Public Comment: DAOM Incorporation into the Comprehensive Standards and Criteria [Nov. 4, 2018]

ACAOM began the process of creating Comprehensive Standards and Criteria to include all ACAOM-accreditable programs and institutions by combining the standards and criteria for Master’s Level programs and Institutions with the standards and Criteria for Professional Doctorate [PD] programs in April, 2018. The Chinese Herbology Certificate standards were added in August, 2018. The last program to be added to the Comprehensive Standards and Criteria is the Postgraduate Doctorate [DAOM].

Many elements of the existing DAOM standards and criteria were identical or highly similar to those already incorporated into the Comprehensive Standards and Criteria as applying to “all programs”. The Commission identified six criteria that required specific additions related to the DAOM, and an additional criterion to be added to the Comprehensive Standards; the Commission seeks comment regarding all seven of these criteria:

Criterion 1.03 – Program Goals

Criterion 5.02 – Admissions

Criterion 5.03 – Transfer Credit/Transfer Students

Criterion 7.02 – Minimum Program Length, Credits and Hours

Criterion 7.04 – Professional Competencies

Criterion 7.05 – Clinical Training

Criterion 7.08 – Clinical Research Projects [PROPOSED FOR ADDITION]


This call for public comment is open through December 7, 2018.

An instrument for providing online comment is available at:

All comments will be reviewed by the Commission in accordance with ACAOM Policy and further actions by the Commission will be announced on the ACAOM website. If you have any questions, concerns or would like further clarification, please feel free to contact ACAOM staff via

You may also submit comments via Email to, with the subject line: DAOM PUBLIC COMMENT.  Email comments must also be received no later than December 7, 2018.

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