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



 

Mission Statement:

The National Accreditation Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS) is committed to being the premier agency for international accreditation and approval of educational programs in the clinical laboratory sciences and related health care disciplines.
 

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 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). 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 and Approval. 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.

 
NAACLS Approval:

A process of external peer review in which NAACLS grants public recognition to education programs that meet established education standards in the clinical laboratory science disciplines of Clinical Assistant (CA) and Phlebotomist (Phleb). All approved programs are structured to assure that graduates will possess stated entry-level career competencies.  Approved programs must submit a self-study in the cyclical review process with a maximum award length of 5 years. Approved programs must issue a certificate of completion upon the successful culmination of the program. Due to the pre-baccalaureate nature of the Clinical Assistant and Phlebotomist certificate programs, our Approval Process is considered an “Additional Activity” by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.



 

Who We Are

 

About Board of Directors

President

AGT Representative (2016 - 2021)
Peter Hu, PhD, MS, MLS(ASCP)CM, CGCM, MBCM
University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
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President Elect

ASCLS Representative (2017 - 2021)
Maribeth L. Flaws, PhD, MLS(ASCP)CM, SM(ASCP)SI
Rush University Medical Center
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Secretary

ASCP Representative (2017 - 2021)
Marisa K. James, MA, MT(ASCP)CM
North Kansas City Hospital
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Member at Large

Four Year Educator (2019 - 2023)
Julie O'Sullivan Maillet PhD, RD, FASAHP

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AAPA Representative (2019 - 2023)
Robert Cottrell MHS, PA(ASCP)cm
Quinnipiac University
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ASCLS Representative

(2017 - 2021)
Marcia A. Armstrong, MS, MLS(ASCP)

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ASCLS Representative

(2019 – 2023)
Suzanne Norris Zanto, MPH, MLS(ASCP)CM, SM

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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

(2017 - 2021)
Elton Richards Jr

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ASCP Representative (2016-2020)
Karen A. Brown MLS(ASCP)cm

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About Doctoral Review Committee

Chair

Vice President, Research & Academic Relations (2021)
Randall S. Lambrecht, PhD
Aurora Health Care Administration | Aurora Sinai Medical Center
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Dept. Chair, Vice President/Provost, or Dean (2021)
Herbert J. Miller, PhD, MLS(ASCP)

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Doctoral Level Clinical Laboratory (2020)
Mark Kellogg, PhD, MT(ASCP)
Children's Hospital
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MLS Graduate Faculty (2020)
S. Renee Hodgkins, PhD, MLS(ASCP)
University of Kansas Medical Center
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Member at Large (2019)
Brenda C. Barnes, PhD, MT(ASCP),SBB
Allen College
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DCLS Student (non-voting) (2019)
Brandy D Gunsolus, MS, MLS(ASCP)CM

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Board Liaison to DRC


Julie O'Sullivan Maillet, PhD, RD, FASAHP

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About NAACLS Staff

CEO

Chief Executive Officer
Dianne Cearlock, PhD
(773) 714-8880
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Staff

Program Accreditation Coordinator
Russ DeCaluwe

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Staff

Meetings and Events Planner
Megan Hennessy Eggert
(773) 714-8880
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Staff

Accountant
Francine Schwartz

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Staff

IT Manager
Elizabeth Swartz

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Staff

Program Approval Coordinator & Volunteer Services Manager
Mark Spence

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Staff

Program Accreditation Coordinator and Board Liaison
Michele Stevenson

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Staff

Accounting Assistant
Jennifer Loyo

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Staff

Program Accreditation Coordinator and Review Liaison
Jessy Jasso

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About Programs Approval Review Committee

Chair

Phlebotmy Educator (2016 - 2020)
Brenna Ildza, BHS, MT(ASCP)SH, PBT(ASCP)
Saint Luke's Hospital - Phlebotomy Education Program
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Vice Chair

Phlebotomy Educator (2017- 2021)
Dawn Tripolino, MBA, MT(ASCP)
Bayfront Medical Center
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Phlebotomy Educator (2017- 2021)
Laura Ahonen, MS, MT(ASCP)
Northcentral Technical College
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Member

