Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine (ACAHM)
Dongguk University Los Angeles is institutionally accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAHM).
ACAHM is recognized by the United States Department of Education as the specialized accreditation agency for institutions/programs preparing acupuncture and Oriental medicine practitioners.
Program Specific Accreditation Information
Dongguk University Los Angeles and its following programs are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine (ACAHM):
1) Master of Acupuncture with a Chinese herbal medicine specialization (offered in English, Mandarin and Korean languages) [currently named Master of Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine]
2) Doctor of Acupuncture with a Chinese herbal medicine specialization [currently named Doctor of Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine] – including a Doctor of Acupuncture with a Chinese herbal medicine specialization degree completion track
The programs listed above may offer courses via distance education.
ACAHM does not accredit any programs at the undergraduate/bachelor level.
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 practitioners.
ACAHM is located at
500 Lake Street, Suite 204,
Excelsior, Minnesota 55331
Public Disclosure Statement Effective as of 29 January 2024.
Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education
Dongguk University Los Angeles has been granted approval from the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE) pursuant to California Education Code Section 94900. Both the MSOM and the DATM programs have been approved by BPPE.
DULA’s DATM program has obtained BPPE approval coterminous with the institution’s term of accreditation granted by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine (ACAHM).
Any questions students may have regarding this catalog that have not been satisfactorily answered by the institution may be directed to the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education.
Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education
1747 N. Market Blvd. Ste 225,
Sacramento, CA 95834 or PO Box 980818, West Sacramento, CA. 95798-0818
Phone: (888) 370-7589, (916) 574-8900 or Fax: (916) 263-1897.
California Acupuncture Board
Anyone wishing to practice acupuncture in California must first obtain the state license, which usually requires qualifying for and passing California’s written examination administered by the California Acupuncture Board.
Dongguk University Los Angeles’s MSOM program is approved by the California Acupuncture Board. Currently, graduates of DULA’s Master’s program are eligible to sit for the California Acupuncture Licensing Exam (CALE). For licensure and information, contact:
State of California Acupuncture Board
1747 N. Market Blvd, Suite 180
Sacramento, CA 95834
Phone: (916) 515-5200
For more information regarding acupuncture license requirements and examination in California, please visit:
National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
Graduates of DULA’s master’s program are eligible to sit for the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM®) certification exam. NCCAOM is the only national organization that validates entry-level competency in the practice of acupuncture and Oriental medicine through professional certification in other states. NCCAOM certification or a passing score on the NCCAOM certification examinations are documentation of competency for licensure as an acupuncturist by 43 states plus the District of Columbia which represents 98% of the states that regulate acupuncture.
For detail information regarding the eligibility to sit for NCCAOM Examination, Certification and step-by-step Examination process, please visit:
For additional information on state certification requirements and contact information for the regulatory agency for acupuncture and AOM medicine located in each state go to:
National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM)
2001 K Street, NW, 3rd floor North, Washington DC, 20006
Phone: (888) 381-1140, (202) 381-1140, Fax: (202) 381-1141
Prospective students may inquire to the director of admissions and current DULA students may inquire to the dean of academic affairs for more information or advice regarding licensure to practice acupuncture and oriental medicine outside of California. The list of states for which DULA MSOM program curriculum meets, does not meet or unable to determine to meet each state educational requirements can be inquired as well to the director of admissions and/or dean of academic affairs.