Duration of the Program
The completion of the program requires four years, culminating in the Bachelor of Science degree with a Major in Medical Technology. The program is sometimes referred to as three plus one, meaning that the student takes a three-year pre-clinical program, which is followed by one year of clinical work. The clinical year is a full twelve months in duration.
The Role of NAACLS in the Accreditation of Clinical Programs
It is the policy of Southeast Missouri State University to grant academic credit for the one-year of clinical study, only when the student attends clinical programs that hold accreditation status from The National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS) (http://www.naacls.org/).
NAACLS is an independent, non-profit corporation that provides all of the accrediting and evaluation functions formerly conducted by the Board of Schools of the American Society of Clinical Pathologists (ASCP). The sponsoring organizations for NAACLS are ASCP and the American Society for Medical Technology (ASMT). The organizations that collaborate with NAACLS are the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) and the National Society of Histotechnology (NSH). NAACLS's functions include:
- Drafting and Reviewing the Standards
- Conduct of Educational Programs
- Interpretation of the standards
- Review of Self-Evaluation Reports
- On-Site Surveying
It should be emphasized here that the discussion of accreditation by NAACLS refers only to the clinical programs. The above-mentioned organizations have nothing to do with the accreditation of the University or any of its academic programs.
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NAACLS requires that clinical programs must only accept students from colleges and universities with which they have a formal affiliation agreement. Any deviation to this policy must entail exceptional circumstances. Affiliation with a clinical program is not a guarantee of admission for a Southeast Missouri State student since most clinical programs are affiliated with a number of colleges or universities. Entrance to the programs is competitive and the clinical programs cannot guarantee that a student or a specific number of students will be accepted each year from a particular affiliated college or university.
A number of clinical programs are now formally affiliated with this University in the Cooperative Medical Technology Program. The Clinical Program - University affiliation is characterized by the following conditions
- Written and signed affiliation agreement
- Regular conferences between the appropriate officials of the University and clinical program
- Cooperative curriculum planning
- Listing of the clinical course of study in the University Bulletin
- Adjunct courtesy appointments of the appropriate University and clinical program officials
- The granting of academic credit by the University for completion of the clinical course of study
- The listing of the clinical courses, with credit hours and grades, on the student's official transcript
- The granting of the degree Bachelor of Science with major in Medical Technology upon completion of the academic and clinical portions of the program.
The Credentialing Process
After a student receives the B.S. degree with a major in Medical Technology, he/she will, as a rule, seek certification (or licensure or registration) from one or more of the credentialing agencies. Although this procedure is optional on the part of the student, it is in the best interest of the student to possess a credential since it facilitates the acquisition of employment. For Medical Technologists, the credentialing agencies are:
American Society of Clinical Pathologists (ASCP)
33 West Monroe
Chicago IL 60603
(800) 267 - ASCP (2727)
Fax (312) 541-4998
Individuals newly certified beginning January 2004 in the entry-level categories will be required to participate in the BOR Certification Maintenance Program in order to maintain their certification status. This program requires 36 hours of documented continued competency every three years.
The above agencies offer certification and/or registration for holders of the baccalaureate degree with specialization in Medical Technology. Earning a credential consists of successfully writing an extensive examination that covers the core material in the area of Medical Technology. It is strictly the student's prerogative as to which credentialing agency is chosen.