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Two current members and one past member of NAACLS’ Board of Directors received recognition awards from the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) at its Annual Meeting held October 3-5, 2018 in Baltimore, MD.

Patricia Ellinger, MSEd, MASCP, MLS(ASCP)CMSBBCM, received the 2018 President’s Award. This award honors an ASCP member who has gone above and beyond in volunteer activities and made significant contributions to ASCP programs and/or activities. As a member of ASCP for over 45 years, Ms. Ellinger has demonstrated an exemplary commitment to service throughout her career as both an educator and supervisor of a major blood bank laboratory. She has given many lectures and workshops and held many leadership positions. Ms. Ellinger is an ASCP Representative to the NAACLS Board of Directors and currently serves as Secretary and as Board Liaison to the Review Committee for Accredited Programs (RCAP).

Joel M. Shilling, MD, FASCP, received the 2018 Israel Davidsohn Awards for Distinguished Service. This award honors ASCP members who have made a significant impact within ASCP through a variety of roles. Dr. Shilling is a Past President of ASCP and has served as an active member of ASCP for 50 years. He has served on numerous committees at ASCP and has served as Chair of the Board of Governors of the ASCP Board of Registry and has been a member of the ASCP Board of Directors. Dr. Shilling served as medical director for Quest Diagnostics from 1990-2014 and presently serves as an independent contractor for Rapid Response Laboratories for Quest Diagnostics. Dr. Shilling is an ASCP Representative to the NAACLS Board of Directors.

Margaret G. Fritsma, MA, MASCP), MT(ASCP)SBB, received the 2018 Mastership. This award honors ASCP members who have made a significant contribution to pathology through sustained service to the profession and to ASCP. Ms. Fritsma recently retired after leading a career that spanned seven years of clinical experiences in the Transfusion Medicine Laboratories at Southern Baptist Hospital in New Orleans, LA, followed by 30 years of academic experience on the faculty at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She has been an ASCP member since the beginning of her career. Ms. Fritsma served on the NAACLS Board of Directors from 2009-2017


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The NAACLS review committees convened for face to face meetings this summer. The Doctoral Review Committee (DRC) met in the NAACLS office in Rosemont, Illinois  on June 14-15. In attendance were the DRC members, staff, and Julie O’Sullivan Maillet, who serves as the Board liaison to the DRC. The DRC focused on developing ancillary materials to the DCLS Standards. These materials will be considered for adoption by the NAACLS Board of Directors in the fall.

The Review Committee on Accredited Programs (RCAP) and the Programs Approval Review Committee (PARC) convened on July 11-13 in Austin TX. In attendance were RCAP and PARC members, several staff members, and NAACLS Board of Directors’ members Bill Hunt (President), Marcia Armstrong (Board Liaison to the RCAP), and Pat Ellinger (Board Liaison to the PARC). The RCAP and PARC reviewed materials from a number of NAACLS accredited and approved programs including self-study reports,  site visit reports and progress reports and formulated many recommendations for accreditation and approval awards to be forwarded to the Board for decisions in the fall.

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By Dianne M. Cearlock, Chief Executive Officer, Elizabeth Swartz, IT Manager

The Annual Survey of Programs was disseminated to program directors of 613 NAACLS accredited and approved programs in late 2017. Submission of the completed survey is required annually by the accreditation and approval standards. Presented here are data indicating numbers of NAACLS accredited and approved programs and graduates, certification examination pass rates, graduation rates, and placement rates. Also included are data reflecting trends in program resources and program director turnover.

Ten (10)-year longitudinal data for the numbers of programs by program type appear in Table 1. The data reveal increases in the total number of programs from 479 accredited and 63 approved programs in 2008 to 544 accredited and 67 approved programs in 2017 and that trend is seen for all program types except Cytogenetics (CG). In terms of the percentages of total programs, the most concentrated areas of growth are seen with Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) (16% increase from 2008-2017) and Histotechnician (HT)/Histotechnologist (HTL) (24% increase over the decade) programs. The numbers of Medical Laboratory Scientist (MLS) programs grew by 5%; the number of Phlebotomy (PBT) programs is essentially stable. The numbers of Diagnostic Molecular Science (DMS), Pathologists’ Assistant (PathA), and Clinical Assistant (CA) programs increased during the 10-year period but the statistical significance, if any, is difficult to determine based on the smaller numbers of programs. 

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Suzanne Campbell, ASCLS President, and William Hunt, NAACLS Board President Elect.

