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The Commonwealth Medical College Receives Candidate for Accreditation Status by Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Title IV Eligibility Initiated

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Scranton, Pennsylvania –The Commonwealth Medical College (TCMC) recently received notification from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) that it has been granted Candidate for Accreditation status. 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. TCMC’s evaluation visit by the MSCHE is scheduled for 2011-2012 and if approved, TCMC would receive full-accreditation.

This is the first step in the process of obtaining full accreditation by the MSCHE, and it allows TCMC to apply to the United States Department of Education for eligibility for the Title IV Federal Direct Student Loan Program. Access to this simple interest, government guaranteed, no collateral loan program allows students a much more desirable fixed interest rate for school loans and repayment is delayed until six months after leaving school or graduating.
“We are very pleased with achieving MSCHE accreditation candidacy status and thank the Board of Trustees, faculty and staff for their unwavering efforts in this process,” stated Robert D’Alessandri, MD, President and Dean of The Commonwealth Medical College. “This milestone is another significant step in the history of TCMC that not only demonstrates that we are progressing toward full accreditation but it brings us closer to Title IV eligibility for loans and other  scholarship and grant opportunities,” he continued.

In September 2009, 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 Doctor of Medicine (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.

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.

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).