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Accreditation & Disclosures

Accreditation

Phoenix Institute of Herbal Medicine & Acupuncture (PIHMA), its master’s-level program in Oriental medicine (MSOM) and its master’s-level program in acupuncture (MSA) are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine (ACAHM). Institution/program accreditation history, notes, and dates of review may be viewed here.

Phoenix Institute of Herbal Medicine & Acupuncture’s professional Doctoral programs (DAc and DAcHM), which were approved to begin enrolling students, are not yet accredited or pre-accredited by ACAHM. Graduates of this program are not considered to have graduated from an ACAHM-accredited or pre-accredited program and may not rely on ACAHM accreditation or pre-accreditation for professional licensure or other purposes.  This program is eligible for ACAHM accreditation, and PIHMA is currently in the process of seeking ACAHM pre-accreditation/accreditation for the program. However, PIHMA can provide no assurance that pre-accreditation or accreditation will be granted by 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. Contact ACAOM:

8941 Aztec Drive
Eden Prairie, Minnesota 55347

Phone: 952-212-2434
Fax: 952-657-7068

What States Can I Use My PIHMA Degree In?:
StateName and State Licensing BoardMSAc/DAcMSOM/DAcHM
AlabamaNo Practice ActUndeterminedUndetermined
AlaskaDivision of Corporation, Business and Professional Licensing - Acupuncture DivisionMeetsMeets
ArizonaArizona Acupuncture Board of ExaminersMeetsMeets
ArkansasArkansas State Board of Acupuncture & Related TechniquesN/AMeets
CaliforniaDepartment of Consumer Affairs - Acupuncture BoardN/AMeets
ColoradoColorado Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) - Office of Acupuncture LicensureMeetsMeets
ConnecticutConnecticut Department of Public Health - Acupuncturist LicensureMeetsMeets
D.CDC Health - Acupuncture LicensingMeetsMeets (MSOM required to practice herbs)
DelawareDivision of Professional Regulation - Board of Medical Licensure and Discipline - Acupuncture or Eastern Medicine PractitionerMeetsMeets
FloridaDepartment of Health - Board of AcupunctureN/AN/A
GeorgiaGeorgia Composite Medical Board - Acupuncture DivisionMeetsMeets
HawaiiHawaii State Board of AcupunctureMeetsMeets
IdahoIdaho Board of AcupunctureMeetsMeets
IllinoisIllinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR)MeetsMeets (MSOM required to practice herbs)
IndianaIndiana Professional Licensing Agency - Medical Licensing BoardMeetsMeets
IowaIowa Board of MedicineMeetsMeets
KansasKansas State Board of Healing ArtsMeetsMeets
KentuckyKentucky Board of Medical LicensureMeetsMeets
LouisianaLouisiana State Board of Medical ExaminersMeetsMeets
MaineDepartment of Professional & Financial Regulation - Board of Complementary Health Care ProvidersMeetsMeets (MSOM required to practice herbs)
MarylandMaryland Department of Health - State Board of AcupunctureMeetsMeets
MassachusettsBoard of Registration in Medicine - Committee on AcupunctureMeetsMeets (MSOM required to practice herbs)
MichiganDepartment of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) - Michigan Board of AcupunctureMeetsMeets
MinnesotaMinnesota Board of Medical Practice - Acupuncture RegistrationMeetsMeets
MississippiMississippi State Board of Medical Licensure - Acupuncturist RegistrationMeetsMeets
MissouriMissouri Division of Professional Registration - Missouri Acupuncturist Advisory CommitteeMeetsMeets
MontanaMontana Board of Medical Examiners - Acupuncturist RegistrationMeetsMeets
NebraskaNebraska Department of Health and Human Services - Acupuncture LicensureMeetsMeets
NevadaNevada State Board of Oriental MedicineN/AN/A
New HampshireOffice of Professional Licensure & Certification - Board of AcupunctureMeetsMeets
New JerseyNew Jersey State Board of Medical Examiners - Acupuncture Examining BoardMeetsMeets (MSOM required to practice herbs)
New MexicoNew Mexico Board of Acupuncture and Oriental MedicineN/AN/A
New YorkNew York State Education Department - Office of the Professions - AcupunctureMeetsMeets
North CarolinaNorth Carolina Acupuncture Licensing BoardMeetsMeets
North DakotaNorth Dakota Board of Integrative Health CareMeetsMeets
OhioState Medical Board of Ohio - Acupuncture RegistrationMeetsMeets (MSOM required to practice herbs)
OklahomaNo Practice ActUndeterminedUndetermined
OregonOregon Medical Board - Acupuncture LicensingMeetsMeets
PennsylvaniaPennsylvania State Board of MedicineMeetsMeets (MSOM required to practice herbs)
Puerto RicoNo Practice ActUndeterminedUndetermined
Rhode IslandRhode Island Department of Health - Acupuncture LicensingMeetsMeets (MSOM required to practice herbs)
South CarolinaSouth Carolina Board of Medical Examiners - Acupuncture RegistrationMeets
South DakotaNo Practice ActUndeterminedUndetermined
TennesseeTennessee Health Professional Boards - Board of AcupunctureMeetsMeets
TexasTexas State Board of Acupuncture ExaminersN/AMeets
UtahDivision of Occupational and Professional LicensingMeetsMeets
VermontVermont Office of Professional Regulation (OPR) - AcupuncturistsMeetsMeets
VirginiaVirginia Board of MedicineMeetsMeets
WashingtonWashington State Department of Health - Acupuncture and Eastern Medicine Practitioner LicensingMeetsMeets
West VirginiaWest Virginia Board of AcupunctureMeetsMeets
WisconsinDepartment of Safety and Professional Services - AcupuncturistMeetsMeets
WyomingWyoming Board of AcupunctureMeetsMeets

