Accreditation is a process of external peer review in which an agency grants public recognition to a program of study or an institution that meets established qualifications and educational standards. Accreditation:
- Identifies for the public specialized programs and institutions that meet nationally established standards of educational quality.
- Stimulates improvement of educational programs by involving faculty and staff in ongoing self-evaluation, research and planning.
- Promotes a better understanding of the goals of professional education.
- Provides reasonable assurance that practitioners meet minimum educational standards upon entry into the profession.
- Assists specialized programs in achieving their objectives. Accreditation of NAACLS programs is a collaborative process involving several professional organizations and government agencies.
- The West Central Ohio Medical Laboratory Science Program of Ohio Northern University is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS), 5600 N. River Rd., Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018-5119.