About NAACLS. Recommended Materials. Guidelines for Accreditation www.naacls.org. Learning Outcomes. Describe the mission of NAACLS. Differentiate between program accreditation and program approval; identify the programs covered under each, and state the appropriate review committee.
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The National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS) is an autonomous, nonprofit organization established in 1973 to accredit and approve educational programs in medical laboratory science and related disciplines.
The National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS) is committed to being the premier international agency for accreditation and approval of educational programs in the clinical laboratory sciences and related health professions through the involvement of expert volunteers and its dedication to public service.
Accreditationandapprovalare both processes of external peer review in which NAACLS grants public recognition to a program of study that meets established qualifications and educational standards.
NAACLS accredits these programs:
Accreditation consists of a self-study review and an on-site visit to ensure that NAACLS standards are met.
NAACLS also independently approves these programs:
Approval consists of a self-study review to ensure that standards are met, but does not include an on-site visit.
Council of Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA)
Board of Directors
Review Committee for Accredited Programs
Program Approval Review Committee
Doctoral Review Committee
NAACLS also accredits programs internationally, using identical standards as required for US-based programs.
See staff roster at http://www.naacls.org/about-us/rosters/staff.asp
Medical laboratories will preferentially seek graduates of NAACLS accredited and approved programs to assure quality, value, and innovation for healthcare consumers.
The National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences
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1. A self-study report for an MLS program would by reviewed by which NAACLS committee?
2. The final decision to accredit a CT program is made by
a. NAACLS CEO
b. NAACLS Board of Directors
c. DCLS Committee
d. Board of Directors Quality Assurance Committee
3. The difference between accreditation and approval of an educational program is that approval does not require a
a. self-study report
b. site visit to the program
c. review by PARC
d. review by NAACLS Board of Directors
4. A DMS program is a
a. Doctorate in Medical Science
b. Diplomate in Management Science
c. Degree in Medical Health Service
d. Diagnostic Molecular Scientist
5. The NAACLS website information provides
a. requirements for certification
b. application forms to accredited programs
c. program directors and contact information for accredited programs
d. ratings for accredited and approved laboratory educational programs