The Kansas City University College of Osteopathic Medicine has received the highest status possible from its accrediting body, officials with KCU announced Wednesday.

The American Osteopathic Association's Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation awarded KCU an "exceptional outcome" designation to be effective for the maximum 10 years. The designation came after an evaluation and review of KCU's campuses in Joplin and Kansas City, and the university's curriculum, mission, leadership, finances, facilities, faculty, staff, students, research and graduate medical education outcomes.

"To carry such an outstanding accrediting status until 2029 is especially meaningful given the fact our Joplin campus expansion has only been open since 2017," Marc B. Hahn, president and CEO of KCU, said in a statement. "That speaks volumes about the teamwork and collaboration among faculty and staff to provide the best possible training for the physicians of the future while improving the well-being of the communities we serve."

KCU is one of only four osteopathic medical schools in the country to be designated an "exceptional outcome" school, officials said.

"This 'exceptional outcome' status is the result of many years of hard work by our faculty and staff and their dedication to the guiding principles of osteopathic medicine that KCU embodies every day," Darrin D'Agostino, executive dean of the College of Osteopathic Medicine and vice president for health affairs, said in a statement. "Our patient-centered approach, along with our innovative curriculum, hands-on early clinical experiences, standardized patients and simulation, access to student research and an emphasis on primary care has proven to be one of the best ways to educate physicians in the nation."

Results of the accreditation process will be reported to the U.S. Department of Education, the Missouri Department of Higher Education and the Higher Learning Commission.