Accreditation

Male students walking to Kelvin Smith Library at Case Western Reserve University

Case Western Reserve University has been accredited since 1913 by the Higher Learning Commission, and is a member of the North Central Association. The commission is located at 230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500 in Chicago, Illinois, and can be reached at 312.263.0456.

CWRU is chartered by the Ohio Department of Higher Education.

To learn more about the university's accreditation and charter, click here.

Master of Science in Anesthesia Network Accreditation

The Cleveland, Houston, and Washinton, D.C. locations of the Master of Science in Anesthesia Program are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) and the Accreditation Review Committee for the Anesthesiologist Assistant (ARC-AA).

CAAHEP is located at 25400 US Highway 19 North, Suite 158, in Clearwater, Florida, and can be reached at 727.210.2350 or at mail@caahep.org. 

ARC-AA can be reached at 612.836.3311 or at arc-aa@arc-aa.org.

Cleveland, Ohio

The Cleveland location received initial accreditation in 1988. The current status is accredited.

The next review will take place in 2022.

Houston, Texas

The Houston location received initial accreditation in 2010. The current status is accredited.

The next review will take place no later than 2030.

Washington, D.C.

The Washington location received initial accreditation in 2012. The current status is accredited.

The next review will take place in 2021.

The Washington, D.C. location also maintains licensing through the The Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) Higher Education Licensure Commission (HELC), which is located at 810 1st Street NE, 2nd Floor, Washington, D.C. 20001 and can be reached at 202.727.6436 TTY: 771. The DCELC granted a license to the Washington location in 2012, and the current status is licensed until November 30, 2024.

Grievances

Students should feel comfortable filing grievances of any nature. Student grievances should be submitted in writing to both their local program director and medical director. If the grievance is related to the local program director or the medical director the grievance should be submitted to the Executive Program Director, Joseph Rifici.

The grievance, subsequently, will be presented to the Progress and Promotions committee, which consists of the local program director, medical director, faculty, clinical coordinators, and administrative operations manager. If a grievance is with a member of the progress and promotions committee, that individual will not participate in the committee’s process as related to the grievance.

If the decision of the progress and promotions committee is unsatisfactory after presentation, student grievances regarding grading, academic evaluation, or other matters will then be submitted to the joint advanced practice profession committee. The joint advanced practice profession committee consists of members of the MSA and PA respective Progress and Promotions/Academic Standing and Progress committee.

If, after being notified of the decision, the student feels that the Joint committee did not properly follow its established procedures, then an additional written appeal may be forwarded to the Vice Dean of Medical Education for the School of Medicine within 10 business days and may only appeal on the basis of procedural issues. This step exhausts the student’s appeal options and the Vice Dean of Medical Education determination is final. 

For Washington Students

Our DC location is also locally licensed by The Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) Higher Education Licensure Commission (HELC). Please note that the HELC is the final resort for a student grievance.

CWRU MSA students at our program location in Houston, Texas can also refer to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board’s complaint procedures.

Students with questions about any of these policies and procedures are encouraged to contact the program director at their location of study.

Delayed Graduation

The P&P committee has the authority to delay graduation based on its unanimous, documented concern about a student’s clinical expertise or safety. The committee must unanimously decide that a student is not ready to graduate, and then communicate that decision to the student and recommend remediation for a specified period of time.

The options of LOA or withdrawal are open to such students but should be discussed in individual counseling sessions prior to remediation and should not be used to offset bad performance.