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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 guidance regarding COVID-19

Please view this letter dated March 11, 2020, from the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA) regarding guidance for interruptions of study related to Coronavirus (COVID-19) and compliance with Title IV HEA requirements.

Please view this letter, from the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) regarding medical student participation in clinical activities during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Please view this letter dated March 18, 2020, from the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA) regarding guidance for interruptions of study related to Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Please view this letter dated March 26, 2020, from the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation Executive Committee (COCA EC) regarding guidance for early graduation related to Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Please view this letter dated March 27, 2020, from the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation Executive Committee (COCA EC) regarding guidance for COMLEX and testing center closures related to Coronavirus (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 Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA) accredits osteopathic medical schools across the United States. For the 2019-20 academic year, the COCA accredits 38 colleges of osteopathic medicine (COMs) operating in 59 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.