Accreditation AgenciesThree accreditation agencies are recognized by the BOC for accreditation of educational programs in the medical laboratory sciences. If your program is new, you’ll need to apply for accreditation and/or approval by NAACLS, CAAHEP, or ABHES by submitting a formal application and fee to the appropriate accreditation agency.
National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS) is the recognized accreditation agency for the following programs:
- Medical Laboratory Scientist
- Medical Laboratory Technician
- Diagnostic Molecular Science (can sit for the Technologist in Molecular Biology exam)
- Pathologists' Assistant
NAACLS also offers an approval process for the following programs:
- Clinical Assistant (can sit for the Medical Laboratory Assistant exam)
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) is the recognized agency for accreditation of the following programs:
- Specialist in Blood Banking
Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES) is the recognized agency for the following program:
- Medical Laboratory Technician
Apply for Accreditation or Approval
When you have applied for accreditation/approval from NAACLS and program officials have submitted the formal application form, fee and the self-study to NAACLS, your program is granted “Serious Applicant Status.”
Students will not be permitted to take the BOC certification examination under a route requiring completion of a NAACLS accredited/approved program until the program has been granted “Serious Applicant Status.”
Once a program has successfully completed a CAAHEP Request for Accreditation Services Form, a self-study document and an on-site review, your program is granted Initial Accreditation Status. According to the CAAHEP accreditation policy, “any student who completes a program that was accredited by CAAHEP at any time during his/her matriculation is deemed by CAAHEP to be a graduate of a CAAHEP-accredited program.”
Students will not be permitted to take the BOC certification examination under a route requiring completion of a CAAHEP accredited program until the program has completed the accreditation process.
Successful completion of the accreditation process is required. Only those students who receive a certificate of completion dated after the date the ABHES Commission accredits the program are eligible under the accredited program route.
Getting Started with the BOC
School Code Number
Your accreditation agency will notify the BOC once a program has reached Serious Applicant Status (NAACLS) or has completed the accreditation process (CAAHEP and ABHES). Once the BOC has received official notification, the BOC will assign your program a school code. All accredited/approved programs who have received a school code will appear on the institution lookup feature of the online application. Students must choose the correct program from this lookup feature in order to appear correctly on your Examination Eligibility Verification (EEV) and Program Performance Report (PPR).The school code is for your reference.
Stay Ahead of Current Education Trends
The BOC provides Program Directors with many resources to support your endeavors and keep your students informed.
The BOC Newsletter is published three times a year and contains important information regarding certification activities including eligibility requirement changes, information on continuing maintenance, and updates on the work of the Board of Governors.
This electronic publication keeps you current on BOC activities that affect you and your students.
Online Education Resources Available
The ASCP BOC has compiled a list of educational resources from a number of different social media channels. These resources are being brought to US and Canadian Program Directors and Educators to help support programs and students during the transition to distance education. This material is for informational purposes only and does not constitute an endorsement by the ASCP Board of Certification. Check back often as this document will be updated as new information is made available.
If you have additions or corrections to this resource list, please contact us at PDInfo@ascp.org.
Program Directors Guide to Certification
For complete information, the Program Director's Guide to Certification is available.
Join the ASCP BOC Program Directors Facebook Group
The ASCP BOC Program Directors Facebook group is a group for directors of NAACLS, CAAHEP, and ABHES accredited or approved laboratory programs, as well as education and clinical coordinators and faculty, whose students seek BOC certification. This peer-based group can answer any of your certification-related questions. Supported by volunteers with several years of program experience, the group aims to become the program director’s resource for information and support.
Volunteer on the Program Director’s Advisory Committee
The Program Director’s Advisory Committee (PDAC) manages the Program Director’s Facebook group and helps ensure that pertinent BOC information is shared with Program Directors, education and clinical coordinators, and faculty. PDAC is made up of 1 or 2 representatives from all types of laboratory programs. As vacancies occur, volunteers with appropriate characteristics are sought to complement the existing composition and ensure a diverse membership. Complete the online volunteer application below to be considered for this group.
PDAC Live Zoom Events for Program Directors
PDAC recently began hosting live events over Zoom to discuss topics that are top of mind to program directors. See below for a brief description and a link to the recorded events. PDAC will host live events every few months; be sure to check the Facebook page periodically for more details.
April 20, 2021: a tour of the BOC website, as well as a deep dive into the EEV process. Click here for the recording.
April 6, 2022: a discussion of who writes the items for BOC exams, as well as a deep dive into how to write a strong item. Click here for the recording.