The American Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
AAAOM collaboratively serves more than 28,000 licensed practitioners in the U.S. to ensure a well-regulated profession that informs and protects public health and safety. While not a regulatory board, we work to serve the profession through data collection and release of information to the public, lobbying for law changes in the industry, and collaboration and connection to other practitioners and medical providers. AAAOM is strictly a volunteer organization with the goal to move forward the profession of AOM.
The ACAOM is the regulatory agency that accredits acupuncture colleges in the United States and is regulated by the U.S. Department of Education. They are a private, not-for-profit organization founded in 1982 by the Council of Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (CCAOM) and the American Association of Oriental Medicine (now AAAOM). Recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a 'specialized and professional' accrediting agency, ACAOM's primary purposes are to establish comprehensive educational and institutional requirements for acupuncture and Oriental medicine programs, and to accredit programs and institutions that meet those requirements. As an independent agency, the Commission's decisions are not subject to review or change by any outside organization or regulatory body.
The CCAOM is a council of acupuncture and Oriental Medicine school representatives including school owners, presidents, deans and/or administrators. This organization is a consortium of the schools and not a regulatory or accrediting body. Together, these schools collaborate to create cohesion between programs and promote best practices. There are currently 62 fully accredited acupuncture schools in the U.S. as of 2011: 53 of these are CCAOM members.
The NCCAOM creates the national board exam used in most states to grant licensure for acupuncturists. Their mission "is to establish, assess and promote recognized standards of competence and safety in acupuncture and Oriental Medicine for the protection and benefit of the public."
The American Association of Oriental Medicine