PIHMA has other educational options to meet all levels of interest

PIHMA Center for Professional Education & Development offers a variety of continuing education and professional certification options.

Program Disclosures

How can I find out more about this career?

For more information about a career in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine, please visit the U.S. Department of Labor’s O*NET website. The Standard Occupational Code (SOC) for the career is 29-1199.01 (Acupuncturists) and the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code for this program is 51.3301 (Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine).

Federal Consumer Disclosure Information Regarding PIHMA Programs

PIHMA’s MSAc and MSOM programs are accredited by ACAHM. The college and all its programs are approved by the Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education. For important information on program costs, completion and placement rates, median debt incurred, etc., please click on the following links for each program:

Master of Science in Acupuncture

Master of Science in Oriental Medicine

Per Arizona regulations, PIHMA’s graduation placement rate for the period ending June 2019 was 100%.

Arizona calculates placement rates using the formula below.

  • Placement Rate: (A + B)/(C-D) =  0
    • A = Based upon the total number of graduates during the reporting period, “A” is the number of graduates placed in their field of study.
    • B = Based upon the total number of graduates during the reporting period, “B” is the number of graduates placed in a related field of study.
    • C = Total number of graduates
    • D = total number of graduates “not available for placement” (i.e.due to health related situations, continuing education, military service).

CARES Act: Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Reporting

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”) was passed by Congress and signed by President Donald Trump on March 27th, 2020.  This authorized funding under the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (“HEERF”) to Institutions of Higher Learning to provide economic aid for those students negatively impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic. These funds are required to be provided as Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus.