Phlebotomy Practitioner (2016 - 2020)
Marilyn S. McCain MBA, H(ASCP)
Grady Health System
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Phlebotomy Educator (2017 - 2021)
Laura Muldowney MS, BS, PBT(ASCP)
Cape Fear Community College
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Phlebotomy Educator

Phlebotomy Educator (2018 - 2022)
Keri Brophy- Martinez MHA, MT(ASCP)
Austin Community College
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Member

Phlebotomy Educator (2017 - 2021)
Mary Ellen Tancred, PhD, MBA, MT(ASCP)SH
Columbus State Community College
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Clinical Assistant Educator (2017- 2021)
Rita Miller, EdD, MLS(ASCP)
Minnesota West Community & Technical College
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Clinical Assistant Educator

(2016 - 2020)
Andrea Stone, MPA, MT(ASCP)
Moraine Valley Community College
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Member

Board Liaison to PARC
Patricia J. Ellinger, MSEd, MLS(ASCP)CM SBBCM
St. Cloud State University
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Phlebotomy Educator

(2019-2023)
Carlo Ledesma, MS, SH(ASCP)CM, MT(ASCP), MT(AMT)
Rose State College
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Phlebotomy Educator

(2019 - 2023)
Tywan G. Banks, M.Ed., PBT (ASCP)
Columbus State Community College
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About Review Committee for Accredited Programs

Chair

MLT Educator (2019-2023)
Candy Hill, MAEd, MT(ASCP)
Jefferson State Community College
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Vice Chair

MLT Educator (2020 - 2024)
Andrea Gordon, MEd, MT(ASCP)SH

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Pathologist's Assistant Practitioner (2020 - 2024)
William F. Ahlfeld MS, PA(ASCP)

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Pathologists’ Assistant Educator (2018 - 2022)
Michelle M Costas, MHS, PA(ASCP)CM
West Virginia University Department of Pathology
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MLS Educator (2020 - 2024)
Ramona Fox, MS, MT(ASCP)
Arrowhead Regional Medical Center
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MLS Educator (2016 - 2024)
Jeanne Isabel EdD, MLS, SH(ASCP)
Northern Illinois University
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MLS Educator (2017 - 2021)
Janna Schill, PhD, MS, MT(ASCP)
University of North Dakota
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MLS Educator (2017 - 2021)
Karen M. Escolas, EdD, MS, MLS(ASCP)CM
Farmingdale State College
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MLS Educator (2018 - 2022)
Edwin M. Beitz, MHA, MLS(ASCP)cm
York Hospital
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MLS Educator (2017 - 2023)
Jennifer Knight, MLS(ASCP)CM
Mississippi Baptist Medical Center
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MLS Educator (2020 - 2024)
Elizabeth A. Gockel-Blessing PhD, MLS(ASCP)cm
St. Louis University
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MLT Educator (2017 - 2021)
Sally Pestana, MT(ASCP)
University of Hawaii - Kapiolani
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MLT Educator (2019 - 2023)
Maria Torres-Pillot, MA, MLS(ASCP)CM
Northern Virginia Community College
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MLT Educator (2018 - 2022)
Candice Grayson, MS, MA, MT(ASCP)
Community College of Baltimore County
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MLT Educator (2017 - 2022)
Frankie Harris-Lyne, MS, MLS(ASCP)CM
Northern Virginia Community College
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Histology Educator (2019 - 2023)
Michelle Nelsen, MS, HTL(ASCP)CM
Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
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HT Educator (2018 - 2022)
Dale Telgenhoff, PhD, HTL(ASCP)CM
Oakland University
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DMS Educator (2020 - 2022)
Julie Zemplinski, MSH, MS, MLS(ASCP)CM
Florida Gulf Coast University
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Cytogenetic Educator (2017 - 2021)
Xueya Hauge, Ph.D.
Kennesaw State University - Department of Biology and Physics
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CG Educator (2020 - 2024)
Jun Gu, MD, PhD, CG(ASCP)CM
University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
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Four Year Educator (2017 - 2021)
Charity E. Accurso, PhD, MLS(ASCP)CM
University of Cincinnati
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Two Year Educator (2020 - 2024)
MaryEllen Tancred PhD, MBA, MT(ASCP)SH
Columbus State Community College
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Board Liaison

Board Liaison/RCAP
Marcia A. Armstrong, MS, MT(ASCP)

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