AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine

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About AOMA

Transforming lives and communities through graduate education in Oriental medicine.

AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine currently offers regionally accredited master's-level and doctoral-level graduate programs in acupuncture and Oriental medicine, preparing its students for careers as skilled, professional practitioners. Since its founding in 1993, AOMA has grown rapidly in size and reputation, drawing students from around the nation and faculty from around the world. AOMA also conducts approximately 20,000 patient visits annually in its student and professional clinics. AOMA collaborates with Western healthcare institutions including the Seton Family of Hospitals, and gives back to the community through partnerships with nonprofit organizations and by providing free and reduced price treatments to people who cannot afford them.

Quick Facts

Main campus location 4701 West Gate Blvd, Austin, Texas
Main clinic location 2700 W. Anderson Lane, Austin, Texas
Year founded 1993
President William R. Morris, PhD
Faculty 11 full-time, 19 adjunct, 20 clinical supervisors
Number of employees 95
Degrees granted Master of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
Enrollment 227
Alumni 553
Faculty/student ratio 1:16
Annual budget $3.5 million
Average class size 17.65
Governance Board of Governors
Clinic appointments 17,500 patient visits annually
Community partners Seton Family of Hospitals
  People’s Community Clinic
  American Botanical Council
  Austin Pain Associates
  Austin Recovery Center
Accreditations (select) Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
  Texas State Board of Acupuncture Examiners
  California Acupuncture Board
  Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

*All statistics are accurate as of December 2013

AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine Historical Timeline

2013
•    Student clinic internship opens at Austin Pain Associates (Summer 2013)
•    First cohort of DAOM program begins (Summer 2013)

2012
•    AOMA announces Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (DAOM) degree program, with the first class entering July 2013. The doctoral degree program is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).  The DAOM (doctoral program) is eligible for ACAOM accreditation and AOMA is currently in the process of seeking ACAOM candidacy/accreditation for the program. However AOMA can give no assurance that candidacy or accreditation will be granted by ACAOM.

2011
•    AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine achieves its strategic vision with the opening of its new master-planned campus.
•    New curriculum announced for Master of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine program.
•    Student clinic internship opens at Seton McCarthy Community Clinic.
•    DAOM (doctoral program) approved by Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS)

2010
•    AOMA rebrands and launches the new tagline “Graduate School of Integrative Medicine”
•    AOMA announces acquisition and master planning for new campus to be opened April 2011

2009
•    AOMA receives regional accreditation by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools,
     becoming the first stand-alone, single-degree granting school of acupuncture and Oriental medicine to be regionally accredited.

2008
•    AOMA’s collaboration with the Seton Family of Hospitals continues with services at Seton Williamson Medical Center
     GoodHealth Commons Integrative Wellness and Education Center
•    Candidacy for accreditation with the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) achieved

2006
•    AOMA’s collaboration with the Seton Family of Hospitals begins with an acupuncture clinic inside of the Seton Topfer Community
     Clinic

2005
•    AOMA provides integrated clinical rotations for UT graduate nurses and medical education students
•    Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board grants AOMA authority to offer a master’s degree
•    William R. Morris, PhD, named third president of AOMA
•    Student body grows by more than 150% since 2002.

2004
•    People’s Community Clinic rotations begin

2002
•    Colonel Jim Coombes (retired), named second president of AOMA

2001
•    AOMA initiates Southwest Symposium Continuing Education event
•    AOMA initiates China Study Tour at Chengdu University of Traditional Chinese Medicine

1999
•   Cureville clinic begins at Kerrville Folk Festival

1998
•    US Department of Education approves Title IV federal financial aid

1997
•    California Acupuncture Board approves AOMA

1996
•    AOMA graduates first class
•    Programmatic Accreditation granted by Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM)
•    Master’s level Oriental medicine program approved by the Texas State Board of Acupuncture Examiners

1993
•    Texas Acupuncture Institute founded, Stuart Watts, first president.  Renamed Academy of Oriental Medicine at Austin
     (therefore the acronym AOMA)