The American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS) members can gain continuing education requirements and earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs) through their participation in the Professional Acknowledgement for Continuing Education (PACE) course (ASCLS 2014). This program serves as a quality assurance mechanism for the continuing education programs designed for clinical laboratory professionals. Members can easily gain continuing education requirements, as these educational programs are readily available in different formats, which range from annual meetings to self-instructional learning materials on compact disks, journals, and websites.
ASCLS members taking continuing education programs can easily improve their clinical investigation competencies, as laboratory case studies can be downloaded at no cost. Further, each case study is designed to take the laboratory professional beyond the laboratory test, as they can investigate the causes for abnormal laboratory results. The design of the program can enable members to earn continuing education credits conveniently at their own pace by downloading the case set and completing a quiz (ASCLS 2014). Upon successful completion of the quiz, the member can then download a certificate with PACE-approved credit. Apart from clinical lab investigations, members can also purchase and download continuing education products such as ASCLS e-meetings, webcasts, webinar series, and participate in online learning at the online store. The e-meetings resource offers members an insight into the most recent laboratory testing trends and technologies to improve their professional expertise, as their field is ever dynamic. It is evident that continuing education is critical in enhancing professional knowledge and lifelong learning to improve the delivery of quality health care. ASCLS members should participate in several continuing education programs of critical interest to earn continuing education credits that will improve their competency, relevance, and identity as knowledgeable professionals.
American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science. (2014).