The NCCAOM®, with assistance from Schroeder Measurement Technologies, a professional certification and licensure testing company, conducts the only national survey of the acupuncture and Oriental medicine (AOM) profession.
To ensure that the NCCAOM certification examinations are fair and relevant, i.e., the content of the exams accurately reflect what AOM practitioners do on the job, it is necessary to periodically conduct surveys of the profession to document the tasks that are performed and the knowledge, skills, and abilities practitioners must possess in order to practice competently and safely. This type of survey is known as a Job Analysis (JA) or Practice Analysis survey, and is part of a larger research-based study to define and update a core set of competencies and performance expectations that result in safe and effective acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine practice.
The primary purpose of a JA study is to update the NCCAOM examination content outlines to reflect current practice of entry-level practitioners in the AOM profession. Because the field of AOM as practiced in the U.S. is evolving, it is extremely important to continually review and update the content of the examinations. This maintains the link between test scores achieved on the NCCAOM certifying examinations and the competencies licensed acupuncturists must possess to ensure public protection. A successful JA study results in exam content that is relevant, fair, and appropriate, which in turn leads to a legally-defensible, high-quality certification program.
A secondary purpose of the JA study is to establish a practice-profile of licensed acupuncturists, how they practice, and the environments in which they practice. Demographic information collected from survey respondents reveals any differences in practice based on practice setting, geographic region, and years of experience to ensure an accurate snapshot of the diversity of the licensed acupuncturist community.
Best practice in certification testing suggests that a JA study should be conducted at least every five years. As the last JA study was completed in 2013, the next JA study is underway with anticipated completion in late 2017. After completion of the JA study, the results from the survey and the entire JA process will be made available to the public to provide transparency surrounding this critical process.
Click on the links to the left to access electronic copies of the 2008, and 2013 job analysis reports.