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Alhambra Medical University and its following programs are accredited by the Accreditation

Commission for Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine (ACAHM):

1. Master in Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine

(offered in English and Mandarin) [previously named Master of Science in Traditional Asian Medicine]

2. Doctor in Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine

(offered in English and Mandarin) [previously named Doctor of Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine]

•  Including a Doctor of Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine degree completion track


The program listed above may offer courses via distance education.


ACAHM does not accredit any programs at the undergraduate/bachelor level.

Accreditation status and notes may be viewed on the ACAHM Directory.


ACAHM is recognized by the United States Department of Education as the specialized accreditation agency for institutions/programs preparing acupuncture practitioners.  ACAHM is located at 500 Lake Street, Suite 204, Excelsior, Minnesota 55331; phone 952/212-2434;

Logo for National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.

The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM®) is a non-profit 501(c)(6) organization established in 1982.


The NCCAOM is the only national organization that validates entry-level competency in the practice of acupuncture and Oriental medicine (AOM) through professional certification...

Use “Doctor” or “Dr.” in the Practice of Acupuncture

An acupuncturist can only use “Doctor” or “Dr.” in connection with the practice of acupuncture if he or she possesses a license that authorizes the use or possesses an earned doctorate degree which is in acupuncture, oriental medicine, a biological science, or is otherwise related to the authorized practice of an acupuncturist from an accredited, approved, or authorized educational institution. An acupuncturist must further indicate the type of license or degree which authorizes that use of the title "Doctor"; or the abbreviation "Dr."; This information is published for the purpose of informing students, prospective students and others interested in the operations of Alhambra Medical University, primarily with regard to the educational programs and policies of the school. All information is judged to be accurate at the time of publication. However, the contents hereof are subject to change without prior notice. Please note that all reasonable efforts are made on an ongoing basis to supplement in loose leaf hardcopy format any changes, additions, or other revisions to the text of this catalog which may come into existence prior to the publication of the following edition of the catalog. 


The Master’s program prepares the students to be employed as Acupuncturist (Standard Occupational Code (SOC) for Acupuncturists from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) as SOC – 29-1291). Detail information about the list of Standard Occupational Code (SOC) Click here


Alhambra Medical University publishes a checklist information to guide the graduates from the program related with the information of the acupuncturist licensure checklist and eligibility across the states in the U.S. once they have graduated from the AMU Master’s program. Prospective and current students may inquire to the Dean of Students for more information or advice regarding licensure to practice acupuncture and traditional medicine in the state of California or outside of California. The list of states for which AMU Master program curriculum meets, does not meet or unable to determine to meet each state educational requirements can be inquired as well to the Dean of Students. Graduates are required to directly inquire to the local governing state board to acquire more accurate and detail information regarding eligibility, requirements and procedures to practice acupuncture and traditional medicine in the related state.

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