NAACLS Accreditation

Bellarmine University’s MLS program is a National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science (NAACLS) accredited medical laboratory scientist program. The accreditation standards for this program and the technical standards students must attain for success are described below.

Lab students looking into microscopes

MLS Technical Standards

Since a degree in Medical Laboratory Science indicates mastery, not only of knowledge, but also of technical skills, and since these skills are to be applied in clinical situations, all Bellarmine MLS students are expected to meet certain criteria for admission to and progress in the professional program. In addition to demonstrating academic success, these criteria include non-academic standards of observation, motor function, behavioral-social capabilities, and communication. The technical standards for the MLS program fall into three categories: Intellectual/Conceptual, Motor/Physical, and Behavioral/Social/Emotional.

Lab student looking at paperwork in lab

Programmatic Accreditation

Bellarmine University’s Medical Laboratory Science degree is accredited through the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science (NAACLS). NAACLS is recognized as the industry standard for accrediting clinical laboratory science disciplines, such as those covered in the MLS degree. Accreditation through NAACLS is a symbol of programmatic quality and value. Accredited programs are designed to meet the values and standards of the accrediting body, including a focus on quality, education, innovation, collaboration, peer review, and global accreditation. In 2017, Bellarmine’s MLS program received the maximum NAACLS accreditation award (10 years).

National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science
5600 N. River Rd, Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018
Telephone: 773.714.8880; Fax: 773.714.8886; [email protected].