Welcome to the web site of the Council of Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. The Council is a 501(c)(6) voluntary membership association for acupuncture schools and programs in the U.S. Established in 1982, the Councilís primary mission is to support member institutions to deliver educational excellence and quality patient care. The vision of the organization is to maximize opportunities available to graduates of its member schools to achieve their full potential in healthcare in the United States.
Currently the Council consists of 56 acupuncture schools. As a requirement of membership, all of the Councilís member schools have obtained either full accreditation or accreditation candidacy status with the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM), the only national organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education to accredit AOM schools and programs in the U.S.
The membership of the Council meets twice each year to engage in committee work, conduct strategic planning (approximately every two years), host special panels and workshops on topics of interest to its members, and participate in plenary business sessions. Each of these activities provides a forum for Council members to come together with their colleagues for dialogue and planning around the major issues affecting AOM education and the AOM profession. The meetings also provide additional benefits through an opportunity for Council members to hear reports from other national AOM organizations and to share information and resources among themselves in an atmosphere of collegiality and mutual support.
The Council administers a national needle safety course known as the Clean Needle Technique Course. This course is required by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) to obtain Diplomate status from the Commission. As an important verification of an acupuncture graduateís safe needling technique, the CNT course contributes to the high confidence level in the safety of acupuncture by patients, regulators, and third party payors in the U.S.
As recommendations for ACAOM, the Council developed academic and clinical guidelines and core curriculum requirements for first-professional masterís level programs in acupuncture and in Oriental medicine. The Council also developed core curriculum recommendations to ACAOM for masterís level programs in Chinese herbology and for post-graduate doctoral programs in acupuncture and in Oriental medicine. The Council was also represented on ACAOMís Doctoral Task Force for the development of standards for the first-professional doctoral degree.
The Councilís primary focus on advancing AOM by promoting educational excellence in the field is complemented by its participation in a number of other organizations whose work is consistent with that goal. Within the AOM field, the Council is a member of the American Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (AAAOM) and provides representation to various task forces of ACAOM. Outside the AOM field, the Council is a member of the Academic Collaborative for Integrative Health (ACIH), National Association of Advisors for the Health Professions (NAAHP), Society for Acupuncture Research (SAR), and the International Tiger Coalition (ITC).