ACAOM conducts national survey on degree titles

The Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine is trying to determine whether there is consensus on the titles for ACAOM-accredited degrees awarded at the master’s and doctoral levels.  The Commission accredits two different types of master’s degrees, a postgraduate doctorate [often referred to as the DAOM] and a professional doctorate [often referred to as the PD or FPD].

The Commission began by engaging major stakeholder organizations in a consensus process.  A modified version of the Delphi method was used, and the process was designed and managed by an independent principal investigator and study committee.  The final results of this process were reviewed at the Commission’s February 2017 meeting, and approval was granted to conduct a national survey.

The National Survey on Degree Titles seeks input from all relevant stakeholders on ACAOM degree titles.  The survey questions reflect the results of the stakeholder consensus process; the degree titles currently used by ACAOM accredited and pre-accredited programs; and regulatory/statutory limitations.  The survey is being widely distributed among our communities of interest.  The survey instrument includes all questions and responses in English, Chinese and Korean to facilitate full participation.

You may access the survey at the following link:

The survey will remain open until October 6, 2017 at 5:00pm U.S. Central Time.

Thank you in advance for your participation.  Your time and opinions are of great value to this process!  Please contact if you experience any difficulty in accessing or submitting the survey instrument.

Click here to view the final report from the Delphi consensus process [PDF document]