Statement of Accreditation Status

Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine

  • CEO: Dr. John Ferretti, President/CEO
  • Accreditation Liaison Officer: Dr. Mathew Bateman
  • Commission Staff Liaison: Dr. Anne Wahl, Vice President
  • Carnegie Classification: Special Focus Four-Year: Medical Schools & Centers » Exclusively graduate/professional
  • Control: Private (Non-Profit)
  • Phase: Accredited
  • Status: Accreditation Reaffirmed
  • Candidacy Granted: 2003
  • Accreditation Granted: 2006
  • Last Reaffirmation: 2022
  • Next Self-Study Evaluation: 2029-2030

Contact Information

1858 West Grandview Blvd.
Erie, PA 16509

(814) 866-6641

www.lecom.edu

  • March 10, 2022
    To acknowledge receipt of the self-study report. To note that the institution hosted a virtual site visit in lieu of an on-site visit in accordance with the United States Department of Education (USDE) guidelines published March 17, 2020. To reaffirm accreditation. To note that a verification visit is required by USDE guidelines and will be conducted within a reasonable period of time following the virtual site visit. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2029-2030.
  • December 2, 2021
    To note that the substantive change visit to the additional location at 1 Park Pl., Elmira, NY 14901 which occurred on June 22, 2021, and the information provided in the substantive change request was verified. To note that the institution hosted a virtual site visit in lieu of an on-site visit in accordance with the United States Department of Education (USDE) guidelines published March 17, 2020. To note that a verification visit is required by USDE guidelines and will be conducted within a reasonable period of time following the virtual site visit.
  • December 3, 2020
    To acknowledge receipt of documentation of approval from The University of the State of New York State Education Department. To include the additional location at 1 Park Place, Elmira, NY 14901 within the scope of the institution's accreditation. To remind the institution that a substantive change site visit is required as soon as practicable.
  • July 2, 2018
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the second Doctor's - Research/Scholarship degree program (Doctorate in Medical Microbiology Education) within the scope of the institution's accreditation. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2021-2022.
  • July 2, 2018
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the second Postsecondary Certificate program (>=2 years, <= 4 years) in Registered Nurse (RN) to Pre-Pharm.D. Bridge within the scope of the institution's accreditation.
  • April 30, 2018
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include provisionally the additional location at LECOM at Elmira, 1 Park Place, Elmira, NY 14901 within the scope of the institution's accreditation pending a site visit within six months of the commencement of operations and effective upon receipt of state approval. The Commission requires written notification within thirty days of the commencement of operations at this additional location. Operations at the additional location must commence within one calendar year from the date of this action. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2021-2022.
  • January 2, 2018
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the first Postsecondary Award/Cert/Diploma (>=2 years, <= 4 years) (Certificate in Pre-Pharm.D. Enrichment) within the scope of the institution's accreditation. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2021-2022.
  • November 16, 2017
    To accept the Periodic Review Report, to reaffirm accreditation, and to commend the institution for the quality of the Periodic Review Report process. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2021-2022.
  • May 24, 2017
    To rescind the substantive change action of August 31, 2015. To note the institution's decision to not operate the site at LECOM-Elmira College, 1 Park Place, Elmira, NY 14901 as an additional location.
  • February 27, 2017
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the first Doctor's - Research/Scholarship degree, PhD in Anatomy Education within the scope of the institution's accreditation. The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2017.
  • August 31, 2015
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the additional location of LECOM-Elmira College, 1 Park Place, Elmira, NY 14901 provisionally within the scope of the institution's accreditation pending a site visit within six months of the commencement of operations at this location and effective upon receipt of state approval. The Commission requires written notification of thirty days of the commencement of operations at this location. In the event that operations at this location do not commence within one calendar year from the approval of this action, approval will lapse. The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2017.
  • November 21, 2013
    To accept the monitoring report. The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2017.
  • September 3, 2013
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request and to include the online Masters in Health Services Administration (MHSA) program within the scope of the institution's accreditation. To remind the institution of the request for a monitoring report, due October 1, 2013, documenting evidence of (1) implementation of a budget process that explicitly links strategic planning to budgeting (Standard 2); and (2) continued progress in the implementation of institutional assessment, including evidence of assessment in all units and of the use of assessment results to improve planning and budgeting and teaching and learning (Standard 7). To further remind that, in lieu of the previously requested progress report on the Doctor of Dental Medicine (D.D.M.) degree program, due October 1, 2013, the monitoring report should also document (1) progress in the implementation of the program, including the assessment of student learning outcomes in the program and of the effectiveness of the program, and (2) the impact of the implementation of the program on the institution (Standards 7 and 14). The Periodic Review Report is now due June 1, 2017.
