AOMA is a national leader in acupuncture and Chinese medical education. Students at AOMA benefit directly from the school's strong reputation. The institution offers rigorous masters- and doctoral-level curricula taught by internationally renowned faculty, study abroad opportunities, demonstrated student success, and a supportive community in a dynamic city. The focus on integrative healthcare sets AOMA apart from other schools of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). AOMA was also the first stand-alone, single-purpose school of Chinese medicine to achieve regional accreditation, and the first school of its kind to be accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. This achievement is a testament to the quality of the school and its programs.
AOMA is committed to the success of our students and has gathered together a team of world-class faculty dedicated to creating a meaningful educational experience for them. The faculty are here to share their knowledge and expertise to assist the next generation of practitioners to help, heal, and transform the lives of their patients and communities.
AOMA has three degree programs in acupuncture and Chinese medicine, a certificate program in traditional Chinese herbal medicine, and an introduction to traditional Chinese medicine for those seeking enrichment but not a diploma.
Master of Acupuncture with a Chinese herbal medicine specialization (MAc-CHMS)
At AOMA, the study of integrative medicine draws on the 2,000-year history of Chinese medicine which views the mind, body, and spirit as a single interrelated system. The Master of Acupuncture with a Chinese herbal medicine specialization (MAc-CHMS) program provides a foundation for students' development into compassionate, effective practitioners who embody the spirit of this ancient and integrative medical practice. Each of the core components within AOMA's rigorous and comprehensive curriculum promotes mastery of an essential element of Chinese medicine.
Doctor of Acupuncture with a Chinese herbal medicine specialization (DAc-CHMS)
This is a master's-to-doctorate program. The Doctor of Acupuncture with a Chinese herbal medicine specialization (DAc-CHMS) program is a first professional doctorate that is believed to become the future entry-level degree required for licensure (pending state-by-state legislation). Currently, the master degree leads to licensure, and the DAc contains all of the master competencies with additional doctoral-level work. This program builds on the MAc-CHMS program with advanced skills in assessment and treatment techniques, nutritional knowledge with clinical application, systems-based practice, practice-based learning and improvement, and advanced clinical practice. A portion of this program is student-defined, faculty-approved through choice of elective tracks.
Advanced Practice Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (DAOM)
This is an advanced practice degree. Through a transformative educational experience, the Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (DAOM) program prepares you to expand your practice and advance the field of Chinese and integrative medicines. By furthering your education, you will gain effective skills for leadership and teaching, and cultivate expertise within a clinical specialty area. The DAOM at AOMA focuses on the care and management of patients through the practice of integrative medicine, with emphasis in pain and associated psychosocial phenomena, providing a foundation and allowing flexibility of study in this vital area.
Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine Certification Program
Designed for individuals who have already completed a degree in acupuncture at an ACAOM accredited school, but who need additional instruction in Chinese herbal medicine for professional licensure, the Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine Certificate Program offers access to AOMA’s renowned herbal studies curriculum and faculty.
Students enrolled in the Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine Certificate Program take classes alongside traditional master’s students and are eligible to take the NCCAOM board exam in Chinese herbal medicine upon completion of their studies.
Licensure in the Profession
Graduates of the Master of Acupuncture with Chinese Herbal Medicine Specialization from AOMA are qualified to take the four National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) board exams. Graduates of the degree who have passed the required exams, are eligible for licensure in all the states and the District of Columbia that have a practice act for the acupuncture profession. As of January 2021, only 3 states do not have an acupuncture act - Alabama, Oklahoma, and South Dakota. NCCAOM information on state licensure: https://www.nccaom.org/advocacy-regulatory/state-relations/
AOMA offers hundreds of hours of continuing education every year. AOMA offers educational programming useful for physicians, nurses and other health professionals to enhance the education and understanding of Chinese Medicine, acupuncture and other related fields of practice.
A central educational objective for both the doctoral and master's programs in acupuncture and Oriental medicine is to that of incorporating evidence and experience-based practices into the instruction of our students and in the clinical practice of both faculty and students. It is a stated goal within AOMA's 2011 - 2015 strategic plan for the institution to promote Asian Medicine through research and publications. To this end, a structure is in development to support such a program.
The library at AOMA is committed to the pursuit of excellence, integrity, and accessibility, thereby providing scholarly resources and study opportunity for the students, faculty, staff, and patients of the AOMA community and, in continually improving our holdings, becoming the best library at a college of Oriental Medicine in the United States.
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Classification of Instructional Program (CIP) codes (2020)
|CIP Code||CIP Code Description||Master||Doctor||Professional|
|51||Health Professions and Related Programs|
|51.3301.00||Master of Acupuncture with a Chinese Herbal Medicine Specialization||MAc (CHMS)|
|51.3301.00||Doctor of Acupuncture with a Chinese Herbal Medicine Specialization||DAc (CHMS)|
|51.3301.00||Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine||DAOM|