65 Bergen Street
Newark, NJ 07107-3001
Phone: (973) 972-4400; Fax: (973) 972-4429

Chief Executive Officer: Dr. Denise V. Rodgers, M.D., Vice Chancellor for Interprofessional Programs, Biomedical and Health Sciences Division
Enrollment (Headcount): 995 Undergraduate; 5977 Graduate
Control: Public
Affiliation: Government-State
Carnegie Classification: Special Focus - Medical Schools and Medical Centers
Degrees Offered: Postsecondary Certificate (>=1 year, < 2 years), Associate's, Bachelor's, Postbaccalaureate Certificate, Master's, Post-Master's Certificate, Doctor's - Professional Practice, Doctor's - Research/Scholarship;
Distance Education Programs: Fully Approved
Accreditors Recognized by U.S. Secretary of Education: Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics; Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education; American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation; American Occupational Therapy Association, Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education; American Osteopathic Association, Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation; American Physical Therapy Association, Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education; American Podiatric Medical Association, Council on Podiatric Medical Education; American Psychological Association, Commission on Accreditation; Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education; Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs; Council on Education for Public Health; Liaison Committee on Medical Education
Other Accreditors: Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME); Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA); American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology; American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT); Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) – Joint Review Committee for Diagnostic Medical Sonography; CAAHEP, Joint Review Committee on Educational Programs in Nuclear Medicine Technology (JRCEPNMT); CAAHEP – Joint Review Committee on Education in Cardiovascular Technology; Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (COARC);Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education; Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs (CACREP);Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE); National Accrediting Agency for the Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS) - Commission on Allied Health Education and Accreditation; Association of Nutrition and Food Professionals (ANFP-Approved Plans)
Instructional Locations
Branch Campuses: Scotch Plains Campus, Scotch Plains, NJ
Additional Locations: School of Nursing - Joint BSN (NJIT), Mount Laurel, NJ; School of Nursing - Joint BSN (Rowan), Glassboro, NJ
Other Instructional Sites: Monmouth County Vocational School District, Neptune, NJ; Passaic County Technical Institute, Wayne, NJ; Somerset County Technology Institute, Somerset, NJ
Status: Member since 1979
Last Reaffirmed: November 15, 2012

Most Recent Commission Action:
May 1, 2013: To note that the institution will officially close its additional location at: Camden Regional Campus of UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Education and Research Building, 401 Haddon Avenue, Camden, NJ 08103 on June 30, 2013 instead of the previously approved date of May 31, 2013. To note the Commission's approval of the teach-out agreement that will be executed by the Camden Regional Campus and that the Camden Regional Campus will continue to be included within the scope of the institution's accreditation until the specified closure date.

Brief History Since Last Comprehensive Evaluation:
November 15, 2012: To accept the Periodic Review Report and to reaffirm accreditation. To note that the New Jersey Medical and Health Science Education Restructuring Act of 2012 has legislated the transfer of all programs and services of the institution to other New Jersey public institutions as of July 1, 2013. To further note the requirement to submit a substantive change request regarding changes to the institution due to this legislation prior to the implementation of those changes.
March 7, 2013: To acknowledge the complex substantive change request and to note that the institution will close as of July 1, 2013, as legislated by The New Jersey Medical and Health Sciences Education Restructuring Act. Effective July 1, 2013 as also legislated by The New Jersey Medical and Health Sciences Education Restructuring Act, the School of Osteopathic Medicine's students, student records, programs, and services will be transferred to Rowan University; all other students, student records, programs, and services will be transferred to Rutgers University.

Next Self-Study Evaluation: n/a

Next Periodic Review Report: n/a

Date Printed: April 18, 2014


Branch Campus - A location of an institution that is geographically apart and independent of the main campus of the institution. The location is independent if the location: offers courses in educational programs leading to a degree, certificate, or other recognized educational credential; has its own faculty and administrative or supervisory organization; and has its own budgetary and hiring authority.

Additional Location - A location, other than a branch campus, that is geographically apart from the main campus and at which the institution offers at least 50 percent of an educational program. ANYA ("Approved but Not Yet Active") indicates that the location is included within the scope of accreditation but has not yet begun to offer courses. This designation is removed after the Commission receives notification that courses have begun at this location.

