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The Commonwealth Medical College Reviewed by Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Friday, September 04, 2020

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Scranton, Pennsylvania – Evaluators from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) recently reviewed The Commonwealth Medical College (TCMC) for accreditation candidacy status. This was the first step in the process of obtaining full accreditation by the MSCHE and will enable students to apply to the federal government in the Title IV program for access to federal loans as well as other scholarship and grant opportunities.

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is a voluntary membership association recognized by the U.S. Department of Education that accredits degree-granting colleges and universities and promotes and maintains education excellence and quality across institutions. To earn and maintain full accreditation, colleges and universities must demonstrate to colleagues from peer institutions that they meet or surpass mutually agreed-upon standards.

The MSCHE accreditation readiness site visit team met for two days with TCMC board members, administrators, faculty members, and students to examine the institution as a whole and conducted an in-depth assessment of the College’s curriculum for the Medical Doctor (MD) and Masters of Biomedical Sciences (MBS) programs, a review of facilities, and interviews with departments including Student Affairs, Admissions, Counseling, Financial Aid as well as various support services. TCMC will officially be notified in December 2009 regarding award of candidacy accreditation and if approved, can receive full-accreditation when the charter class graduates in 2013. 

“Based on preliminary review, the MSCHE evaluators were extremely impressed with the support from the Board of Trustees and the strong community commitment demonstrated during the site visit,” stated Robert D’ Alessandri, MD, President and Dean of The Commonwealth Medical College. “We at TCMC recognize the importance of community support in obtaining MSCHE accreditation candidacy status and achieving another significant step in the history of TCMC.”

“The accreditation process involves an enormous amount of time and effort in order to achieve a positive outcome and we are exceptionally grateful for all the support demonstrated by the TCMC faculty, employees, students and staff as well as our community partners who have helped in every way to bring education excellence to TCMC,” says Virginia Hunt, Associate Dean for Planning.

Background Information: The Commonwealth Medical College, one of the nation’s newest medical colleges, welcomed its charter class of sixty-five medical students and Masters of Biomedical Sciences (MBS) students in August 2009. The College has campuses in Scranton, Wilkes-Barre and Williamsport and currently has over 113 full time employees and over 557 clinical faculty members. For the academic years of 2009 and 2010, students will use temporary facilities on the Lackawanna College campus until construction of the new TCMC Medical Sciences Building is completed in April 2011. The Commonwealth Medical College is dedicated to training the next generation of physicians and scientists in a community-based model. Focusing on selecting students with a propensity for community service, the school’s unique structure is designed to provide these students with diverse clinical experiences from the very first day of their education. For information please go to

TCMC has been granted degree-granting authority from the Pennsylvania Department of Education and preliminary accreditation from the Liaison Committee of Medical Education. The Commonwealth Medical Education Corporation is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).