Accreditation

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
Website

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.

Revised in 2010, NWCCU's accreditation standards require institution's to conduct periodic self-evaluations that cumulate into a report that addresses one to five standards over a seven-year cycle.  Reports are now required in year one and year five of the cycle with a comprehensive report and site visit required at the end of seven years.  Since the change in standards and accreditation cycle in 2010, OHSU has been on an accelerated schedule to transition to the seven-year cycle.  Below is an outline of OHSU's NWCCU accreditation cycle since 2010:

March 2011 – Year One Report

Standard One – Mission, Core Themes and Expectations

March 2012 – Year Three Report

Standard Two – Resources and Capacity
Update to Standard One
NWCCU Site Visit

August 2015 – Year Seven Report

    Updates to Standards One and Two
    Standard Three (Planning and Implementation)
    Standard Four (Effectiveness and Improvement)
    Standard Five (Mission Fulfillment, Adaptation, and Sustainability)
    NWCCU Site visit scheduled for November 2-4, 2015

For the Year Seven report and subsequent visit, OHSU appointed a Steering Committee to ensure that institutional accreditation requirements are met and to oversee the accreditation process.

For more information about the university's accreditation process, contact , Assistant Vice-Provost for Accreditation.

Specialized Accreditation

Specialized accreditation of certain professional schools and individual educational programs is granted by a number of national organizations, each representing professional areas such as business, engineering, or nursing. Though each of these accrediting 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.
The Office of Programs, Policy & Accreditation maintains a current list of programs with specialized accreditation and their respective accrediting agency. 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: 7Initial 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)

Clinical 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: May 2015

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).