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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-Virtua School of Osteopathic Medicine is fully-accredited by the COCA and by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE). The latest comprehensive site visit occurred in September 2021, which resulted in Rowan-Virtua SOM being granted "Accreditation with Exceptional Outcome" through 2031-2032. The Sewell campus was reviewed in June 2021 and approved in August 2021.  

American Osteopathic Association
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Chicago, IL 60611-2864
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View COCA Standards

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 at the following link:
File a COCA Complaint

COCA Self-Study Steering Committee

Thomas Cavalieri, D.O., Chair

Pamela Basehore, Ed.D.

Millicent Channell, D.O.

Joshua Coren, D.O.

Ronald Ellis, Ph.D.

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

Carla M. Granger, M.B.A.

Carl Hock, Ph.D.

Joanne Kaiser-Smith, D.O./Charles Tucker

Sean Kennedy, J.D.

Kathryn Lambert, D.O.

Michael Rieker

Stephen Scheinthal, D.O.

George Scott, D.O.

Paula Watkins, M.A.S.

Standards Committees

Sean Kennedy, J.D., Chair
Salvatore Caradonna, Ph.D.
Terri Ginsberg, D.O.
George Scott, D.O.
Stephen Scheinthal, D.O., Chair
Thomas Cavalieri, D.O.
Martin Forsberg, M.D.
Diane Generao
Michael Rieker, Chair
Joshua Coren, D.O.
Diana Kane
Frank MacLeon, M.B.A.
Carla M. Granger, Chair
Sima Bennett, M.P.H.
Louis Evangelista, M.B.A.
Marc Fleischner
Charles Greenberg, M.L.S., M.Ed.
Martin O'Connor, M.A.
Lt. Philip Powers
George Scott, D.O., Chair
Thomas Boyle
Daniel Hurst, Ph.D.
Deanna Janora, M.D.
Tanya Kadras-Iannuzzi, D.O.
Dean Micciche, M.A.
Yvonne Ortiz
Paula Watkins, M.A.S.
Millicent King Channell, D.O., Chair
Danielle Cooley, D.O.
Joshua Coren, D.O.
Courtney Pitt, M.S.
Deborah Podolin, Ph.D.
Victor Scali, D.O.
Robin Shemeley
Shiyuan Wang, Ph.D.
Ronald Ellis, Ph.D., Chair
John Bergatnolli ,D.O.
Keith Burkhardt
Steve Garwood Ed.D.
Jacqueline Giacobbe, M.S., M.A.
Terri Ginsberg, D.O.
Rosalyn Vinson
Kelli-Yvette Workman
Carl Hock, Ph.D., Chair
Jillian Baker, Ph.D.
Esther Deblinger, Ph.D.
Richard Jermyn, D.O.
Lisa Price, M.L.S.I.S.
Kenneth Stagliano, Ph.D.
Venkat Venkataraman, Ph.D.
Kathryn Lambert, D.O., Chair
Ferin Ford, M.A.
Elina Maymind, D.O.
Dean Micciche, M.A.
Brittany Mitchell, M.A.
Todd Schachter, D.O.
Paula Watkins, M.A.S.
Christine Willse, M.B.A.
Regina Wilmes, M.A.
Joanne Kaiser Smith, D.O., Co-Chair
Charles Tucker, M.A., Co-Chair
Kirsten Dillman
Pamela Basehore, Ed.D., Chair
Jennifer Fischer, Ph.D.
Christopher Hamer
Dawn Shell, Ph.D.
Bridget Temme-Soifer, M.S.
Christine Willse, M.B.A.
Shiyuan Wang, Ph.D.

Summary of Programmatic Level Objectives

Detailed information about the Rowan-Virtua SOM 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