|Vol. 17, No. 19||Feb. 12, 1998|
"It is worthy to note," she said, "that the University of Delaware Medical Technology Program has always received the maximum number of years in the reaccreditation review process. This is a tribute to the teaching that is done so well both by the University and by the affiliates."
Reaccreditation is an important process for all health profession programs, Ciulla said. The Medical Technology Program was last reviewed in 1990, when it also received a seven-year reaccreditation, the highest level of recognition awarded.
The department was reviewed during 1997 for reaccreditation by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS).
An extensive self-study report was submitted for review in December 1996 and received a favorable review, Ciulla said. A three-day site visit was conducted the following spring, and the two-member site visit team reviewed campus facilities, visited 10 local affiliate institutions used by UD and met on campus with the clinical coordinators from affiliates that were not visited.
"The site visit team noted the University's outstanding, well-equipped student laboratories," Ciulla said. "They were equally impressed with the quality of education the students received at the affiliates and with the level of interaction and cooperation that is achieved between the University and the affiliates."
In addition to interviewing faculty and administrators from the University, coordinators and instructors from the affiliates, and current junior and senior students, a time was designated for the team to meet graduates of the UD program. Ten alumni representing graduates of 1990 through 1996 participated.
The team's written report was forwarded to the Clinical Laboratory Sciences Program Review Committee (CLSPRC), which met in Chicago in July to assess all programs seeking reaccreditation. The CLSPRC report also was favorable, with the committee recommending continuing accreditation at UD for seven years.