he College is accredited through the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA) of the AOA, which is the only accrediting agency for predoctoral osteopathic medical education, and is recognized by the United States Department of Education (USDE). On April 21, 2007, VCOM was granted full accreditation from the COCA. On August 28, 2010, VCOM was granted approval to operate the branch campus. Further information about the COCA accreditation process can be obtained via: www.aoacoca.org.
VCOM also maintains certification from the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) to offer a doctoral degree in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Further information about SCHEV certification process can be obtained via: www.schev.edu.
VCOM is appropriately licensed by the:
South Carolina Commission on Higher Education
1122 Lady Street, Suite 300
Columbia, SC 29201,
Telephone: (803) 737-2260.
Licensure by SCCHE indicates only that minimum standards have been met; it is not an endorsement or guarantee of any school’s quality. Licensure is not equivalent to or synonymous with accreditation by an accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Further information about the South Carolina licensing process can be obtained via: www.che.sc.gov.
On January 7, 2010, the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education approved an initial licensure for five years to VCOM to establish a branch in Spartanburg, South Carolina and to offer an educational program leading to the doctor of osteopathic medicine.
In North Carolina, VCOM currently operates third and fourth year education only. VCOM received a regular permit for licensure from The Board of Governors of the University of North Carolina to operate third and/or fourth year core rotations on a regular basis in the state of North Carolina. This license was granted on June 13, 2008. As part of the licensure requirement, VCOM holds a Guaranty Bond for prepaid tuition for those students who train in the third and/or fourth years in North Carolina. A copy of this bond is accessible in VCOM's Finance Department and may be reviewed upon request. Further information about the North Carolina licensure process can be obtained by emailing Maggie Ryan, Assistant Director of Licensure & Workforce Studies at: email@example.com.
Class of 2015
Hometown: Kingsland, GA
Undergraduate: Albany State University, Bachelor of Science Biology
Graduate School: Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine VA Campus Post Baccalaureate Program, Certificate in Biomedical Sciences
Interests: I would like to establish a mentoring program for students interested in science and medicine.
I am proud of becoming a member VCOM Carolinas Campus Inaugural Class! I am elated to have become a member of the VCOM family and embarking upon history in the making. I am also proud to be the first physician within my family.
The community in Upstate South Carolina is very friendly and welcoming to VCOM students. It is also has lots of activities to participate in such as biking trails, shopping, arts and theater venues, and great dining. There are also several colleges and universities that diversify the area such as the USC Upstate Campus and Wofford College. Spartanburg is also in a great location between several larger cities such as Charlotte, NC and Atlanta, GA.When I am not studying I enjoy reading, movies, traveling, and sporting events. I also enjoy volunteering within the community and participating in exercise classes and Zumba!