Oriental Medicine is often used as a catch-all term to describe various alternative medicine treatments, such as Chinese herbology, acupuncture, and other Asian therapies. The National Commission for Certification of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM), however, offers certification specifically in Oriental medicine.
Oriental medicine certification requirements include graduating from a program accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM). NCCAOM certification is extremely important in Oriental medicine, as it is the only national agency that certifies practitioners, and demonstrates one's proficiency in both Chinese herbology and acupuncture.
As of November 2006, 48 schools were accredited by ACAOM and eight were candidates for accreditation. Degree offerings vary among schools. Most programs in Oriental medicine, however, offer a master's degree, such as the Master of Science in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (MAcOM).
Practitioners of oriental medicine are required to be licensed in the state in which they work, though many states do not yet allow the practice of oriental medicine. State licensing requirements are provided in a chart by NCCAOM. Most states require certification by NCCAOM. Such certification then allows practitioners to use Dipl. O.M or Diplomate in Oriental Medicine in their titles.