Job Task Analysis (JTA) Informational Page
The NCCAOM®, with assistance from Schroeder Measurement Technologies, conducted the only national Job Task Analysis survey of the acupuncture and Oriental medicine (AOM) profession in 2008. The full JTA Report provides demographic and clinical practice characteristics of NCCAOM Diplomates and provides the content validation for the current NCCAOM examinations. Best practice in validation of examination content is to perform a JTA a minimum of every five years. The NCCAOM released its previous JTA Report in 2003.
The primary purpose of the Job Task Analysis is to update the examination content outlines to reflect current practice of an entry-level practitioner in the profession of AOM. Since the field of AOM is evolving all the time, it is extremely important to continually review and update the content of the examinations. Please see the NCCAOM Study Guides that reflect the NCCAOM Expanded Examination Content Outlines.
In addition to assuring that the content for NCCAOM certification examinations is based on current practice, the JTA also provides a snapshot of the profession of AOM as it is being practiced today. Utilizing some of the demographic and clinical practice characteristics of the 2008 JTA, the NCCAOM presented a poster at the Society for Acupuncture (SAR) Conference titled “Practice Characteristics of NCCAOM: Diplomates: Implications for Ongoing Research, Curriculum Design and Continuing Education Activities” in 2010. In addition, NCCAOM Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Kory Ward-Cook, presented some of the demographic and practice characteristics results of the 2008 JTA in the presentation “A National Practice Analysis of Traditional East Asian Medicine” at the American Public Health Association (APHA) conference in 2008.