PCOM’s DO Program Receives 10-Year AccreditationMay 15, 2020
PCOM was recently granted a full, 10-year continuing accreditation by its accrediting
institution for its osteopathic medical programs at all campuses.
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) was recently granted a full, 10-year
continuing accreditation by its accrediting institution for its osteopathic medical programs at all campuses and locations.
At its April meeting, the American Osteopathic Association’s (AOA) Commission on Osteopathic
College Accreditation (COCA) voted to grant PCOM the status of Accreditation with
Exceptional Outcome, the highest level of accreditation granted by COCA for the maximum
In a letter from the AOA, Joshua L. Prober, the interim secretary of COCA and the
general counsel for the AOA, congratulated PCOM on achieving this “impressive accreditation
This designation comes after a comprehensive self-study report and visits by a COCA
accreditation team to all three campuses in Philadelphia, and in Suwanee and Moultrie, Georgia.
As a newly established location, PCOM South Georgia was reviewed in separate action by the COCA which determined that all standards of
accreditation were met.
Robert Cuzzolino, EdD, the recently retired vice president for graduate programs and
planning who led the accreditation endeavor, noted that the process was “a complex
and exhaustive effort that could only have been the success it was thanks to the contributions
of a large number of PCOM people - including faculty, staff, students, trustees and
To achieve accreditation, Dr. Cuzzolino explained that PCOM documented full compliance
with eleven different standards of accreditation including mission, leadership, finance,
facilities, curriculum, faculty, research, learning environment, student services,
GME and learning assessment.
“It was a true team effort that yielded this very positive result," he said.
PCOM President and CEO Jay S. Feldstein, DO ’81, said, “We are extremely honored to
receive the exceptional outcome designation. This speaks volumes about our institution
and the high-quality of education we provide to our students.”
“We thank the numerous members of the College community who contributed to this tremendous
effort,” said Provost Kenneth Veit, DO ’76, MBA, FACOFP.
The COCA will not conduct another site visit at PCOM until the spring of 2029. However,
monitoring of PCOM’s accreditation status will occur regularly.
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About Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Founded in 1899, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) has trained thousands
of highly competent, caring physicians, health practitioners and behavioral scientists
who practice a “whole person” approach to care—treating people, not just symptoms.
PCOM operates three campuses (PCOM, PCOM Georgia and PCOM South Georgia) and offers doctoral degrees in clinical psychology, educational psychology, osteopathic
medicine, pharmacy, physical therapy and school psychology, and graduate degrees in
applied behavior analysis, applied positive psychology, biomedical sciences, forensic
medicine, medical laboratory science, mental health counseling, non profit leadership
and population health management, organizational development and leadership, physician
assistant studies, school psychology, and public health management and administration.
PCOM students learn the importance of health promotion, research, education and service
to the community. Through its community-based Healthcare Centers, PCOM provides care
to medically underserved populations. For more information, visit pcom.edu or call 215-871-6100.
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