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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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Next meeting of the COCA: Dec. 2-4, 2021
More information will be forthcoming; please check back periodically for details.

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COCA guidance during COVID-19

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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Contact

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

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COM Directory

The American Osteopathic Association’s Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA) currently accredits 37 osteopathic medical schools operating in 58 sites (for the 2020-2021 academic year).

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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.