Accreditation is a process designed to attest to the educational quality of new and established educational programs.
- The Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) accredits complete and independent medical education programs leading to the M.D. degree in which medical students are geographically located in the United States or Canada for their education and which are operated by universities or medical schools chartered in the United States or Canada.
- The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) is the state authority to review and approve new degree certificate and degree programs across education institutions.
- The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS COC) accredits an entire institution, including all of its programs and services. The Commission is interested in significant changes that are occurring at member institutions because the scope of accreditation extends to the total college or university.
Below is a timeline of accreditation milestones at Dell Medical School:
Summer 2017: Arrival of Second Class
Dell Medical School will welcome its second class of 50 students in June 2017.
October 2016: SACS COC Accreditation
Dell Medical School passes accreditation review from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.
June 2015: SACS COC Approval
The Board of Trustees of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges approved the inclusion of the Doctor of Medicine degree program in the scope of current accredited programs at The University of Texas at Austin.
June 2015: Applications Accepted
Dell Medical School receives Preliminary Accreditation Status and begins accepting applications for its inaugural class of 50 students who will begin receiving instruction in 2016.
June 2015: LCME Reviews Site Visit Results
The accreditation agency for medical schools, the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) reviews site visit results and determines whether students can be accepted for the summer of 2016. The U.S. Department of Education recognizes the LCME as the reliable authority for accreditation of medical education programs leading to the MD degree.
April 2015: THECB Approval
The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board grants The University of Texas at Austin the authority to administer a new degree program in medicine.
February 2015: SACS COC Submission
Dell Medical School is required to complete a Substantive Change Prospectus to the SACS COC for review and approval.
January 2015: LCME Site Visit
Site visit by team from the LCME; their report is submitted for review to the entire committee.
October 2014: LCME Reviews Self-Study
LCME committee reviews self-study and database, and determines whether the school has met all preliminary requirements, if so, it will schedule a site visit.
August 2014: Submission of Accreditation Materials
Dell Medical School is required to complete its academic curriculum and plan for the school, called the self-study and data collection instrument, and submit it to the LCME for review and approval as part of the accreditation process.
September 2013: Application for LCME Accreditation Submitted
Dell Medical School submits its application to the LCME. The application starts an 18-month process for authorization to launch an inaugural class in fall 2016 with full accreditation projected for 2020, the same year the first students will graduate.
June 2013: THECB Preliminary Authority
The Texas Higher Education Board grants The University of Texas at Austin the authority to begin planning for application of a new degree program in medicine.
On June 29, 2015, the Dell Medical School announced that it received preliminary accreditation at a press conference with leaders from UT Austin and other Travis County partners: