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- Indicates that the Commission has found that an institution has met or exceeded the expectations of the Standards and the Core Commitments to Institutional Capacity and Educational Effectiveness. Initial accreditation is for a period of five to seven years before the next comprehensive review. Reaffirmation is granted for a period of seven to ten years and may be accompanied by a request for interim reports and/or special visits, or a formal Notice of Concern.

Most Recent Commission Action: 
Friday, June 29, 2018
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

Institutions within the WSCUC region are classified as Non-profit, For-profit or State-supported.


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 Linda Crans Chair, Board of Trustees lpawell [at]
Chief Academic Officer David Baron Senior Vice President & Provost dbaron [at]
Chief Executive Officer Daniel Wilson President president [at]
Chief Financial Officer Kevin Shaw Chief Financial Officer/Treasurer kshaw [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 2021 Special Visit
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)).

Fall 2025 Offsite Review
Spring 2026 Accreditation Visit

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