College of Traditional Chinese Medicine
Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine is becoming one of the most rapidly recognized forms of integrative health care in the United States. One of the first steps in the development of any profession is the standardization of education. To achieve that end, there are three principal national organizations that concern themselves with standardizing education in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and certifying graduates of American acupuncture and Oriental medicine schools.
The U.S. Department of Education recognizes the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM) as the specialized and professional accrediting agency for such schools. The Council of Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (CCAOM) is a membership organization for schools of acupuncture and oriental medicine. The CCAOM provides a forum for schools to discuss current issues in the field and to propose improvements in the educational system for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) certifies practitioners in acupuncture and herbal proficiency and offers separate certification examinations in Acupuncture with Point Location, Chinese Herbs, Foundations of Oriental Medicine, and Biomedical Sciences.