The value of receiving an education from an accredited acupuncture school should not be taken lightly. Accreditation signifies that students may be assured that the school has been assessed and accepted by Oriental Medicine professionals and that the acupuncture program is considered valuable to others in the field of acupuncture and Oriental medicines.
The Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM), serving to promote excellence in acupuncture and Oriental medicine education, is the only accrediting organization acknowledged by the U.S. Department of Education to accredit master's degree level programs in the profession.
In addition to ACAOM, there are several other accrediting bodies. The chief accrediting organizations in the United States are:
- Western Association of Schools and Colleges
- Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
- New England Association of Schools and Colleges
- Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges
- Middle State Association of Colleges and Schools
- North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
Other resources related to acupuncture and Oriental Medicine accreditation are:
- National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
- Council of Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
- American Association of Oriental Medicine
- Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Alliance
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