Statement of Accreditation Status

San Juan Bautista School of Medicine

  • CEO: Dr. Yocasta Brugal-Mena, President/Dean
  • Accreditation Liaison Officer: Dr. Ana Bermudez
  • Commission Staff Liaison: Dr. Paul Starkey, Vice President
  • Carnegie Classification: Special Focus Four-Year: Medical Schools & Centers » Four-year, very small, primarily nonresidential
  • Control: Private (Non-Profit)
  • Phase: Accredited
  • Status: Accreditation Reaffirmed
  • Candidacy Granted: 1998
  • Accreditation Granted: 2004
  • Last Reaffirmation: 2015
  • Next Self-Study Evaluation: 2019-2020
  • Next Mid-Point Peer Review: 2024

Contact Information

P.O. Box 4968 Urb. Turabo Gardens Road 172 Caguas to Cidra
Caguas, PR 00726-4968

(787) 743-3038

www.sanjuanbautista.edu

  • The following represents the MSCHE accreditation actions taken in the last ten (10) years.
  • June 17, 2020
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the second Master degree in Physician Assistant Studies within the institution’s scope of accreditation. To require written evidence of approvals from all necessary licensing, regulatory, or other legal entities as necessary, including the Puerto Rico Board of Postsecondary Institutions. To note that the Commission may rescind this action if the requested substantive change is not implemented within one calendar year from the date of this action. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2019-2020.
  • April 16, 2020
    To acknowledge receipt of the self-study report. To delay the On-Site Evaluation visit scheduled for Spring 2020 due to extraordinary circumstances related to coronavirus (COVID-19) interruptions and to continue accreditation. To note the institution remains accredited during a delay granted by the Commission. The Evaluation visit will be scheduled in accordance with Commission policy and procedures.
  • April 16, 2020
    To acknowledge receipt of formal written notice from the institution in response to the Commission’s request of March 9, 2020. To temporarily waive Substantive Change Policy and Procedures and allow the use of distance education to accommodate students impacted by coronavirus (COVID-19) interruptions, in accordance with United States Department of Education (USDE) guidelines published March 5, 2020. Continued use of distance education beyond the limitations of USDE guidelines will require substantive change approval in accordance with Substantive Change Policy and Procedures. This flexibility is not available for clock-hour courses that lead to licensure if the licensing body will not accept distance learning courses or hours or give credit for them toward the number of hours a student must complete.
  • November 15, 2018
    To acknowledge receipt of the supplemental information report. To note that a follow-up visit will not be conducted. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2019-2020.
  • March 15, 2018
    To accept the supplemental information report. To request a supplemental information report, due August 1, 2018, regarding the status of the institution. A small team visit may follow submission of the report. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2019-2020.
  • March 15, 2018
    To accept the progress report. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2019-2020.
  • October 19, 2017
    To request a supplemental information report due December 1, 2017, regarding the status of the institution.  To note that the Progress Report due on October 1, 2017, will now be due on December 1, 2017.
  • November 19, 2015
    To accept the Periodic Review Report, to reaffirm accreditation, and to commend the institution for the quality of the Periodic Review Report and the Periodic Review Report process. To request a progress report, due October 1, 2017, documenting further development and implementation of (1) goals and objectives or strategies, both institution-wide and for individual units, that are clearly stated, reflect conclusions drawn from assessment results, are linked to mission and goal achievement, and are used for planning and resource allocation at the institutional and unit levels (Standard 2); and (2) assessment of student learning and program outcomes relative to program goals and objectives and the use of the results to improve student learning and program effectiveness (Standard 14). The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2019-2020.
  • June 27, 2013
    To accept the progress report. The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2015.
  • November 15, 2012
    To accept the monitoring report. To remind the institution of the progress report, due April 1, 2013, documenting implementation of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, including evidence that outcomes assessment is used to improve teaching and learning (Standard 14). The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2015.
  • June 28, 2012
    To accept the monitoring report and to note the visit by the Commission's representatives. To request a monitoring report, due October 1, 2012, documenting continued compliance and ensuring financial stability based on financial performance during fiscal year 2011-2012 (Standard 3). The report should provide evidence of continued improvement in the passing rates of Step 1 and Step 2 of the USMLE and should provide actual fall 2012 enrollment data by class as well as documentation of the quality of fall enrolled students. To remind the institution of the progress report, due April 1, 2013, documenting implementation of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, including evidence that outcomes assessment is used to improve teaching and learning (Standard 14). The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2015.
  • March 1, 2012
    To note the visit by the Commission’s representative. To also note receipt of the requested monitoring report. A small team visit to the campus will be conducted April 15 – 18, 2012. The monitoring report and the report of the small team will be acted on by the Commission at its June meeting. To remind the institution of the progress report due April 1, 2013, documenting implementation of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, including evidence that outcomes assessment is used to improve teaching and learning (Standard 14). The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2015.
  • November 17, 2011
    To request a monitoring report due January 9, 2012 in lieu of the previously requested Supplemental Information Report due December 1, 2011 documenting compliance with Standards 3 (Institutional Resources), 6 (Integrity), 8 (Student Admissions and Retention); 11 (Educational Offerings), and 13 (Related Educational Activities). To request that the Monitoring Report include, but not be limited to, (1) documented evidence of appropriate and sufficient clinical opportunities for medical students (Standards 3, 11, and 13); (2) documentation clarifying the current structural and financial relationship between the San Juan Bautista School of Medicine and the San Juan Bautista Hospital and the financial impact of the Hospital’s bankruptcy on the School of Medicine (Standard 3); (3) documented evidence that the institution has adequate resources to support its mission (Standard 3); (4) the audit for Fiscal Year 2011 (Standard 3); (5) documented evidence of policies and procedures to ensure that changes and issues affecting institutional mission, goals, sites, programs, operations, and other material changes are disclosed accurately and in a timely manner to the institution’s community, to the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, and to any other appropriate regulatory bodies (Standard 6); (6) documented evidence that expected student learning outcomes and information on institution-wide assessment results, including but not limited to United States Medical Licensure Examination pass rates, are available to prospective students (Standard 8); (7) documented evidence that institutional goals for student achievement are appropriate for the programs offered and that students are achieving the expected outcomes, (Standard 11); and (8) documented evidence that educational offerings are congruent with the institution’s mission and that those offerings include appropriate areas of academic study of sufficient content, breadth and length, and conducted at levels of rigor appropriate to the programs or degrees offered, (Standard 11). To direct a prompt Commission liaison guidance visit to discuss the Commission’s expectations. A visit will follow submission of the monitoring report. The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2015.
  • June 23, 2011
    To accept the progress report. To remind the institution that a progress report is due by April 1, 2013, documenting implementation of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, including evidence that outcomes assessment is used to improve teaching and learning (Standard 14). The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2015.
  • March 3, 2011
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the Bachelor of Science in Nursing within the scope of the institution's accreditation. To request a progress report due by April 1, 2013, documenting implementation of the program, including evidence that outcomes assessment is used to improve teaching and learning (Standard 14). To note that the progress report due by March 1, 2011, will be acted upon by the Commission at its June meeting. The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2015.
  • Distance Education
    Not approved for this delivery method
  • Correspondence Education
    Not approved for this delivery method

Approved Credential Levels

The following represents credential levels included in the scope of the institution’s accreditation:

  • Bachelor's Degree or Equivalent Approved to offer ONE program at this credential level: Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Master's Degree or Equivalent
  • Doctor's Degree - Professional Practice

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