Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation

The West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM) is fully accredited by the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA) of the American Osteopathic Association (AOA).

COCA is the only accrediting agency which is recognized by the United States Department of Education (USDE) for accrediting institutions regarding predoctoral education of osteopathic physicians in the United States.

The address and phone number of the accrediting agency are: Secretary, Com­mission on Osteopathic College Accreditations; American Osteopathic Associa­tion; 142 East Ontario Street; Chicago, IL 60611; Phone 312-202-8097; Fax 312-202-8397.

Higher Learning Commission (HLC)

The West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM) is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. HLC is one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States.

The address and phone number of the Higher Learning Commission is: 

The Higher Learning Commission
Suite 7-500
230 South LaSalle Street
Chicago, Illinois 60604-1411
(312) 263-0456
( 312) 263-7462 - fax

Statement on Academic Professional Ethics

One of several requirements of COCA is that institutions adopt a statement on academic professional Ethics. The WVSOM Board of Governors approved this statement at its meeting on June 25, 2011. 

Accreditation

The Clinical Evaluation Center at West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine became the first center in West Virginia to be accredited by the Accreditation Council of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare.  

The Society for Simulation in Healthcare is the largest healthcare simulation accrediting body in the world with over 100 accredited programs from 10 countries.

 

 

Professional Licensure Disclosure

Graduates from WVSOM with a D.O. degree meet the medical school education requirement for licensure of osteopathic physicians in all states in the United States. WVSOM students are eligible to sit for the Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Licensure Examination (COMLEX) Level 1, Level 2-CE, and Level 2-PE exams. WVSOM graduates are eligible to sit for the COMLEX Level 3 examination. To obtain licensure in the United States, all components of COMLEX must be successfully passed. In addition, all graduates must complete graduate medical education (residency) to become licensed to practice in the United States. Each student should check the specific requirements from the state’s licensing board from which they intend to seek a license.