Institutional Effectiveness

“What I have found so great about AOMA, that I did not experience in my other lives as student and educator, is the willingness to look at what is going on, to think about how it can be better, and to actually make changes based on that information (this last piece was usually missing). This is what I appreciate the most about AOMA and what makes me feel confident that I am in a supportive community that is committed to my success as a student and as an acupuncturist.” ~ AOMA Student (2009 Student Survey)

The Department of Institutional Effectiveness provides leadership and assistance in ongoing, institution-wide assessment for the purpose of continuous improvement of AOMA’s academic programs and administrative services. The table below provides quick reference to facts about the acupuncture school.




Current Results

Program Completion Rates

70% of AOMA students Graduate.

 79% completed within 51 months

Performance on board exams

AOMA students exceed national averages.

 AOMA 2013/2014 Academic Year Weighted Average Pass Rate: 86%

 National 2013/2014 Academic Year Weighted Pass Rate: 86%

Licensure rates

90% Licensed within 1 year of graduation and 99% licensed within 2 years of graduation.

 2015: 90% of graduates licensed within one 1 year.

2015: 93% of graduates licensed within 2 years.

99.9% licensed

Alumni Success

On average, graduating students rate their confidence in career success 4.0 or higher on a five-point scale.

50% of alumni work at least 30 hours/week in the profession.

 Graduating students rank their confidence in career success at 4.4 on a five-point scale.

 86.6% of 2014/2015 graduates are confident or very confident they will succeed in their career goals

 46.6% of alumni work at least 30 hours/week in the profession


Student assessment of transformation

85% of students indicate transformation during their graduate studies

86% strongly agree or agree “I am confident I will succeed in my career goals."

 96.% strongly agree or agree “I am confident in my skills as a practitioner of Oriental medicine."

 100% strongly agree or agree they are able to perform interpersonal communication skills in a professional and ethical clinical practice.

 84% of 2012/2013 graduates were satisfied or strongly satisfied with their personal transformation through graduate education in Oriental medicine at AOMA.

*Data from AOMA 2015 Alumni Survey (11.8% response rate)


Cara Edmond, LMSW
Director of Institutional Effectiveness and Continuing Education
Phone: 512-492-3009