Accreditation in the School of Medicine

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. The NWCCU accredits SOM graduate programs leading to the Master's and Doctorate degrees. Following is information about SOM accreditation and SOM programs' current status. 

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Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

Oregon Health & Science University maintains continuous accreditation 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's most recent  reaffirmation of accreditation was in 2018 awith five-year mid-cycle review.  Read more

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 M.D. degree in U.S. and Canadian medical schools. The LCME is sponsored by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and the American Medical Association (AMA). 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. Self-study reviews took place throughout 2019 and the next LCME site visit is in January 2020.

Learn more about the LCME process at the OHSU School of Medicine

Physician Assistant Program leading to the Physician Assistant Master's Degree

The OHSU Physician Assistant (P.A.) Program receives programmatic accreditation from the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, 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.  See the Specialized Accreditation page for P.A. program details. 

Division of Management Program leading to the Master's and M.B.A. Degrees

The Division of Management (DOM) 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 M.B.A. in Healthcare Management has specialty accreditation through the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. 

See the Specialized Accreditation page for program accreditation details. 

Public Health and Preventative Medicine Program leading to the M.P.H., M.D./M.P.H., M.S. and M.B.S.T. 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 M.P.H. Program. The department offers a Council on Education for Public Health accredited Master in Public Health degree in epidemiology and biostatistics, a graduate Certificate in Biostatistics, an M.S./M.B.S.T. in Biostatistics, and an accredited residency program in Preventive Medicine. 

See the Specialized Accreditation page for Public Health program details. 

Graduate Medical Education (GME)

All OHSU School of Medicine graduate programs are fully accreditated 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. 

See the Specialized Accreditation page for graduate program details. 

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 Category 1 credit™ for continuing medical education. In July 2017, the Division was awarded "Accreditation with Commendation" – the highest award possible. The next full ACCME review will be in 2021.