Institutional Accreditation

Wake Forest University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate, masters, and doctorate degrees. Contact the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at:

1866 Southern Lane
Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097
You can also call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Wake Forest University. Information regarding filing a complaint with SACSCOC may be found here.

Professional Licensure Disclosures for Enrolled and Prospective Students

Each state is responsible for establishing its own requirements for applicable professional licensing and/or certification requirements. If you are considering a degree program that may lead to a professional license and/or certification, please be aware that at this time, a determination has not been made as to whether any Wake Forest School of Medicine educational programs meet the requirements for professional licensure and/or certification for any state.

The curriculum for all School of Medicine degree programs have been designed to meet the licensure/certification requirements in North Carolina and prepare students to sit for licensure/certification exams in North Carolina. The various licensure boards in each state are responsible for setting requirements for licensure/certification in their state. If you are a student studying online with the intent of returning or moving to any state other than North Carolina, please explore the requirements for that state.

If you are considering a degree program that leads to a professional license and/or certification, please note that Wake Forest School of Medicine may or may not be able to confirm whether a particular program meets requirements for professional licensure and/or certification outside the State of North Carolina. Wake Forest School of Medicine recommends that you engage with the degree program to best understand the professional licensure/certification questions and enrollment options prior to enrolling in the program.  Degree programs and individual graduates must meet standards set by that state’s licensure requirements in order to be eligible for a license.

  • Student Complaints: Students who are enrolled in a Wake Forest School of Medicine course who have a complaint about a program, course or experience, should reach out to the Program Leader. 
  • Please visit U.S. Department of Education Professional Licensure for information about most licensed professions by states.

Relocation: Please be aware that students who relocate while enrolled at the Wake Forest School of Medicine may become ineligible for Title IV funding or potentially be unable to complete their studies if they are moving to a country or state where Wake Forest School of Medicine programs do not meet licensure or certification requirements. Prospective students should contact Student Affairs to discuss how relocation could alter their eligibility, while current students should contact their advisor if they are considering relocating during their course of study. If a current student relocates during their time of study they will be required to alert Student Records of the change in writing within 30 days of the relocation. 

International Students: International students are advised to understand and be apprised of the rules, regulations, and requirements related to online distance education programs in their country of residence, particularly:

  • If the country will recognize an online degree;
  • Whether the program meets licensure or certification requirements in the country; and
  • If the country charges any additional taxes, withholding or fees associated with online distance education programs.

International students considering an academic program that leads to a professional license should first confirm with the appropriate professional licensing board in their country of residence or the country where they intend to work as to whether an online degree awarded from Wake Forest School of Medicine will be recognized when seeking licensure or certification.

Program Accreditation 

The Doctor of Medicine program is accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME). Graduates of the program are awarded the Doctor of Medicine degree. Information regarding filing a complaint with LCME may be found here

The Physician Assistant Program is a graduate-level program that awards a Master of Medical Science (MMS) degree after 24 months of study. The Wake Forest PA Program is approved by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) for 64 students at our Winston-Salem campus and up to 32 students at our expanded campus at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC. Accreditation for the Boone cohort was granted in September 2013, and the first students enrolled in June 2014. The Boone campus has also been approved by SACSCOC. Information regarding filing a complaint with ARC-PA may be found here

The Nurse Anesthesia Program is a graduate level program that awards a Master of Science (MS) degree. This program is currently on a 10-year accreditation by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Education Programs (222 South Prospect Avenue, Park Ridge, Illinois 60068; 847-655-1160) with “no progress required” in 2015. This is the maximum accreditation period possible, which is granted to few programs. This program has also been granted full accreditation by the International Federation of Nurse Anesthetists. The WFU Nurse Anesthesia program was the first program in the country, and only the second in the world to receive this level of international accreditation. Information regarding filing a complaint with COACRNA may be found here

The Doctor of Nursing Practice is a graduate-level, post-master’s program that awards a Doctor in Nursing Practice (DNP). The post-masters DNP program will be offered mostly online. Because most students will be currently working RNs, the post-master’s DNP will be offered as a part-time, 2-year program with online courses and four intensive in-person sessions.

The Licensure Division of the University of North Carolina System Office serves as the official state entity to receive complaints concerning post-secondary institutions that are authorized to operate in North Carolina. Information regarding filing a complaint may be found here

Continuing Medical Education Accreditation

The Northwest Area Health Education Center (NW AHEC) and the Office of Continuing Medical Education (OCME) work collaboratively as part of Wake Forest School of Medicine. The NW AHEC provides continuing education for a variety of health care professionals and is an approved continuing education provider for the following:

  • NBCC
  • North Carolina Nurses Association and an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation

Through our partnership with the NC AHEC, NW AHEC can provide additional credits. The NC AHEC is an approved provider for the following:

  • Psychology Category A
  • ASHA
  • ACPE
  • BOC
  • PT

The OCME through the Wake Forest University Health Sciences is an accredited provider of AMA PRA Category 1 Credit ™. The OCME provides continuing medical education for physicians. On July 21, 2017 this institution was awarded Accreditation with Commendation status from the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME). This is a six-year award. In addition, other health disciplines may be able to use the AMA credit for license renewal. For more details, please check with individual licensing boards.

Graduate Medical Education/Residencies and Fellowships Accreditation

The following residency and fellowship programs are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) by a voluntary process of evaluation and review based on published accreditation standards. ACGME accreditation provides assurance that a sponsoring institution or program meets the quality standards (Institutional and Program Requirements) of the specialty or subspecialty practice(s) for which it prepares its graduates. ACGME accreditation is overseen by a review committee made up of volunteer specialty experts from the field.

All programs and sponsoring institutions undergo a full accreditation site visit every 10 years following a comprehensive self-study process, during which programs review their aims and conduct an analysis of strengths, areas for improvement, external opportunities and threats. They then must formulate and document plans for improvement.

View all Residency and Fellowship programs at Wake Forest