May 5, 2015
Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM) is proud to announce that it has received regional accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC). This achievement reflects five years of hard work on the part of faculty, staff, and students. WSCUC commended the college for its commitment to quality improvement, its shareholders support, and its investment in full-time faculty, new facilities, a modern student information system, and the addition of numerous leadership positions.
Pacific College of Oriental Medicine joins the ranks of such schools as UC Berkeley, Stanford University, and the California Institute of Technology, well-known institutions also accredited by WSCUC. As part of the first wave of integrative medicine schools to become regionally accredited, PCOM will use this recognition to increase research and scholarship at the institution for the benefit of the holistic professions it represents, i.e., acupuncture and Oriental medicine, nursing, and massage.
As a result of its WSCUC accreditation, PCOM will offer the entry-level Doctorate of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine (DACM), initially in San Diego and Chicago.
The New York campus is in the process of seeking state approval. This degree has been known in the industry as the first professional doctorate or FPD. The ten-year success of the college’s post-grad doctoral degree program has created a culture of scholarship, research and critical thinking, further enhanced by the five-year National Institute of Health (NIH) grant to support faculty training in evidence-informed practice. These two institutional endeavors provide a strong foundation to support the new entry-level DACM. The entry-level DACM will advance the foundational skills presented in the college’s MSTOM with inter-professional communication, evidence-informed practice, systems-based medicine, advanced integrative diagnostics, and collaborative care. Individuals interested in the entry-level DACM should contact an admissions representative at Pacific College.