American Osteopathic Association

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Accreditation Decisions for Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine

CHICAGO, Dec. 18, 2017--The American Osteopathic Association’s Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA) today announced accreditation decisions made at its Dec. 1-3, 2017 meeting.  

  • Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine (Meridian, Idaho) – granted pre-accreditation status with the right to recruit students.

  • Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (Erie, Pennsylvania; Greensburg, Pennsylvania; and Bradenton, Florida) – granted continuing accreditation following a comprehensive site visit, with the next visit scheduled in the fall of 2024.

  • Nova Southeastern University, Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine (Ft. Lauderdale, Florida) – granted the right to establish an additional location in Clearwater, Florida with an increase in the approved class size.

  • Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (Philadelphia) – granted the right to establish an additional location in Moultrie, Georgia with an increase in the approved class size.

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

This information is being provided pursuant to 34 CFR 602.26 issued by the U.S. Department of Education.

About Accreditation Statuses 

(Effective July 1, 2017)

Applicant status is the initial step in seeking accreditation. This status is offered without rights or privileges of accreditation, and does not establish or imply recognition by the COCA. Applicant status is granted upon the formal request for evaluation submitted by the Chief Executive Officer of the applicant COM. 

Candidate status (previously Pre-Accreditation) is the second step in seeking accreditation by an applicant COM and is conferred with the privilege of recognition by the COCA, which will be publicly announced. Candidate status may be granted to COMs that demonstrate the planning and resources necessary to be expected to be able to proceed to Pre-Accreditation Status within two years.

Pre-Accreditation status (previously Provisional Accreditation) may be granted to COMs who have achieved Candidate status and meet the standards of Pre-Accreditation.

Accreditation status is the highest level of accreditation awarded, and confers all rights and privileges of accreditation. An educational program leading to the DO degree, once accredited, remains accredited until the program voluntarily terminates its accreditation status or the COCA terminates the program’s accreditation through a formal accreditation action. Renewal of accreditation is subject to an on-site visit.

About the American Osteopathic Association

The American Osteopathic Association (AOA) represents more than 137,000 osteopathic physicians (DOs) and osteopathic medical students; promotes public health; encourages scientific research; serves as the primary certifying body for DOs; and is the accrediting agency for osteopathic medical schools. More information on DOs/osteopathic medicine can be found at


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