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History

1991

January – The college was founded by Shen Ping Liang, L.Ac. as American Academy of Acupuncture & Traditional Chinese Medicine.

1992

August – The first class of students enrolled.

1993

November – The institution receives candidacy status from National Accreditation Commission for Schools and Colleges of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine (NACSCAOM), now named Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, the national agency that regulates Oriental Medicine institutions.

1995

July – The institution graduates its first class.

1996

May – The institution is granted full accreditation by NACSCAOM.

June – The Academy changes its name to American College of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine.

1997

August – ACAOM confers its first class with Master’s Degree in Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine.

December – ACAOM confers its first class with Master of Science in Oriental Medicine.

2000

January – ACAOM reaches agreement with Dalian Hospital in China to provide externship hospital training to ACAOM students.

August – ACAOM program is approved by the New Mexico Board of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine.

August – ACAOM reaches agreement with University of Houston Clear Lake Health Center to offer acupuncture in their clinic.

December – ACAOM reaches agreement with Memorial Hermann/Houston Baptist University Wellness Center to offer acupuncture treatments.

2001

February – ACAOM receives full approval from the California Acupuncture Board.

2002

March – ACAOM reaches agreement with Zhejiang Provincial Hospital, China, to offer optional training in China.

June – ACAOM reaches agreement with Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital Outpatient Clinic to offer acupuncture treatments.

August – ACAOM Pain Program is accredited by the American Academy of Pain Management.

November – ACAOM reaches agreement with Tianjin University of TCM, China, to provide training abroad.

2004

September – ACAOM and Fudan University in Shanghai reach agreement to establish an externship program.

2005

January – Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board grants a Certificate of Authority to ACAOM to award a Master of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine degree.

2006

January – ACAOM and The Methodist Hospital begin clinical cooperation to offer acupuncture.

2009

April – Taipei Medical University and ACAOM sign sister school agreement.

2011

February – ACAOM reaches agreement with Luzhou Medical University.

2012

June – ACAOM receives regional accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

October -Tianjin University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and ACAOM sign sister school agreement.

2013

December – ACAOM approved by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to offer a Master of Integrative Wellness Management degree program.

2014

March – ACAOM approved by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to offer a Master of Integrative Healthcare Leadership degree program.

June – ACAOM approved by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to offer a Doctor of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine program.

November – ACAOM hosts of the World Federation of Acupuncture-Moxibustion Societies conference.

November – ACAOM signs a sister school agreement with China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences University.

2015

January – ACAOM signs a sister school agreement with Henan University of Chinese Medicine.