Who We Are
The Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine
The Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine is accredited by the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA) of the American Osteopathic Association, which is authorized to accredit colleges of osteopathic medicine by the U.S. Department of Education. Ohio University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, which is one of six regional accreditors in the United States. It accredits degree-granting postsecondary educational institutions in 19 states in the north central region.
A formal/structured self-study process was implemented by the executive dean in 2013 in preparation for numerous on-site accreditation visits by our program accreditor, the COCA, during the development of our two additional locations in Dublin (first class began in 2014) and Cleveland (first class began in 2015). The Self-Study Accreditation Team was created to provide continuous oversight to the self-study process and to support continuous improvement efforts across the college. This team consists of faculty, staff and students who actively engage college stakeholders in the ongoing process of accreditation.
The Heritage College underwent its most recent comprehensive accreditation visit by the COCA in November 2014. The COCA inspection team visited both the Athens and Dublin campuses. The college met all 96 standards, received two commendations and is fully accredited through the fall of 2021. In November 2015, the Cleveland campus had a successful focused site visit by the COCA, where the college met all standards reviewed and received one commendation. Additionally, the Dublin campus had a successful Year 3 focused site visit by the COCA in October 2016, where the college met all standards reviewed and received two commendations.
Our next comprehensive accreditation visit by the COCA is scheduled to occur September 27- October 1, 2021, across all three campuses.
- Information on graduate medical education accreditation
- COCA standards effective July 1, 2019 [PDF]
- Ohio University Institutional Accreditation
- Heritage College Office of Institutional Assessment & Accreditation
- Self-Study Accreditation Team's collaboration platform
- Complaints regarding non-compliance with AOA accreditation standards: Individuals may file a confidential complaint directly with the COCA without fear of retaliation. The college policy and COCA contact information are below.
COCA Complaint Review Procedures: https://osteopathic.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/complaint-review-procedures.pdf
COCA Complaint Form: https://osteopathic.org/wp-content/uploads/COCA-Complaint-Form.pdf
See Heritage College Policy 2.03
Secretary of the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA)
American Osteopathic Association
142 E. Ontario St.
Chicago, IL 60611-2864
COCA website: https://osteopathic.org/about/contact-us/