Accreditation and State Certification

Accreditation and State Certification

Programmatic Accreditation

Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine has received accreditation from its programmatic accreditor, the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA).

COCA is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Government of Post- Secondary Accreditation as the accrediting agency for colleges educating osteopathic physicians and surgeons. More information about the COCA accreditation process can be found at:

Institutional Accreditation

Liberty University® is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACSCOC) to award associate, bachelor, masters, specialist, and doctorate degrees. Questions about the accreditation of Liberty University may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097, by calling 404-679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC website (

Normal inquiries about the institution, such as admission requirements, financial aid, educational programs, etc., should be addressed directly to Liberty University.

State Certification

Liberty University is authorized to confer degrees by the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Pursuant to 23-276.1 - 12 of the Code of Virginia, the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) is responsible for developing procedures to which certain private and all out-of-state postsecondary institutions must adhere in order to receive approval to confer degrees, certificates, or diplomas in the Commonwealth of Virginia.  Certain private institutions are exempt from the requirements of certification or approval by SCHEV. 

Liberty University was incorporated in the State of Virginia on January 18, 1972.  It has operated under the same ownership since that time and has remained in good standing with the U.S. Department of Education and its accrediting body. Liberty University is an exempt institution.

Continuing Medical Education Accreditation

The Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine (LUCOM) has been reviewed by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME®) and has been awarded accreditation as a provider of continuing medical education (CME) for physicians. Accreditation in the ACCME System seeks to assure the medical community and the public that LUCOM delivers education that is relevant to clinicians’ needs, evidence-based, evaluated for its effectiveness, and independent of commercial influence.

1.3 Licensing & Regional/Institutional Accreditation

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