Professional Standards

This page is devoted to providing information to the public about the benefits of seeking acupuncture and Oriental medicine (AOM) treatment via an NCCAOM certified Diplomate.

An NCCAOM certified Diplomate is a practitioner who is certified by the NCCAOM.

It is a considerable professional achievement to earn any of the following designations:

  • Diplomate of Acupuncture (NCCAOM)®,
  • Diplomate of Chinese Herbology (NCCAOM)®,
  • Diplomate of Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM)®,
  • Diplomate of Asian Bodywork Therapy (NCCAOM)®

NCCAOM certification indicates to employers, patients, and peers that one has met national standards for the safe and competent practice as defined by the acupuncture and Oriental medicine (AOM) profession. National board certification has been the mark of excellence in AOM since the inception of the Commission in 1982. Every certified NCCAOM Diplomate must abide by the NCCAOM® Code of Ethics.

Comprehensive training in traditional differential diagnosis and proper treatment methods requires that every NCCAOM certified Diplomate completes three to four academic years of education at the master’s degree level in an acupuncture/Oriental Medicine program accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM). ACAOM is the only accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education as the authority for quality education and training in acupuncture and Oriental medicine. In addition to graduation from an ACAOM accredited program, all NCCAOM Diplomates must demonstrate professional competency by passing NCCAOM certification examinations in Foundations of Oriental Medicine, Acupuncture, Chinese Herbology and Biomedicine.
The NCCAOM certified Diplomate’s training and competency verification is in sharp contrast to the acupuncture training of other healthcare professionals such as chiropractors or registered nurses or even medical doctors who typically receive only 100-300 hours of abbreviated training. These other healthcare professionals only treat a limited number of points. NCCAOM certified Diplomates are also trained in standard medical history gathering, safety, and ethics, and recognition of when to refer patients to other health care professionals or consult with other medical practitioners.

The NCCAOM Find a Practitioner Directory is a voluntary directory designed to be used by the public to assist individuals in finding an NCCAOM certified practitioner:
Dipl. Ac. (NCCAOM)®, Dipl. C.H. (NCCAOM)®, Dipl. O.M. (NCCAOM)®, or Dipl. ABT (NCCAOM)®.

NCCAOM Service Marks

Dipl. Ac. (NCCAOM)®

Dipl. C.H. (NCCAOM)®

Dipl. O.M. (NCCAOM)®


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Find an NCCAOM Certified Practitioner

Dipl. Ac. (NCCAOM)®, Dipl. C.H. (NCCAOM)®, Dipl. O.M. (NCCAOM)®, or Dipl. ABT (NCCAOM)®
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