Accreditation

Five Branches University Institutional Accreditation

Five Branches University is institutionally accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM), which is the recognized accrediting agency for freestanding institutions and colleges of acupuncture or Oriental medicine that offer such programs.

Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (DAOM) Program Accreditation

The Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine degree program of Five Branches University is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM), which is the recognized accrediting agency for programs preparing acupuncture and Oriental medicine practitioners.

Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine (DTCM)

While ACAOM has reviewed and approved the substantive change application for Five Branches University to offer the DTCM program, the Five Branches University Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine (DTCM) is not accredited or preaccredited (candidacy) by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM). Graduates of this program are not considered to have graduated from an ACAOM accredited or candidate program and may not rely on ACAOM accreditation or candidacy for professional licensure or other purposes.

The DTCM is a new program in the profession. At this time, the Master’s degree remains the requirement for National certification and State licensure.

Master of Traditional Chinese Medicine (MTCM) and Master of Acupuncture (MAc) Program Accreditation

The Master of Traditional Chinese Medicine and the Master of Acupuncture degree programs of Five Branches University are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM), which is the recognized accrediting agency for programs preparing acupuncture and Oriental medicine practitioners.

ACAOM is located at 8941 Aztec Drive, Eden Prairie, MN 55347; phone (952) 212-2434; website – www.acaom.org.

National and State Approvals

Five Branches University is a private institution recognized, approved by, or is a member of the following national and state associations:

  • National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM)
  • Council of Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (CCAOM)
  • Title IV Federal Student Financial Aid Program, U.S. Department of Education
  • U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)
  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security, approval for foreign students
  • Veterans Education, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
  • California State Acupuncture Board, California State Department of Consumer Affairs
  • California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education – www.bppe.ca.gov

Five Branches University is a private institution approved to operate by the California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education. Approval to operate means the institution is compliant with the minimum standards contained in the California Private Postsecondary Education Act of 2009 (as amended) and Division 7.5 of Title 5 of the California Code of Regulations.

 

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