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.

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Jed Brinton joins the AOA as Vice President of Accreditation, overseeing the AOA’s accreditation program for colleges of osteopathic medicine (COM), in addition to serving as Secretary to the AOA Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA). Learn more.

COCA Guidance During COVID-19

A COVID-19 planning guide and tool kit for higher education is available from This link is provided for informational purposes only. The information in the guide is the work of the authors and does not represent endorsement by the AOA or the COCA.

COCA standards

View the COCA's Standards of Accreditation effective July 1, 2019, as well as the standards effective July 1, 2017.

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

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COM Directory

The Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA) accredits osteopathic medical schools across the United States. For the 2020-21 academic year, the COCA accredits 37 colleges of osteopathic medicine (COMs) operating in 58 sites.

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More Accreditation Resources

  • New and Developing COMs (Candidate Status)

    View a list of osteopathic medical schools with candidate status. Listed COMs have demonstrated the planning and resources necessary to proceed to pre-accreditation status within two years.

  • 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.