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Proposed College Of Osteopathic Medicine Receives Candidate Status

Feb. 19, 2019
SHSU Media Contact: Stephanie Knific

COMarticleSam Houston State University’s proposed College of Osteopathic Medicine has received Candidate status from the American Osteopathic Association’s Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation, which is the recognized accrediting agency for the approval of colleges and programs leading to the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) degree.

In a multi-step accreditation process, candidate status indicates the proposed COM has demonstrated the planning and resources necessary to proceed to the application stage for pre-accreditation.

A 108,000 sq. ft. medical school building situated on a 7.3-acre property in Grand Central Park in Conroe, TX is under construction. This will be the first medical school located in Montgomery County. The building will house spaces for instruction, research, academic administration and student life. Specialty instructional areas include osteopathic manipulative medicine, gross anatomy labs and standardized patient and simulation suites.

With approval from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board in August 2018, and the subsequent confirmation of candidacy status from the COCA, Sam Houston State moves closer to its stated goal of helping meet the healthcare needs of those living in rural and underserved areas of Texas.

“Sam Houston is one of the best-suited universities to address our state’s rural healthcare crisis,” said SHSU President Dana Hoyt. “We have a century-old history of responding to critical workforce demands, where education is vital to elevating the quality of life for millions of Texans.”

The address and phone number of the accrediting agency are: Department of Accreditation; American Osteopathic Association; 142 East Ontario Street; Chicago, IL 60611; Telephone 312/202-8124; Fax 312/202-8209; email

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