School of Medicine Accreditation

Institutional and programmatic accreditation standards and review provide continuous assessment and evaluation of School of Medicine educational programs.  Accrediting agencies (institutional and programmatic) are under the U.S. Department of Education. OHSU receives institutional accreditation through the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). The NWCCU accredits SOM graduate programs leading to the Master's (MS) and Doctorate (PhD) degrees. Following is information about SOM accreditation and SOM programs' current status. 

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

Oregon Health & Science University is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU), a regional accrediting body approved by the U.S. Department of Education. Regional accreditation serves as the most important means of assuring the quality of higher education through rigorous peer-review and evaluation. OHSU has maintained continuous accreditation with the Commission, earning reaffirmation of accreditation in its last ten-year full-scale accreditation review in 2005 and five-year interim review in 2010.  The next full review is scheduled for spring 2016. 


Liaison Committee on Medical Education

The Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) is the nationally recognized accrediting authority for medical education programs leading to the MD degree in U.S. and Canadian medical schools. The LCME is sponsored by the Association of American Medical Colleges and the American Medical Association. The LCME accreditation process has two general aims: to certify that a medical education program meets prescribed standards for function, structure, and performance; and to promote institutional and programmatic self-evaluation and improvement. In January 2012, the SOM had a full-scale LCME accreditation review. Learn more about the LCME process at the OHSU School of Medicine.

Physician Assistant Program (PA) leading to the Physician Assistant Master's Degree

The OHSU Physician Assistant (PA) Program receives programmatic accreditation from the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA), which protects the interests of the public and physician assistant profession by defining the standards for physician assistant education and evaluating physician assistant educational programs to ensure their compliance with those standards.  In May 2008, the OHSU PA Program awarded Continued Accreditation for six years, which was then extended to seven years. The date for the next full review of the program by the ARC-PA will be in May 2015.

Division of Management (DOM) Program leading to the Master's and MBA Degrees

The Division of Management offers three graduate programs in Healthcare Management: Certificate, Master of Science, and Master of Business Administration (joint program with Portland State University School of Business Administration). The MBA in Healthcare Management has specialty accreditation through the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). 

Public Health & Preventative Medicine Program leading to the MPH, MD/MPH, MS and MBST Degrees

The Department of Public Health and Preventative Medicine provides the epidemiology and biostatistics curriculum for the OHSU School of Medicine, and for the tri-campus Oregon MPH Program. The department offers a Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) accredited Master in Public Health degree in epidemiology and biostatistics, a graduate Certificate in Biostatistics, an MS/MBST in Biostatistics, and an accredited residency program in Preventive Medicine. 

Graduate Medical Education (GME)

The OHSU School of Medicine has nearly 800 residents and fellows in 75 graduate medical education programs, which are fully accredited and overseen according to the requirements established by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). Based on the August 2010 ACGME review, the institution received full accreditation with no citations and commendations.In addition, all programs are fully accredited.

Continuing Medical Education (CME)

The School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide AMA Physician's Recognition Award (PRA) Category 1 credit for continuing medical education.In July 2011, the Division was awarded "Accreditation with Commendation" – the highest award possible. The next full ACCME review will be in 2017.

About OHSU

 Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) is the state's only comprehensive public academic health center. Its fundamental purpose is to improve the health and well being of people in Oregon and beyond. A ten-member Board of Directors nominated by the Governor and confirmed by the Oregon Senate governs the university. Please read our Mission Statement for more information.