Accreditation is a process that determines whether an institution or program meets established standards for function, structure, and performance. The accreditation process also fosters institutional and program improvement.
Institutional accreditation addresses the overall quality of the organization without making judgments about specific programs. It assures that medical or pharmacy education takes place in a sufficiently rich environment to foster broad academic purposes. Program accreditation is carried out by program-accrediting bodies that apply specific standards for curriculum and course content.
The accreditation of the University is granted by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA). Its publication, Accreditation of Higher Education Institutions: An Overview, provides general information about the accreditation of higher learning organizations by The Higher Learning Commission.
The University is fully accredited by the NCA. The mark of the University’s current status of affiliation with the NCA is available at http://www.ncahlc.org/component/com_directory/Action,ShowBasic/Itemid,/instid,2137/ .The faculty, staff and students are currently conducting a self-study in preparation for the next NCA comprehensive evaluation that is scheduled for April 2013.
Accreditation of the College of Medicine
Medical education programs leading to the M.D. degree in the United States and Canada are accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME). To be accredited, programs must meet the national standards described in the document Functions and Structure of a Medical School.
The LCME's scope is limited to the accreditation of complete and independent medical education programs located in the United States or Canada. If medical schools seek to receive federal grants for medical education and to participate in federal loan programs, they must be accredited by the LCME. Most state boards of licensure require that U.S. medical schools to be accredited by the LCME as a condition for licensure of their graduates.
The College of Medicine is fully accredited by the LCME. The last comprehensive site visit took place in March 2011. The LCME continued the accreditation of the NEOMED’s educational program leading to the MD degree for an eight-year term. The next LCME comprehensive site visit will take place during the 2018-2019 academic year.
Accreditation of the College of Pharmacy
The College of Pharmacy doctor of pharmacy program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, 135 S. LaSalle Street, Suite 4100, Chicago, Ill., 60603-4810, 312-664-3575, 312-664-4652, http://www.acpe-accredit.org/.
The Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) is the national agency that oversees the accreditation of professional degree programs in pharmacy and providers of continuing pharmacy education. To be accredited, Pharmacy programs must meet the national standards described in the ACPE Accreditation Standards and Guidelines
A focused on-site evaluation for purposes of considering the continued accreditation of the doctor of pharmacy program was conducted on March 26 and 27, 2013.
Accreditation of the Master of Public Health Program
NEOMED’s Master of Public Health program is offered as part of the Consortium of Eastern Ohio Master of Public Health (CEOMPH), a partnership between The University of Akron, Cleveland State University, NEOMED, Ohio University and Youngstown State University.
CEOMPH is fully accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). The Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) is an independent agency recognized by the US Department of Education to accredit schools of public health and public health programs offered in settings other than schools of public health. The CEPH assures quality in public health education and training to achieve excellence in practice, research and service, through collaboration with organizational and community partners.