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By Dianne M. Cearlock, PhD, Chief Executive Officer

At the April 25, 2019 meeting of the NAACLS Board of Directors, in addition to accreditation and approval awards recommended by the RCAP and PARC, the following items were addressed:

  • Elections to Board, RCAP, PARC, and DRC positions were held. Elected to the Board of Directors for a first term were Robert Cottrell (AAPA representative) and Susanne Norris Zanto (ASCLS representative) who will succeed James Moore and Bill Hunt, respectively. Re-elected to the Board for a second term was Julie O’Sullivan Maillet (4 year Educator/Administrator). Elected to the RCAP for a first term were Jennifer Knight (MLS Educator) and Maria Torres Pillot (MLT Educator). Re-elected to the RCAP for a second term were Michelle Nelson (HT Educator) and Candy Hill (MLT Educator).  Elected to the PARC for a first term were Carlo Ledesma (Phlebotomy Educator) and Tywan Banks (Phlebotomy Educator). For the DRC, Brenda Barnes (Member at Large) and Brandy Gunsolus (DCLS alumnus) were elected for a second term.
  • Following a period for public comment, adopted was a change to Standard I.A.3 allowing secondary institutions to sponsor Phlebotomy and Clinical Assistant programs. The intention of the NAACLS Board is to adapt to education innovations in this area and foster the career ladder in the clinical laboratory sciences.
  • Following a period for public comment, adopted was a change to Standard VII.A.2 for Pathologist Assistant programs requiring program directors to complete 60 hours of continuing professional education every 3 years. The increase in required continuing professional education aligns NAACLS Standard VII.A.2 with expectations within the PA profession.

By Megan Eggert, Meetings and Events Planner

NAACLS will conduct a workshop titled, “Seeing a Clear Vision for Your 2020 NAACLS Journey,” on November 8, 2019, from 7:30am-4:00pm in Chicago, IL. The workshop will include a continental breakfast and lunch.

The workshop will be presented by Sally Pestana, MT(ASCP),  and Cecelia W. Landin, EdD, MLS(ASCP)CM.

Ms. Pestana is Director of Health Continuing Education at the University of Hawaii – Kapiolani in Honolulu, Hawaii. She was a member of the NAACLS Programs Approval Review Committee (PARC) from 2009-2017. She served as PARC Vice Chair from 2011-2014 and PARC Chair from 2014-2017. She has been a member of the Review Committee for Accredited Programs (RCAP) since 2017.

Dr. Landin is Clinical Associate Professor of the Clinical Laboratory Sciences Program at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She served as a member of NAACLS’ Clinical Laboratory Sciences Programs Review Committee (CLSPRC) for four years and as a member of the Review Committee for Accredited Programs (RCAP) for four years. She served as Vice Chair of the RCAP from 2012-2013.

Upon completion of the workshop, and with the opportunity to discuss questions, the participant should be able to:

  • Demonstrate understanding of the value accreditation brings to your program and the profession.
  • Recognize from both author and reviewer perspective the keys to a successful review.
  • Describe each NAACLS standard and recognize potential challenges for your program.
  • Utilize the Standards Compliance Guide and other NAACLS resources to write clear and complete accreditation/approval self study reports.

Please visit www.naacls.org for more information and to register. NAACLS can only accept 80 registrants for this workshop. We hope to see you in November!

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The National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS) serves the public by accrediting and approving programs that prepare competent professionals in the clinical laboratory sciences. A key component of NAACLS’ mission is peer evaluation and achieving this mission depends on the commitment and professional expertise from a wide variety of volunteers. The NAACLS Distinguished Service Award is the highest honor that NAACLS confers upon volunteers that have made extraordinary contributions to NAACLS and its mission. The Distinguished Service Award was created to express the profound gratitude of NAACLS for the tireless service and immeasurable dedication contributed by these often “unsung” volunteers.

NAACLS is seeking nominations for the first ever recipient of this award. Candidates for this award must meet the following qualifications.

  • Individuals who are or have been volunteers and not salaried by the sponsoring organizations.
  • Individuals who provide(d) extraordinary service to NAACLS and its mission through a wide possible variety of volunteer activities. Examples of such activities include but are not limited to service as self-study reviewer, site visitor, review committees and Board of Directors membership, and participation on Board-appointed task forces. Also to be considered are service to health professions education or the accreditation process. Examples could include but are not limited to volunteer services to other accrediting agencies or the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

Proposed candidates can be emailed to nomination@naacls.org, or sent via mail to 5600 N. River Road, Suite 720, Rosemont, Illinois, 60018. If possible, please include candidate contact information.

All nominations must be received by July 5th, 2019.

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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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