American Osteopathic Association

Advancing the distinctive philosophy and practice of osteopathic medicine

What is Provisional Accreditation?

‚ÄčThe AOA Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA) grants provisional accreditation to new colleges of osteopathic medicine through the time of graduation of the first class. The COCA reviews schools with provisional accreditation annually to assess the academic progress of first, second and third-year classes up to their time of graduation.

Initial provisional accreditation is awarded when a college is able to demonstrate that it will be able to initiate instruction by a specified date. Continuing provisional accreditation is awarded based upon demonstrating that a college is meeting the standards for accreditation for each class of instruction being offered.