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  • Join ACAOM in Celebrating Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Day

    ACAOM is a proud partner in celebrating AOM Day on October 24, 2014.  To learn more about this important day, programs and events and AOM, click here  or visit www.AOMDay.org

  • ACAOM To Host Site Visitor & Chair Training Workshop - November 10, 2014

    ACAOM will be hosting a one day FREE workshop in Oakland, California on Monday, November 10, 2014.  The workshop is for those interested in becoming Site Visitors and current Site Visitors who are considering becoming Site Visit Chairs.  

    Topics covered:

         ACAOM accreditation and site visit protocols

         Accreditation standards and criteria

         Site Visitor role and responsibilities and those of the...

  • ACAOM Amendment to Postgraduate Doctoral Standards Notification

    (September 24, 2014)  In our continuing effort to enhance our accreditation standards the Commission, during its Summer 2014 meeting, adopted amendendments to ACAOM's Postgraduate Doctoral Program Standards.  The amended language primarily addresses the issue of inclusion of an acupuncture only postgraduate doctoral program under these standards and includes changes to Eligibility Requirements of Postgraduate Doctoral Programs and Standards 1,4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 12, 13, 14....

  • ACAOM Summer 2014 Actions

    In accordance with 34 CFR §602.26(a), the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM) is reporting its August 14-16, 2014 actions.  Click here for the list.

  • ACAOM Summer Commission Meeting Agenda

    Click here for the institutions/programs that will be on the agenda for review at the ACAOM Summer 2014 meeting.

  • ACAOM Offers Comments on the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Gainful Employment to USDE

    The Commissioners of ACAOM in partnership with the Council of Colleges of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine, National Certification Commission for Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine and the American Association of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine offer comments on the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Gainful Employment to the U.S Department of Education.  Click here to read the letter...

  • ACAOM 2014 Spring Newsletter

    ACAOM 2014 Spring Newsletter is now available.  Click here to read the latest issue.

  • ACAOM Self Study Workshop - May 5, 2014

    Register now for ACAOM's Self Study Workshop on May 5, 2014 in San Antonio.  Click here to download the regustration form.  Deadline to register is April 14th!

  • ACAOM Winter 2014 Actions

    In accordance with 34 CFR §602.26(a), the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM) is reporting its Febraury 10-12, 2014 actions.  Click here for the...

  • Call for Public Comment on Proposed Revisions to Postgraduate Doctoral Program

    PUBLIC COMMENT SOUGHT ON PROPOSED REVISIONS TO THE POSTGRADUATE DOCTORAL PROGRAM IN ACUPUNCTURE AND ORIENTAL MEDICINE

    (March 3, 2014) - The Commission is pleased to share for public comment proposed revisions to the Postgraduate Doctoral Program in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.  ACAOM has received requests from ACAOM accredited/candidate schools interested in starting an acupuncture only doctoral program.  ACAOM's current postgraduate doctoral standards...

  • Annual Report Part II Z-Score Worksheets

    (February 28, 2014) ACAOM's Annual Report Part II requires submission of Z score information. 

    Click here to download the Z-Score worksheet for For-Profit Institutions. 

    Click here to download the Z-Score worksheet for Non-Profit...

  • ACAOM Seeks Nominations for Commissioners

    (February 26, 2014)  ACAOM is currently seeking nominations of qualified individuals to fill the Academic and Public member vacancies on the Commission.  Click here to read the full announcement and how to be considered as a potential nominee.

     

  • ACAOM Announces Election of New Commissioner

    (February 28, 2014)  The Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine has elected Dr. Yemeng Chen, Ph.D. (China), L.Ac., F.I.C.A.E. to serve as an Educator Member.  Click here to read the full announcement.

  • ACAOM Admendments Notification

    (January 7, 2014)  In our continuing effort to enhance the Commission's accreditation process, the Commission, during its Summer 2013 Meeting and Fall 2013 Retreat, adopted amendments to ACAOM Standards and ACAOM Policies and Procedures.  Each amendment includes an effective date and a program notification date.  All changes made by the Commission to the Accreditation Manual or Policies and Procedures Handbook will be communicated by email to all ACAOM Candidate/Accredited...

