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By Bill Hunt, MBA, MLS(ASCP)CM

Greetings! Now that we are leaving winter behind and moving into spring it’s time for some updates of the activities at NAACLS. Of the 614 programs that are Approved and Accredited by NAACLS, there are 80 new program directors which equates to a 13% turnover. Welcome aboard!

This turnover is bringing multiple issues to the fore. As many program directors move into retirement, NAACLS is in need of volunteers as Self-Study Reviewers and Site Visitors. The recruitment of new volunteers is being led by Mark Spence, the Program Approval Coordinator and Volunteer Services Manager. If you are not currently a volunteer please go to the NAACLS website https://naacls.org/Volunteers/Sign-Up-(1).aspx and fill in the form. It is the goal of NAACLS to respond and try to utilize those who fill out the application. One of the benefits of volunteering is learning how others have created their top notch programs, which are accredited or approved by NAACLS.

NAACLS continues to offer timely workshops and to plan for new ones based on frequently asked questions including the recent workshop at the Clinical Laboratory Educators Conference (CLEC), “The Secrets to a Super Self-Study.” The NAACLS booth at CLEC was a great success. Not only did it allow us to recruit new volunteers, the questions asked showed us of the need to support the new and current program directors. The next NAACLS workshop will be held on November 8, 2019 in Chicago. It is aimed at new program directors, experienced program directors with programs scheduled for review, and new volunteers to assist in their acclimation to the accreditation and approval processes. Information on this workshop will be featured on the NAACLS website (www.naacls.org) after May 15th.

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The summer 2019 cycle includes programs that will have site visits during spring 2019 and will be placed on the agenda for the summer 2019 meeting of the review committees. Recommendations from the committees will be acted upon by the Board in fall 2019.

MLS:

Albany College of Pharmacy, Albany, NY

Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, TN

Carolinas College of Health Sciences, Charlotte, NC

Franciscan Health Indianapolis, Indianapolis, IN

Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre, PA

Inova Fairfax Hospital, Falls, Church, VA

Inter-American University of Puerto Rico, San Juan, PR

Lake Charles Memorial Hospital, Lake Charles, LA

Louisiana State University, New Orleans, LA

Louisiana State University, Shreveport, LA

Mercy Integrated CLS Program, Toledo, OH

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If you have signed up for the NAACLS Workshop preceding next week’s Clinical Laboratory Educators Conference, and have not received an email confirmation, or an email containing information on how to download accompanying materials, please contact the NAACLS office ASAP.

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NAACLS is seeking candidates for our Programs Review Committees. The following positions will be open for nomination in 2019:

BOARD of DIRECTORS 

Four Year Educator (must be employed by a four year college but not primarily involved with clinical laboratory sciences)

AAPA Representative

REVIEW COMMITTEE FOR ACCREDITED PROGRAMS (RCAP)

Medical Laboratory Scientist (MLS) Educator – 1

Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) Educator – 2

Histotechnician/Histotechnologist (HT/HTL) Educator– 1

PROGRAM APPROVAL REVIEW COMMITTEE (PARC)

Clinical Assistant Educator – 1

Information on eligibility and responsibilities for the positions, along with Candidate Fact Sheets for those seeking nominations, are available here – Committee Membership Information.

Nominations, which should include completed Candidate Fact Sheets and CV’s, need to be sent to the NAACLS office by FEBRUARY 1st, 2019. Nominations may be faxed to (773) 714-8886, emailed to NOMINATIONS@NAACLS.ORG, or sent via mail to 5600 N. River Road, Suite 720, Rosemont, Illinois, 60018. Submitted nominations will be forwarded for a vote to the NAACLS Board of Directors in April 2019.

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The NAACLS Board of Directors is requesting public comment for proposed Standards changes. To view the potential Standards changes, as well as the process to submit your comments, please download the files linked below.

Standard I.A.3. Proposed Standard Change PDF

Standard VII.A.2.c Proposed Standard Change PDF

DCLS Standard I.C.2 Proposed Standard Change PDF

All of the current standards are available on the NAACLS website.

