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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

View the following correspondence for guidance on osteopathic medical education matters during the COVID-19 pandemic:

COCA Substantive Change Policies posted for public comment

The COCA seeks comments from the osteopathic medical education community, the osteopathic profession, and the public at large on the proposed changes to the Accreditation of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine: COCA Substantive Change Policies and Procedures

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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.