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College Accreditation

Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine is accredited by the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation, or COCA, to offer an academic program leading to the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.) degree.  The degree is conferred by the Board of Trustees of MSU on those candidates recommended by the faculty of MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Following a regularly scheduled accreditation review and site visit in 2018, the college was found to be compliant with 59 of 61 elements and reaccredited by the COCA through 2022. Two curricular areas were identified as requiring further documentation; these included application of osteopathic principles and interprofessional education across each year of the curriculum. In accordance with the established rubric developed by the COCA, MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine was granted continuing accreditation with heightened monitoring. The college submitted a mid-cycle report in summer 2020, which was approved by the COCA with a finding of all standards met.

More information on COCA accreditation of colleges of osteopathic medicine here. 

MSUCOM seeks to comply with all COCA standards for continuing accreditation.  The process for submitting complaints relative to accreditation complaints is outlined in the policy here: 

Process for reporting accreditation complaints (pdf)

Program Accreditation

The program of study leading to the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree at Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine is accredited by the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA) of the American Osteopathic Association (AOA). Graduation from an AOA-COCA accredited college of osteopathic medicine is required for an osteopathic physician to begin training in an accredited residency program, and to take the COMLEX-USA Level 3 examination.

Professional Licensure and Certification

Federal regulations require MSU to publicly disclose, for each educational program designed to meet the educational requirements for a specific professional license or certification required for employment in an occupation (or advertised as meeting those requirements), information about whether program completion would meet those requirements in a state. These public disclosure requirements apply to all programs, regardless of their modality (i.e., on-ground, online, and hybrid programs). MSU discloses the required information for its Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine Programs on pages 66-67 of this table.

All current and prospective students are encouraged to contact the applicable professional licensure/certification boards in their respective states for additional information regarding professional licensure/certification requirements, including, without limitation, information regarding any non-educational requirements (such as work experience, background clearance, or examination by outside entities, such as COMLEX examinations).

The information in the table should not be construed as guaranteeing that any particular professional licensure/certification authority will approve a student’s application; nor should the information in the table be read to imply that other requirements for professional licensure/certification do not exist or that other requirements for professional licensure/certification have been determined to have been met by MSU’s program/course, or that any necessary approvals for clinical or other experiential learning placements are secured by virtue of a student’s enrollment at MSU.

State professional licensure/certification requirements are subject to change at any time.

Licensing board contact information and approval status is available here.

If you need assistance or have any questions, please contact your academic advisor.

University Accreditation

Founded in 1855, Michigan State University is the nation’s pioneer land-grant university.  With seventeen colleges, MSU is home to nationally ranked and recognized academic, residential college, and service-learning programs and is a leading research university.  MSU is a diverse community of dedicated students and scholars, athletes and artists, scientists and leaders.

Michigan State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. The university is a member of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, Association of American Universities, American Council on Education, American Council of Learned Societies, Association of Graduate Schools, Council of Graduate Schools, Committee on Institutional Cooperation, and International Association of Universities.   

Michigan State University received formal notification of continuation of accreditation on July 1, 2016 from the Higher Learning Commission.  The next reaffirmation of accreditation will take place in 2025-2026. 

More information on Michigan State University’s accreditation here.