP requires you to be trained in a NAACLS-accredited program or you need to follow the other routes. Visit ASCP.ORG

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CLS559 in Fresno, California

1 month ago

CLS trainee in Los Angeles, thats where your wrong. We are qualified for the ASCPi which is accepted in California :)

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