UNE And COM Accreditation
The University of New England is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (formerly New England Association of Schools and Colleges Commission on Institutions of Higher Education), whose mission is to establish and maintain high standards of education through the doctoral level.
The College of Osteopathic Medicine receives accreditation from the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA), the only national accrediting agency for pre-doctoral osteopathic medical education in the United States.
In the spring of 2018, UNE COM earned COCA reaccreditation “with exceptional outcomes.” Being granted full accreditation signifies that UNE COM has met or exceeded the COCA standards for educational quality and is deemed to have the credentials to confer the degree of Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.) to its graduates.
Postdoctoral Medical Education
Since the merger of AOA residencies and M.D. residencies under the umbrella of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), UNE COM has continued to affiliate with a consortium of residency institutions through the North East Osteopathic Medical Education Network (NEOMEN).
This organization combines the previous members of the OPTI into an educational consortium promoting Osteopathic Graduate Medical Education (OGME) within an ACGME residency structure. Membership dues are paid by institutional members and UNE COM is a founding member.
Research programs, OGME support, faculty development, and application support for further ACGME residency promulgation and the growth of GME across UNE COM’s catchment area are some of the programs offered through NEOMEN.
Continuing Medical Education
UNE COM’s Office of Continuing Medical Education (CME) is accredited by the AOA and the Maine Medical Association and provides postdoctoral medical education to both osteopathic (D.O.) and allopathic (M.D.) 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.
The College of Osteopathic Medicine receives accreditation from the American Osteopathic Association Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation, the only national accrediting agency for predoctoral osteopathic medical education in the U.S.
Complaints Regarding Non-Compliance with Accreditation Standards
If you believe that the UNE COM does not comply with a standard of accreditation, you have the right to file a complaint.