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Oregon Health & Science University is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

Accreditation of an institution of higher education by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities indicates that it meets or exceeds criteria for the assessment of institutional quality evaluated through a peer review process. An accredited college or university is one which has available the necessary resources to achieve its stated purposes through appropriate educational programs, is substantially doing so, and gives reasonable evidence that it will continue to do so in the foreseeable future. Institutional integrity is also addressed through accreditation.

Accreditation by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities is not partial but applies to the institution as a whole. As such, it is not a guarantee of every course or program offered, or the competence of individual graduates. Rather, it provides reasonable assurance about the quality of opportunities available to students who attend the institution.

Inquiries regarding an institution's accredited status by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities should be directed to the administrative staff of the institution. Individuals may also contact:

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

8060 165th Avenue N.E., Suite 100
Redmond, WA 98052
(425) 558-4224
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Institutional Accreditation

Institutional accreditation is granted by a regional accrediting agency within a scope of authority approved by the U.S. Department of Education. Institutional accreditation applies to the institution as a whole, not individual programs or units within the institution.

OHSU appointed a Steering Committee to ensure that institutional accreditation requirements are met and to oversee the accreditation process. The next full institutional accreditation review will be in April 2015.

Specialized Accreditation

Specialized accreditation of certain professional schools and individual educational programs is granted by a number of national organizations, each representing a professional area such as business, law, engineering, or nursing. Though each of these organizations has its distinctive definitions of eligibility, criteria for accreditation, and operating procedures, accreditation by a specialized accrediting agency is one means of assuring quality of the accredited programs.

View the current list of programs with specialized accreditation and their accrediting agency below or – Download PDF

School of Dentistry

Specialized  Accreditation Agency:

Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA)

Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD)
Years in Cycle: 7
Initial Accreditation: 1945
Previous Accreditation Action: 2002
Most Recent Accreditation Action: 2009
Next Review/ Action Date: 2016

Endodontology (MS, Graduate Certificate)
Years in Cycle: 7
Initial Accreditation: 1995
Previous Accreditation Action: 2002
Most Recent Accreditation Action: 2009
Next Review/ Action Date: 2016

Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics (MS, Graduate Certificate)
Years in Cycle: 7
Initial Accreditation: 1991
Previous Accreditation Action: 2002
Most Recent Accreditation Action: 2009
Next Review/ Action Date: 2016


School of Medicine

Specialized  Accreditation Agency:

Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND)

Clincal Dietetics (MCD)
Years in Cycle: 10
Initial Accreditation: 2007
Previous Accreditation Action: 2008
Most Recent Accreditation Action: 2010
Next Review/ Action Date: 2017

Clinical Nutrition (MS)
Years in Cycle: 10
Initial Accreditation: 2007
Previous Accreditation Action: 2008
Most Recent Accreditation Action: 2010
Next Review/ Action Date: 2017

Dietetic Internship (Graduate Cert)
Years in Cycle: 10
Initial Accreditation: 2007
Previous Accreditation Action: 2008
Most Recent Accreditation Action: 2010
Next Review/ Action Date: 2017


Specialized  Accreditation Agency:

Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT)

Radiation Therapy (BS)
Years in Cycle: 8
Initial Accreditation: 1993
Previous Accreditation Action: 2000
Most Recent Accreditation Action: 2008
Next Review/ Action Date: 2016


Specialized  Accreditation Agency:

Liaison Commission on Medical Education (LCME)

Doctor of Medicine (MD)
Years in Cycle: Varies, 8
Initial Accreditation: Prior to 1942
Previous Accreditation Action: 2012
Most Recent Accreditation Action: 2014 (limited visit)
Next Review/ Action Date: Progress Report 2015, Site Visit 2020


Specialized  Accreditation Agency:

Commission on Accreditation of Academic Medical Physics Programs (CAMPEP)

Medical Physics (MS, PhD)*
Years in Cycle: 10
Initial Accreditation: 2011
Previous Accreditation Action: 2014
Most Recent Accreditation Action: 2014
Next Review/ Action Date: 2015

Specialized  Accreditation Agency:

Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM)

Biomedical Informatics (MS, MBI, Graduate Certificate)
Years in Cycle: 10
Initial Accreditation: 2012
Previous Accreditation Action: 2012
Most Recent Accreditation Action: 2012
Next Review/ Action Date: 2022

Specialized  Accreditation Agency:

Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM)

