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.”