Student Health Services is accredited by:
Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care
American Physical Therapy Association
Commission on Office Laboratory Accreditation
American Psychological Association
International Association of Counseling Services
Operating in accordance with national accreditation standards ensures students are provided accessible, high quality primary health care. Student Health Services has undergone rigorous self-examination and an on-site survey by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care to ensure compliance with the high standards of this nationally recognized accrediting organization.
The Laboratory at Thomson Student Health Center at the University of South Carolina is COLA accredited. COLA is the premier clinical laboratory education, consultation and accreditation organization. It is an independent accreditor whose practical, educational standards have a positive and immediate impact. Its services enable clinical laboratories and staff to meet CLIA and other regulatory requirements, act in accordance with Quality Systems, and provide the best possible patient care. Completing COLA's accreditation program means a clinical laboratory is in compliance with CLIA, and is recognized by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO).
The Laboratory is also certified at a level of moderate complexity by accreditation under the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Act (CLIA). The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services regulates all laboratory testing (except research) performed on humans in the U.S. through the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments. In total, CLIA covers approximately 225,000 laboratory entities. The Division of Laboratory Services, within the Survey and Certification Group, under the Center for Medicaid and State Operations has the responsibility for implementing the CLIA Program. The objective of the CLIA program is to ensure quality laboratory testing.