Content Category: Accreditation


COCA Meeting Notification

Shaping medical education

Upcoming COCA meeting

Planned actions include site visit reports, change requests and other items pertaining to osteopathic medical school accreditation.

Aug. 23-25, 2019 | Washington, D.C.

The Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA) will meet Aug. 23-25, 2019, at the National Osteopathic Advocacy Center in Washington, D.C.

The COCA will consider and adjudicate applications for pre-accreditation, site visit reports, mid-cycle reports and requests for substantive change. The COCA will also consider other topics affecting the accreditation of osteopathic medical schools, including the proposed revisions to the accreditation standards and corresponding evidentiary submissions. Contact COCA Staff at with any questions.

Past Meetings

April 25-28, 2019 | Chicago

The Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA) met April 25-28, 2019, at the American Osteopathic Association headquarters in Chicago.

See Zoom recordings of the Friday and Saturday open sessions. Please note the Thursday open session did not record due to technical difficulties.

If you have questions about the COCA meeting webinars, email COCA Secretary Brain G. Kim, JD, at

View final actions taken by the commission at past meetings dating back to 2011:


COCA Staff

Who what where

Contact COCA staff by phone or email

Here's how to reach staffers from the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA).

Brian G. Kim, JD
Secretary, Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation
Associate General Counsel
142 E. Ontario St.
Chicago, IL 60611-2864
(312) 202-8039

Andrea Koepke, RN, PhD
Associate Vice President
(312) 202-8249

Wambui Wang’ombe
Director of Accreditation
(312) 202-8162

Wonda M. Stubbs
Program Manager
(312) 202-8074

Daniel Mendelson, MS, CAE
Accreditation Manager
(312) 202-8095

Jaime Williamson, MA
Accreditation Specialist
(312) 202-8173

Ezenna Obilor
Accreditation Coordinator
(312) 202-8097


Accreditation Guidelines

Medical education

Ensuring high academic standards and continuous quality improvement

Access the COCA handbook and accreditation resources for current, new and developing colleges of osteopathic medicine.

The Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA) is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. COCA serves the public by establishing, maintaining and applying accreditation standards and procedures to ensure that academic quality and continuous quality improvement delivered by the colleges of osteopathic medicine reflect the evolving practice of osteopathic medicine.

Accreditation signifies that a college of osteopathic medicine has met or exceeded the COCA standards with respect to mission, goals and objectives; governance, administration and finance; facilities, equipment and resources; faculty, student admissions, performance, and evaluation; preclinical and clinical curriculum; and research and scholarly activity.

COCA Handbook and Policies

COCA Handbook

Complaint Review Procedures

Complaint Form

Accreditation Services for Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine

COCA Progress Report Procedures

Site Visit Team On-Site Requirements

Mid-cycle Report Instructions and Schedule

Accreditation Services for New and Developing COMs

Application for New Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine


Accreditation Standards

Policy updates

COCA updates standards for continuing and new colleges of osteopathic medicine

Access COCA standards for continuing COMs and for new and developing COMs, as well as the substantive change policies and procedures.

Accreditation Standards

Disclaimer: The Standards of Accreditation document is edited and revised periodically by the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA), and is, therefore, subject to change without notice. Inquiries concerning changes to the document and requests for the current version of the document should be sent to the Department of Accreditation via email to By requesting this document, the user acknowledges that he/she has reviewed this disclaimer and understands its terms.

These newly formatted documents include both a bookmarked table of contents, as well as a linked table of contents within the PDF document for easier use.

Please note that the evidentiary submissions documents for continuing COMs and for new and developing COMs have been incorporated into the respective Standards documents, and the evidentiary submission document for substantive procedures has been incorporated as an appendix into the Substantive Change Policies and Procedures document. Accordingly, there are three volumes:

A comparison table of the 2016 Standards and the 2017 Standards that was previously posted will be made available following some revisions to the document. You can access the 2016 COCA Standards below.

Please continue to check this website for additional postings and information related to the Standards.

Page Last Updated: July 2018


COCA Reports to AOA House of Delegates

Year in review

Examining the growth of osteopathic medical education one year at a time

The following reports reflect actions taken by the Commission of Osteopathic College Accreditation for the prior fiscal year.


COCA Members

Change leaders

Meet the members of the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA)

COCA oversees accreditation standards and procedures for colleges of osteopathic medicine.