  • Opportunity for 3rd Party Comment Concerning Institution/Program Qualifications for Accreditation

    (December 5, 2014)  Opportunity for Written Third Party Comment for February 2014 Commission Meeting

    In accordance with 34 CFR 602.23(b), ACAOM is providing an opportunity for written third party comment concerning the institution's or program's qualifications for accreditation or preaccreditation, as listed below.  The deadline for written comment to be received by ACAOM is January 5, 2014.  Documents may be submitted by email to: 

  • ACAOM 2013 Fall Newsletter

    ACAOM 2013 Fall Newsletter is now available.  Click here to read the latest issue.

  • Changes to the Annual Reporting Process

    The Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (“ACAOM” or the “Commission”)

    conducted a complete review and analysis of the 2012 Annual Reports submitted by our Accredited

    and Candidate Programs. As a result we will be implementing significant changes to both the report

    format and the reporting cycle. Click here to...

  • ACAOM Summer 2013 Actions

    In accordance with 34 CFR §602.26(a), the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM) is reporting its August 15-17, 2013 actions:

  • ACAOM Announces Election of New Commissioners

    The Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine has elected Dr. Dong Ji, Ph.D., L.Ac., as Member At Large and Dr. Michael Hoefer, Ph.D. as Public Member to the Commission, terms to begin immediately. 

    Dr. Dong Ji, faculty at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, San Diego for Masters and doctoral programs, is the Integrative-Medicine course developer for UCLA medical school students and clinic tutor for medicine residents and fellows for the UCLA Center for...

  • ACAOM Receives Renewal of USDE Recognition

    In a letter dated July 23, 2013, the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM) was officially notified by the United States Department of Education (USDE) of the renewal of the recognition of ACAOM.

    This renewal represents the culmination of a two year process by ACAOM to demonstrate that ACAOM is in compliance with all of the relevant USDE regulations. Mark McKenzie, Executive Director, and...

  • ACAOM Announces New Office Location

    ACAOM is pleased to announce the relocation of its office from Laurel, Maryland to Eden Prairie, Minnesota.  The new office location is 8941 Aztec Drive, Eden Prairie, Minnesota 55347.  The office phone number and fax number remain the same.There may be a slight delay in email and phone response from July 25th through August 3rd as we transition into our new space. 

  • ACAOM Seeks Commissioner Nominations

    ACAOM is seeking immediate nominations of qualified individuals for Public, Practitioner, Academic, and At-Large Commissioners.  Read the full announcement and refer to the Candidate Instruction Letter.  Email nominations and required materials to: mark.mckenzie@acaom.org

  • Substantive Change Application to Add FPD Available

    The offering of a First Professional Doctorate (FPD) program in acupuncture and/or Oriental medicine for schools with current ACAOM accredited program(s) is considered a Substantive Change, requiring approval by the Commission before students can be admitted to the program.

    Download the 'Substantive Change for ACAOM Accredited Programs Offering of First Professional Doctorate in English'...

  • ACAOM announces Associate Director

    ACAOM is pleased to announce that John M. Cooper, EdD has been selected as our new Associate Director.  Dr Cooper earned his Ed.D. In 1995 from Harvard University and has a Master of Public Administration from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and his MA/BA from Wake Forest University. 

    He has extensive academic experience most recently as a Associate Professor, Management at the Wentworth Institute of Technology.  He has been involved with the AOM...

  • ACAOM Winter 2013 Actions

    In accordance with 34 CFR §602.26(a), the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM) is reporting its February 13-16, 2013 actions.

  • ACAOM Approves FPD Standards

    The Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM) is pleased to announce the approval of Standards for a First Professional Doctorate (FPD) degree in Acupuncture and/or Oriental Medicine.  ACAOM will begin accepting applications by June 1, 2013.  By May 1, 2013, it is anticipated that ACAOM will have the application process defined.  For those institutions with ACAOM accredited programs, the process will be through Substantive Change.  For schools...

