Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM)

The Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM) is the national certifying organization perceived by the U.S. Branch of Education to certify Master's-level projects in the needle therapy and Oriental solution. Read on to know more.

TCM Staff

10th November 2021

What is the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM)?

Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine is perceived by U.S Department of Education and is a national level association which offers accreditations to colleges and universities. It is licensed to Masters-level degrees in needle therapy and oriental medication.

ACAOM has more than sixty-five schools and universities with nomination status with the commission.

 What are the programs you can apply for?

 ACAOM currently offers three types of program

  • Diploma Programs – It is a 4-year of the degree or certificate course, which will help you learn about all the ancient methods and the new traditional Chinese medicine techniques.

  • Master’s Degree Program – This is the most broadly perceived course for needle therapy. This program will help in building up your skills for finding acupoints and using Oriental medicine.

  • Doctoral Degree Programs – Here you will learn how to provide TCM preventative care to your patients through the prescribed three phases: exercise, supplements, and acupuncture.

 What are the policies applied to ACAOM-accredited institutions

  • Establishment ought to have adequate quality and asset before wanting to build up a doctoral program in needle therapy.

  • The institution must tell the Commission of its aim and present to the Commission its far-reaching designs with a full asset investigation according to ACAOM's Notification of Change Policy

  • An institution that has been affirmed to offer a doctoral program compliant with the Commission's substantive change approaches and which looks to seek after ACAOM accreditation must take after ACAOM's Accreditation Procedures.

  • The Commission will consider the program for pre-accreditation and accreditation status according to consistency with its Eligibility Requirements, its Standards and Criteria for Accreditation, and its arrangements and methodology.

 What are the benefits of ACAOM Accreditation for students?

  • It puts a stamp of approval on graduates: graduating from an accredited institution indicates that graduates are expected to be ready to practice at a certain level.

  • It furnishes instructive projects with open doors for self-definition and self-reflection, and with criticism on program substance and bearing.

  • It bears the open door for a consistent change of establishments and instructive projects.

  • ACAOM offers an extensive educational component in Chinese herbal therapy.


This accreditation helps colleges to get recognized for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine programs.

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