All NCCAOM Certification applicants must meet specific training requirements prior to sitting for the examinations.
Eligibility requirements to become authorized to test and certification requirements which must be fulfilled before certification can be awarded are two different elements in the certification process.
Once your application is approved and you have been issued an Authorization to Test letter, you will not be required to meet any new eligibility requirements that may have been adopted since your application was received.
Please be aware that the NCCAOM does not accredit nor approve any colleges or institutions.
Applicants using this route must have graduated with a degree/diploma in Acupuncture, Chinese Herbology, Oriental Medicine, or Traditional Chinese medicine from academic institutions outside of the United States that meet the following requirements:
A. Approval by a foreign government’s Ministry of Education, Ministry of Health, or equivalent foreign government agency,
B. Approval by an international private accreditation agency that has an accreditation process and standards comparable to that of the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM), and that is recognized for that purpose by the appropriate government entity in that country,
C. Approval by an acupuncture and/or Oriental medicine (AOM) professional society, association or organization that sets AOM education standards which are comparable to that of ACAOM, is recognized for that purpose, and has an enforcement arm to ensure standards are met and maintained.
International educational programs attempting to meet the eligibility requirements under A, B or C above must ALSO be deemed to have equivalency in total hours and distribution of hours as required by ACAOM standards at the time of application.
Graduates from an international academic educational institution must first apply to either the American of Collegiate Registrars and Adminssions Officers (AACRAO) or the World Education Services (WES) for a course by course educational transcript evaluation.
To apply to AACRAO please follow the steps below:
1. Visit the AACRAO website at http://ies.aacrao.org/. For AACRAO customer service call, (202) 296-3359 or email firstname.lastname@example.org on Monday – Friday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. EST.
2. Applicants educated in China who choose to apply to AACRAO must first have their credentials verified via the China Academic Degrees and Graduate Education Development Center (CDGDC) and submitted directly to AACRAO. To apply with the CDGDC go to: http://www.chinadegrees.cn/en/
3. Mail all information to:
International Education Services
One Dupont Circle, NW
Washington, DC 20036-1135
For additional information please visit WES’s website.
- Route 1: Education in the United States (U.S.)
- Route 2: International Education
- Route 3: Apprenticeship (U.S. or International)
- Route 4: Combination of Education and Apprenticeship (U.S. or International)
- Route 5: Conversion from Acupuncture and/or Chinese Herbology Certification to Oriental Medicine Certification
- Route 6: Reinstatement to Active Diplomate Status from Terminated Status
Please be aware that every candidate is required to meet all certification requirements in place at the point of certification. Therefore, each candidate must meet any new certification requirements that may have been added since the application was approved.