TCM Organizations

Having regulatory and professional resources at your disposal can be a valuable asset in navigating or charting your new career. Here are some useful links to important organizations in our field.

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 programs in the acupuncture and Oriental medicine profession.

American Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

The AAAOM exists to promote the professional field of acupuncture and oriental medicine, as a distinct primary care field of medicine. It supports legislative and public policy changes, community partnerships, and public awareness. Students members are welcome and encouraged to become involved.

California Acupuncture Board

This site provides all the information needed to obtain licensure as an acupuncturist in the State of California.

Council of Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

CCAOM promotes acupuncture and Oriental medicine by promoting educational excellence within the field. Information regarding the Clean Needle Technique (CNT) course is available at this site.

National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

NCCAOM offers national board certification in Acupuncture, Chinese Herbology, and Asian Bodywork Therapy. NCCAOM Certification indicates to employers, patients, and peers that one has met national standards for the safe and competent practice of acupuncture as defined by the profession.

Additional National Organizations

Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine National Coalition

750 East Sample Road (2-209)
Pompano Beach, FL 33064
Tel: (954) 494-2903

American Academy of Medical Acupuncture (AAMA)

5820 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 500
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Tel: (323) 937-5514; Fax: (323) 937-0059

American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncture

P.O. Box 419
Hygiene, CO 80533-0419
Tel: (303) 772-6726

American Organization for the Bodywork Therapies of Asia (AOBTA)

Laurel Oak Corporate Center, Suite 408
1010 Haddenfield-Berlin Rd.
Voorhees, NJ 08043
Tel: (609) 782-1616; Fax: (609) 782-1653

Council of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Associations

1217 Washington Street
Calistoga, CA 94515
Tel: (707) 942-9380; Fax (707) 942-8242

National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA)

P.O. Box 1927
Vancouver, WA 98668-1927
Tel: (888) 765-6232; Fax: (360) 260-8620

National Acupuncture Foundation (NAF)

P.O. Box 2271
Gig Harbor, WA 98335-4271
Tel: (253) 851-6538; Fax: (253) 851-6883

National Federation of Chinese TCM Organizations

2021 Ygnacio Valley Road, Building D
Walnut Creek, CA 94598

National Sports Acupuncture Association (NSAA)

P.O. Box 2271
Gig Harbor, WA 98335-4271
Tel: (206) 374-2505; Fax (206) 374-2505

Society for Acupuncture Research (SAR)

PMB 106-241
4200 Wisconsin Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20016-2143
Tel: (301) 571-0624