standards for the Clinical Laboratory Scientist/Medical Technologist limit knowledge of research to that sufficient to "evaluate published studies as an informed consumer" and do not require the ability to conduct research.
surveyors commended both the medical laboratory community and particularly the Community Advisory Council for their part in maintaining a successful and quality program.
, National Accreditating Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences,2003.
When, after numerous broad based debates, it appeared that the doctorate was needed and generally accepted, NAACLS
developed accreditation Standards to be used to carefully evaluate programs producing graduates with these appropriate skills.
At the NAACLS
meeting in September, which was called the Futures Conference, representatives from professional organizations as well as educators and laboratory employees, voiced the needs of the laboratory industry.
standards for accreditation include research and development as a future responsibility of the CLS practitioner.
Data from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (Washington, DC) and the NAACLS
indicate that the demand for clinical laboratory technologists and technicians will far exceed the supply of new workers in the coming years.
Three sources were used to identify probable participants: a clinical laboratory educators' electronic list of participating members, the National Network for Healthcare Programs for Two-Year Colleges, and program directors of NAACLS
accredited CLS/MT and CLT/MLT programs in the predetermined geographic region.
describes the programmatic accreditation process for the institution of the diagnostic molecular scientist by providing competencies and requirements for this professional.
I wanted our program to be as comprehensive as possible; following NAACLS
guidelines would insure that nothing was left out.
Standards for accreditation of DCLS programs were then written by NAACLS
and reviewed by the profession in open hearings throughout the country.
It is written so that it can be easily modified as the program evolves and as NAACLS