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We are pleased to introduce the following new members of the NAACLS Review Committee for Accredited Programs (RCAP) and Programs Approval Review Committee (PARC):

Candice Grayson, MS, MA, MT(ASCP), is the Program Coordinator of the Medical Laboratory Technology Program at the Community College of Baltimore County in Baltimore, MD. She is a MLT Educator on the Review Committee for Accredited Programs (RCAP).

 

Michelle M. Costas, MHS, PA(ASCP), is the Program Director, Department of Pathology, at West Virginia University in Morgantown, WV. She is a Pathologists’ Assistant Educator on the Review Committee for Accredited Programs (RCAP).

 

Edwin M. Beitz, MHA, MLS(ASCP)CM, is the Program Director of the Medical Laboratory Science Program at York Hospital in York, PA. He is a MLS Educator on the Review Committee for Accredited Programs (RCAP).

 

Ericka Hendrix, PhD, MB(ASCP)CM, is the Program Director, Department of Lab Sciences and Primary Care at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in Lubbock, TX. She is a DMS Educator on the Review Committee for Accredited Programs (RCAP).

 

Frankie Harris-Lyne, MS, MLS(ASCP) CM, is a Professor Emeritus at Northern Virginia Community College in the Northern Virginia suburbs of Washington, DC. She is a MLT Educator on the Review Committee for Accredited Programs (RCAP).

 

Keri Brophy-Martinez, MHA, MT(ASCP), is the Program Director of the Phlebotomy Program at Austin Community College in Austin, TX. She is a Phlebotomy Educator on the Programs Approval Review Committee (PARC).

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By Dianne M. Cearlock, PhD, Chief Executive Officer

At the September 28, 2018 meeting of the NAACLS Board of Directors, in addition to accreditation and approval awards recommended by the Review Committee on Accredited Programs (RCAP) and the Program Approval Review Committee (PARC), the following items were addressed:

  • Elections for Board of Director officer positions were held. Bill Hunt continues for a second and final year as President. Elected as President Elect is Peter Hu.  Pat Ellinger (Secretary), Lynn Brodeur (Treasurer), and Julie O’Sullivan Maillet (Member at Large) are re-elected to their respective positions.  Additionally, President Hunt appointed various Board members to serve as standing committee chairs and review committee liaisons.
  • A minor change to NAACLS Conflict of Interest Policy was adopted that clarifies the recording of abstentions from voting and voting rights and privileges when a board or review committee has contributed to the review process for the program under consideration.
  • NAACLS will seek membership with the Health Professions Accreditors Collaborative.
  • The name and charge of the Site Visit Process Committee, now entitled the Review Process Committee, was clarified and expanded and the committee was moved from “special committee” to Board standing committee status in the NAACLS Bylaws.
  • Commencing Fall 2019, all program site visits will be scheduled for two days with the second day schedule variable depending upon factors such as program type, sponsoring institution, initial or continuing status, and program outcomes when applicable.
  • Approved to release for public comment is a change to Standard VII.A.2-c that would increase the professional development requirements for PathA program directors. The proposed change would align NAACLS’ requirements for service as a PathA program director with those recommended by the AAPA (professional organization).
  • Approved to release for public comment is a change to Standard I.A.3 that would allow a non-degree granting secondary institution that is recognized by the state in which it is located to serve as a program sponsor for Phlebotomy and Clinical Assistant program types only.
  • Approved to release for public comment is a change to DCLS Standard I.C.2 regarding requirements for sponsors of DCLS programs.
  • An additional phlebotomy competency compliance section is added to the Standards Compliance Guide (NAACLS Entry-Level Phlebotomist Competencies, section 9.00). The amended Standards Compliance Guide may be accessed at www.naacls.org .
  • An editorial change to Standard VII.D in the Standards Compliance Guide as it relates to the advisory committee was adopted. Several clarifying amendments were adopted for the Standards Compliance Guide. The amended SCG is available at www.naacls.org .
  • An editorial change was made to Standard V.C for clarity. The amended Standard is available at www.naacls.org .
  • Minor changes to DCLS Standard VIII.A.4 were adopted. The DCLS Standards may be accessed on the NAACLS website.
  • Approved are the following DCLS documents:
    • Standards Compliance Guide
    • Self Study Report Template
    • Self Study Report Review Form
    • Standard VII Matrix

 

 

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