The Master of Science in Acupuncture program, Master of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine, and the Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine programs of the University of Bridgeport are programmatically accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM), which is the recognized accrediting agency for the approval of programs preparing acupuncture and oriental medicine practitioners.
The Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM) granted accreditation to University of Bridgeport Acupuncture Institute’s professional doctorate program in English, under applicable ACAOM Standards, effective 24 February 2018. Accreditation status and notes may be viewed at: http://acaom.org/directory-menu/directory/.
ACAOM is the recognized accrediting agency for programs preparing acupuncture and Oriental medicine practitioners. ACAOM is located at 8941 Aztec Drive, Eden Prairie, Minnesota 55347; phone 952/212-2434; fax 952/657-7068; www.acaom.org
In June 2003, the MS-Acupuncture was accredited by the State of Connecticut Department of Higher Education allowing the UB Acupuncture Institute to offer the Masters of Science-Acupuncture degree.
In June 2013, the MS-Traditional Chinese Medicine and MS-Chinese Herbology degrees were licensed by the State of Connecticut Office of Higher Education allowing the UB Acupuncture Institute to offer the MS-TCM and MS-CH degree programs.
A major goal for the Acupuncture Institute has always been to have an excellent program that allows licensure for our graduates in as many states as possible. Having attained the status of accreditation with ACAOM, current students in their last year of training, as well as graduates of the Acupuncture Institute are able to take the NCCAOM national board exam for acupuncture. Passing this exam, plus taking the Clean Needle course from the CCAOM (Council of College of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine) is required for licensure in many states. MS-Acupuncture graduates can be licensed in most of the states that license or register acupuncturists.
Potential students need to be aware that there are a handful of states that require significant herbal training for licensure. Students interested in pursuing licensure in states such as New Mexico, Texas, Florida, Nevada and Ohio that require the NCCAOM Herbology exam as part of their licensing requirements should enroll in the MS-TCM program at UB.
The programs at UBAI are not currently accepted by the California Acupuncture Board. UBAI graduates are currently not eligible to take the California licensing exam.
Currently, graduates of the Acupuncture Institute are licensed and working in 14 states: Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Florida, Washington, Hawaii, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, North Carolina, and Arizona. Graduates of the program are also practicing in Canada, Israel and Australia.