Accreditation and Approval

Accreditation and Approval

Institutional Accreditation


WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC)
Pacific College of Oriental Medicine is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), 985 Atlantic Avenue #100, Alameda, CA 94501, (501) 748-9001.

Programmatic Accreditation


Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM)
The master’s degree programs in acupuncture and Oriental medicine at each campus and the post-graduate doctoral degree at the San Diego campus are programmatically accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM), which 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 301-313-0912. Graduates of the DACM program in Chicago and San Diego are eligible to take the California Acupuncture Licensing Examination.


The DACM and DAc programs are not accredited or pre-accredited (candidacy) by ACAOM. Graduates of these programs are not considered to have graduated from an ACAOM accredited or candidate program and may not rely on ACAOM accreditation or candidacy for professional licensure or other purposes. Graduates of the DACM concurrently earn the MSTOM degree, ensuring eligibility for exams administered by agencies that do not yet recognize the DACM. This is simply an issue of educational programs progressing, at times, faster than regulators, and should be resolved shortly.

These programs are eligible for ACAOM accreditation and Pacific College of Oriental Medicine is currently in the process of seeking ACAOM candidacy/accreditation for these programs. However, Pacific College of Oriental Medicine can provide no assurance that candidacy or accreditation will be granted by ACAOM.

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing


The Bachelor of Science of (Holistic) Nursing Degree Program at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Commission of Education in Nursing (ACEN).

American Holistic Nurses Credentialing Corporation


The Bachelor of Science of (Holistic) Nursing Degree Program and Postbaccalaureate Holistic Nursing Certificate at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine are endorsed by the American Holistic Nurses Credentialing Corporation (AHNCC).

State Organizations

Any questions a student may have regarding this school or enrollment agreement that have not been satisfactorily answered by the institution may be directed to the regulatory agency for the appropriate state.



Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE)
2535 Capitol Oaks Drive, Suite 400
Sacramento, CA 95833
Toll-free: (888)-370-7589 / Fax: (916) 263-1897


California Massage Therapy Council (CAMTC)
Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, San Diego,
is approved by the California Massage Therapy Council (CAMTC).
School Approval Code: SCH0099

New York


State Education Department
Office of Professions
Albany, NY 12230
Phone: 518-474-3817 / Fax: 518-474-1449



Illinois Board of Higher Education
431 East Adams Street, Second Floor
Springfield, IL 62701-1404
Phone: (217) 782-2551 / Toll-Free: (888) 261-2881 / Fax: (217) 782-8548


Approval and Accreditation

Accreditation and approval documents may be obtained for review by contacting the Campus Director.

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