The Colorado School of Traditional Chinese Medicine (CSTCM) is institutionally accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine (ACAHM), which is the recognized accrediting agency for freestanding institutions and colleges of acupuncture or Herbal medicine that offer such programs.
The Colorado School of Traditional Chinese Medicine (CSTCM) and its following programs are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine (ACAHM):
(1) Master of Acupuncture
(2) Master of Acupuncture with a Chinese herbal medicine specialization
Accreditation status and notes may be viewed on the ACAHM Directory.
ACAHM is recognized by the United States Department of Education as the specialized accreditation agency for institutions/programs preparing acupuncture and Oriental medicine practitioners. ACAHM does not accredit any programs at the undergraduate/bachelor level. ACAHM is located at 8941 Aztec Drive, Eden Prairie, Minnesota 55347; phone 952/212-2434; fax 952/657-7068; www.acaom.org
The entry-level professional doctoral programs, Doctor of Acupuncture (DAc) and Doctor of Acupuncture with a Chinese herbal medicine specialization (DAcCHM), and the advanced practice doctoral, Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (DAOM), programs offered by CSTCM are approved to begin enrolling students but are not accredited or pre-accredited by ACAHM. These programs are eligible for ACAHM accreditation, and CSTCM is currently in the process of seeking ACAHM accreditation for the programs. However, CSTCM can provide no assurance that accreditation will be granted by ACAHM. Graduates of an unaccredited program are not considered to have graduated from an ACAHM-accredited or pre-accredited program and may not rely on ACAHM accreditation or pre-accreditation for professional licensure or other purposes.
COLORADO COMMISSION ON HIGHER EDUCATION (CCHE) DEGREE AUTHORIZATION
CSTCM and the Master’s Degree Programs in Acupuncture (MAc) and Acupuncture with a Chinese herbal medicine specialization (MAcCHM) are Fully Authorized by the Colorado Commission on Higher Education (CCHE). Full Authorization is bestowed upon institutions of higher education that are institutionally accredited by a U.S. Department of Education recognized accrediting agency that has conducted an on-site review of the Colorado location. CCHE has statutory responsibility for administration of Title 23, Article 2 of the Colorado Revised Statutes to authorize higher education institutions to offer degrees and degree credits. The addition of new programs is recognized by the CCHE so long as the programs are under the scope of institutional accreditation. CSTCM is recognized by ACAHM, the specialized US Department of Education accrediting agency for institutions/programs preparing Acupuncture and East Asian Medicine (EAM) practitioners. Upon approval, which CSTCM has received from ACAHM, CCHE recognizes the CSTCM professional doctorate degree programs (DAc, DAcCHM) and the advanced practice doctorate degree program (DAOM).