Accreditation & Disclosures


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 Oriental Medicine (ACAOM). 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 ACAOM. Graduates of this program are not considered to have graduated from an ACAOM-accredited or pre-accredited program and may not rely on ACAOM accreditation or pre-accreditation for professional licensure or other purposes.  This program is eligible for ACAOM accreditation, and PIHMA is currently in the process of seeking ACAOM pre-accreditation/accreditation for the program. However, PIHMA can provide no assurance that pre-accreditation or accreditation will be granted by ACAOM.

ACAOM 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

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 ACAOM. 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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