Table 1. Overview of accreditation standards in various health care professions relevant to student participation in research
Discipline Accreditation Body Standards Document Specific Standard(s) or Requirement(s)
Medicine   (Undergraduate Medical Education or UGME) Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) Functions and Structure of a Medical School (effective 2020 – 2021) 3.2 (Community of Scholars/Research Opportunities) – “A medical education program is conducted in an environment that fosters the intellectual challenge and spirit of inquiry appropriate to a community of scholars and provides sufficient opportunities, encouragement, and support for medical student participation in the research and other scholarly activities of its faculty.”   7.3 (Scientific Method/Clinical/Translational Research) – “The faculty of a medical school ensure that the medical curriculum includes instruction in the scientific method and in the basic scientific and ethical principles of clinical and translational research, including the ways in which such research is conducted, evaluated, explained to patients, and applied to patient care.”
Nursing American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) The Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice Essential III (Scholarship for Evidence-Based Practice) states that “dissemination is a critical element of scholarly practice; baccalaureate graduates are prepared to share evidence of best practices with the interprofessional team.”
Nutrition Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) Accreditation Standards for Nutrition and Dietetics Coordinated Programs (effective July 1, 2018) Standard 5.1 (Curriculum and Learning Activities) states that a program’s curriculum must include: “Research methodology, interpretation of research literature and integration of research principles into evidence-based practice.”  
Occupational Therapy Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) 2018 Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education Standards and Interpretive Guide (effective July 31, 2020) A.5.2 (Curriculum – Preparation and Application of In-Depth Knowledge) Students at the Baccalaureate and Doctoral levels are expected to apply in-depth knowledge in a variety of areas including research skills in the conduct of a project for their degree.   B.6.1 (Scholarly Study) requires students at all levels from Associate Degree to Doctoral to at minimum understand scholarly activities and the contribution of literature to development of the profession. However, only the subset of students with a Doctoral degree have a requirement for original research.
Physical Therapy Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) Standards and Required Elements for Accreditation of Physical Therapist Education Programs (revised December 7, 2017) Standard 1B requires that programs have a documented goal that is based on PT research, however only the subset of students with a higher degree (Ph.D. or other doctoral degree) have a requirement for original research.
Int J Med Educ. 2020; 11:222-229; doi: 10.5116/ijme.5f64.690b