SHSU-COM has been approved to recruit, matriculate, teach, and graduate students in the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) program by the following entities:

  • The Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA) – the AOA’s accreditation body as codified in 34 CFR §602, ensuring that all COMs have met or exceed the Commission’s Standards for educational quality;
  • The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) – the regional body for the accreditation of degree-granting higher education institutions in the Southern states; and
  • The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board – a Texas agency that oversees all public post-secondary education in the state.

The College was codified through Texas House Bill 2867 (effective March 29, 2019), which allows access to residency funding and other resources relevant to Texas medical schools.

Like all new COMs, SHSU-COM is currently in “Pre-Accreditation” status with COCA until the first cohort graduates in 2024. For more information on COCA accreditation or to file a complaint with the accrediting body, please visit


Student Outcomes

As required by COCA Standards, the following Table lists the COMLEX-USA (aka, “the boards”) first time pass rates and residency match rates by cohort:

SHSU-COM Cohort COMLEX-USA Pass Rate * Match Results
Graduation Year Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Main and Military Match Day Total Placement in Texas in Primary Care † Placement Locations/Specialties
2024 97.1% 97.1% 91% 99% 100% 58% 62% Report
2025 99.0%

* First-time scores.
† FM, IM, Ob/Gyn, and Pediatrics.