Accreditation vs. Licensure to Practice Medicine


The MUSC College of Medicine MD degree program is accredited. Accreditation means that an MD degree program meets or exceeds nationally accepted standards of quality as determined by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME).  

Licensure refers to the individual's attainment of a license to practice medicine from a designated state medical board or medical regulatory board. Receiving an MD or DO degree from an accredited program is necessary but not sufficient for licensure; successful completion of a series of licensing exams is also required, in addition to other state-specific criteria. Each applicant/student is responsible for researching information about licensure.

Requirements for licensure in South Carolina, can be found here:

A listing of state boards and their requirements can be found here: