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Accreditation Requirements

The Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM) is a national accrediting commission for established acupuncture and Oriental medicine schools and colleges.

The following is an excerpt from the ACAOM Handbook:

Essential Requirement 8 - Program of Study

The professional program in acupuncture shall be based on the following critical elements: It must be at least three academic years in length; it must be a resident program; it must demonstrate attainment of professional competence; it must have an adequate clinical component; and, it must include the following minimum core curriculum (#1-10) designed to train students to achieve the competencies of an independent acupuncture provider.

The professional program in Oriental medicine shall be based on the following critical elements: It must be at least four academic years in length; it must be a resident program; it must demonstrate attainment of professional competence; it must have an adequate clinical component; and, it must include the following minimum core curriculum (#1-12) designed to train students to achieve the competencies of an independent Oriental medical provider.

The structure and content of these curriculum areas must lead students to achieve or exceed the professional competencies of an independent acupuncture or Oriental medicine provider as listed in Criteria 8.10.

These requirements may be satisfied by courses at a college or university accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education provided that the core content is consistent with the program’s objectives. The program must ensure that the sequencing, duration, nature and content of all didactic, practical and clinical trailing courses are appropriately integrated and consistent with the program’s purposes and educational objectives.

The handbook describes in detail the ACAOM’s educational requirements in the following areas:

  1. History of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
  2. Basic Theory
  3. Acupuncture, Point Location, and Channel (Meridian) Therapy
  4. Diagnostic Skills
  5. Treatment Planning in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
  6. Treatment Techniques
  7. Equipment and Safety
  8. Counseling and Communication Skills
  9. Ethics and Practice Management
  10. Biomedical Clinical Sciences
  11. Oriental Herbal Studies
  12. Other Oriental Medicine Modalities
From Handbook, Part 1: Structure, Scope, Process and Standards, ACAOM, Greenbelt, Maryland; pages 20-26, emphasis added.
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