In many countries accreditation is a prerequisite for international medical school graduates who apply for licensure.

 What does accreditation mean?

Accreditation is a voluntary evaluation process that higher education institutions undergo to determine and maintain educational standards. An accredited medical school has met the criteria of an objective body of academic specialists appointed by the school’s host country. Accreditation is a prerequisite in countries such as Australia, New Zealand, and the United States for international medical school graudates who apply for licensure.

Oceania University of Medicine (OUM) is accredited by the Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (PAASCU), which is among the accrediting bodies whose standards have been determined as comparable to those in the United States by the US Department of Education’s National Committee on Foreign Medical Education Accreditation (NCFMEA).

The NCFMEA has set rigorous standards for medical school accrediting bodies to meet. For the list of NCFMEA-approved accrediting bodies, visit

In 2015, PAASCU re-accredited OUM for five more years after a rigorous review. An accreditation team visited the campus in Apia, Samoa and met with students, alumni and faculty in Australia, New Zealand, and the United States reviewing programs in eight areas: faculty, curriculum and instruction, clinical facilities research, students, library, administration, and facilities.

In addition to being internationally accredited, OUM is recognized by the following entities:

  • Australian Medical Council (AMC)
  • Education Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG)
  • World Directory of Medical Schools