The College of Osteopathic Medicine (COM) is an academic program of the University of New England (UNE). UNE is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (NEASC CIHE), whose mission is to establish and maintain high standards of education through the doctoral level. Accreditation by NEASC signifies that UNE meets or exceeds those high standards.
- Predoctoral Medical Education
The College of Osteopathic Medicine receives accredited from the American Osteopathic Association Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (AOA COCA), the only national accrediting agency for predoctoral osteopathic medical education in the United States.
Being granted full accreditation signifies that the College of Osteopathic Medicine meets or exceeds the COCA standards for educational quality and is deemed to have the qualifications to confer the degree of Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) to its graduates.
- Postdoctoral Medical Education
Osteopathic Postdoctoral Training Institutions (OPTIs) are academic sponsors providing an enhanced quality assurance mechanism for all AOA-approved postdoctoral training programs. While an OPTI ensures a seamless continuum of osteopathic medical education, it also requires continuous educational assessment.
As a sponsor of independent postgraduate internship and residency programs through its OPTI, known as the Northeast Osteopathic Medical Education Network (NEOMEN), UNE COM serves as a liaison with the American Osteopathic Association, the only accrediting agency for osteopathic postdoctoral medical education, to assure compliance with accreditation criteria required for AOA approval of affiliated postdoctoral training programs.
NOTE: The AOA, the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) have agreed to establish a single accreditation system for graduate medical education programs in the US, with AOA-accredited training programs transitioning to ACGME accreditation between July 1, 2015 and June 30, 2020. Our affiliations with residency programs will remain in place as we move through this transition.
- Continuing Medical Education
UNE COM’s Office of Continuing Medical Education (CME) is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association and the Maine Medical Association and provides postdoctoral medical education to both osteopathic (DO) and allopathic (MD) physicians. Each agency grants accreditation based on the demonstrated ability to plan and implement CME activities in accordance with accreditation requirements. UNE COM is one of a handful of providers to hold the distinction of maintaining this dual accreditation and sponsor collaborative CME activities for these two physician groups.
The College of Osteopathic Medicine maintains its accreditations with continued adherence to required sets of criteria and its commitment to continual quality review and improvement of its programs and services.
- Articulation Agreements
The College of Osteopathic Medicine has established articulation agreements with both undergraduate institutions and post-baccalaureate programs.
Qualified students enrolled in the Medical Biology- Medical Sciences track at the University of New England College of Arts and Sciences (UNE CAS) may apply for early admission to the College of Osteopathic Medicine following their junior year. The 3 Plus 4 Program provides the opportunity for mature, qualified UNE CAS students to complete an undergraduate degree and Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) degree in seven years.
UNE COM has established agreements enabling qualified students from the following institutions to have preferential consideration in applying to UNE COM. They are:
- University of Hartford, West Hartford, Connecticut
- Springfield College, Springfield, Massachusetts
- University of Maine, Orono, Maine
- Utica College, Utica, New York
In addition, UNE COM and the following institutions have entered into agreements whereby qualified individuals who have previously completed a baccalaureate degree can fulfill the required prerequisite courses at their Post-baccalaureate institution and be considered for admission:
- Tufts University Post-Baccalaureate Premedical Program, Medford, Massachusetts
- University of Vermont Post-Baccalaureate Premedical Program, Burlington, Vermont