The Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine at New Mexico State University (BCOM) admitted its inaugural class in August, 2016.
BCOM began development in late 2012 and was granted Applicant Status in April, 2014 by the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA), the body recognized by the US Department of Education to accredit institutions granting the D.O. degree in the United States.
BCOM submitted its required feasibility study to COCA on June 17, 2014.
In October, 2014, BCOM underwent its first site visit by the COCA and was granted Pre-Accreditation status in December, 2014.
In March, 2015, BCOM had its initial Provisional Accreditation site visit by the COCA. The results of this site visit were presented to and voted upon by the COCA at its April 2015 meeting in Chicago.
At the April, 2015 COCA meeting, BCOM was given the status of “Pre-accredited with permission to solicit applications, but not offer admission or begin instruction.” This is normal in the accreditation process and BCOM accepted applications for the inaugural class entering in August 2016. We are utilizing the AACOMAS application service. On July 1, 2015, BCOM’s status changed to, “Provisional accreditation, with permission to solicit applications, offer admission and begin instruction”. Provisional Accreditation is the highest level of accreditation a college of osteopathic medicine can obtain until the year of graduation of its first class.
In March 2016, BCOM experienced the first of four annual site visits by COCA under its Provisional Accreditation status. BCOM will remain in this status until just before the first class graduates, in 2020.
BCOM also received a Provisional Approval to Operate from the New Mexico Higher Education Department. Approval process operates in concert with the COCA accreditation process.