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Accreditation Decisions for Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine

The American Osteopathic Association’s Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA) today announced accreditation decisions made at its April 26-29, 2018 meeting.

By AOA Media Team

05.10.18

CHICAGO, May 10, 2018–The American Osteopathic Association’s Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA) today announced accreditation decisions made at its April 26-29, 2018 meeting.

Comprehensive site visits occur at the end of an accreditation cycle. The following comprehensive site visits occurred following a seven year accreditation cycle:

  • A.T. Still University, School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona – granted continuing Accreditation with Exceptional Outcome.
  • Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine – Previously Pre-Accreditation status, granted Accreditation status.
  • Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine – granted continuing Accreditation with Heightened Monitoring.
  • Nova Southeastern University, Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine – granted continuing Accreditation.
  • University of the Incarnate Word School of Osteopathic Medicine – received continuing Pre-Accreditation status.
  • University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine – granted continuing Accreditation with Exceptional Outcome.

Mid-cycle reports are due halfway through an accreditation cycle. The following reports were reviewed:

  • A.T. Still University Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine – granted continuing Accreditation.
  • Midwestern University Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine – granted continuing Accreditation.
  • Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona – granted continuing Accreditation.

Other reviews:

  • Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine (Meridian, Idaho) – received continuing Pre-Accreditation status.
  • Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences College of Osteopathic Medicine – granted continuing Accreditation that includes the Joplin campus as an additional location
  • Lincoln Memorial University DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (Harrogate, TN) – granted the request for substantive change to establish an additional location in Knoxville, Tennessee, with an increase in the approved class size, subject to further review of comprehensive site visit report at August 2018 meeting.
  • Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine – granted continuing Accreditation that includes the Ivins, Utah, campus as an additional location.

The COCA is recognized by the United States Department of Education as the accreditor of colleges of osteopathic medicine. Accreditation from the COCA signifies that a college has met or exceeded the Commission’s standards for educational quality.

This information is being provided pursuant to 34 CFR 602.26.

About Accreditation Statuses

The accreditation statuses described above are defined as follows.

Accreditation with Exceptional Outcome: This indicates that all standards are compliant and all elements are met. For schools with this status, accreditation will be granted for 10 years.

Accreditation: This indicates that all standards are compliant. However, there may be unmet elements that must be addressed via progress reporting. For schools with this status, accreditation will be granted for seven years.

Accreditation with Heightened Monitoring: This indicates that fewer than three standards are non-compliant and ongoing monitoring will occur via progress reporting. For schools with this status, accreditation will be granted for four years.

Accreditation with Warning: This indicates that between three and five standards are non-compliant and ongoing monitoring will occur via progress reporting. For schools with this status, accreditation will be granted for two years.

Accreditation with Probation: This indicates that more than five standards are non-compliant. For schools with this status, the accreditation will be granted for no more than one year.

Withdrawal of Accreditation: This indicates that the quality of the educational program is compromised and the school was unable to come into compliance with all standards within the allotted timeframe.

Pre-accreditation means that a COM is progressing toward accreditation within a reasonable period of time as determined under the Standards of Accreditation (2017).

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