American Osteopathic Association (AOA) is the
representative organization for the over 67,000 osteopathic medical
physicians (D.O.s) in the United States.
The organization promotes public health,
encourages scientific research, serves as the primary certifying
body for D.O.s overseeing 18 certifying boards, is the accrediting
agency for osteopathic medical colleges through its Commission on
Osteopathic College Accreditation
, and has federal authority to
accredit hospitals and other health care facilities.
The AOA's mission is to advance the philosophy and practice of
osteopathic medicine by promoting excellence in education,
research, and the delivery of quality, cost-effective
association was founded as the American Association for the
Advancement of Osteopathy on April 19,
1897, in Kirksville, Missouri, by students of the American School
It was renamed the American Osteopathic
Association in 1901.
American Osteopathic Association is headquartered in Chicago,
Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine
- History of the AOA, American Osteopathic Association