Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology Gets Initial Accreditation

Dr. Dana Fusco, Dean of the School of Health & Behavioral Sciences, recently announced to the York College community that the Medical Laboratory Scientist program at the College has been awarded initial accreditation by the National Review Board.

The National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS) awarded accreditation for a two-year period effective April 2010. Having an accredited program allows students to sit for licensure exams allowing them to practice as lab scientists throughout the country. 

"This is a big step up for us and we are pleased with the impact that this will have for our students," said Dean Fusco, who also congratulated everyone at the College associated with the successful outcome of the application. 

The Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology program has been at York for many years under the shorter title of Medical Technology, and shorter yet, as “Med Tech.”  Its placement within the newly-formed School of Health and Behavioral Sciences, accords it additional prestige as it continues to supply area-hospitals with well-trained graduates. 

Indeed, according to [program] Director Peter Jackson, MS, MT (ASCP),

Local hospitals offering internships in the field, invariably want to hire his students before they can graduate. Among the area institutions vying for York talent in this crucial field, are Elmhurst, Long Island Jewish and Jacobi Hospitals.

"The value it brings is that York now will be acknowledged all over the country as having an excellent clinical science laboratory program," said Jackson. “York will now be known all over the country as an NAACLS-Accredited institution.”

According to Provost Ivelaw Lloyd Griffith this latest development is part of an ongoing effort to raise the stakes for York.

"This accreditation is the latest external ‘seal of excellence’ received by the College, and is further proof of the pursuit of excellence in our educational enterprise," said Dr. Griffith. "I applaud the work of Dean Dana Fusco, the Chair of the department of Health Professions, Dr. Robert Brugna, Medical Technology program director, Peter Jackson, and the program’s faculty, for making a reality of this pursuit, which enhances both the opportunities for students and graduates of the program; and the prestige of the program itself."

York College, according to Jackson, is not the only CUNY College with this program; however, it is the only one with NAACLS accreditation. Now this staple of the York College health careers offerings, which also include Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Physician Assistant, Gerontology, Physician Assistant…is certified to continue the legacy of excellence in Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology training.

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