ACOE Notice of Withdrawal of Accreditation

The ACOE publishes on this page programs from which it has withdrawn accreditation within the last eight years.  The publication includes the date that the program withdrawal was final, a statement of the reason(s) for which the ACOE withdrew accreditation, and any statement the program may wish to make.

Philadelphia VAMC Residency in Primary Care Optometry

The decision to withdraw accreditation effective July 1, 2017 from the Residency in Primary Care Optometry at the Philadelphia VAMC, which is affiliated with the Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University became final on April 9, 2017.  The reason for withdrawal of accreditation was that the program was found to be out of compliance with standard 4.2 for 18 months, and the deadline for compliance was December 27, 2016.  The program was required to show evidence in a progress report that it met the following recommendation: "The coordinator and faculty must have the autonomy and clinical care authority to train the resident according to the program's mission, goals and objectives. (4.2)"  Although some steps have been taken to address the recommendation, the Council found upon review of the program's progress report that the recommendation remains unmet, and it was not clear from the progress report how long the program expects the rest of the credentialing and privileging process for the faculty and coordinator to take.  In accordance with requirements from the U.S. Department of Education, the ACOE must take adverse action and withdraw accreditation for non-compliance with standard 4.2.  The Council therefore withdraws accreditation from the Philadelphia VAMC Residency in Primary Care Optometry effective following the end of the current residency year, on July 1, 2017.   [This notice posted May 8, 2017.]