  • ACAOM announces Executive Director

    ACAOM Announces New Executive Director

    November 16, 2012

    Welcome Mark S. McKenzie, LAc MsOM DiplOM

    Dear Community Members and Friends of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine:

    ACAOM posted its notice for a permanent Executive Director in April 2011.  The national search resulted in 170 applicants. Over several months, ACAOM worked through a comprehensive and deliberative process of review of the applicants, culminating in its selection.  It gives me great...

  • ACAOM Summer 2012 Actions

    In accordance with 34 CFR §602.26(a), the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM) is reporting its August 15-18, 2012 actions.

  • ACAOM Reports Enrollment and Graduation Numbers

    ACAOM has analyzed the data reported by Candidate and accredited Master's-level and DAOM programs in their annual reports as of October 15, 2011.  Read the report.

  • ACAOM Winter 2012 Actions

    In accordance with 34 CFR §602.26(a), the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM) is reporting the following actions:

    Meeting Date: February 9-10, 2012

    Preaccreditation (Candidacy) awarded

         Middle Way Acupuncture Institute      Next review: Winter 2015

  • ACAOM Update November 2011

    Read an ACAOM Update as of November 1, 2011.

  • ACAOM Summer 2011 Actions

    In accordance with 34 CFR §602.26(a), the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM) is reporting the following actions:

    Meeting Date:August 18-20, 2011

    Preaccreditation (Candidacy)

         Yo San University of Traditional Chinese Medicine (CA)     Next review: Summer 2014
              Programmatic: Doctor of Acupuncture and...

  • ACAOM Appears Before USDE

    On June 8, 2011, Mark S. McKenzie, LAc MsOM DiplOM, ACAOM Chair and William W Goding, MEd RRT, ACAOM Interim Executive Director, appeared before the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI) as part of ACAOM’s renewal of recognition by the U.S. Department of Education (USDE), which occurs every 5 years.

    NACIQI unanimously approved the following recommendation to the Secretary of Education:

    Grant the agency’s request for an...

  • Spring 2011 Newsletter

     

    THE CHAIR'S CORNER

    As the new Commission Chair, I would like to thank all of the ACAOM Commissioners for their trust and confidence in electing me to this position. I also want to thank our outgoing Chair, Carla Wilson and previous Vice Chair, Fiquet Duckworth for both their work for ACAOM and their respective mentorship during my first three years on the Commission. It is also important for me to...

  • ACAOM Winter 2011 Actions

    In accordance with 34 CFR §602.26(a), the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM) is reporting the following actions:

    Meeting Date: February 24-26, 2011

    Preaccreditation (Candidacy)

    Alhambra Medical University, Alhambra, CA    Next review: Winter 2014
    Institutional
    Programmatic: Master’s Degree-Acupuncture in English

  • ACAOM Summer 2010 Actions

    ACCREDITATION ACTIONS - AUGUST 2010

    In accordance with ACAOM’s responsibilities under US Department of Education regulations, the
    following is the public notification of the actions on candidacy and accreditation reviews for Masters
    programs during the August 2010 meeting of the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and
    Oriental Medicine.

    MASTER’S PROGRAM REVIEWS
    Candidacy Actions:
    Stanton...

  • ACAOM’s Winter 2010 Accreditation Actions

    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 the acupuncture and Oriental medicine profession. As an independent body, ACAOM accredits first professional Master’s degree and professional Master’s level certificate and diploma programs in acupuncture and first professional Master’s degree and professional Master’s...

Update of USDE Criteria
  • USDE Approves ACAOM's Expansion of Scope to Include DAOM

    As of July 8, 2011, the U.S. Department of Education reconnizes ACAOM for an expansion of scope to include Doctorate of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (DAOM) programs.  Schools with ACAOM institutional Candidacy (with some limitations) or accreditation, and with Candidate or accredited DAOM programs may now use ACAOM's accreditation to request eligibility for Federal financial aid.

    The Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM)...

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