American Osteopathic Association

Advancing the distinctive philosophy and practice of osteopathic medicine

Standards of Accreditation

The Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation is pleased to announce it has approved the new accreditation standards, effective July 1, 2017. These new standards are listed below:

The August 2016 standards will remain available as they may continue to be applicable under certain circumstances.

The COCA extends its gratitude to the members of the COCA Standards Taskforce, who volunteered their time and invaluable talents to bring these standards to fruition.

While these standards have been approved and are effective, the COCA will continue to adjust the format of the documents for easier reference.

We are continuing to make non-substantive formatting changes to facilitate the use of the new standards. Until these documents are finalized in all respects, the content of the current documents remain in effect. We appreciate your patience while we continue to make these improvements in these documents.