American Osteopathic Association

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Standards of Accreditation

Page Last Updated:  April 2018

The COCA is pleased to post the following re-formatted Standards for continuing COMs and for new and developing COMs, as well as the substantive change policies and procedures. 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:

The COCA is also pleased to announce that the tables for COCA Online submissions have been completed. Samples of all the tables to be submitted on COCA Online have also been posted as demonstrative aides.

The Glossary for the 2017 COCA Standards has been completed and should be used for information and guidance purposed only. The Glossary should not be used as a resource to interpret the Standards; only the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation may interpret the Standards according to the context presented. The document serves only to define terms.

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. 

Finally, the COCA will post its Policies and Procedures document following the August meeting. 

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