Students are eligible to sit for the Acupuncture and Point Location, Foundations of Oriental Medicine and Biomedicine modules upon completion of 1,490 hours. The Chinese Herbology module requires students to have completed 2,050 hours, 410 of which must be clinical. Click on the link below to view the requirements on the NCCAOM web site.


Upon confirmation of eligibility by the Registrar or Academic Advisor, students should submit a pre-graduation verification and transcript request, (http://pihma.edu/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/Records-Request.pdf) with the NCCAOM box checked, to the Registrar, who will send verification of eligibility and official transcript directly to NCCAOM.

Application Process

The following documents must be submitted to NCCAOM:

  • The completed, signed, and notarized application with passport photo attached. Be sure to fill in all blanks, and identify any health, legal, or Americans with Disabilities Act conditions. The NCCAOM will send an Information Request letter if documents are missing.
  • Clean Needle Technique certificate
  • Application fee: $475 for Acupuncture certification exams, $595 for Oriental Medicine certification exams. The application fee can be paid by credit card or check however, the NCCAOM will return your application if the credit card is expired, the card number is incorrect, or the check is returned for any reason.

Click on the link below to access the application and handbook on the NCCAOM web site.


Once all required documents have been received, the NCCAOM will send an Authorization to Test letter by U.S. mail. You can then pay the fees and schedule the exams with Pearson Vue Testing Centers. Click on the link below to access the exam content outline and bibliography on the NCCAOM web site.


Certification Process

Official results will be sent between 20 and 45 business days after completion of the exam. Once all exams are passed, the student will submit a request for an official graduate transcript to the registrar, who will send it to the NCCAOM. When all paperwork has been received, the candidate will be considered certified and a Diplomate in Acupuncture or Oriental Medicine, and be sent a congratulation letter and NCCAOM I.D. card. The certificate will be sent within 6 – 8 weeks.


Please click on the link below (or copy & paste into browser) to find out individual state requirements for licensure and access state licensing agency web sites.