Accreditations

AOMA is the first single-purpose school for acupuncture and Chinese medicine in the nation to receive regional accreditation.

Regional Accreditation

AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine is accredited to award the master’s and doctoral degrees by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS). Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4067 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the status of AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine. (Note: per their tenets, the Commission is to be contacted only if there is evidence that appears to support the institution’s significant non-compliance with a requirement or standard.)

Programmatic Accreditation

Acupuncture education in the United States is regulated by a single national organization. The Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM) is the national accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education to accredit Master's-level programs in acupuncture and Oriental medicine. The Commission fosters excellence in acupuncture and Oriental medical education by establishing standards for graduate programs in acupuncture and Oriental medicine.

The Master of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine program at AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM).  

Graduates are eligible to sit for national board examinations administered by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). The program is also approved by the California Acupuncture Board and graduates may sit for the licensure exam in California after meeting all requirements AOMA’s Asian bodywork therapy courses are approved by the American Organization for Bodywork Therapies of Asia (AOBTA®).

The Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (DAOM) program is currently offered with approval from the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM). Because the DAOM program is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges (SACS) and Schools Commission on Colleges, participants are eligible for federal financial aid.  
 
The DAOM program is eligible for ACAOM accreditation and AOMA is currently in the process of seeking ACAOM candidacy/accreditation for the program. However, AOMA can provide no assurance that candidacy or accreditation will be granted by ACAOM. AOMA’s DAOM program is not accredited or preaccredited (in candidacy) by ACAOM. Graduates of this program are not deemed to have graduated from an ACAOM accredited or candidate program and may not rely on ACAOM accreditation or candidacy for professional licensure or other purposes.

AOMA is approved by the Texas State Board of Acupuncture Examiners and by the State of California, Department of Consumer Affairs, Board of Medical Quality Assurance, Acupuncture Committee. AOMA is certified by the U.S. Department of Education to participate in the Title IV Federal Student Aid (FSA) program. AOMA’s FSA funds are provided by the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program (also known as the Stafford/Ford Loan). AOMA is an eligible participant of the Veterans Education Benefits under the Post 9/11 and Montgomery GI Bill® programs. AOMA is also an approved vendor by the Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS).

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board has granted a Certificate of Authorization to AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine to award the master's and doctoral degrees in acupuncture and Oriental medicine. This certificate is a license to operate in the State of Texas and does not constitute accreditation; the issuance of this certificate attests only to an institution’s having met standards established by the Board for nonexempt institutions.

Institutional Memberships

AOMA maintains a number of institutional memberships including: the Council of Colleges of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine (CCAOM), the Texas Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (TAAOM), the American Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (AAAOM), the Society for Acupuncture Research, and the American Botanical Council.

The Council of Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (CCAOM) comprises member organizations that are accredited by ACAOM. The list below includes links to national and state organizations that regulate the practice of acupuncture. The CCAOM holds as it mission the advancement of acupuncture and Oriental medicine by the promotion of educational excellence within the field.

Complaints

Questions or complaints about this institution should be addressed to:

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges
1866 Southern Lane
Decatur, Georgia 30033-4067
(404) 679-4500
http://www.sacscoc.org

Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
8941 Aztec Drive
Eden Prairie, MN  55347
Phone: (952) 212-2434
http://www.acaom.org

Texas State Board of Acupuncture Examiners
333 Guadalupe St., Tower 3, Suite 610
Austin, TX 78701
Phone: (512) 305-7030
http://www.tmb.state.tx.us

California Acupuncture Board
444 N. 3rd St., Suite 260
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 445-3021
http://www.acupuncture.ca.gov

National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM)
76 South Laura St., Suite 1290
Jacksonville, FL 32202
Phone: (904) 598-1005
http://www.nccaom.org

Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board
Rules governing student complaints – Title 19 of the Texas Administrative Code, Sections 1.110-1.120