Transforming Lives and Communities

AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine currently offers regionally accredited master's-level and doctoral-level graduate programs in acupuncture and Oriental medicine that prepare students for careers as skilled, professional practitioners.

chinese medicine schoolSince AOMA’s founding in 1993, the institution has grown rapidly in size and reputation, drawing students from around the nation and faculty from around the world. AOMA is an active member of the national and international healthcare community and remains committed to scholarship, research, and engagement, as evidenced by the publication and presentation schedules of the faculty, the yearly Southwest Symposium it hosts, and the continuing education opportunities the institution provides. AOMA also conducts approximately 17,500 patient visits annually in its student and professional clinics. AOMA works cooperatively 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 otherwise.

Mission

The mission of AOMA is to transform lives and communities through graduate education in Oriental medicine by:

  • Providing excellent and innovative teaching of acupuncture and Oriental medicine to learners while developing in them the knowledge, skills, and attitudes that lead to intellectual and personal growth.
  • Delivering high quality acupuncture and Oriental medical healthcare to our patients.
  • Providing leadership for the development of acupuncture and Oriental medicine professionals.
Vision

AOMA’s vision is to be a leader in Oriental medicine education by engaging with our communities and by preparing compassionate and skilled practitioners who embody the art and spirit of healing.

Core Values

We recognize that the outcomes we produce result from collective activities that are consistent with the following core values:

  • Sustainability: Our programs and community engagements are sustainable and effective.
  • Integrity: We do what we say we will do. In our communication we are honest and complete.
  • Inspiration: We are called into action by a spirit of purposeful aliveness.
  • Flexibility and openness: We conscientiously choose our actions in consideration of all the parties involved.
  • Professionalism: In all that we do, we are impeccable, clear, and complete.
  • Compassion and Service: In word and action, we look for opportunities to benefit others.
Strategic Goals for 2011-2015

The following are AOMA's nine goals that are designed to carry the institution through the next five years. These goals were approved by the Governing Board in May 2010.

AOMA:

  1. is the premier school for students interested in acupuncture and Asian medical graduate programs.
  2. provides strategic influence within the US systems of healthcare.
  3. promotes Asian medicine through research, and publication.
  4. provides exceptional, transformational, and innovative education.
  5. is committed to the success of its students and graduates.
  6. cultivates high quality community relationships.
  7. serves local communities by delivering excellent healthcare.
  8. attracts, supports, and retains superior faculty and staff.
  9. ensures continued organizational success through keen stewardship of its resources.
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 Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC)
  Texas State Board of Acupuncture Examiners
  California Acupuncture Board
  Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
Historical Timeline

2014

  • The SACSCOC Board of Trustees continued AOMA’s accreditation following an extensive on-site review of AOMA’s membership at Level V (doctoral level) offering the Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine degree (July)

  • The SACSCOC Board of Trustees reaffirmed AOMA’s accreditation for ten years (December)

2013

  • Student clinic internship opens at Austin Pain Associates
  • First cohort of DAOM program begins

2012

  • AOMA announces the Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (DAOM) degree program, with the first class entering July 2013

2011

  • AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine achieves its strategic vision with the opening of its new master-planned campus at Westgate Blvd.
  • 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). (The DAOM is eligible for ACAOM accreditation and AOMA is currently in the process of seeking ACAOM candidacy/accreditation for the program.)

2010

  • AOMA reassesses its progression and goals and adopts a qualifier that reflects this institution’s overarching development.  AOMA will henceforth be called AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine
  • AOMA announces acquisition and master planning for new campus to be opened April 2011

2009

  • AOMA is granted 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 in the nation.

2008

  • AOMA’s collaboration with the Seton Family of Hospitals continues with the addition of services at Seton Williamson Medical Center’s 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 initiates a cooperative effort with the Seton Family of Hospitals by establishing 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 the 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 hosts the first Southwest Symposium, a continuing education forum that has become a yearly conference that draws speakers and learners from around the globe
  • AOMA initiates the first 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 (6 graduates)
  • 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

1995

  • Renamed Academy of Oriental Medicine at Austin (AOMA)

1993

  • Texas Acupuncture Institute founded with Stuart Watts named the first president.
  • First cohort of 19 students begin the acupuncture program