Programmatic Accreditation

University of Bridgeport Acupuncture Institute’s Master of Science in Acupuncture (MS-Ac), Master of Science in Acupuncture with Chinese Herbology and Doctor of TCM programs are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and HERBAL Medicine (ACAHM). Institution/program accreditation history, notes, and dates of review may be viewed at:

ACAHM is recognized by the United States Department of Education as the specialized accreditation agency for institutions/programs preparing acupuncture and herbal medicine practitioners. ACAHM is located at 8941 Aztec Drive, Eden Prairie, Minnesota 55347; phone 952/212-2434; fax 952/657-7068;


Completion of any of the UBAI programs does not guarantee licensure in any state. Most states require passage of some or all of the National Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) exam modules ( and the Council of Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine (CCAHM) Clean Needle Technique (CNT: exam for licensure.

In California you must take a program approved by the California Acupuncture Board (CAB; and pass the California Acupuncture exam to qualify for licensure.  (See As of 2021, the only program at UBAI that qualifies a graduate for the California exam is The Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine (DTCM) degree. (See

Below is a list of those states for whom the various UBAI programs meet licensure requirements. Please note that legislation changes can take place and completing the program does not guarantee state licensure eligibility alone. Many states require a state-specific exam in Jurisprudence or other areas of state-specific laws in additional to the NCCAOM exam modules. Always check state licensure requirements prior to applying for an acupuncture license.

Program Meets State Requirements Additional Training Required
MS- Acupuncture AK, AZ, CO, CT, GA, IA, ID, IL*, IN, KY, LA, MA*, MD, ME, MI, MN, MD, MS, MT, NC, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NY, OH*, OR, PA*, RI, SC, TN, UT, VA, VT*, WA, WI, WV, WY, Washington DC* *DC, IL, MA, OH, NJ, VT and PA allow for acupuncture only licensure or licensees can choose TCM licensure including TCM Herbs. (Requires TCM degree & passage of the herb module for NCCAOM.)
MS-Traditional Chinese Medicine (required for licensure) Herbal training Required: AR, DE, HI, FL**, KS, NM, NV, TX, VT **Florida only accepts masters-level degrees in TCM for licensure as of 2021. FL also requires training in injection therapies prior to licensure.
MS-Traditional Chinese Medicine (optional for licensure)
  1. Herbal training Optional:
  1. Optional category also includes all of the states where MS-ACUP meets state requirements
Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine California Plus all of the states where MS-ACUP and MS-TCM meets state requirements, except FL. California requires passage of the California exam.
MS-Chinese Herbology   MS-CH does not lead to acupuncture licensure alone. Completion of an acupuncture degree is required
No Acupuncture licensure (2021) AL, OK, SD  

State Accreditation

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.

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