The Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM) granted Dongguk University of Los Angeles and its Master of Oriental Medicine programs (in English, Chinese, and Korean) continuing accreditation for a period of seven (7) years, effective 12 August 2017. 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 Dongguk University Los Angeles advanced practice doctoral (DAOM) program has been granted pre-accreditation status by ACAOM. The University has voluntarily ceased enrolling students in the DAOM program after 01 April 2020 and has instituted an ACAOM-approved teachout plan for all currently enrolled students. During the teach-out period, the program maintains the current pre-accredited status.
The Dongguk University Los Angeles professional doctoral (DATM) program, approved to begin enrolling students, is not yet accredited or pre-accredited by ACAOM. Graduates of this program are not considered to have graduated from an ACAOM-accredited or pre-accredited program and may not rely on ACAOM accreditation or pre-accreditation for professional licensure or other purposes.
The DATM program is eligible for ACAOM accreditation, and Dongguk University Los Angeles is currently in the process of seeking ACAOM pre-accreditation/accreditation for the program. However, Dongguk University Los Angeles can provide no assurance that pre-accreditation or accreditation will be granted by ACAOM.
Both the Master’s and Doctoral programs are approved by the California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education. Graduates who have successfully completed all graduation requirements are eligible to sit for the California Acupuncture Licensing Examination (CALE), which is offered year round and the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) examination, which is offered year round.
Several states, including California, have a governmental agency that governs, supervises and controls the licensure and practice of acupuncture. In California, the Acupuncture Board is responsible for such duties. If you desire to practice in another state, it is recommended that you contact that state’s medical board or other appropriate agency, for licensure requirements. The NCCAOM’s website provides information regarding the various degree and other certification requirements for all fifty states.
The DULA Master of Science in Oriental Medicine program is approved by the California Acupuncture Board. Graduates who have successfully completed all graduation requirements are eligible to sit for the California Acupuncture Licensing Examination (CALE).
Graduates of DULA are eligible to sit for the NCCAOM exam. The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM®) is a nonprofit 501(c)(6) organization established in 1982. The NCCAOM is the only national organization that validates entry-level competency in the practice of acupuncture and Oriental medicine (AOM) through professional certification. NCCAOM certification or a passing score on the NCCAOM certification examinations are documentation of competency for licensure as an acupuncturist by 43 states plus the District of Columbia which represents 98% of the states that regulate acupuncture.
All NCCAOM certification programs are currently accredited by the National Commission for Certification Agencies (NCCA). In order for the NCCAOM certification programs in Acupuncture, Chinese Herbology, Oriental Medicine, and Asian Bodywork Therapy to remain accredited by the NCCA, the NCCAOM must adhere to strict national standards for examination development.
Dongguk University Los Angeles is a private institution and licensed to operate by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE). As a prospective student, you are encouraged to review the school catalog prior to signing an enrollment agreement. You are also encouraged to review the School Performance Fact Sheet, which must be provided to you prior to signing an enrollment agreement. Any questions a student may have regarding this catalog that have not been satisfactorily answered by the institution may be directed to the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education.
Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education
P.O. Box 980818
West Sacramento, CA 95798-0818
1747 N. Market Blvd. Ste 225
Sacramento, CA 95834