Statement of Accreditation Status
Western University of Health Sciences

309 E Second Street College Plaza
Pomona, CA 91766-1854
United States

The OPEID number is used by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE) to identify schools that have Program Participation Agreements (PPA) for purposes of eligibility to participate in Federal Student Financial Assistance programs under Title IV.

Current Accreditation Status

Accredited with Notice of Concern indicates that the institution, while it currently meets WASC Standards, is in danger of being found out of compliance with one or more Standards if current trends continue. It may also be issued if an institution is removed from sanction and the Commission wishes to emphasize the need for continuing progress. Formal Notice of Concern requires a special visit within four years to assess progress. If the Commission's concerns are not addressed by that time, a sanction is imposed.

Accredited with Notice of Concern
Most Recent Commission Action: 
Friday, June 25, 2021
Granted Candidacy

Candidacy is a status of preliminary affiliation with the Senior College and University Commission, awarded for a maximum of four years following a procedure for institutional review that includes self-study and on-site visitation. Candidacy indicates that the institution meets all or nearly all the Standards at a minimum level. Candidacy is not accreditation and does not ensure eventual accreditation; it means that an institution is progressing toward accreditation. This is the date that the institution was first granted the status of Candidacy with WSCUC. Not all institutions have become accredited with WSCUC through the Candidacy process.

First Accredited

Date the institution was first accredited by WSCUC.

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Financial Structure Type

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Choices include: No related entity, Proprietary with Parent Board, Religious Control, Multi-institutional system, Other. For more information please see the Related Entities Policy.

No Related Entity
Academic Calendar

The period of time generally extending from September to June; usually equated to 2 semesters or trimesters, 3 quarters, or the period covered by a 4-1-4 calendar system.

Distributes Federal Financial Aid: 
Rolesort descending Name Title E-mail
Accreditation Liaison Officer Juan Ramirez Associate VIce President, Institutional Research and Effectiveness jramirez [at]
Board of Directors Chair Elizabeth Zamora Chair, Board of Trustees lpawell [at]
Chief Academic Officer David Baron Senior Vice President & Provost dbaron [at]
Chief Executive Officer Sylvia Manning Interim President smanning [at]
Chief Financial Officer Joshua McFarlen Interim CFO & Treasurer jmcfarlen [at]
Director Institutional Research Juan Ramirez Associate VIce President, Institutional Research and Effectiveness jramirez [at]
Degreesort descending Degree Level Year Implemented Modality
Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) Professional Doctorate 2009 On-Site
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Professional Doctorate 2008 Distance Education
Doctor of Optometry (OD) Professional Doctorate 2009 On-Site
Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) Professional Doctorate 1977 On-Site
Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) Professional Doctorate 1996 On-Site
Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Professional Doctorate 2003 On-Site
Doctor of Podatric Medicine (DPM) Professional Doctorate 2009 On-Site
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) Professional Doctorate 2003 On-Site
Emergency Nurse Practitioner Certificate Non-degree 2018 Distance Education
Master of Science Biomedical Sciences (MSBS) Masters 2010 On-Site
Master of Science Health Sciences (MSHS) Masters 1986 On-Site
Master of Science in Health Sciences Masters 2020 Distance Education
Master of Science Medical Sciences (MSMS) Masters 2010 On-Site
Master of Science Nursing (MSN) Masters 2004 Distance Education
Master of Science Pharmaceutical Sciences (MSPS) Masters 2003 On-Site
Master of Science Physician Assistant Studies (MSPAS) Masters 2000 On-Site
Post-Masters Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Non-degree 2000 Distance Education
Season Year Review Type
Spring 2022 Interim Report

Interim Reports focus on specific issues of concern identified as part of the comprehensive review process, annual report submission, the complaint process, substantive change, or other interactions with the Commission. The purpose of Interim Reports is to ensure that institutions continue to meet the Core Commitments and Standards with respect to the identified areas of concern.

Spring 2022 Mid-Cycle Review

The Mid-Cycle Review (MCR) is a review of each institution near the midpoint of its period of accreditation, focusing particularly on student achievement. The Review is performed by WSCUC staff, and draws on evidence from an update of the institution’s Inventory of Educational Effectiveness Indicators and retention and graduation data, as well as any trends emerging from Annual Reports to surface any potential issues across the Standards. The overall purpose of the Mid-Cycle Review is to "identify problems with an institution's or program's continued compliance with agency standards" while "tak[ing] into account institutional or program strengths and stability" (U.S. Department of Education, §602.19(b)).

Spring 2023 Special Visit
Fall 2025 Offsite Review
Spring 2026 Accreditation Visit

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