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Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation Self-Study

The AOA Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA) is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as the accreditor of colleges of osteopathic medicine. COCA accreditation signifies that a college has met or exceeded the Commission's standards for educational quality.

The Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine is fully-accredited by the COCA and by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE). The last COCA focused site visit occurred in March 2017, following the recent class-size increase. The next comprehensive site visit will take place in 2021. See the AOA COM Directory here.

American Osteopathic Association
142 E. Ontario St.
Chicago, IL 60611-2864
888-626-9262 or


COCA Complaints

The Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA) requires that all COMs establish a complaint review procedure to protect the integrity and the maintenance of accreditation standards and procedures as they relate to approved colleges of osteopathic medicine (COM) having recognition from the COCA.

Complaints regarding COCA accreditation standards may be filed by any individual including osteopathic medical students, faculty, staff or an individual or organization affected by the accreditation program academically or professionally, and a member of the general public.  To file a complaint regarding accreditation standards, follow the steps available here.
View COCA Standards

COCA Self-Study Steering Committee

Linda Boyd, D.O.

Pamela Basehore, Ed.D.

Christine Beswick

Millicent Channell, D.O.

Ronald Ellis, Ph.D.

Jacqueline Giacobbe, M.S., M.A.

Carl Hock, Ph.D.

Kathryn Lambert, D.O.

Alison Mancuso, D.O.

Philip Mesisca, M.B.A.

Michael Rieker

George Scott, D.O.

Standards Committees

  • Philip Mesisca, Chair
  • Christine Beswick
  • Salvatore Caradonna, Ph.D.
  • Terri Ginsberg, D.O.
  • George Scott, D.O.
  • Rosalyn Vinson
  • Linda Boyd, D.O., Chair
  • Martin Forsberg, M.D.
  • Diane Generao
  • Michael Rieker, Chair
  • Vincent DeRisio, D.O.
  • Frank MacLeon
  • Christine Beswick, Chair
  • Sima Bennett, M.P.H.
  • Patrick Chadd, Ed.D.
  • Martin O'Connor, M.A.
  • Lt. Philip Powers
  • Jan Skica, M.L.A.
  • Andrew Wagner
  • Shir Miretzky, OMS3 (Student Tech Rep)
  • George Scott, D.O., Chair
  • Deanna Janora, M.D.
  • Tanya Kadras-Iannuzzi, D.O.
  • Dean Micciche, M.A.
  • J. Niel Rosen, J.D., Ph.D.
  • Millicent King Channell, D.O., Chair
  • Danielle Cooley, D.O.
  • Kathleen Ostberg
  • Victor Scali, D.O.
  • Robin Shemeley
  • Shiyuan Wang, Ph.D.
  • Jonathan Lee, OMS3
  • Christina Spoleti, OMS2
  • Nhi Tran, PS3, PBL
  • Ronald Ellis, Ph.D., Chair
  • John Bergatnolli ,D.O.
  • Jacqueline Giacobbe, M.S., M.A.
  • Terri Ginsberg, D.O.
  • Philip Mesisca, M.B.A.
  • Rosalyn Vinson
  • Carl Hock, Ph.D., Chair
  • Esther Deblinger, Ph.D.
  • Marion Dugan
  • Adarsh Gupta, D.O.
  • Eric Moss, Ph.D.
  • Donald Noll, D.O.
  • Lisa Price, M.L.S.
  • Kenneth Stagliano, Ph.D.
  • Venkat Venkataraman, Ph.D.
  • Kathryn Lambert, D.O., Chair
  • Lisa Cardello, M.A., Ed.S.
  • Ferin Ford, M.A.
  • Kathryn Garnier, D.O.
  • Elina Maymind, M.A.
  • Dean Micciche, M.A.
  • Paula Watkins, M.A.S.
  • Christine Willse, M.B.A.
  • Regina Wilmes, M.A.
  • Tara Beck, OMS4
  • Michael DeFilipo, OMS3
  • Mandeep Pabla, OMS2
  • Alison Mancuso, D.O., Chair
  • Linda Boyd, D.O.
  • Joanne Kaiser-Smith, D.O.
  • Sheila Seddon
  • Charles Tucker, M.A.
  • Tamer Raouf, OMS4
  • Pamela Basehore, Ed.D., Chair
  • Jennifer Fischer, Ph.D.
  • Christopher Hamer
  • Sandra Rollins, M.A.
  • Bridget Temme-Soifer, M.A.
  • Shiyuan Wang, Ph.D.
  • Jacqueline Giacobbe, M.S., M.A., Chair
  • Sandra Rollins, M.A.
  • Regina Wilmes, M.Ed.

Summary of Programmatic Level Objectives

If you are interested in our current, 2018-2019 school year curriculum, please review our "Programmatic Level Objectives and Course Descriptions for Curriculum in the 2018-2019 School Year."

Detailed information about RowanSOM's upcoming Tensegrity Curriculum is available in the "Programmatic Level Objectives and Course Descriptions for the Tensegrity Curriculum."


Feedback regarding any information on this site is welcome. For further information contact:

Jacqueline Giacobbe, MS.Ed, MA
Phone: 856-566-6980
Fax: 856-566-6341