School of Medicine

Accreditation in the School of Medicine

Institutional and programmatic accreditation standards and review provide continuous assessment and evaluation of the OHSU 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 School of Medicine (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 occurred in 2023 after a comprehensive report with a site visit. OHSU’s next report to NWCCU will be in fall 2025 with a Mid-Cycle review.  Read more

Undergraduate Medical Education (M.D. Program)

Oregon Health & Science University’s undergraduate medical education (M.D.) program maintains full accreditation by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME), the body that sets standards for medical education programs leading to the MD degree in the United States and Canada. On March 1, 2022 the LCME affirmed full accreditation status of the program, shifting the status from “full accreditation with an indeterminate term” to “full accreditation” upon the program demonstrating that areas in need of improvement identified during the January 2020 site visit were being addressed. Find additional information on accreditation and accreditation verification, by visiting or contacting the LCME Secretariat at

See the Specialized Accreditation page for undergraduate medical education program details. 

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.