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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 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 Assistant (MLA), 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), Phlebotomist (Phleb). 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.

 

Who We Are

 

About Board of Directors

President

ASCLS Representative (2021 - 2025)
Maribeth L. Flaws, PhD, MLS(ASCP)CM, SM(ASCP)SI
Rush University Medical Center
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ASCP Representative (2020-2024)
Karen A. Brown, MS, MASCP, MLS (ASCP)cm
Medical Laboratory Sciences,
University of Utah
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Treasurer

ASCP Representative (2020 -2024)
Joel M. Shilling, MD(FASCP)

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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 (2021 - 2025)
Christie L Massen, PhD, MS, MLS(ASCP)cm
North Dakota Department of Health
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ASCLS Representative (2019 – 2023)
Suzanne Norris Zanto, MPH, MLS(ASCP)CM, SM
Laboratory Solutions
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ASCP Representative (2022 - 2026)
Nathan H. Johnson, Ph.D., MASCP, MT(ASCP)DLM, SC, SLS, FASCHE
College of Health Professions at University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
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AGT Representitive (2021 - 2025)
Jun Gu, MD, PhD, CG(ASCP)CM, SM
University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
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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 (2021 - 2025)
Nathan Marik, MBA
Bank of the West
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Two Year Educator (2021 - 2025)
Elaina Bleifield, PhD
Inver Hills Community College
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About Doctoral Review Committee

Chair

MLS Graduate Faculty (2020-2024)
S. Renee Hodgkins, PhD, MLS(ASCP)
University of Kansas Medical Center
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Vice Chair

Doctoral Level Clinical Laboratory Educator (2020-2024)
Nadine Lerret, Ph.D., MLS(ASCP)CM
Rush University
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Member at Large (2019-2023)
Brenda C. Barnes, PhD, MT(ASCP), SBB
Allen College
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Clinical Laboratory Sciences Industry Executive or Leader (2021-2025)
Jennifer Thebo,
JuST Scientific Solutions, LLC
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Dept. Chair, Vice President/Provost, or Dean (2021-2025)
Janelle M. Chiasera, PhD, MT(ASCP)
Quinnipiac University
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DCLS Practitioner (2019-2023)
Brandy D Gunsolus, DCLS, 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

Chief Executive Officer
Marisa K. James, MA, MT(ASCP)CM

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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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Program Accreditation Coordinator and Board Liaison
Michele Giannosa

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Accountant
Francine Schwartz

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IT Manager
Elizabeth Swartz

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Program Approval Coordinator & Volunteer Services Manager
Mark Spence

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Accounting Associate
Jennifer Loyo

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Program Accreditation Coordinator and Review Liaison
Jessy Jasso

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Program Services Associate
Stefanie Troxell

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About Programs Approval Review Committee

Chair

Phlebotomy Educator (2022 - 2026)
Keri Brophy-Martinez, MHA, MT(ASCP)
Austin Community College
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Vice Chair

Phlebotomy Educator (2021 - 2025)
Phyllis Ingham, EdD, MEd, MT(ASCP)
West Georgia Technical College
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Phlebotomy Educator (2021- 2025)
Laura Ahonen, MS, MT(ASCP)
Northcentral Technical College
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Phlebotomy Educator (2021- 2025)
Terri McElhattan, MHA, MT, PBT (ASCP) CPI (ACA)
Geisinger Health System
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Phlebotomy Practitioner (2020-2024)
Marilyn S. McCain, MBA, H(ASCP)
Grady Health System
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Clinical Assistant Educator (2021- 2025)
Rita Miller, EdD, MLS(ASCP)
Minnesota West Community & Technical College
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Phlebotomy Educator (2019 - 2023)
Tywan G. Banks, M.Ed., PBT (ASCP)
Columbus State Community College
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Clinical Assistant Educator (2020 - 2024)
Andrea Stone, MPA, MT(ASCP)
Moraine Valley Community College
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Phlebotomy Educator (2024)
Michelle M. Hill, MS, MT(ASCP)SLS
Southwest Tennessee Community College
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Board Liaison to PARC
Susanne Norris Zanto, MPH, MLS(ASCP)CM, SM
Laboratory Solutions
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About Review Committee for Accredited Programs

Chair

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

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Chair Elect

Four Year Educator (2021 - 2025)
Charity E. Accurso, PhD, MLS(ASCP)CM
University of Cincinnati
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Pathologist's Assistant Practitioner (2020 - 2024)
William F. Ahlfeld, MS, PA(ASCP)

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Pathologists’ Assistant Educator (2022 - 2026)
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 (2020 - 2024)
Jeanne Isabel, EdD, MLS, SH(ASCP)
Northern Illinois University
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MLS Educator (2021 - 2025)
Janna Schill, PhD, MS, MT(ASCP)

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MLS Educator (2021 - 2025)
Dawn Tripolino, MBA, MT(ASCP)
Bayfront Health St. Petersburg
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MLS Educator (2019 - 2023)
Jennifer Knight, MHS, 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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MLS Educator (2021 - 2025)
Carol Rentas, PhD, MEd, MT(ASCP)
George Washington University
Biomedical Laboratory Sciences
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MLS Educator (2022 - 2026)
James March Mistler, ABD, MS, MLS(ASCP)cm
University of Massachusetts - Dartmouth
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MLT Educator (2021 - 2025)
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 (2022 - 2026)
Candice Grayson, MS, MA, MT(ASCP)
Community College of Baltimore County
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MLT Educator (2022 - 2026)
Frankie Harris-Lyne, MS, MLS(ASCP)cm
Northern Virginia Community College
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MLT Educator (2019-2023)
Candy Hill, MAEd, MT(ASCP)
Jefferson State 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 (2022 - 2026)
Dale Telgenhoff, PhD, HTL(ASCP)CM
Oakland University
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DMS Educator (2020 - 2024)
Eric A. Elsinghorst, PhD, MPH, MB(ASCP), MLS(ASCP)
University of Kansas Medical Center School of Health Professions
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DMS Educator (2022 - 2026)
Amy R Groszbach, M.Ed
Mayo Clinic
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CG Educator (2021 - 2025)
Jason Yuhas, BS, CG(ASCP)CM
Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences
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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 to RCAP
Christie L Massen, PhD, MS, MLS(ASCP)CM
North Dakota Department of Health
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