  • November 15, 2012
    To accept the monitoring report and to note the visit by the Commission's representatives. To remove the warning because the institution is now in compliance with Standard 7 (Institutional Assessment) and to reaffirm accreditation. To request a monitoring report, due October 1, 2013, documenting evidence of (1) implementation of a budget process that explicitly links strategic planning to budgeting (Standard 2); and (2) continued progress in the implementation of institutional assessment, including evidence of assessment in all units and of the use of assessment results to improve planning and budgeting and teaching and learning (Standard 7). To further request that, in lieu of the previously requested progress report on the Doctor of Dental Medicine (D.D.M.) degree program, due October 1, 2013, the monitoring report also document (1) progress in the implementation of the program, including the assessment of student learning outcomes in the program and of the effectiveness of the program, and (2) the impact of the implementation of the program on the institution (Standards 7 and 14). The Periodic Review Report is now due June 1, 2017.
  • July 2, 2012
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request and to include the Doctor of Dental Medicine (D.D.M.) degree program within the scope of the institution's accreditation. To request a progress report, due October 1, 2013, documenting (1) progress in the implementation of the program, including the assessment of student learning outcomes in the program and of the effectiveness of the program, and (2) the impact of the implementation of the program on the institution (Standards 7 and 14). To remind the institution that it has been warned that its accreditation may be in jeopardy because of insufficient evidence that it is in compliance with Standard 7 (Institutional Assessment). To note that the institution remains accredited while on warning. To remind the institution of the monitoring report, due September 1, 2012, documenting evidence that the institution has achieved and can sustain compliance with Standard 7 (Institutional Assessment). To request that the monitoring report include, but not be limited to, systematic, documented evidence of (1) development and implementation of institutional assessments that clearly relate to institutional mission, strategic goals, and all programs and services (Standard 7) and (2) clear linkages among mission, strategic goals, planning, institutional assessment and resource allocation (Standards 1, 2, and 7), including (a) development and implementation of institutional assessments that clearly relate to institutional mission, strategic goals, and all programs and services (Standard 7) and (b) communication and use of institutional assessment findings to inform plans, decisions, and resource allocations (Standards 1, 2, and 7). To further request that the monitoring report also document (1) amendment of the bylaws to (a) reflect accurately and appropriately the respective roles and powers of the board and chief executive officer, (b) fully indicate ex officio members and their voting status, and (c) delineate a clear selection process for governing board members (Standard 4); (2) board minutes that accurately reflect attendance, recusals, content of approved resolutions, and approval of related party and related entity transactions (Standard 4); and (3) institutional and program-level student learning assessment results and their use for improvement, planning, resource allocation, and decision making (Standard 14). A small team visit will follow submission of the monitoring report. To note that the due date for the Periodic Review Report will be established when accreditation is reaffirmed.
  • June 28, 2012
    To note the visit by the Commission's representative. To remind the institution that it has been warned that its accreditation may be in jeopardy because of insufficient evidence that it is in compliance with Standard 7 (Institutional Assessment). To note that the institution remains accredited while on warning. To remind the institution of the monitoring report, due September 1, 2012, documenting evidence that the institution has achieved and can sustain compliance with Standard 7 (Institutional Assessment). To request that the monitoring report include, but not be limited to, systematic, documented evidence of (1) development and implementation of institutional assessments that clearly relate to institutional mission, strategic goals, and all programs and services (Standard 7) and (2) clear linkages among mission, strategic goals, planning, institutional assessment, and resource allocation (Standards 1, 2, and 7), including (a) development and implementation of institutional assessments that clearly relate to institutional mission, strategic goals, and all programs and services (Standard 7) and (b) communication and use of institutional assessment findings to inform plans, decisions, and resource allocations (Standards 1, 2, and 7). To further request that the monitoring report also document (1) amendment of the bylaws to (a) reflect accurately and appropriately the respective roles and powers of the board and chief executive officer, (b) fully indicate ex officio members and their voting status, and (c) delineate a clear selection process for governing board members (Standard 4); (2) board minutes that accurately reflect attendance, recusals, content of approved resolutions, and approval of related party and related entity transactions (Standard 4); and (3) institutional and program-level student learning assessment results and their use for improvement, planning, resource allocation, and decision making (Standard 14). A small team visit will follow submission of the monitoring report. To note that the due date for the Periodic Review Report will be established when accreditation is reaffirmed.
