Medical Laboratory Science Program Receives Accreditation

April 14, 2011

alt WATERLOO, IOWA----Allen College’s Medical Laboratory Science (MLS) program has received initial accreditation by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS).  The program’s initial accreditation will extend through April 2016.  Commenting on this achievement, Allen’s School of Health Science’s dean, Dr. Peggy Fortsch, said “Accreditation demonstrates that a program adheres to national educational standards that provide students the knowledge, skills, attributes and clinical experiences needed for entry into the profession.“  MLS program director Brenda Barnes added “Maintaining accreditation signifies to our students, our profession, and our communities of interest that we are committed to offering a quality educational experience that meets the most up-to-date standards of the laboratory profession.”

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 commitment to public service. NAACLS-accredited programs include Clinical Laboratory Scientist/Medical Technologist, Clinical Laboratory Technician/Medical Laboratory Technician, Cytogenetic Technologist, Diagnostic Molecular Scientist, Histologic Technician, Histotechnologist, and Pathologists' Assistant.

Evaluators representing NAACLS visited the Allen College campus and clinical sites in September 2010 as part of the College’s efforts to achieve accreditation for the MLS program.  The program’s first class of students completed the 12 month program in August 2010 and received a Bachelor of Health Science (BHS) degree.  A second class of MLS students will graduate in August 2011. 


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