Accreditations and Approval

Status of Approval to Operate by California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education

California University of Science and Medicine University (CUSM) is a private institution approved to operate by the California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE). Approval to operate means that the CUSM is compliant with the minimum standards contained in the California Postsecondary Education Act of 2009 (as amended) and Division 7.5 of Title 5 of the California Code of Regulations.

The BPPE approval status and a list of approved programs can be verified at the BPPE’s directory of approved institutions.

California Education Code Section 94913(a) required publications and notices.

1. School Catalog.
a. 2018-2019 University Student Catalog/Handbook
2. A School Performance Fact Sheet for the follow educational program:
a. Master of Biomedical Sciences Program
b. Doctor of Medicine Program
3. School brochures
a. School of Medicine
4. Bureau's Internet Web site
5. The institution's most recent annual report submitted to the bureau.
a. Annual Report for 2017

Notice to Prospective Degree Program Students of Provisional BPPE Approval

This institution is provisionally approved by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education to offer degree programs. To continue to offer this degree program, this institution must meet the following requirements:

  • Become institutionally accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the United States Department of Education, with the scope of the accreditation covering at least one degree program.
  • Achieve accreditation candidacy or pre-accreditation, as defined in regulations, by May 17, 2019, and full accreditation by May 17, 2022.

If this institution stops pursuing accreditation, it must:

  • Stop all enrollment in its degree programs, and
  • Provide a teach-out to finish the educational program or provide a refund.

An institution that fails to comply with accreditation requirements by the required dates shall have its approval to offer degree programs automatically suspended.

Status of Accreditation by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges

CUSM has applied for Eligibility from the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC). WSCUC has reviewed the application and determined that CUSM is eligible to proceed with an application for Initial Accreditation. A determination of Eligibility is not a formal status with WSCUC, nor does it ensure eventual accreditation; it is a preliminary finding that the institution is potentially accreditable and can proceed to be reviewed for Initial Accreditation with WSCUC. The first visit for achieving Initial Accreditation must take place within five years of being granted Eligibility. Questions about Eligibility may be directed to the institution or to WSCUC at or at 510-748-9001.

Note: A degree program that is unaccredited or a degree from an unaccredited institution is not recognized for some employment positions, including, but not limited to, positions with the State of California. In addition, a student enrolled in an unaccredited institution is not eligible for federal financial aid programs.

Status of Accreditation by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education

The CUSM School of Medicine MD program has obtained preliminary accreditation status from the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME). Accreditation by LCME is a multistage process.

Preliminary Accreditation

The Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) approved California University of Science and Medicine-School of Medicine (CalMed) to receive Preliminary Accreditation in February 2018. This approval allows CalMed to recruit and advertise for students; solicit applicant information; initiate a process for reviewing admissions applications; issue letters of admission; and teach medical students.

Provisional Accreditation

The LCME will conduct a survey visit for provisional accreditation typically before the charter class is at the midpoint of their second year. During this site visit the LCME will determine if our program is in compliance with or has made sufficient progress toward relevant accreditation standards, and if successful awards provisional accreditation.

Full Accreditation

A survey visit for full accreditation typically occurs when the charter class is early in the fourth year of the curriculum. The LCME will determine if the program is in compliance with or has made sufficient progress toward compliance with accreditation standards and grants full accreditation at that time.