As of July 8, 2011, the U.S. Department of Education reconnizes ACAOM for an expansion of scope to include Doctorate of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (DAOM) programs. Schools with ACAOM institutional Candidacy (with some limitations) or accreditation, and with Candidate or accredited DAOM programs may now use ACAOM's accreditation to request eligibility for Federal financial aid.
The Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM) is the national accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education to accredit Master’s-level and post-graduate doctoral programs in the acupuncture and Oriental medicine profession.
As an independent body, ACAOM accredits first professional Master’s degree and professional Master’s level certificate and diploma programs in acupuncture; first professional Master’s degree and professional Master’s level certificate and diploma programs in Oriental medicine with a concentration in both acupuncture and herbal therapies, and professional post-graduate doctoral programs in acupuncture and in Oriental medicine (DAOM) as well as free-standing institutions and colleges of acupuncture or Oriental medicine that offer such programs.
The Commission fosters excellence in acupuncture and Oriental medicine education by establishing policies and standards that govern the accreditation process for acupuncture and Oriental medicine programs. Currently, ACAOM has over 60 schools and colleges with institutional and/or programmatic accredited or candidacy status.