Membership Requirements

Any acupuncture or herbal medicine school or program which is pre-accredited or accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM) is eligible to become a Council member. Over fifty accredited programs and colleges across the country are currently members. If you are interested in applying for membership, please the Council office. 

Member Benefits

The Council is dedicated to its members, offering programs and services to benefit both large and small member colleges. The plethora of complimentary programs and services below are provided for the cost of annual dues. There are no additional fees (e.g. conference registration, job posting) and no limit to the number of representatives that can access Council programs and services.

Advocacy and Representation

The Council serves as the voice of all member colleges, advocating on issues of vital importance to advance the quality of acupuncture and herbal medicine education. Council leaders works closely with NCCAOM and ACAOM to represent members’ interests and concerns on a myriad of topics including standards, degree programs and certification testing administrative changes.

In addition, Council leaders engage regularly with other national organizations to forward the acupuncture and herbal medicine profession. Affiliations include the American Society of Acupuncturists (ASA), Academic Consortium for Complementary and Alternative Health Care (ACCAHC), National Association of Advisors for the Health Care Professions (NAAHP), Society for Acupuncture Research (SAR) and Shen Nong Society.

Continuing Education

The Council hosts two member conferences in cities across the country each year. The conferences offer valuable opportunities for attendees from member colleges to reconnect and make new connections. Conference committee and general sessions address timely issues which impact member colleges and the profession.

Workshops, keynote speakers and panel discussions on topics which are critical to member colleges are offered at all spring and fall Council conferences. Recent topics include:

  • COVID-19 Vaccine Video Interview Series
  • Rare Collection of Chinese Herbal Medicine Practice Records
  • Study on the Use of Chinese Herbal Medicine for Symptoms related to Suspected or Confirmed COVID-19 Cases
  • Anti-harassment & Diversity for AOM Faculty
  • Partnering Successfully with VA & DoD Facilities

Member Connections

Discussion Forum – Networking with other members will soon be available through the Council website! Connecting online with members who share interests and concern, which has been requested widely, is now here (login required).

Private Member Directory – Find contact information for other members through the new searchable private member directory. Log in (or create a new login)

Professional Staff – The Council’s Executive Director brings over 20 years of member organization leadership experience to serve the needs of all members, affiliates, sponsors, exhibitors and other AOM stakeholders. Three additional staff administer all aspects of the CNT program and provide accounting services.

Volunteer Opportunities – The Council’s 18 committees offer ample volunteer opportunities to align with diverse member interests. Committees are the heart and soul of the Council, playing a vital role in completing strategic objectives to meet the Council's mission and vision. Many committees meet at Council conferences and all attendees are welcome at committee meetings, with voting rights and chair privileges reserved for current member college.