Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in California

Discussion in 'Accreditation Discussions (RA, DETC, state approva' started by c.novick, Aug 24, 2003.

  1. c.novick

    c.novick New Member

    Question of the day:

    I observed on a resume, someone claiming a masters degree from this institution ...

    Does anyone know if this is legit?

    I doubt it , but I honestly don't know.

    Thank you.

  2. roysavia

    roysavia New Member

    This school is accredited by the Accreditation Commission of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM). It is not listed as an accredited school under CHEA. I honestly can't tell you if the school is California approved.
    Acupunture is one of those disciplines that hasn't received recognition by the American Medical Association. The school may be a legitimate institution but it lacks proper accreditation.
  3. Bill Huffman

    Bill Huffman Well-Known Member

    I suspect that an acupuncture school generally does not try to award academic degrees. Therefore it would be outside the scope of RA.
  4. BillDayson

    BillDayson New Member

    It's accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, the US Dept. of Education recognized accreditor for such things.

    This kind of accreditation represents the institutional accreditation of most of these kind of small schools, few of which are RA. ACAOM does qualify graduates for the licensing exams for acupuncturists in California and elsewhere where licensing exists.

    The school seems to be legit, within the context of acupuncture and oriental medicine. Deciding whether that field is legit or not is your decision.

    What's more interesting here, is that Pacific College is rolling out an ACAOM accredited doctoral degree. Until now ACAOM was only recognized up to the masters level, and acupuncturists and other oriental medicine practitioners only practiced with masters degrees. They have been lobbying the USDoEd hard for doctoral degrees, so that they can be "Doctors" like everyone else in the health fields.

    Apparently DETC was not the only accreditor that recently received USDoEd recognition to accredit first professional degrees.
  5. Jeremy

    Jeremy Member

    This school actualy has three locations natiowide. It produces very high quality of oriental medicine practitioners. The move to a Doctoral degree is common in a lot of health care fields as discuused in earlier threads.
  6. c.novick

    c.novick New Member

    Thank you for your response guys.

    I appreciate it and the information.


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