Full Initial Accreditation at LUCOM
Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine (LUCOM) achieved initial accreditation status from its programmatic accreditor, American Osteopathic Association’s Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (AOA-COCA), in 2018.
With this status, LUCOM met the requirements needed to graduate its inaugural class on May 19, 2018.
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This initial status confers all rights and privileges of accreditation. This also allows for a seven-year survey cycle of self-study and comprehensive on-site evaluation.
Accreditation History at LUCOM
LUCOM received provisional accreditation status in 2013 which granted it permission to recruit and enroll student-doctors and offer the educational curriculum that leads to the degree, Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO).
In 2013, LUCOM became the 30th osteopathic medicine school in the nation and the second in Virginia following Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine. As noted in the AOA Osteopathic Medical Profession Report (2017), one in four medical students in the U.S. attends an osteopathic medical school, with enrollment increasing approximately 25% every five years. DO’s are projected to represent more than 20% of practicing physicians by 2030.
Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine (LUCOM) fulfills the educational requirement needed to apply for professional licensure nationwide and to include United States (U.S.) territories – Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. Applicants are encouraged to visit the American Osteopathic Association(AOA) to view the educational requirements of each U.S. state and territory to apply for licensure.
To view the licensure/certification requirements for your state, visit Liberty’s state licensure page.