Other Instructional Sites - A location, other than a branch campus or additional location, at which the institution offers one or more courses for credit.

Distance Education Programs - Fully Approved, Approved (one program approved) or Not Approved indicates whether or not the institution has been approved to offer diploma/certificate/degree programs via distance education (programs for which students could meet 50% or more of the requirements of the program by taking distance education courses). Per the Commission's Substantive Change policy, Commission approval of the first two Distance Education programs is required to be "Fully Approved." If only one program is approved by the Commission, the specific name of the program will be listed in parentheses after "Approved."


An institution's accreditation continues unless it is explicitly suspended or removed. In addition to reviewing the institution's accreditation status at least every 5 years, actions are taken for substantive changes (such as a new degree or geographic site, or a change of ownership) or when other events occur that require review for continued compliance. Any type of report or visit required by the Commission is reviewed and voted on by the Commission after it is completed.

In increasing order of seriousness, a report by an institution to the Commission may be accepted, acknowledged, or rejected.

Levels of Actions:

Grant or Re-Affirm Accreditation without follow-up

Defer a decision on initial accreditation: The institution shows promise but the evaluation team has identified issues of concern and recommends that the institution be given a specified time period to address those concerns.

Postpone a decision on (reaffirmation of) accreditation: The Commission has determined that there is insufficient information to substantiate institutional compliance with one or more standards.

Continue accreditation: A delay of up to one year may be granted to ensure a current and accurate representation of the institution or in the event of circumstances beyond the institution’s control (natural disaster, U.S. State Department travel warnings, etc.)

Recommendations to be addressed in the next Periodic Review Report: Suggestions for improvement are given, but no follow-up is needed for compliance.

Supplemental Information Report: This is required when a decision is postponed and are intended only to allow the institution to provide further information, not to give the institution time to formulate plans or initiate remedial action.

Progress report: The Commission needs assurance that the institution is carrying out activities that were planned or were being implemented at the time of a report or on-site visit.

Monitoring report: There is a potential for the institution to become non-compliant with MSCHE standards; issues are more complex or more numerous; or issues require a substantive, detailed report. A visit may or may not be required.

Warning: The Commission acts to Warn an institution that its accreditation may be in jeopardy when the institution is not in compliance with one or more Commission standards and a follow-up report, called a monitoring report, is required to demonstrate that the institution has made appropriate improvements to bring itself into compliance. Warning indicates that the Commission believes that, although the institution is out of compliance, the institution has the capacity to make appropriate improvements within a reasonable period of time and the institution has the capacity to sustain itself in the long term.

Probation: The Commission places an institution on Probation when, in the Commission’s judgment, the institution is not in compliance with one or more Commission standards and that the non-compliance is sufficiently serious, extensive, or acute that it raises concern about one or more of the following:

  1. the adequacy of the education provided by the institution;
  2. the institution’s capacity to make appropriate improvements in a timely fashion; or
  3. the institution’s capacity to sustain itself in the long term.

Probation is often, but need not always be, preceded by an action of Warning or Postponement. If the Commission had previously postponed a decision or placed the institution on Warning, the Commission may place the institution on Probation if it determines that the institution has failed to address satisfactorily the Commission’s concerns in the prior action of postponement or warning regarding compliance with Commission standards. This action is accompanied by a request for a monitoring report, and a special visit follows. Probation may, but need not always, precede an action of Show Cause.

Suspend accreditation: Accreditation has been Continued for one year and an appropriate evaluation is not possible. This is a procedural action that would result in Removal of Accreditation if accreditation cannot be reaffirmed within the period of suspension.

Show cause why the institution's accreditation should not be removed: The institution is required to present its case for accreditation by means of a substantive report and/or an on-site evaluation. A "Public Disclosure Statement" is issued by the Commission.

Remove accreditation. If the institution appeals this action, its accreditation remains in effect until the appeal is completed.

Other actions are described in the Commission policy, "Range of Commission Actions on Accreditation."