University of Bridgeport Acupuncture Institute’s Master of Acupuncture (MS-Ac), Master of Oriental Medicine (MS-TCM) and First Professional Doctorate (DTCM) programs (in English) are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM). Institution/program accreditation history, notes, and dates of review may be viewed at: http://acaom.org/directory-menu/directory/
ACAOM is recognized by the United States Department of Education as the specialized accreditation agency for institutions/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
The Acupuncture Institute has always sought to provide an excellent program which prepares students for licensure. Student in the following statuses may take the NCCAOM national board exam for acupuncture (MS-Acup or MS-TCM) or Oriental medicine (MS-TCM or DTCM): students in UBAI programs that have attained accreditation with ACAOM, current students in their last year of training, and as graduates of the Acupuncture Institute. 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 several states (including Connecticut). Students must check the licensure requirements in the individual states they seek to practice, as requirements vary from state to state.
For example, there are several states requiring significant herbal training for licensure. Students interested in pursuing licensure in several states requiring NCCAOM Herbology exam for licensure -- including without limitation New Mexico, Texas, Florida, Nevada and Ohio -- should enroll in one of TCM programs at UBAI.
The only program at UBAI currently accepted by the California Acupuncture Board as meeting all requirements for licensure is the DTCM degree. UBAI graduates for Masters level programs are currently not eligible to take the California licensing exam. Those who wish to be licensed in California must complete the DTCM degree
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.