Standards and Criteria

Comprehensive Standards and Criteria: Institutions, Master’s Level Programs, Chinese Herbology Certificate Programs, and Professional Doctorate [PD] Programs

Index page of ACAOM Comprehensive Standards and Criteria for ACAOM-accredited institutions, master’s level programs, graduate-level Chinese Herbology certificate programs, and professional doctorate [PD] programs.  The Comprehensive Standards and Criteria for master’s level programs and PD programs were adopted April 23, 2018; Chinese Herbology certificate programs were added to the Comprehensive Standards and Criteria effective August 11, 2018.  This comprehensive revision does not currently include standards and criteria for postgraduate doctoral [DAOM] programs.

IMPORTANT: If you are currently in the process of preparing to submit an institutional or program self-study, please contact ACAOM staff for consultation regarding the prevailing standards and criteria for your self-study. 

Standards and Criteria: Postgraduate Doctorate [DAOM]

Standards and criteria adopted by the Commission for postgraduate doctoral [DAOM] programs [last substantive update: [10/21/2017]. 

Self-Study Resources

Self-Study Guide [for self-study process and preparation]

Document Submission Instructions

 The following cover sheets are for use when submitting a Self-Study Report to ACAOM:

Self-Study Report Cover Sheet – Part 1 [all program types]

Self-Study Report Cover Sheet – Part 2 [master’s level; Chinese herbology certificates; professional doctorate (PD)]

Position Papers

ACAOM issues position papers from time to time, regarding issues or questions of interest to accredited/pre-accredited programs and institutions.  Position papers are not official statements of the Commission, and do not supercede ACAOM policies, standards, criteria or other official documents.

AOM Bachelor’s Degrees [24 January 2018]

English language courses and programs [15 February 2018]

Faculty Clarification [26 October 2018] NEW

Multi-Purpose Institution Clarification [14 November 2017]

Professional Doctorate Program Clarification [11 September 2018]

Recognition of Foreign Qualifications [14 November 2017]

Site Visitor / Site Visit Resources

ACAOM Site Visit Manual [for institutions and site visitors] [rev. Jan.
25, 2018]

Code of Conduct and Professional Ethics Guide

Legal and Regulatory Compliance Checklist