The American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine (ACTCM), located in San Francisco, has released its NCCAOM (National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine) acupuncturist exam pass rates for 2011. NCCAOM certification covers basic requirements for becoming a licensed acupuncturist in 43 states and Washington, DC.
NCCAOM Pass Rates
The ACTCM pass rate for the acupuncture and point location exam was 100 percent for first time takers and 100 percent for repeat test takers. The national average is 86.5 percent and 73.8 percent respectively. For the biomedicine exam, ACTCM graduates passed at a rate of 92.3 percent, beating the national average of 77.8 percent. The ACTCM pass rate for the Chinese herbology exam was 92.3 percent while the national average was 81.0 percent. Finally, the ACTCM pass rate for the foundation of Oriental medicine exam was 100 percent, beating the national average of 93.3 percent.
ACTCM has also implemented a Doctorate of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (DAOM) program to complement its long-standing Master of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine (MSTCM) program. The DAOM program has been approved by the US Department of Education (USDE) through the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM) for Title IV student aid grants. This opens the door for students to get Stafford, PLUS, or Consolidation Loans directly from the federal government.