Williams A, Miskowicz-Retz KC. New Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine, Branch Campuses, and Additional Locations—What Is the Difference?. J Am Osteopath Assoc 2015;115(4):242–250. doi: 10.7556/jaoa.2015.048.
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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, the AOA COCA is required to adhere to all federal laws and regulations associated with recognition of accrediting agencies. In this article, the authors discuss the development of new colleges of osteopathic medicine (COMs). They also discuss the development of additional locations and branch campuses of existing COMs and compare the 2 processes. Also included is a review of the AOA COCA– approved class sizes of the accredited COMs.
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