COM Accreditation

Establishing, maintaining and applying accreditation standards and procedures for colleges of osteopathic medicine.

Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation

The AOA Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA) is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as the accreditor of colleges of osteopathic medicine. COCA accreditation signifies that a college has met or exceeded the Commission's standards for educational quality.

COCA standards

View the COCA's Standards of Accreditation effective July 1, 2017, as well as the standards effective Aug. 29, 2016.

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Accreditation guidelines

Access the COCA handbook, accreditation materials for new and existing COMs, and procedures for complaint review.

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COCA Meetings & Decisions

View upcoming meeting dates and the latest final actions from the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation.

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Contact

Learn how to reach staff from the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation via email or phone.

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COM Directory

The Council on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA) accredits osteopathic medical schools across the United States. For the 2017-18 academic year, the COCA accredits 34 colleges of osteopathic medicine (COMs) operating in 51 sites.

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More Accreditation Resources

  • COCA Meeting Notification

    The next COCA meeting will be Aug. 24-26, 2018, in Rosemont, Illinois.

  • For COM Evaluators

    If you're a COM evaluator, check out our comprehensive manual on site visits, team member responsibilities, reimbursement policies and more.

  • Third-Party Comments

    COCA receives, reviews and considers third-party comments in regard to certain accreditation actions.

  • COCA Members

    View the current members of the Council on Osteopathic College Accreditation.

  • House of Delegates Reports

    Each year, the COCA presents its previous year's activities to the AOA House of Delegates. View summaries from 2005 to the present.