  • Phoenix Institute of Herbal Medicine and Acupuncture (PIHMA) acknowledges that the institution signed and returned the Department the Certification and Agreement and the assurance that the institution has used, or intends to use, no less than 50 percent of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grant.
  • PIHMA received a total of $18,623 from the Department of Education pursuant to the institution’s Certification and Agreement [for] Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.
  • PIHMA has distributed $18,623 to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act as of 09/30/20.
  • The estimated total number of students at PIHMA eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and thus eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students under Section 18004 (a)(1) of the CARES Act is 74 students.
  • The total number of students who have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.
Total Number of Student Grant Applications 24
Total Number of Student Grants Awarded 20

 

  • The method(s) used by PIHMA to determine which students received Emergency Financial Grants.
  • The President of PIHMA sent an email to all students announcing the availability to apply for the Emergency Financial Grants. The directions on how to apply along with the applications needed were attached in the email. Several reminder emails were also sent out by the President.
  • All students who had completed a current year FAFSA were eligible to apply for the Emergency Financial Aid Grants.
    • Each student that was requesting funds needed to submit two applications to demonstrate how they have been directly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
    • CARES Grant PIHMA Student Request Attestation Form
    • Income and Expense Worksheet.
  • These documents assisted PIHMA in determining the neediest and the most impacted by COVID-19. Students that demonstrated they a shortfall in their expenses and had a direct impact due from COVID-19 were deemed eligible.  Due to the limited amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grant Funds and the number of student applicants, the method used to determine the amount of the award was calculated by dividing the total amount the institution was awarded by the number of student applicants. Each student’s Emergency Financial Aid Grant award was $931.15.
  • Each student received an award notification with specifics on how the grant funds were to be used. It contained guidance on the eligible expenses, which included items covered under the school’s Cost of Attendance components such as room and board, personal miscellaneous, transportation expenses as well as medical expenses not covered by insurance and child care expenses..
    • Each student was given a check for their award.

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The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund HEERF II Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSAA)

The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund II (HEERF II) is authorized by the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSAA), Public Law 116-260, and was signed into law on Dec. 27, 2020. In total, the CRRSAA authorizes $81.88 billion in support for education. The Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSAA), provides an additional $22.7 billion for the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF). Of this amount, $681 million is available to students attending for-profit institutions.

  • PIHMA received a total of $47,035 from the Department of Education pursuant to the institution’s Certification and Agreement [for] the Emergency Education Relief Fund II (HEERF II).

 

Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF II)
Number of Eligible Students Number of Students that applied Number of Students Awarded Total Average Award Total Disbursed      1st Quarter 2021 Total Disbursed      2nd Quarter 2021 Total Disbursed      3rd Quarter 2021 Total Disbursed      4th Quarter 2021
92 19 16 $2,939.65 $24,987.40 $11,023.80 $11,023.80 $11,023.80

 

  • The method(s) used by PIHMA to determine which students received Emergency Financial Grants.
  • The students were sent an email to all students announcing the availability to apply for the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund II (HEERF II) The directions on how to apply along with the applications needed were attached in the email. Several reminder emails were also sent out by the Financial Aid Administrator.
  • All students who had completed a current year FAFSA were eligible to apply for the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund II (HEERF II)
    • Each student requesting assistance needed to submit three applications to demonstrate how they have been directly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and to demonstrate their financial need.
        • Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students Under the Coronavirus AID, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act HEERF II – form
        • CARES Grant PIHMA Student Request Attestation Form
        • Income and Expense Worksheet.
  • These documents assisted PIHMA in determining the neediest and the most impacted by COVID-19. Students that demonstrated they a shortfall in their expenses and had a direct impact due from COVID-19 were deemed eligible.  Due to the limited amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grant Funds and the number of student applicants, the method used to determine the amount of the award was calculated by dividing the total amount the institution was awarded by the number of eligible student applicants. Each eligible student’s Emergency Financial Aid Grant award was $2939.65.  That award would be divided over 4 quarters. If a student was scheduled to graduate prior to the next quarter, the student would receive the remaining award in the last quarter prior to graduation.
  • Each student received an award notification with specifics on how the grant funds were to be used. It contained guidance on the eligible expenses, which included items covered under the school’s Cost of Attendance components such as room and board, personal miscellaneous, transportation expenses as well as medical expenses not covered by insurance and childcare expenses.
  • Each student was given a check for each of their HEERF II grant disbursement(s).

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