Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104; 215-662-5606. The Commission on Higher Education is recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Commission on Recognition of Postsecondary Accreditation. In 2005, the Commission approved the extension of the scope of institutional accreditation to PCOM’s Georgia branch campus.

The College is also approved by the Department of Education of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, which granted recognition in 2004 to Georgia Campus - Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (GA-PCOM) as an approved PCOM branch campus. GA-PCOM is authorized by the Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission of Georgia as a branch campus of PCOM.

Program Accreditation Information

Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine Program

The doctor of osteopathic medicine programs at PCOM are accredited by the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation of the American Osteopathic Association.

Doctor of Pharmacy Program 

Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine School of Pharmacy’s Doctor of Pharmacy program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), 135 S. LaSalle Street, Suite 4100 Chicago, IL 60503-4810, 312-664-3575, fax 312-664-4652.

ACPE accredits Doctor of Pharmacy programs offered by colleges and schools of pharmacy in the United States and selected non-U.S. sites. The accreditation term granted extends until June 30, 2020, which is the customary term for a new program receiving accreditation status.

Physician Assistant Studies Program

The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) has granted Accreditation-Continued status to the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine Physician Assistant Program in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and approved a distant campus in Suwanee, Georgia. Both the main campus and distant campus programs are sponsored by Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Accreditation-Continued is an accreditation status granted when a currently accredited program is in compliance with the ARC-PA Standards.

Accreditation remains in effect until the program closes or withdraws from the accreditation process or until accreditation is withdrawn for failure to comply with the Standards. The approximate date for the next validation review of the program by the ARC-PA will be March 2018. The review date is contingent upon continued compliance with the Accreditation Standards and ARC-PA policy.

Doctor of Physical Therapy Program

Accreditation Status

Graduation from a physical therapist education program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314; phone; 703-706-3245; is necessary for eligibility to sit for the licensure examination, which is required in all states.

The Georgia Campus of Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine is seeking accreditation of a new physical therapist education program from CAPTE. The program is planning to submit an Application for Candidacy, which is the formal application required in the pre-accreditation stage, on December 1, 2017. Submission of this document does not assure that the program will be granted Candidate for Accreditation status. Achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status is required prior to implementation of the professional phase of the program; therefore, no students may be enrolled in professional courses until Candidate for Accreditation status has been achieved. Further, though achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status signifies satisfactory progress toward accreditation, it does not assure that the program will be granted accreditation.

Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program

PCOM’s PsyD program in Clinical Psychology is accredited by the American Psychological Association. For general information about APA accreditation or specific information about the accreditation status of PCOM’s Clinical PsyD program, please contact:

Office of Program Consultation & Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 First Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002-4242

School Psychology Program

The doctoral, educational specialist, and M.S. programs in school psychology are approved by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP). The PsyD program in school psychology is Nationally Designated by the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB). The certification program in school psychology is approved by the Department of Education, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.


Accreditation Documents

Documents of accreditation are on file in the President’s Office, with copies in the Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, and may be seen upon request.