COM accreditation

COCA to vote on accreditation standards

The Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA) is holding a public meeting June 5 on its accreditation standards for COMs.


The Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA) will discuss and vote on changes to its accreditation standards from 6 to 8 p.m. CT on Monday, June 5.

This public meeting, held via video conference, will cover three items including accreditation standards for new and developing COMs, substantive change submissions and monitoring, as well as issues held over from the April meeting. Those outstanding items involve updates to requirements for campus facilities, information technology, clinical education, staffing and administration.

The three proposals are available for review.
Here’s a quick Q-and-A on what’s happening Monday:

When will the COCA finish its review of the new accreditation standards?

The COCA expects to finish its review of the new standards by June 5.

Have some standards already been approved by the COCA?

Yes. The COCA approved a number of standards at its meeting in April. There are other standards still open for consideration to be reviewed on June 5.

Can I attend the COCA’s deliberations on the standards?

Yes. You can attend the COCA’s deliberations through a webinar set up by the AOA.

How do I register for the webinar?

Attendees can register in advance for this meeting here. Registration for the webinar closes at 9 a.m. CT on June 5.

Will the COCA consider other items in addition to the standards?

Yes. The COCA will also consider other policies and procedures, as well as policies regarding substantive change requests and evidentiary submissions related to the standards, policies and procedures.

Did the COCA receive public input before deliberating on the new standards?

Yes. The COCA received public comments from various stakeholders, including COMs, AACOM, COSGP, CASTF, and interested individuals. The COCA also held a public forum where individuals expressed their comments directly to the COCA for consideration.

When will the new standards become effective?

July 1, 2017.

Register for the webinar by 9 a.m. CT on Monday, June 5, to observe the public meeting and COCA vote.

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