Summer 2022 Meeting Agenda

The Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine (ACAHM) will hold its Summer semiannual meeting from 25 August through 27 August 2022.  This meeting will be held in-person.  

In addition to the agenda items listed below, the Commission also reviews pending interim site visit reports, focused visit reports, monitoring reports, substantive change applications and other official matters, consistent with ACAHM policies, procedures, and timelines:

Seeking Pre-Accreditation

  • Lotus Professional College, Richmond, VA 
    • Master of Acupuncture with a Chinese herbal medicine specialization (MAcCHM) program

Seeking Initial Accreditation 

  • Alhambra Medical University, Alhambra, CA 
    • Doctor of Acupuncture with a Chinese herbal medicine specialization (DAcCHM) program
  • Institute of Clinical Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, Honolulu, HI
    • Doctor of Acupuncture with a Chinese herbal medicine specialization (DAcCHM) program
  • MCPHS University, Worcester, MA 
    • Doctor of Acupuncture (DAc) program
  • Phoenix Institute of Herbal Medicine and Acupuncture, Phoenix, AZ
    • Doctor of Acupuncture (DAc) program; Doctor of Acupuncture with a Chinese herbal medicine specialization (DAcCHM) program 
  • Won Institute of Graduate Studies, Warminster, PA 
    • Doctor of Acupuncture (DAc) program 

Seeking Renewal of Accreditation  

  • Arizona School of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, Tucson, AZ
    • Institution; Master of Acupuncture (MAc) program; Master of Acupuncture with a Chinese herbal medicine specialization (MAcCHM) program
  • Eastern School of Acupuncture and Traditional Medicine, Bloomfield, NJ 
    • Institution; Master of Acupuncture (MAc) program; Certificate in Chinese herbal medicine (CCHM) program
  • Institute of Clinical Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, Honolulu, HI
    • Institution; Master of Acupuncture with a Chinese herbal medicine specialization (MAcCHM) program
  • Phoenix Institute of Herbal Medicine and Acupuncture, Phoenix, AZ 
    • Institution; Master of Acupuncture (MAc) program; Master of Acupuncture with a Chinese herbal medicine specialization (MAcCHM) program
  • Texas Health and Science University, Austin, TX 
    • Master of Acupuncture with a Chinese herbal medicine specialization (MAcCHM) program
  • Won Institute of Graduate Studies, Warminster, PA 
    • Master of Acupuncture (MAc) program; Certificate in Chinese herbal medicine (CCHM) program

Third-Party Comments

Commission meetings are closed to the public. Written public comments on institutions and programs scheduled for review are welcome: 

  • Comments must be submitted by 19 August 2022, 4:00pm US Central Time. 
  • Comments must address substantive matters relative to the quality of the educational program with respect to its compliance with ACAHM’s Comprehensive Standards and Criteria
  • Please submit comments to info@acaom.org, with the subject line “Summer 2022 Third Party Comment”. 

Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine

8 September 2021: The Commission met in June 2021 and adopted a new name for the organization: effective 8 September 2021, the organization will be called the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine (ACAHM). A formal and final name change will take some time because it must be carried out in compliance with relevant laws and regulatory requirements. However, we are committed to implementing this change as soon as possible. Staff have begun the process of removing the term “oriental” from all Commission documents including standards, policies and procedures, and this website. For the time being, https://www.acahm.org forwards to the Commission’s longstanding domain address. It is likely that staff and Commission Email addresses will be among the last things to change.

This decision follows a five-year review process that considered and analyzed perceptions of the word “Oriental” within the acupuncture and herbal medicine community. As an organization that accredits educational programs rooted in the traditions and philosophies of several Asian cultures, we have a deep respect for the backgrounds that have enabled the successful treatment of a host of symptoms, diseases, and medical conditions. When the organization was founded nearly four decades ago, “Oriental” was widely accepted both in society and within our community of practitioners, professionals, and schools. But times have changed and so must we. 

We have conducted years of research into this matter, including a survey of 1,700 individuals that evaluated community perception of the incorporation of alternative terms for “Oriental medicine” within ACAOM-accreditable degree titles. While survey results yielded no consensus, ACAOM proactively issued a policy to rename degrees to eliminate use of the term “Oriental” from certain programs. The name for the Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine has not been changed, although this is still being considered and input from schools running DAOM programs will be solicited. In June 2021, a special meeting of the commission was called to discuss a change to the organizational name.

Prior to the meeting, eight potential names were presented to commissioners along with a list of considerations for each name. After careful deliberation, the commissioners ultimately reached unanimous agreement that the new name would be the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine – a decision that was reaffirmed during our August 2021 meeting.


ACAHM Statement Deploring Racism and Violence Against Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders, and Individuals of Asian Descent

8 September 2021*: The Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine (ACAHM), founded in 1982 and re-named in 2021, accredits educational programs rooted in the traditions and philosophies of several Asian cultures.  We deplore the recent attacks and the rise in anti-Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) violence and harassment and join with our community of schools and colleges, faculty, students, and the professionals in our field in condemning these racist acts.

Words of support, healing, and prayer are helpful, but also are insufficient.  It is incumbent upon each of us individually and collectively to identify, understand and root out bias, discrimination, and oppression in all forms and ACAHM is committed to this outcome.   ACAHM is a member of and has actively participated in the Acupuncture Medicine Cultural Competency Task Force (AMCCTF) that was created in 2020, to provide tools to help educate students, practitioners, and members of our profession in cultural competency, and we are committed to continuing this work and engaging our communities of interest. 

For additional information please visit the links below:

American Society of Acupuncturists AAPI Statement

Council of Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Statement of Community Support

National Commission for the Certification of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Statement on Violence Against AAPI

Acupuncture Medicine Cultural Competency Resource Guide

* originally published 29 March 2021


COVID-19 related flexibilities via emergency waiver

During the period of COVID-19 interruption, ACAHM has extended its current flexibilities until further notice subject to any Federal, State and/or local limitations.

1 December 2020: The Commission met on 18 November 2020 to: (1) review its COVID-19-related actions to date, (2) evaluate data provided by the Council of Colleges of Acupuncture & Herbal Medicine (CCAHM) regarding delivery of clinical training via distance education, and (3) consider the input from a focus group of subject matter experts convened in cooperation with CCAHM. As a result, the Commission has made revisions to its emergency waiver limitations and guidance.

12 November 2020: Because of the highly unusual circumstances and challenges presented to the postsecondary education community by COVID-19, the United States Department of Education (USDE or Department) has given accreditors certain regulatory flexibilities as a unique and temporary departure from the Department’s accrediting agency requirements.  

Flexibilities adopted by the Commission were published on 18 May 2020.  (Revisions to Emergency Waiver 18 May 2020

Previous Commission COVID-19 updates may be viewed here and here.


ACAHM staff are located in various parts of the United States. The Commission’s registered office is located in Minnesota, and business is conducted based upon the US Central Time Zone.