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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.

Upcoming meetings:
April 13-14, 2023
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Apply to serve on the COCA:
The COCA is seeking qualified candidates who are interested in serving on the Commission. View the call for nominations. All applications and nominations must be submitted by close of business on Friday, March 10, 2023. If you have any questions, please email predoc@osteopathic.org.

Latest news:
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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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 38 osteopathic medical schools operating in 62 sites (for the 2022-2023 academic year).

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More Accreditation Resources

  • New and Developing COMs

    Information about Applicant and Candidate status.

  • COCA Site Visits

    If you're a COM evaluator, or COM administrator, 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.