  • May 24, 2012
    To allow the institution to submit, prior to reaffirmation of accreditation, a substantive change request to include the Doctor of Dental Medicine (D.D.M.) degree within the scope of the institution's accreditation. The Substantive Change request must address the issues identified in the Commission's action of March 3, 2011. To remind the institution that it has been warned that its accreditation may be in jeopardy because of insufficient evidence that it is in compliance with Standard 7 (Institutional Assessment). To note that the institution remains accredited while on warning. To remind the institution of the monitoring report, due September 1, 2012, documenting evidence that the institution has achieved and can sustain compliance with Standard 7 (Institutional Assessment). To request that the monitoring report include, but not be limited to, systematic, documented evidence of (1) development and implementation of institutional assessments that clearly relate to institutional mission, strategic goals, and all programs and services (Standard 7) and (2) clear linkages among mission, strategic goals, planning, institutional assessment and resource allocation (Standards 1, 2, and 7), including (a) development and implementation of institutional assessments that clearly relate to institutional mission, strategic goals, and all programs and services (Standard 7) and (b) communication and use of institutional assessment findings to inform plans, decisions, and resource allocations (Standards 1, 2, and 7). To further request that the monitoring report also document (1) amendment of the bylaws to (a) reflect accurately and appropriately the respective roles and powers of the board and chief executive officer, (b) fully indicate ex officio members and their voting status, and (c) delineate a clear selection process for governing board members (Standard 4); (2) board minutes that accurately reflect attendance, recusals, content of approved resolutions, and approval of related party and related entity transactions (Standard 4); and (3) institutional and program-level student learning assessment results and their use for improvement, planning, resource allocation, and decision making (Standard 14). A small team visit will follow submission of the monitoring report. To note that the due date for the Periodic Review Report will be established when accreditation is reaffirmed.
  • March 1, 2012
    To accept the monitoring report and to note the visit by the Commission's representatives. To continue to warn the institution that its accreditation may be in jeopardy because of insufficient evidence that it is in compliance with Standard 7 (Institutional Assessment). To note that the institution remains accredited while on warning. To request a monitoring report, due September 1, 2012, documenting evidence that the institution has achieved and can sustain compliance with Standard 7 (Institutional Assessment). To request that the monitoring report include, but not be limited to, systematic, documented evidence of (1) development and implementation of institutional assessments that clearly relate to institutional mission, strategic goals, and all programs and services (Standard 7) and (2) clear linkages among mission, strategic goals, planning, institutional assessment and resource allocation (Standards 1, 2, and 7), including (a) development and implementation of institutional assessments that clearly relate to institutional mission, strategic goals, and all programs and services (Standard 7) and (b) communication and use of institutional assessment findings to inform plans, decisions, and resource allocations (Standards 1, 2, and 7). To further request that the monitoring report also document (1) amendment of the bylaws to (a) reflect accurately and appropriately the respective roles and powers of the board and chief executive officer, (b) fully indicate ex officio members and their voting status, and (c) delineate a clear selection process for governing board members (Standard 4); (2) board minutes that accurately reflect attendance, recusals, content of approved resolutions, and approval of related party and related entity transactions (Standard 4); and (3) institutional and program-level student learning assessment results and their use for improvement, planning, resource allocation, and decision making (Standard 14). A small team visit will follow submission of the monitoring report. To direct a prompt liaison guidance visit. To remind the institution that the Commission will not consider any substantive change requests from the institution until accreditation is reaffirmed, but to allow the institution to submit a Substantive Change request to include the Doctor of Dental Medicine (D.D.M.), which has now gained initial accreditation from the American Dental Association, within the scope of its accreditation, noting the request would be considered at the Commission's November 2012 meeting, should accreditation be reaffirmed at that meeting. The Substantive Change request must address the issues identified in the Commission's action of March 3, 2011. To note that the due date for the Periodic Review Report will be established when accreditation is reaffirmed.
  • November 17, 2011
