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Good Samaritan School of Medical Laboratory Science Receives 10 Year Accreditation from NAACLS

During Monday’s Board of Governors meeting, Good Samaritan’s School of Medical Laboratory Science announced their recent 10-year accreditation from the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory (NAACLS).

Good Samaritan’s School of Medical Laboratory Science is one of 234 programs in the United States and one of six schools in Indiana. The school opened in 1952 with one student and has since graduated more than 300 students.

Michaele McDonald, School of Medical Laboratory Science Program Director, presented information about the school and class details. “Our program has been accredited through the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences for many years. Previously, the maximum time you could earn was a 7-year accreditation, which we had been granted in at least the last 3 NAACLS inspections,” said McDonald.

The School of Medical Laboratory Science is a 50-week program that consists of one and a half hours of lecture and six hours spent in the Laboratory Department rotating to different specialties within the department. Each day, students discuss different components of laboratory science such as microbiology, hematology, clinical chemistry, immunology and more.

Students from the Good Samaritan’s program typically exceed the national mean on the national certifying exam and have had 100% job placement for the last 10 years. Employers consistently rank Good Samaritan’s graduates as Above Average or Outstanding compared to other program students they have hired.

“Receiving this 10-year accreditation from the NAACLS is a great accomplishment for both the school and the department,” added McDonald. “The ten year accreditation started a few years ago for programs who had been in continual good standing and whose outcomes had exceeded NAACLS standards. Knowing that our school continuously meets and exceeds these national standards illustrates our mission to provide the best education and employment skills to our students.”