American Osteopathic Association

Advancing the distinctive philosophy and practice of osteopathic medicine

COM Accreditation

The AOA Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA) serves the public by establishing, maintaining, and applying accreditation standards and procedures to ensure that academic quality and continuous quality improvement delivered by the colleges of osteopathic medicine (COMs) reflect the evolving practice of osteopathic medicine. The scope of the COCA encompasses the accreditation of the COMs.

 

 Public COCA Meeting

 

Public Announcement

The COCA will hold a public meeting from 6-8 p.m. CDT Monday, June, 5, 2017. Learn more about the conference call to address the "pulled standards;" new and developing COM accreditation standards; and substantive change submissions and monitoring.

For Public Comment

Below you will find three documents that are open for public comment to the COCA.

  1. Pulled Standards” - This document contains the Draft Continuing Accreditation Standards for Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine that have not yet been approved by the COCA. These proposed standards are presented with the proposed Evidentiary Submissions, including tables. Please note that the evidentiary submissions and tables are presented together only to help you interpret the standard, but are not truly part of the standard. In the future, the Evidentiary Submissions will be provided separately from the Accreditation Standards.

  2. New and Developing COM Accreditation Standards - This document contains the Draft New and Developing COM Accreditation Standards that have not yet been approved by the COCA. These proposed standards are presented with the proposed Evidentiary Submissions. Please note that the evidentiary submissions and tables are presented together only to help you interpret the standard, but are not truly part of the standard. In the future, the Evidentiary Submissions will be provided separately from the Accreditation Standards.

  3. Substantive Change Submissions and Monitoring - This document contains the Draft Substantive Change Application process and monitoring. These items have been defined by the U.S. Department of Education as changes that require advanced application or have been defined by the COCA as requiring further evaluation.

All three documents will be open for written public comment until Sunday, May 28, at 5 p.m. Central time. You may comment on any materials included in the documents and should feel free to comment both with positive comments as well as concerns or recommendation. Comments will only be accepted in written form and may be sent electronically to predoc@osteopathic.org with the subject line stating Public Comment Materials.

The COCA will hold a public meeting from 6-8 p.m. CST on Monday, June 5, 2017, via conference call, when the COCA commissioners will discuss and vote on these three items.