NAACLS is pleased to announce that William H. Hunt, MBA, MLS(ASCP)CM, President-Elect of the NAACLS Board of Directors, was selected to receive this year’s ASCLS Bio-Rad Scientific Assembly Professional Achievement Award for Lab Admin/Consultant/Quality/Accreditation/Industry. Mr. Hunt was recognized during the 85th ASCLS Annual Awards ceremony, which was held on August 3, 2017, in San Diego, CA. Congratulations!

Programs Review Committee Meetings

July 12-14, 2017

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Board of Directors Meetings

September 27-29, 2017

La Jolla, California

By Dianne M. Cearlock, PhD, MT

In the fall of 2015, NAACLS disseminated the Annual Survey of Programs to accredited and approved programs. With the 2012 Standards, NAACLS shifted from a largely input-based focus to one that features student and program outcomes as a means of evaluating educational quality. In keeping with this focus, a number of changes in policies were implemented including the establishment of benchmarks for several outcomes measures and the requirement that all programs post outcomes data for certification exam pass rates, graduation rates, and placement rates in a location that is easily accessible by the public. All accredited and approved programs are required by NAACLS Standards to complete and submit the Annual Survey of Programs each year, and this survey collects outcomes and other data that are then analyzed collectively for trends and useful “snapshots” of the quality of NAACLS’ programs.

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By Yasmen Simonian, PhD, MLS(ASCP)CM

As I peruse the ASCLS’s Educators Listserve, it is so heartwarming to see the comradery between our educators. I notice that a number of important topics are currently addressed. The topics run from current and up-to-date textbooks, proper and affordable instrumentation to be used in the student laboratories, online offerings, recruitment, grants, credit hour reduction, and clinical rotation shortages.

The ASCLS Committee on Education Programs and Initiatives (CEPI) plans to submit a proposal to the CLEC 2017 on finding ways for clinical sites to take (more) students for rotations. Also, I serve as a member of a taskforce on the Association of School of Allied Health Sciences (ASAHP) and we are also examining various issues relating to clinical education. This would be a great time to combine forces and share our findings to improve and expand much needed clinical experience opportunities for our students.

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By: Edward Rotchford, Accreditation Specialist/Volunteer Services Manager

Last month, NAACLS posted the latest Annual Volunteer Report on the NAACLS Website at  All past, current, and future NAACLS volunteers (as well as current program directors!) are highly encouraged to read this information-stuffed report, which includes:

  • Educational pieces on the importance of time in the site visit process, as well as reviewing curriculum on the site visit under the new Standards
  • Important updates to the review process
  • Link to the NAACLS Podcast “Roles and Responsibilities of Reviewers”
  • Evaluations of current NAACLS volunteers
  • Recognition of outstanding NAACLS volunteers

And as always, the report contains information to let you know how you can be involved as a NAACLS Volunteer.  We hope to hear from you soon!

We invite you to view the NAACLS 2015 Annual Report on our website at: The Annual Report includes a Message from the President, 2015 Program Data, 2015 Board of Directors’ Actions, 2015 Volunteers, Statements of Financial Position for FY ending June 30, 2015, and Rosters for the NAACLS Board, Review Committees and Staff.

By Megan Eggert, Meetings and Events Planner

NAACLS will conduct a new workshop titled, “Education Methods: Linking Our Programs and Courses to Standards,” on February 25, 2016, from 7:00am-12:15pm in Minneapolis, MN (in concurrence with the ASCLS Clinical Laboratory Educators’ Conference (CLEC)). The workshop will include a continental breakfast and working lunch.

The workshop will be presented by Andrea G. Gordon, MEd, MT(ASCP)SH, Medical Laboratory Science Program Director at Brookline College in Phoenix, Arizona. She is a Clinical Assistant Educator on the NAACLS Programs Approval Review Committee (PARC) and previously served as Chair of this committee from 2011-2014.

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

  • Identify key Standards linked to program/course design and evaluation
  • Discuss how the NAACLS Standards Compliance Guide can support the process of program/course design
  • Identify where NAACLS reporting processes intersect with program/course design and evaluation
  • Discuss how to incorporate meeting NAACLS required outcomes into programs
  • Create a model for program/course development and assessment
  • Identify and evaluate various modes of instruction and how they help your program meet the NAACLS Standards.

The fee for the workshop is $300/person if you register by 1/11/16. The fee is $325/person if you register between 1/12/16 to 2/12/16).

Please visit for more information and to register. We hope to see you at this NAACLS workshop!