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 The winter 2018 cycle includes programs that will have site visits during fall 2017 and will be placed on the agenda for the February 2018 meeting of the review committees. Recommendations from the committees will be acted upon by the Board in April 2018.

 MLS Programs:

Argosy University, Eagan, MN

Arizona State University, Phoenix, AZ

Augusta Health, Fishersville, VA

Austin State Hospital, Austin, TX

Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, KY

Ferris State University, Big Rapids, MI

Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids, MI

Lake Superior State University, Sault Ste. Marie, MI (initial)

Marshall University, Huntington, WV

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By Dianne M. Cearlock, PhD, Chief Executive Officer

At the April 27, 2017 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 for Board of Director were held. Re-elected for a second term were Elton Richards (Public Member) and Marcia Armstrong (ASCLS representative). Elected for a first term were Maribeth Flaws (ASCLS representative) and Marisa James (ASCP representative).
  • Elections for the review committees were also held. Elected for a first term on the Review Committee for Accredited Programs (RCAP) were Janna Schill (MLS educator), Karen Escolas (MLS educator), Sally Pestana (MLT educator), Xueya Hauge (CG educator), and Charity Accurso (4-year educator).
  • To the Program Approval Review Committee (PARC), elected for a first term were Laura Muldowney (Phlebotomy educator), Laura Ahonen (Phlebotomy educator), and Rita Miller (Clinical Assistant educator). Re-elected for a second term were Dawn Tripolino (Phlebotomy educator) and Mary Ellen Tancred (Phlebotomy educator).
  • The Doctoral Review Committee was expanded to meet the expected increase in workload. Elected to serve as continuing members of the DRC are Randall Lambrecht (clinical laboratory sciences industry executive or leader) and Mark Kellogg (doctoral level clinical laboratory educator/practitioner). Newly elected members are Herb Miller (department chair, dean or vice president/provost), Renee Hodgkins (graduate faculty member), Brenda Barnes (member at large), and Brandy Gunsolus (student member).
  • Public comments regarding proposed changes to language regarding the clinical liaison position were reviewed. The Board remanded the issue to the NAACLS review committees with the charge of crafting language that provides a clear definition of the roles of the clinical liaison and clinical instructor. The proposed clarification will be submitted for adoption at the next Board meeting in September.



Oklahoma Christina University, Oklahoma City, OK


Fortis Institute-Birmingham, Birmingham, AL

College of the Canyons, Clarita, CA

Middlesex Community College, Lowell, MA

Missouri Health Professions Consortium, Moberly, MO (Transfer of Sponsorship)

Sinclair Community College, Dayton, OH

New England Institute of Technology, Greenwich, RI

Concorde Career College – Memphis, Memphis, TN




Merritt College, Oakland, CA


Ferris State University, Big Rapids, MI



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By Megan Eggert, Meetings and Events Planner

NAACLS will conduct a workshop titled, “Demystifying NAACLS’ Accreditation/Approval Processes,” on November 3, 2017, 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 Professor of Health Sciences, University of Hawaii, Kapiolani Community College in Honolulu, Hawaii. She has been a member of the NAACLS Programs Approval Review Committee (PARC) since 2009. She served as PARC Vice Chair from 2011-2014 and has served as PARC Chair since 2014.

Dr. Landin is Clinical Assistant Professor, 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:

  • Describe the purpose and philosophy of the NAACLS accreditation/approval outcomes-based model
  • Describe the elements of a successful accreditation/approval review.
  • Describe each of the accreditation/approval standards
  • Utilize the Standards Compliance Guide and other NAACLS resources to write clear complete accreditation/approval Self-Study Reports.

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

The newest NAACLS Annual Volunteer Report is now available, as we continue to make publicly available the performance of our volunteers within the framework of our peer-review-based agency, based on evaluations that are completed during the accreditation review process.

The 2016 Annual Volunteer Report is available here.

NAACLS is seeking candidates for the Doctoral Review Committee. Earlier this year NAACLS asked for nominations for the Board of Directors, RCAP and PARC. This is a separate nominations process, specifically for the DRC.

Information on eligibility and responsibilities for the positions, along with Candidate Fact Sheets for those seeking nominations, is available HERE.

Please forward any nominations to the NAACLS office by March 31st, 2017. Nominations may be faxed to (773) 714-8886, emailed to, 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 2017.


by Dianne M. Cearlock, PhD, Chief Executive Officer

To meet accreditation and approval standards, NAACLS requires programs to post outcomes for certification exam pass rates, graduation rates, and placement rates in a location that is easily accessible by the public. There are multiple reasons for this requirement.

The first reason is that NAACLS is committed to transparency and fair practices. Current and prospective students, like many consumers, engage in “comparison shopping” for many purchases, and they expect to have information readily available. The selection of an education program is one of the most expensive of all life’s “purchases” and has a profound effect on most people’s lives. The information needed to make an informed choice should be available, accurate, and up-to-date. By posting of recent outcomes in a readily accessible location, programs assist prospective students, employers, and other stakeholders in making critical decisions about education and hiring. Information that is not posted, confusingly presented, deeply buried in the netherworld of the web, inaccurate, out-of-date, in the smallest font size possible, or some other means of obfuscation is in violation of NAACLS standards and fails to adequately serve the public.

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