    To note the visit by the Commission's representatives. To remind the institution of the warning that its accreditation may be in jeopardy because of insufficient evidence that it is in compliance with Standard 7 (Institutional Assessment). To note that the institution remains accredited while on warning. To remind the institution that the Commission will not consider any substantive change requests from the institution until accreditation is reaffirmed. To note that the monitoring report, due November 1, 2011, and the small team visit that follows it will be acted upon by the Commission at its March 2012 meeting. The date for submission of the Periodic Review Report will be set when accreditation is reaffirmed.
  • June 23, 2011
    To warn the institution that its accreditation may be in jeopardy because of insufficient evidence that it is in compliance with Standard 7 (Institutional Assessment). To note that the institution remains accredited while on warning. To document receipt of the supplemental report. The Commission will not consider this or any other substantive change requests from the institution until accreditation is reaffirmed. To request a monitoring report, due November 1, 2011, documenting compliance with Standard 7 (Institutional Assessment). To further request that the monitoring report also document compliance with Standards 4 (Leadership and Governance), and 14 (Assessment of Student Learning. To further request that the monitoring report include, but not be limited to (1) institutional, program, and course-level learning goals stated as student learning outcomes (Standard 14), (2) evidence of documented, organized, and sustained assessment processes to evaluate and improve the institution's total range of programs and services; achievement of institutional mission, goals, and plans; institutional and program-level student learning outcomes; and compliance with accreditation standards (Standards 7 and 14), (3) direct evidence that, at program completion, students in all programs have the knowledge, skills, and competencies consistent with institutional, program-level, and appropriate higher education goals (Standard 14), (4) consistent, systematic use of assessment results to improve student learning, program effectiveness, planning, and decision-making (Standards 7 and 14), (5) periodic evaluation of the effectiveness and comprehensiveness of student learning assessment processes (Standard 14), (6) collaboration and integration across campuses in assessing institutional and program-level student learning outcomes and analyzing, reporting, and using assessment results to improve student learning and program effectiveness (Standard 14), (7) clear delineation in institutional governing documents (corporate bylaws) of the duties and responsibilities of the board and how they relate to, and are distinct from, the duties and responsibilities of the institution's president, including the respective roles of the board, president, and provost in policy development and decision-making (Standard 4), (8) adherence of the board and president to their respective roles, including the president's role of leading the institution (Standard 4), and (9) sufficient autonomy and independence of the board to fulfill its responsibilities, including appropriate policies and procedures to set goals for and objectively evaluate institutional leadership, including the president and provost (Standard 4). To direct an immediate Commission liaison guidance visit to discuss the Commission's expectations. The date for submission of the Periodic Review Report will be set when accreditation is reaffirmed.
  • March 3, 2011
    To postpone a decision on the substantive change request to include the Doctor of Dental Medicine (D.D.M.) within the scope of the institution’s accreditation. To request a Supplemental Report, by April 1, 2011, documenting all information and analysis requested in the Commission’s substantive change procedures, including but not limited to (1) the program’s curriculum, (2) plans to assess institutional and program-level student learning outcomes, (3) a clear connection to the institution’s strategic plan, (4) a detailed schedule for implementing the program and its curriculum at the branch and main campuses, (5) analysis of facility and library collection alignment with program needs, (6) minimum credentials of faculty and administrators in and overseeing the program, (7) impact on other institutional programs and operations beyond financial impact, (8) how the program is integrated into the institutional governance structure, (9) the program faculty’s role in shared governance, (10) records that program approval followed established institutional procedures, (11) evidence of a sufficient number of clinical affiliations, and (12) evidence of continued compliance with all MSCHE standards as the program is implemented and scaled. The next evaluation is scheduled for 2010-2011.
  • Distance Education
    Approved to offer programs by 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:

  • Postsecondary award (2-4 yrs) Included within the scope: Certificate in Pre-Pharm.D. Enrichment
  • Post-baccalaureate Certificate Included within the scope to offer ONE program:
  • Master's Degree or Equivalent Included within the scope:
  • Doctor's Degree - Professional Practice Included within the scope:
  • Doctor's Degree- Research/Scholarship Included within the scope:
  • Branch Campus
    LECOM Bradenton
    5000 Lakewood Ranch Blvd.
    Bradenton, FL 34211-4909
  • Additional Location
    LECOM at Elmira
    1 LECOM Place
    Elmira, NY 14901
    Opened: 07/01/2020
  • Additional Location
    Seton Hill University
    1 Seton Hill Drive
    Greensburg, PA 15601
  • Other Instructional Site
    LECOM DeFuniak Springs Dental Office
    101 LECOM Way
    DeFuniak Springs, FL 32435
  • Other Instructional Site
    LECOM Erie Dental Office
    2000 W. Grandview Blvd.
    Erie, PA 16509

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