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Mission, Vision, and Value Statements of the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences



 

Mission Statement:

The National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS) is committed to being the premier accreditation agency for ensuring the advancement of education in clinical laboratory sciences and related health care disciplines provided by domestic and international programs.

Vision Statement:

Medical laboratories preferentially seek graduates of NAACLS programs to assure quality, value, innovation and  safety for healthcare consumers.
 

Values:

Quality
Education
Innovation
Collaboration
Peer Review
Global Accreditation

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NAACLS Accreditation:

A process of external peer review in which NAACLS grants public recognition to education programs that meet established education standards in clinical laboratory science disciplines of Medical Laboratory Assistant (MLA), Medical Laboratory Scientist (MLS), Doctoral Clinical Laboratory Scientist (DCLS), Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT), Cytogenetic Technologist (CG), Diagnostic Molecular Scientist (DMS), Histotechnician (HT), Histotechnologist (HTL), and Pathologists' Assistant (Path A), Phlebotomist (Phleb). All accredited programs are required to submit a self-study and host a site visit in the cyclical review process. Accredited programs are eligible for a maximum award of ten years.   These programs must either grant the associate degree or higher or a certificate of completion (if students already hold a degree) upon the successful culmination.  The NAACLS Accreditation process is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

International Accreditation Policy

The NAACLS Board of Directors has voted to open the accreditation process to laboratory programs located outside the United States. Such programs are invited to have the chief executive officer submit letters of intent to seek NAACLS accreditation. All materials sent to NAACLS regarding accreditation must be submitted in English.
The steps of the accreditation process for international programs are identical to the steps for United States programs and are found in the Guide to Accreditation. These include an application for accreditation, attainment of serious applicant status, submission of a self study document, and an on-site evaluation.
The program is expected to meet the Standards as defined by NAACLS. The sponsoring academic institution must be accredited by a regional or national accrediting agency for higher education and must be authorized under applicable law to provide post secondary education and to grant the appropriate degree.
The program is expected to pay the application fee, all costs associated with the on-site visit (including business class air fare), plus an annual fee.

 

Who We Are

 

About Board of Directors

President

AAPA Representative (2019 - 2023)
Robert Cottrell, MHS, PA(ASCP)CM
Quinnipiac University
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Vice President

ASCP Representative (2020-2024)
Karen A. Brown, MS, MASCP, MLS (ASCP)CM
Medical Laboratory Sciences,
University of Utah
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Secretary

ASCLS Representative (2019 – 2023)
Suzanne Norris Zanto, MPH, MLS(ASCP)CM, SM
Laboratory Solutions
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Treasurer

ASCP Representative (2022 - 2026)
Nathan H. Johnson, PhD, MASCP, MLS(ASCP), SC, SLS, DLM, CC(NRCC)
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
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Member at Large

Two Year Educator (2021 - 2025)
Elaina Bleifield, PhD
Inver Hills Community College
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ASCLS Representative (2021 - 2025)
Maribeth L. Flaws, PhD, MLS(ASCP)CM, SM(ASCP)SI
Rush University Medical Center
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ASCLS Representative (2021 - 2025)
Christie L Massen, PhD, MS, MLS(ASCP)CM
North Dakota Department of Health
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ASCP Representative (2020 -2024)
Joel M. Shilling, MD(FASCP)

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AGT Representitive (2021 - 2025)
Jun Gu, MD, PhD, CG(ASCP)CM
University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
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NSH Representative (2020-2024)
Mark A. Bailey, MA, HTL(ASCP)CM
University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
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Public Member (2021 - 2025)
Nathan Marik, MBA
Bank of Montreal
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Four Year Educator (2021 - 2025)
Abiodun Akinwuntan, PhD, MPH, MBA
University of Kansas Medical Center
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About Doctoral Review Committee

Chair

MLS Graduate Faculty (2020-2025)
S. Renee Hodgkins, PhD, MLS(ASCP)
University of Kansas Medical Center
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Vice Chair

Doctoral Level Clinical Laboratory Educator (2020-2024)
Nadine Lerret, Ph.D., MLS(ASCP)CM
Rush University
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DCLS Practitioner (2023-2027)
Cristian Lozano, DCLS, MLS(ASCP)CM
Quest Diagnostic
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Clinical Laboratory Sciences Industry Executive or Leader (2021-2025)
Jennifer Thebo, PhD, MLS(ASCP)
JuST Scientific Solutions, LLC
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Dept. Chair, Vice President/Provost, or Dean (2021-2025)
Janelle M. Chiasera, PhD, MLS(ASCP)
Quinnipiac University
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Board Liaison to DRC
Julie O'Sullivan Maillet, PhD, RD, FASAHP

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Member at Large (2023 - 2027)
Christen Diel, M.S. CLS, MLS (ASCP)
Augusta University Medical Center
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About NAACLS Staff

Chief Executive Officer
Marisa K. James, MA, MLS(ASCP)CM
(773) 714-8880 ext. 384
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Staff

Program Accreditation Coordinator & Quality Assurance Liaison
Russ DeCaluwe
(773) 714-8880 ext. 381
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Staff

Meetings & Events Planner
Megan Eggert
(773) 714-8880
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Accreditation Coordinator, Board & Review Committee Liaison
Michele Giannosa
(773) 714-8880 ext. 382
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Accountant
Francine Schwartz

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IT Manager
Elizabeth Swartz
(773) 714-8880 ext. 389
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Director of Strategic Initiatives & Volunteer Manager
Mark Spence
(773) 714-8880 ext. 388
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Accounting Associate
Jennifer Loyo
(773) 714-8880 ext. 383
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Program Accreditation Coordinator & Review Liaison
Jessy Jasso
(773) 714-8880 ext. 385
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Staff

