Frequently Asked Questions for Prospective Students and Advisors

What is the cost of an AOM Master’s degree program?

As with all college degree programs, costs vary by school and include tuition, living expenses and course materials. In general, the costs associated with an AOM Master’s program align with those of other postgraduate medical degree programs across the country. 

Is financial assistance available for AOM students?

Federal student aid is available for students who attend AOM colleges accredited (or pre-accredited) by the ACAOM. The financial aid office can provide details on all options, including scholarships that may be available. The following organizations also offer scholarship opportunities:

How does an Acupuncture degree program compare with an Oriental medicine program?

Acupuncture programs do not include required coursework in Chinese herbal medicine. For this reason, Oriental medicine degree programs require more time and credit hours for graduation. Be aware that some states require training in Chinese herbal medicine. The AOM school is the best source of information about program differences, requirements and curriculum

How much do license AOM practitioners earn?

Like all professions, salaries vary based on experience, education, specialization, location and many other factors. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) 2018 salary updates, the average annual wages for health diagnosing and treating practitioners is $73,960. Average salaries for AOM practitioners are typically higher than those of some other professionals in the complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) field. There are approximately 33,000 AOM practitioners in the U.S. and growth in the next 10 years is estimated to be 10 – 14%.

Can AOM practitioners be licensed in more than one state?

Yes, but it typically requires a license in each state. Some states offer reciprocity, which allows a practitioner to be licensed in second state based on already being licensed in one state. Each state’s requirements are set by the AOM licensing board. See a complete list of state acupuncture laws and legislation