Lab Matters Fall 2020 - Page 56

Workforce Development
domains , subdomains , and ability levels were mapped to align with general clinical laboratory and public health professional expectations and the National Accrediting Agency for the Clinical Laboratory Sciences ( NAACLS ) program evaluation requirements . By focusing on measurable objectives for program assessment and continuous quality improvement , these efforts further establish a baseline standardization for students to achieve a “ beginner or competent ” level for the chosen ( sub ) domains .
This poster outlines strategies and methods for adapting and integrating the MMWR Competency Guidelines into an existing MLT program to enhance laboratory systems . An additional objective is to assess and compare student outcomes modeling academic and industry expectations and skills for professional laboratorians . This process can be modeled by other MLT programs to promote standardization and increase development for those graduates entering the clinical or public health workforce . These efforts align with best practices that target recruitment , development and retention of a new generation of laboratorians as outlined in APHL ’ s Strategic Map for 2018 – 2020 .
Presenter : Teresa Wolfe , Portland Community College , Portland , OR , wolfe . teresa @ gmail . com