Program Services Coordinator
Stefanie Troxell
(773) 714-8880 ext. 399
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Staff

Program Services Assistant
Julie Braglia
(773) 714-8880 ext. 380
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About Programs Accreditation Review Committee

Chair

Phlebotomy Educator (2022 - 2026)
Keri Brophy-Martinez, MHA, MLS(ASCP)
Austin Community College
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Vice Chair

Phlebotomy Educator (2021 - 2025)
Phyllis Ingham, EdD MEd MLS (ASCP)CM AHI(AMT)
West Georgia Technical College
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Phlebotomy Educator (2021- 2025)
Terri McElhattan, MHA, MLS, PBT (ASCP) CPI (ACA)
Geisinger Health System
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Phlebotomy Practitioner (2020-2024)
Marilyn S. McCain, BS MBA MLS H(ASCP)
Grady Health System
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Medical Laboratory Assistant Educator (2021- 2025)
Rita Miller, Ed.D, MS(CLS), MLS(ASCP)
Minnesota West Community & Technical College
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Two Year Educator (2013 - 2027)
Mary L. Mattes, MS, PA(ASCP)cm
Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science
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Two Year Educator (2024)
Michelle M. Hill, MS, MLS(ASCP)SLS
Southwest Tennessee Community College
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Medical Laboratory Technician Educator (2021 - 2025)
Sally Pestana, MLS(ASCP)

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Medical Laboratory Technician Educator (2023 - 2027)
Maria Torres-Pillot, MA, MLS(ASCP)CM
Northern Virginia Community College
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Medical Laboratory Technician Educator (2022 - 2026)
Candice Grayson, MS, MA, MLS(ASCP)
Community College of Baltimore County
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Medical Laboratory Technician Educator (2022 - 2026)
Frankie Harris-Lyne, MS, MLS(ASCP)CM
Northern Virginia Community College
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Medical Laboratory Technician Educator (2020 - 2024)
Andrea Gordon, MEd, MLS(ASCP)SH

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Histotechnologist Educator (HTL) (2022 - 2026)
Dale Telgenhoff, PhD, HTL(ASCP)CM
Oakland University
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Board Liaison to PARC
Susanne Norris Zanto, MPH, MLS(ASCP)CM, SM
Laboratory Solutions
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Histology Educator (2023 - 2027)
Melmar F Ordinario, MSML, HTL (ASCP)
Keiser University- Orlando
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Histology Educator (2023 - 2027)
Taiquanda Winbush, HT(ASCP)CM
Albany State University
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Medical Laboratory Technician Educator (2023 - 2027)
Rochelle Helminski, MS, MLS(ASCP)CM
Phoenix College
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About Review Committee for Accredited Programs

Chair

Four Year Educator (2021 - 2025)
Charity E. Accurso, PhD, MLS(ASCP)CM
University of Cincinnati
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Vice Chair

Medical Laboratory Scientist Educator (2023 - 2027)
Jennifer Knight, MHS, MLS(ASCP)CM
Mississippi Baptist Medical Center
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Pathologist's Assistant Practitioner (2020 - 2024)
William F. Ahlfeld, MS, PA(ASCP)

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Pathologists’ Assistant Educator (2022 - 2026)
Michelle M Costas, MHS, PA(ASCP)CM
West Virginia University Department of Pathology
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Medical Laboratory Scientist Educator (2020 - 2024)
Ramona Fox, MS, MLS(ASCP)

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Medical Laboratory Scientist Educator (2020 - 2024)
Jeanne Isabel, EdD, MLS, SH(ASCP)
Northern Illinois University
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Medical Laboratory Scientist Educator (2021 - 2025)
Dawn Tripolino, MBA, MLS(ASCP)
Bayfront Health St. Petersburg
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Medical Laboratory Scientist Educator (2020 - 2024)
Elizabeth A. Gockel-Blessing, PhD, MLS(ASCP)CM
St. Louis University
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Medical Laboratory Scientist Educator (2021 - 2025)
Carol Rentas, PhD, MEd, MLS(ASCP)
George Washington University
Biomedical Laboratory Sciences
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Medical Laboratory Scientist Educator (2022 - 2026)
James March Mistler, ABD, MS, MLS(ASCP)CM
University of Massachusetts - Dartmouth
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Four Year Educator (2020 - 2024)
Eric A. Elsinghorst, PhD, MPH, MB(ASCP)CM, MLS(ASCP)CM
University of Kansas Medical Center School of Health Professions
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Diagnostic Molecular Scientist Educator (2022 - 2026)
Amy R Groszbach, M.Ed
Mayo Clinic
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Cytogenetic Technology Educator (2021 - 2025)
Jason Yuhas, BS, CG(ASCP)CM
North Shore Health & North Shore Living
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Board Liaison to RCAP
Christie L Massen, PhD, MS, MLS(ASCP)CM
Minnesota State Community & Technical College - Fergus Falls
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PHM Educator (2023 - 2027)
Brandy Greenhill, DrPH, MLS(ASCP)CM
University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
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MLS Educator (2023 - 2027)
Patricia Boyer, MSHS, MLS(ASCP)CM
Clement J. Zablocki Veterans Affairs Medical Center
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MLM Educator (2023 - 2027)
Janice M. Conway-Klaassen, PhD, MLS(ASCP)SM, FACSc
University M Minnesota Medical Laboratory Science Center for Allied Health Programs
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