Kansas City University (KCU-COM) College of Osteopathic Medicine recently earned an exceptional outcome accreditation designation from the AOA’s Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA).
The designation, COCA’s highest level of accreditation, is effective for a maximum of 10 years. In KCU-COM’s case, it is based on an extensive review of the school’s campuses in Kansas City and Joplin, Missouri, including an assessment of standards in curriculum, leadership, finances, facilities, faculty, staff, research and graduate medical education outcomes.
“This is a proud moment for all of us,” says Darrin D’Agostino, DO, MPH, MBA, executive dean of KCU-COM. “This exceptional outcome status is the result of many years of hard work by our faculty and staff and their dedication to the guiding principles of osteopathic medicine that KCU embodies every day.”
Currently, three other osteopathic medical schools have accreditation with exceptional outcome: the University of North Texas Health Science Center/Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine, the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine and A.T. Still University, School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona.
“We are honored to receive the exceptional outcome designation,” says Marc B. Hahn, DO, president and CEO of KCU. “To carry such an outstanding accrediting status until 2029 is especially meaningful given the fact our Joplin campus expansion has only been open since 2017. That speaks volumes about the teamwork and collaboration among faculty and staff to provide the best possible training for the physicians of the future while improving the well-being of the communities we serve.”