AOMA Campus Grand Opening,…
AOMA Campus Grand Opening, May 1
AOMA expands to new campus
Grand opening celebration 1-4 p.m. May 1
AUSTIN—AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine has moved into its new, larger main campus at 4701 West Gate Blvd. and will celebrate with a grand opening event Sunday, May 1, from 1-4 p.m. The public is invited to attend. The program will include Chinese dragon dancers, live music, qigong demonstrations, herbal samples, tours, door prizes and refreshments.
AOMA’s new 20,000 square foot headquarters campus includes classrooms, a student intern clinic, a mind-body center, faculty and administrative offices, a library, student and faculty gathering spaces, quiet and group study areas, an herbal medicine center and a bookstore/retail space.
According to AOMA President Will Morris, the campus was designed to meet the specific needs of AOMA’s growing student population. Continued growth is expected because of increasing acceptance of acupuncture, and the college’s status as the first and only stand-alone, single-degree granting school of acupuncture and Chinese medicine in the nation to be regionally accredited. AOMA became accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) in December 2009.
“Acupuncture and Chinese medicine are increasingly recognized as important components in American healthcare,” Morris said. “With our internationally renowned faculty, demonstrated student success, and a new campus designed to provide excellence in every aspect of teaching, learning, and student life and support, we are positioned for national leadership.”
AOMA offers a masters-level graduate program in acupuncture and Chinese medicine, preparing its students to be skilled, professional practitioners. SACS accreditation signifies that AOMA has a mission appropriate to graduate education; resources, programs and services sufficient to accomplish and sustain the college’s mission; clearly specified educational objectives in line with the degree offered; and proven success in achieving its stated objectives.
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. Current student enrollment is 204, and the school has more licensed graduates than any other acupuncture and Chinese medicine school in Texas. AOMA also conducts more than 20,000 patient visits annually in its student intern and professional clinics. AOMA also serves patients at Seton Topfer clinic, Seton McCarthy clinic, and People’s Community Clinic.
The use of acupuncture is on the rise in the United States. The number of visits rose from 27.2 to 79.2 per 1,000 adults between 1997 and 2007. According to the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS), approximately 3.1 million adults in the United States used acupuncture within the year prior to 2007, a 47 percent increase from the 2002 NHIS estimate. The increases are related to increasing evidence for acupuncture in the treatment of medical ailments including chemotherapy-induced nausea, chronic back pain, hypertension and allergic rhinitis.
James Davis, senior vice president for mission integration and biomedical ethics for the Seton Family of Hospitals says, “We have seen increasing demand for alternative and complementary medicine from our patients, and have been pleased to partner with AOMA administration and faculty to provide this care. AOMA curriculum includes the study of integrating acupuncture and Chinese medicine with Western medicine, and students are able to see how this works in practice through our partnership,” Davis says.
The existing professional clinic and bookstore/retail space at AOMA’s current location at 2700 West Anderson Lane will remain to serve patients and customers.
The extensive remodeling of the new campus site was designed by Austin architectural firm Steinbomer Bramwell & Vrazel, Architects, known for their design of Austin Studios, the private airport hangar at Austin-Bergstrom Airport and 524 North Lamar, among other projects. Photos and drawings of the new campus are available at www.aoma.edu.
About AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine
AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine offers a masters-level graduate program in acupuncture and Chinese medicine, preparing its students for careers as skilled, professional practitioners. AOMA is known for its internationally recognized faculty, award-winning student clinical internship program, and for having more licensed graduates than any other acupuncture and Chinese medicine school in Texas. 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 more than 20,000 patient visits annually in its student and professional clinics. AOMA collaborates with 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.
AOMA’s new campus is at 4701 West Gate Blvd., and still serves patients and retail customers at its north Austin location, 2700 West Anderson Lane. For more information see www.aoma.edu or call 512-492-3051.
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