One of the most important components of the accreditation process is the team site visit. The purpose of the site visit is to obtain in-depth information concerning all administrative and educational aspects of the program. The site visit evaluation is a peer-review process which helps to enhance the quality of education.
In addition, the site visit permits a team of Commission-appointed peers to assess a program’s compliance with the ACAOM standards and the achievement of its own stated goals and objectives. The site visit confirms and complements the information contained in the comprehensive self-study document completed by the institution, and issues a report of its findings to the program and the Commission.
ACAOM seeks qualified individuals to serve as members of candidacy and accreditation site visit teams. All institutions/programs are encouraged to have representatives from their institutions/programs to serve as site visitors. The Commission also encourages practitioners and qualified members of the public to serve on site visit teams. There are several benefits to becoming a site visitor, such as being eligible to receive up to ten NCCAOM Professional Development or Continuing Education Credits, Free Subscriptions to ACAOM Newsletter, engaging in an activity that provides professional development for educators, and Networking with leaders in the field of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.
If you are interested in becoming an ACAOM Site Visitor and have experience in higher education, Oriental medicine, other medical fields, business and non-profit management, finances and/or other pertinent fields, please complete the Site Visitor Profile by clicking here or submitting a curriculum vitae with interest letter (attn: Coordinator) to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have any questions, you may call the office at 301.313.0855.
ACAOM holds periodic site visitor training workshops. No workshops are scheduled at this time.
Site Visitors are eligible for reimbursement to offset out-of-pocket expenses associated with the site visit. To receive reimbursement, a completed Site Visit Report must be received by ACAOM, and you must submit a completed Request for Reimbursement Form.
Site Visit Reports
One of the key components of the accreditation process is the team site visit. The purpose of the site visit is to obtain in-depth information concerning all administrative and educational aspects of the program and confirms and complements the information contained in the comprehensive self-study report or eligibility report.
The site visit team produces a Site Visit Report using one of the template(s) made available to them by ACAOM. Two templates exist:
- A Master's Level Program Site Visit Report Template, or
- A Doctorate Level Program Site Visit Report Template.
These templates are provided to aid the team in completing the report. Once completed, the report should be submitted in the manner outlined by ACAOM the preparatory discussions with the Site Visit Team Chair.
Site Visitor Availability
A critical component of the accreditation process is the Site Visit Report, and a critical step in producing the report is to assemble skilled and appropriately matched teams to perform the site visits. The ACAOM office sends out requests for site visitor availability as it begins the scheduling process.
Approving of a Proposed Site Visit Team and Scheduling a Site Visit
Preparing for and participating in a Site Visit requires multiple steps, from identification of proposed dates, development and approval of a team of Site Visitors, to actually conducting the site visit ad producing the Site Visit Report. The specifics of this entire process have been outlined in an ACAOM manual.
Conducting the Site Visit
Site Visitor Manual