Accreditation

Accreditation is a process of validation in which colleges, universities and other institutions of higher learning are evaluated. The standards for accreditation are set by a peer review board whose members include faculty from various accredited colleges and universities.

OHSU abides by the standards and criteria of 15 different specialized accrediting agencies for its academic programs. In addition, there are a number of additional specialized accreditation, licensure and certifications for numerous programs in the hospitals and clinics, research institutes and environmental health and radiation safety areas.

OHSU is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).

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
www.nwccu.org

Accreditation by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities refers to the institution as a whole. Therefore, statements like "fully accredited" or "this program is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities" or "this degree is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities" are incorrect and should not be used.

Why is accreditation important?

An important factor in realizing a successful career is choosing a reputable institution. Universities and colleges that have been through the accreditation process are more likely to offer degrees that employers and recruiters recognize. Companies want to know that you have a quality education and that you will have something to bring to the table when you join their team. For this purpose, accreditation enables companies to filter those individuals who have obtained a degree from an accredited institution from those who have not. The accreditation process also offers students a better chance of having their credits transferred to other reputable institutions should they decide to obtain a graduate or doctoral level education.

Specialized Accreditation

While institutional accreditation applies to the university as a whole, 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: 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

Periodontology (MS)

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: 2017


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: 2015 Next Review/ Action Date: 2020

Specialized  Accreditation Agency:

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

Biomedical Informatics (MS, MBI, Graduate Certificate)

Years in Cycle: Ongoing
Initial Accreditation: 2012 Previous Accreditation Action: 2012 Most Recent Accreditation Action: 2015 Next Review/ Action Date: 2016


Specialized  Accreditation Agency:

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

Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS)

Years in Cycle: 7-10 Initial Accreditation: 1996 Previous Accreditation Action: 2008 Most Recent Accreditation Action: 2015 Next Review/ Action Date: May 2025

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: 2005
Previous Accreditation Action: 2009
Most Recent Accreditation Action: 2009
Next Review/ Action Date: 2019
Specialized  Accreditation Agency: Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education (ACME)

Nurse Midwifery (MN, Post Master Certificate)

Years in Cycle: 10
Initial Accreditation: 1981
Previous Accreditation Action: 1999
Most Recent Accreditation Action: 2010
Next Review/ Action Date: 2020

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: 2015
Next Review/ Action Date: 2016


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).