Mission, Vision, Goals and Core Values

The mission of the Council is to support member institutions to deliver educational excellence and quality patient care. Our vision is to maximize opportunities available to graduates of member schools to achieve their full potential in healthcare in the United States. The philosophy of the Council is based on respect for the broad range of traditions of acupuncture and herbal medicine and a commitment to academic freedom.

The goals of the Council are:

  • to support the development and improvement of education programs in acupuncture and herbal medicine;
  • to develop recommended curricula for degree, diploma and other educational programs;
  • to support and foster academic freedom and a diversity of educational approaches within the field;
  • to encourage scientific research, innovative teaching methodology, and faculty development;
  • to provide a forum for discussion of issues relevant to member colleges;
  • to serve as an information resource for member colleges, other colleges and organizations, regulatory agencies, and the public;
  • to encourage ethical business practices among member colleges;
  • to work with accreditation, certification, licensing and regulatory agencies to develop appropriate educational standards and requirements;
  • to promote increased public access to high quality health care provided by well-trained practitioners of acupuncture and herbal medicine; and
  • to take a leadership role in acupuncture safety through publication, education, and certification of a national standard for clean needle technique.

Core Values:

  • Integrity
  • Excellence in healthcare
  • Leadership in acupuncture & herbal medicine education
  • Support for member colleges
  • Academic and educational excellence
  • Communication, collaboration and consensus
  • Respect for the diversity of traditions, teaching methods, styles and curriculum and academic freedom