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College of
Health Sciences

Institutional approvals

State approval

Geisinger College of Health Sciences is authorized as a degree-granting institution by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE), Division of Higher & Career Education.

Inquires or complaints can be directed to PDE, located at:
333 Market Street Harrisburg, PA 17126
Call PDE: 717-783-6788

Institutional accreditation

Accreditation is a process of peer review that the educational community has adopted for its self-regulation since early in the 20th century. It’s a voluntary process intended to strengthen and sustain the quality and integrity of higher education, making it worthy of public confidence. Institutions choose to apply for accredited status, and once accredited, they agree to abide by the standards of their accrediting organization and to regulate themselves by taking responsibility for their own improvement. 

Geisinger College of Health Sciences is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) to award master’s and doctor’s degrees. MSCHE is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. Inquires or complaints can be referred to Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market St., 2nd fl. West, Philadelphia, PA 19104 or by phone to 215-662-5501. Additional information is available online.    

MD program accreditation

The Doctor of Medicine (MD) program is accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME). In July 2014, Geisinger Commonwealth received full accreditation by LCME, which certifies that the MD program meets national standards for structure and function. Contact the LCME.

Nursing program accreditation

Effective Sept. 25, 2023, the nursing program is a candidate for initial accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing. This candidacy status expires on Sept. 25, 2025.

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400
Atlanta, GA 30326 404-975-5000
Visit the ACEN website

Graduate medical education program accreditation

Geisinger Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) Institutional Accreditation

Geisinger has Continued ACGME Sponsoring Institution Accreditation (Sponsoring Institution #410240) effective January 2023. Through the ACGME, Geisinger has 56 accredited residency and fellowship training programs.

Continuing education program accreditation  

Detailed information on accreditors for continuing education programs.

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