Acupuncture Titles and Terms

 

Licensing Titles: all acupuncturists with current & valid license are able to use these

Abbreviation

Title

Accrediting Body

L.Ac.

Licensed Acupuncturist

State Governing Body

Lic. Ac.

Licensed Acupuncturist

State Governing Body



Master’s Titles: each acupuncturist earns one of these when graduating from acupuncture school


Abbreviation

Title

Accrediting Body

MAOM

Master, Art of Oriental Medicine

Accredited University

MSOM

Master, Science of Oriental Medicine

Accredited University

MTCM

Master, Traditional Chinese Medicine

Accredited University

MSTCM

Master’s of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine

Accredited University

MSAOM

Master’s of Science in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

Accredited University

MTOM

Master, Traditional Oriental Medicine

Accredited University



PhD & Doctorate Titles: usually 3+ years of extra education in addition to aon top of a master’s


Abbreviation

Title

Accrediting Body

DAc

Doctor of Acupuncture (used in Hawaii)

Accredited University

D. Acu

Doctor of Acupuncture (used in Rhode Island)

Accredited University

DAOM

Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

Accredited University

DOM

Doctor of Oriental Medicine

Accredited University

OMD

Oriental Medicine Doctor

Accredited University


Additional & Higher Level Certifications

Abbreviation

Title

Accrediting Body

Dipl. ABT

Diplomate in Asian Bodywork Therapy

NCCAOM

Dipl. Ac.

Diplomate in Acupuncture

NCCAOM

Dipl. CH

Diplomate in Chinese Herbalism

NCCAOM

Dipl. OM

Diplomate in Oriental Medicine

NCCAOM

DNBAO

Diplomate, National Board of Acupuncture Orthopedics

NBAO

FABORM

Fellow of the American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine

ABORM

FIAMA

Fellow, International Academy of Medical Acupuncture

IAMA



Other Titles & Certifications

Abbreviation

Title

ABT

Asian Bodywork Therapist

AP

Acupuncture Physician (used in Florida)

CA, CAc

Certified Acupuncturist

CH

Chinese Herbalist

CMT

Clinical Massage Therapist

CT

Clinical Technician

Organizational Titles

Abbreviation

Organization

AAMA

American Academy of Medical Acupuncture

AAOM

American Association of Oriental Medicine

ABORM

American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine

ACAOM

Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

AOBTA

American Organization for Bodywork Therapies of Asia

CCAOM

Council of Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

FAOMRA

Federation of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Regulatory Agencies

IAMA

International Academy of Medical Acupuncture

IVAS

International Veterinary Acupuncture Society

NADA

National Acupuncture Detoxification Association

NAOMA

National Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Alliance

NCCAOM

National Commission for the Certification of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

NBAO

National Board of Acupuncture Orthopedics

NSAA

National Sports Acupuncture Association

SAR

Society for Acupuncture Research