by Diane VanDyke
The National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS) recently re-approved Montgomery County Community College’s Phlebotomy Technician Program.
The NAACLS re-approval process involves an intensive self-study and analysis of 22 standards, including the areas of curriculum, policies, materials, resources, operational practices and assessment of continuous quality improvement. The self-study report is then submitted to NAACLS for review and approval. MCCC received the maximum four-year re-approval.
“This re-approval means the College provides a high-quality program that meets the required standards. This benefits our students because potential employers know they have the education and skills for this career,” said Medical Laboratory Technician Assistant Professor and Phlebotomy Program Coordinator Debra Eckman, who led the re-approval process. “The program has always received the maximum NAACLS re-approval, and it is one of approximately 60 NAACLS approved programs in the country.”
After completing the program, students are fully prepared to take the national certification examination by the American Society for Clinical Pathology.
Phlebotomy technicians, as members of a clinical laboratory team, are responsible for obtaining quality specimens for diagnostic laboratory testing. MCCC’s one-semester Phlebotomy Technician Program provides students with the technical skills they need to collect and handle blood specimens, interpersonal skills required to interact with others, and the knowledge base to pass national certification examinations.
The College started its Phlebotomy Technician Program in the 1980s, and its clinical partners include Mercy Suburban Hospital, Einstein Medical Center Montgomery, Holy Redeemer Hospital, Abington Memorial Hospital in Lansdale, Grand View Hospital and the Pottstown Memorial Medical Center.