Accreditation

Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104. (267-284-5000) www.msche.org. The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

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.

PCOM has been approved by the American Osteopathic Association's Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA) for an additional location at a proposed site in Moultrie, Georgia. The accreditation for the additional location is under the accreditation status of PCOM's main campus, and PCOM's accreditation status will be extended to the Moultrie location following COCA review and completion of a site visit in February-March 2019. The review and site visit is required for COCA to grant approval to enroll students at the additional location in August, 2019.

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 sponsored by Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Accreditation-Continued is an accreditation status granted when a currently accredited program is in compliance with 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 2028. The review date is contingent upon continued compliance with the Accreditation Standards and ARC-PA policy.

Doctor of Physical Therapy Program

Accreditation Status

Effective May 2, 2018, the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in Suwanee, Georgia has been granted Candidate for Accreditation status by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314; phone: 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org). If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 770-682-2306 or email phillippa@pcom.edu.

Candidate for Accreditation is a pre-accreditation status of affiliation with the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education that indicates that the program is progressing toward accreditation and may matriculate students in professional courses. Candidate for Accreditation is not an accreditation status nor does it assure eventual 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
202-336-5979
www.apa.org/ed/accreditation

School Psychology Program

In combination, the MS/EdS programs are approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) as an approved Institute of Higher Education (IHE) for the school psychology certification program. The MS/EdS is approved by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP).

The MS program is also approved by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) to provide the course content required for the Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) credential.

 

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.