Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation COCA Standards Revisions

COCA Standards Revisions

April 12, 2024

During an executive session on April 12, 2024, the American Osteopathic Association’s Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA) approved an open comment period for proposed amendments to the documents Accreditation of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine: Substantive Change Requests.

The COCA has undertaken this review process for several reasons:

  • To incorporate the updated accreditation standards (that the COCA has already approved) into the substantive change request documents;
  • To use more narrative to look forward towards the impact the requested change will have rather than looking back at the current state of the requesting institution;
  • To put all expected documentation requirements for a single substantive change request into a stand-alone document;
  • To address questions from COCA’s constituents and issues that have arisen with current substantive change request policies; and
  • To simplify the substantive change request process for COMs.

The public comment period is now closed. Contact COCA staff at if you have any questions.

Review copies of the COCA Substantive Change Requests are available below:

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