The Universidad Central del Caribe is a private non-profit university in Bayamon, Puerto Rico offering graduate studies andprofessional certifications in health sciences. It was founded in 1976 in the municipality of Cayey, but since 1990 all its facilities have been integrated into one campus at the grounds of the Dr. Ramón Ruiz Arnau University Hospital in Bayamón.
The Universidad Central Del Caribe is accredited by the following organizations:
- Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)
- Committee on Allied Health Education of the American Medical Association
- Council on Higher Education of Puerto Rico
- Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME)
Both programs have been duly authorized and accredited by the Council on Higher Education of Puerto Rico. Their accreditation process requires survey visits every four years. The last one took place in December 1996 and resulted in renewed accreditation in 1997.
In 1989, this accrediting body authorized the Graduate Program in the Biomedical Sciences within the School of Medicine. This program offers Masters in Science and in Arts in Anatomy, Physiology, Biochemistry, Pharmacology, and Microbiology. The program leading to the M.D. holds full accreditation from the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME). As of May 2000, the Medical School has graduated 1,590 physicians serving the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and Hispanic communities in the United States. The Radiologic Technology Program holds full accreditation by the Committee on Allied Health Education of the American Medical Association. This Program has awarded 458 degrees from its inception to May, 2000.
At the very heart of the UCC’s plan for the future is its mission. A university community must know what qualities are to be preserved as its goals for the future are developed and advanced. The UCC thrives on being faithful to its mission by focusing on excellence, by pursuing clear goals and by cherishing and enriching a community of diverse scholars who prepare high-quality and committed health professionals to meet the health needs of the community in its biological, physical and social context, with a humanistic focus and a high sense of moral obligation.
In its 40 years, the UCC has demonstrated its commitment to improving the quality of life of the Puerto Rican community through excellence in clinical services, emphasis in an extensive agenda of biomedical, clinical, and psychosocial research as well as the development of competent health care professionals.
Throughout its history, Universidad Central del Caribe has served two very distinct student populations: young adults pursuing graduate and professional degrees and high school graduates aiming to complete an undergraduate education. Currently, these two groups comprise the majority of the full-time student body.