Accreditation News for CSPM and OT

Provost and Academic Vice President Scot Foster is pleased to share good news with the College community that two excellent professional accreditation actions have been received for the podiatric medicine and occupational therapy degree programs.

The Occupational Therapy Department received a stellar review by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) granting an accreditation term of ten years, with no citations given. The next visit will occur in 2017-2018. The OT review demonstrated compliance with all ACOTE standards, and included a list of commendations regarding such attributes as overall program leadership, a three-year exam pass rate of 90% (higher than the national average), and an impressive faculty who are diverse, globally engaged and committed to providing an integrated "mind-body" program of study and practice. Job exceptionally well done!

The College community was informed earlier in the year that the California School of Podiatric Medicine (CSPM) had been placed on "administrative" probation by the Council on Podiatric Medical Education (CPME). In a recent communication to the CSPM faculty, students and staff, Dr Foster stated that the "California School of Podiatric Medicine is [now] accredited through October 2010. This award of accreditation is for the same period of time for which the School was awarded its original accreditation in October of 2006…that the term of accreditation has not been shortened because of the interim notice of probation, which has now been lifted." Excellent news!

Samuel Merritt College continues to provide high quality health sciences education to students, and we will strive for other positive accreditation reviews in the future as we assess our educational effectiveness. Congratulations to both academic programs, with special acknowledgement to faculty for their dedication to student learning and success.


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