2018-2019 COCA membership roster

Janice A. Knebl, DO, MBA, FACOI, FACP, Chair
Director, Center for Geriatrics
DSWOP Endowed Chair and Professor in Geriatrics
University of North Texas Health Science Center
Fort Worth, TX
Educator (2018-21)

David A. Forstein, DO, FACOOG, Vice Chair
Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine
New York, NY
Educator (2017-20)

Juan F. Acosta, DO, MS, FACOEP-D, FACEP
Associate Medical Director
Saint Catherine of Siena Medical Center
Smithtown, NY
Director of Medical Education (2018-21)

Susan Belanger, PhD, MA, RN, NEA-B
System Ethicist
Covenant Health
Tewksbury, MA
Public Member (2018-21)

William T. Betz, DO, MBA, FACOFP, dist.
(Senior Associate Dean for Osteopathic Medical Education
University of Pikeville-Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine)
Naples, FL
Member-at-Large (2016-19)

Michael B. Clearfield, DO, FACOI, FACP
Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine-CA
Vallejo, CA
Dean, Private College (2016-19)

Jennifer L. Gwilym, DO, FACOFP, FAAFP
Assistant Professor Family Medicine
Ohio University-Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine
Athens, OH
Member-at-Large (2017-20)

John M. Kauffman, Jr., DO, FACOI, FACP
Dean and Chief Academic Officer
Campbell University-Jerry M. Wallace School of Osteopathic Medicine
Buies Creek, NC
Member-at-Large (2016-19)

Lori A. Kemper, DO, MS
Midwestern University/Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine
Glendale, AZ
Member-at-Large (2017-20)

J. William McCord, Jr., DO
McCord Anesthesia and Consulting
Brownsboro, AL
Member-at-Large (2017-20)

Franklin J. Medio, PhD
Consulting Services for the Health Professions
Charleston, SC
Public Member (2016-19)

Honorable Patricia L. Mitchell
Administrative Judge
District Court of Maryland for Montgomery County
Rockville, MD
Public Member (2018-21)

Robyn Phillips-Madson, DO, MPH, FACOFP
Founding Dean
University of the Incarnate Word School of Osteopathic Medicine
San Antonio, TX
Member-at-Large (2017-20)

Evelyn A. Schwalenberg, DO, FACP, FACOI, FNAOME
Associate Clinical Professor/Director Medical Student Clinical Education and Advising
University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine
Biddeford, ME
Member-at-Large (2018-21)

Kayse M. Donnelly Shrum, DO
President and Dean
Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Tulsa, OK
Dean, Public College (2018-21)

Jeffrey Stroup, PharmD, FCCP, BCPS
Chief Operating Officer
Oklahoma State University Medical Authority and Trust
Tulsa, OK
Hospital Administrator (2016-19)

James M. Turner, DO, FACOFP, FACO
Dean emeritus, William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Hattiesburg, MS
Member-at-Large (2018-21)

AOA Staff to the Commission
Brian G. Kim, JD, Secretary, Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation


COCA Final Actions

Shaping education

COCA announces accreditation decisions for colleges of osteopathic medicine

COCA establishes, maintains and applies accreditation standards and procedures.

The AOA Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA) is recognized by the United States Department of Education as the accreditor of colleges of osteopathic medicine (COMs). Accreditation from the COCA signifies that a college has met or exceeded the Commission’s standards for educational quality.

The following final actions have been taken by the commission:










Third-Party Comments

Your voice matters

Share your comments about COM accreditation matters

The AOA Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA) welcomes any written or oral third-party comments at its meetings.

The Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation received the following comments to the proposed revisions to the Accreditation Standards, which are posted for public viewing. Also posted is the transcript from the open forum on March 5, 2019, at which oral comments were presented to the COCA.

The COCA Standards Review Committee will review the comments and submit recommendations to the COCA for consideration at the April 2019 meeting.

Proposed revisions


For CME Sponsors

Refining skills

Policies and procedures for osteopathic CME accreditation

The AOA's continuing medical education (CME) program strives for growth of knowledge, refinement of skills, and increased awareness of osteopathic medicine.

The AOA Board of Trustees establishes accreditation policy for osteopathic CME sponsors. The Council on Osteopathic Continuing Medical Education (COCME) has been delegated authority by the AOA Board of Trustees to review standards and procedures for accreditation of osteopathic CME sponsors.

Notice to ACCME and AAFP CME Providers

The AOA automatically recognizes AMA PRA Category 1 Credit ™ as AOA Category 2 credit. The Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) providers that are sponsoring an AMA PRA Category 1 ™ program do not need to request pre-approval from the AOA to publicize that their programs will receive AOA Category 2 credit.

Likewise, the AOA recognizes the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) Prescribed and Elective credit as AOA Category 2 credit. Programs with AAFP Prescribed or Elective credit do not need to request pre-approval from the AOA to publicize that their programs will receive AOA Category 2 credit.

AOA-certified members may request that Category 2-A CME credit be recognized as Category 1-B CME credit when there are not equivalent courses available within the osteopathic profession. Submit a request to inquire about obtaining a conversion of credit.

COCME Resources