The most important thing for an acupuncture school to have
ACAHM — the Accrediting Commission for Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine — is the official accreditation body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education for acupuncturists’ education and training in the United States.
ACAHM accreditation is one of the most critical factors to look for in any acupuncture school because it is a legal requirement for licensing in 47 states and Washington D.C.
Why is accreditation important?
Accreditation helps determine whether an institution meets or exceeds minimum quality standards. It helps students choose acceptable institutions for enrollment.
Accreditation protects the interests of students, parents, potential employers, and the academic institutions themselves by ensuring that the educational programs offered have attained a level that meets or exceeds standards developed by experts in the field.
What is the ACAHM?
The Accrediting Commission for Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine (ACAHM) is the only acupuncture accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a reliable authority for quality education and training in the field.
Getting your acupuncture license
Nearly all states require that you pass one or more national board exams given by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) for licensing.
To even sit for the exams, NCCAOM requires that you’ve completed an ACAHM-accredited program. NCCAOM certification is contingent on the completion of an approved educational program and passing the NCCAOM certification exams.
NCCAOM certification — or in some cases passing the NCCAOM exams — suffices to demonstrate competency for licensure as an acupuncturist.
We are ACAHM-accredited
The Midwest College of Oriental Medicine, its Master’s-level program in Oriental Medicine (MSOM), and its Master’s-level program in acupuncture (MLA) are accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine (ACAHM), which grants the Midwest College of Oriental Medicine, its Master’s-level program in Oriental Medicine, and its Master’s-level program in acupuncture continuing accreditation under applicable ACAHM standards for a period of seven (7) years.