AOA Communication

Continuous Development and Review of AOA COCA Standards and Procedures

Andrea Williams, MA, and Konrad C. Miskowicz-Retz, PhD, CAE
Notes and Affiliations
Notes and Affiliations

Received: January 9, 2012

Accepted: February 20, 2012

Published: April 1, 2012

J Osteopath Med; 112(4): 189-194

The American Osteopathic Association Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (AOA COCA) is recognized by the US secretary of education as the only accrediting agency for predoctoral osteopathic medical education. To maintain its recognition with the US secretary of education, AOA COCA is required to adhere to all federal laws and regulations associated with recognition of accrediting agencies. Included in the regulations are requirements for systematic and comprehensive review of the standards and procedures that the accrediting agency will use. The authors discuss AOA COCA’s established process for review of its standards and procedures for accreditation of colleges of osteopathic medicine. Also included is a review of class sizes of the accredited colleges of osteopathic medicine.

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