Biomedical Informatics (MS, MBI, Graduate Certificate)
Years in Cycle: 10
Initial Accreditation: 2012
Previous Accreditation Action: 2012
Most Recent Accreditation Action: 2012
Next Review/ Action Date: 2022

Specialized  Accreditation Agency:

Accreditation Review Committee on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA)

Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS)
Years in Cycle: 7
Initial Accreditation: 1996
Previous Accreditation Action: 2000
Most Recent Accreditation Action: 2008
Next Review/ Action Date: 2022















School of Nursing

Specialized  Accreditation Agency:

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

Nursing (BS, PhD, DNP)
Years in Cycle: 10
Initial Accreditation: 2003
Previous Accreditation Action: 2003
Most Recent Accreditation Action: 2013
Next Review/ Action Date: 2023

Adult Gero Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (MN, Post Master Certificate)
Years in Cycle: 10
Initial Accreditation: 2003
Previous Accreditation Action: 2003
Most Recent Accreditation Action: 2013
Next Review/ Action Date: 2018 – Five Year Report 2023 Site Visit

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (MN, Post Master Certificate)
Years in Cycle: 10
Initial Accreditation: 2003
Previous Accreditation Action: 2003
Most Recent Accreditation Action: 2013
Next Review/ Action Date: 2018 – Five Year Report 2023 Site Visit

Health Systems & Organizational Leadership (MN, Post Master Cert)

Years in Cycle: 10
Initial Accreditation: 2003
Previous Accreditation Action: 2003
Most Recent Accreditation Action: 2013
Next Review/ Action Date: 2023

Nursing Education (MN, Post Master Certificate)
Years in Cycle: 10
Initial Accreditation: 2003
Previous Accreditation Action: 2003
Most Recent Accreditation Action: 2013
Next Review/ Action Date: 2023

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (MN, Post Master Certificate)
Years in Cycle: 10
Initial Accreditation: 2003
Previous Accreditation Action: 2003
Most Recent Accreditation Action: 2013
Next Review/ Action Date: 2023

Family Nurse Practitioner (MN, Post Master Certificate)
Years in Cycle: 10
Initial Accreditation: 2003
Previous Accreditation Action: 2003
Most Recent Accreditation Action: 2013
Next Review/ Action Date: 2023

Specialized  Accreditation Agency:

Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA)
Nurse Anesthesia (MN)
Years in Cycle: 10
Initial Accreditation: 2003
Previous Accreditation Action: 2003
Most Recent Accreditation Action: 2013
Next Review/ Action Date: 2023

Specialized  Accreditation Agency:

Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education (ACME)
Nurse Midwifery (MN, Post Master Certificate)
Years in Cycle: 10
Initial Accreditation: 2003
Previous Accreditation Action: 2003
Most Recent Accreditation Action: 2013
Next Review/ Action Date: 2023


Joint Degree Program

Specialized  Accreditation Agency:

Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)

Healthcare Management (MBA)*
Years in Cycle: 5
Initial Accreditation: 2008
Previous Accreditation Action: 2010
Most Recent Accreditation Action: 2010
Next Review/ Action Date: 2015

Specialized  Accreditation Agency:

Accreditation Council of Pharmacy Education (ACPE)

Pharmacy (PharmD)*
Years in Cycle: 8
Initial Accreditation: 1952
Previous Accreditation Action: 2003
Most Recent Accreditation Action: 2011
Next Review/ Action Date: 2019

Specialized  Accreditation Agency:

Council on Education in Public Health (CEPH)

Public Health (MPH)*
Years in Cycle: 7
Initial Accreditation: 1996
Previous Accreditation Action: 2006
Most Recent Accreditation Action: 2013
Next Review/ Action Date: 2021

Specialized  Accreditation Agency:

National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS)

Clinical Laboratory Science (BS)*
Years in Cycle: 7
Initial Accreditation: 2002
Previous Accreditation Action: 2008
Most Recent Accreditation Action: 2014
Next Review/ Action Date: 2021(recommended – final action pending)

Specialized  Accreditation Agency:

Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for Emergency Medical Services Professions CoAEMSP)

Emergency Medical Technology-Paramedic  (AAS)*
Years in Cycle: 10
Initial Accreditation: 1996
Previous Accreditation Action: 2001
Most Recent Accreditation Action: 2011
Next Review/ Action Date: 2016

Note: * indicates joint degree awarded by OHSU and another institution. Joint degree program institutions include:  Oregon Institute of Technology (OIT), Oregon State University (OSU) and Portland State University (PSU).