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MCW Accreditation

Institutions of higher education in the United States seek accreditation through two broad types of accreditation agencies, Federal Regional Accrediting Bodies that accredit institutions, and specialized bodies that accredit specific programs.

Accreditation Agencies

Higher Learning Commission (HLC)

Higher Learning Commission (HLC)

The Medical College of Wisconsin is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), one of six regional accreditors of degree-granting post-secondary educational institutions in the United States. MCW's Medical School, Graduate School, Pharmacy School and any future degree-granting schools are covered institutionally under HLC accreditation. HLC accreditation is necessary to demonstrate that MCW functions in accordance with all Department of Education requirements.
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Liaison Committee for Medical Education (LCME)

Liaison Committee for Medical Education (LCME)

The Liaison Committee for Medical Education (LCME) is the accrediting body for all U.S. allopathic (MD-granting) medical schools. The LCME awarded full, eight-year accreditation to MCW in 2011, the maximum period of accreditation. LCME accreditation recognizes that MCW provides a medical education program consistent with the high standards of other U.S. allopathic medical schools.
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Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH)

Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH)

The Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) is the accrediting body for programs and schools of public health offering undergraduate and graduate degrees. The Masters in Public Health program at MCW is accredited through 2024 by CEPH.
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Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE)

Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE)

The ACPE was founded in 1932 and has been working since then to ensure the quality of pharmaceutical education. The council originally accredited baccalaureate programs but as the industry has evolved, has shifted to oversee doctorate programs. ACPE was instrumental in the development of the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree. The organization also oversees continuing education of those practicing in pharmacy and has an international arm working to ensure a high level of practice globally. The MCW School of Pharmacy is currently accredited as a new school and is undergoing the annual monitoring required by the ACPE.
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