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Welcome to PCOM

Welcome to Pacific College of Oriental Medicine

A School for Acupuncture, Massage Therapy and Nursing (RN to BS) with a Holistic Focus

Welcome to Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, one of the nation's leading schools for acupuncture, massage, Chinese herbal medicine, holistic nursing, and integrative medicine located in California, New York and Illinois.

Here, you will earn your certificate or degree in one of three dynamic cities: San Diego, CA, New York, NY or Chicago, IL.

Our programs cover an array of courses including acupuncture, shiatsu, tui na, Thai massage, and the principles of natural nutrition. Practice qi gong, tai ji, and meditation with like-minded students and expert faculty as you prepare for a rewarding career in this emerging integrative medical field. Additionally, PCOM New York offers a unique Bachelor of Science (RN to BS) completion program with holistic focus.

We are pleased you have chosen to learn more about Pacific College and invite you to explore our website or contact us directly to learn which of our programs is right for you.

Professional Acupuncture, Massage and Oriental Medicine Organizations

Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Organizations

CCAOM-Council of Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
Telephone: (301) 476-7790
Fax: (301) 476-7792
3909 National Drive, Suite #125
Burtonsville, MD 20866
Formed in 1982, CAAOM develops academic and clinical guidelines and core curriculum requirements for Master's and Doctoral programs in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.

CAOMEC-California Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Education Committee
Telephone: (619) 574-6909 Ext. 129
This committee consists of all U.S. colleges approved to sit for California acupuncture licensure. The committee provides educational advice to the Acupuncture Board on issues dealing with education, examination and regulatory issues.

American Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (AAAOM)
909 22nd Street
Sacramento, CA 95816
Telephone (916) 443-4770
Fax (916) 443-4766
Toll Free: 866-455-7999
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Mailing Address:
P. O. Box 162340
Sacramento, CA 95816
The American Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (AAAOM) was formed in 1981 to be the unifying force for American acupuncturists committed to high ethical and educational standards, and a well-regulated profession to ensure the safety of the public. There was a split in our profession in 1993, when two organizations formed: The American Association of Oriental Medicine (AAOM) and the AOM Alliance. On February 1, 2007, the two organizations again reunited to form a new organization, The American Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (AAAOM). By taking the name of the organization that split in 1993, the new organization has signaled that events of the past that led to the division have been resolved, and that a new era in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine leadership has arrived.

ACAOM-Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine
Telephone: (301) 608-9680
1010 Wayne Ave., Suite 1270
Silver Spring, MD 20910-5600
Evaluates and accredits programs in acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.

NCCAOM-National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
Telephone: (703) 548-9004
Fax: (703) 548-9079
11 Canal Center Plaza, Suite 300
Alexandria, VA 22314
National organization that certifies acupuncturists in Oriental Medicine, Herbs, and Body Therapy.

CSOMA-California State Oriental Medicine Association
Telephone: (800) 477-4564
Professional organization formed with the merger of CSOM and CAAOM. Protect, promote and advance traditional Chinese medicine. Creates, organizes and sponsors legislation.

ASNY-Acupuncture Society of New York
Telephone/Fax: (914) 923-0632
1858 Pleasantville Road, Suite 112
Briarcliff, NY 10510-1038
Formed in 1990, ASNY promotes the growth and preserves the integrity of the acupuncture profession in New York. Creates, organizes and sponsors legislation.

ILAAOM-Illinois Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
Telephone: (312) 850-4849
5315 North Clark Street, Suite 611
Chicago, Illinois 60640-2113
The Illinois State Acupuncture Association (ISAA) is a not-for-profit organization whose members are Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine practitioners, students of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, allied health practitioners, and others interested in the practice of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in the State of Illinois.

CSAOM-California Students of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
Telephone: (925) 258-0973
Student organization formed to provide students with a voice in professional and statewide licensing and examination issues affecting the field of acupuncture.

AAC-American Acupuncture Council
Telephone: (800) 838-0383
Provides malpractice insurance.

Society for Acupuncture Research
Telephone: (301) 571-0624
PMB 106-241
4200 Wisconsin Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20016-2143
Our mission is to promote scientifically sound inquiries into the clinical efficacy, physiological mechanisms, patterns of use and theoretical foundations of acupuncture, herbal therapy and other modalities of Oriental medicine.

International Foundation of Oriental Medicine
42-62 Kissena Blvd.
Flushing, NY 11355

NADA-National Acupuncture Detoxification Association
Telephone: (888) 765-6232 or (360) 254-0186
Fax: (360) 260-8620
P.O. Box 1927
Vancouver, WA 98668-1927

National Board of Acupuncture Orthopedics
16055 Ventura Blvd., Suite 470
Encino, CA 91346

SAA-Sports Acupuncture Association
Telephone: (541) 488-5719

National Sports Acupuncture Association
Telephone/Fax: (206) 374-2505

The International Veterinary Acupuncture Society (IVAS)
Telephone: (970) 266-0666
Fax: (970) 266-0777
P.O. Box 271395
Ft. Collins, CO 80527-1395
A non-profit organization dedicated to promoting excellence in the practice of veterinary acupuncture as an integral part of the total veterinary health care delivery system. The Society endeavors to establish uniformly high standards of veterinary acupuncture through its educational programs and accreditation examination. IVAS seeks to integrate veterinary acupuncture and the practice of western veterinary science, while also noting that the science of veterinary acupuncture does not overlook allied health systems, such as homeopathy, herbology, nutrition, chiropractic, kinesiology, etc.

National Association for Veterinary Acupuncture
951 West Bastan Churry Rd.
Fullerton, CA 92635

The Herb Society of America
Telephone: (440) 256-0514
Fax: (440) 256-0541
9019 Kirtland Chardon Road
Kirtland, OH 44094
The Herb Society of America was founded in 1933 for the purpose of furthering the knowledge and use of herbs, and for contributing the results of the experience and research of its members to the records of horticulture, science, literature, history, the arts and economics. The Society is concerned with the cultivation of herbs and with the study of their history and their uses, both past and present.

National Qigong (Chi Kung) Association
Telephone: (218) 365-6330
Fax: (218) 365-6933
P.O. Box 540
Ely, MN 55731 (USA)
An umbrella organization that embraces and supports equally all schools, traditions, teaching styles, and philosophies of Qi Gong & Tai Chi.

Massage and Body WorkOrganizations

AOBTA-American Oriental Bodywork Therapy Association
Telephone: (856) 782-1616
Fax: (856) 782-1653
1010 Haddonfield-Berlin Rd. #408
Voorhees, NJ 08043
A non-profit membership association of Oriental Bodywork Practitioners. Founded in 1990. Nation's largest Oriental Bodywork Therapy Association.

AMTA- American Massage Therapy Association
Telephone: (847) 864-0123
Fax: (847) 864-1178
820 Davis Street, Suite 100
Evanston, IL 60201-4444
Founded in 1982, it is the oldest and largest national professional association for massage therapy in the U.S. The AMTA represents more than 37,000 practitioners around the world. Its mission is to promote excellence in education in order to advance the art, science, and practice of massage therapy.