Transforming Lives and Communities

The Mission of AOMA is to transform lives and communities through education, patient care, leadership and research in Chinese and other integrative medicines.

chinese medicine schoolAOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine currently offers regionally accredited master's-level and doctoral-level graduate programs in acupuncture and Chinese medicine that prepare students for careers as skilled, professional practitioners.

Since AOMA’s founding in 1993, the institution has grown rapidly in size and reputation, drawing students from around the nation and faculty from around the world. AOMA is an active member of the national and international healthcare community and remains committed to scholarship, research, and engagement, as evidenced by the publication and presentation schedules of the faculty, the yearly Southwest Symposium it hosts, and the continuing education opportunities the institution provides. AOMA also conducts approximately 17,500 patient visits annually in its student and professional clinics. AOMA works cooperatively with Western healthcare institutions, and gives back to the community through partnerships with nonprofit organizations and by providing free and reduced-price treatments to people who cannot afford them otherwise.

  

Mission

The Mission of AOMA is to transform lives and communities through education, patient care, leadership and research in Chinese and other integrative medicines.

Vision

AOMA’s vision is to be a leader in Chinese medicine and other integrative medicines by engaging with our communities and by preparing compassionate and skilled practitioners who embody the art and spirit of healing.

Core Values

We recognize that the outcomes we produce result from collective activities that are consistent with the following core values:

  • Sustainability: Our programs and community engagements are sustainable and effective.
  • Integrity: We do what we say we will do. In our communication we are honest and complete.
  • Inspiration: We are called into action by a spirit of purposeful aliveness.
  • Flexibility and openness: We conscientiously choose our actions in consideration of all the parties involved.
  • Professionalism: In all that we do, we are impeccable, clear, and complete.
  • Compassion and Service: In word and action, we look for opportunities to benefit others.
Strategic Goals for 2021-2023

AOMA's Board of Governors has approved the following Strategic Goals for 2021 through 2023 which are designed to meet the needs of the institution’s growth and development over the next three years.

Strategy: Partnerships

Goal: Foster Clinical, Academic, and Community Partnerships to promote research, influence, and financial sustainability

Strategy: Growth and Stability

Goal: Develop/create an appropriate online program in the next 3 years.

Strategy: Marketing/Branding Infrastructure

Goal: Strengthen Marketing Infrastructure

Strategy: Academic Excellence

Goal: Improve student diversity and create on-line courses

Strategy: Campus and Clinic Facilities

Goal: By last quarter of 2023 AOMA will have developed and executed a plan to enhance scholastic and clinic facilities to include diversity in locations for clinical services, broaden collaboration with community partners, and established appropriate outcome measures

Strategy: Operational Excellence (Infrastructure, Processes/Procedures)

Goal: By Summer of 2021 update school/academic technology to increase student and staff productivity and user ability

Strategy: Student and Alumni Success

Goal #1: Demonstrate student success and educational competency through timely graduation and licensure in Chinese Medicine by first quarter in 2022.

Goal #2: Cultivate alumni success in the establishment and maintenance of a career and leadership in the field of integrative medicine by first quarter in 2022.

Strategy: Healthcare Excellence/Patient Care

Goal: Working with key stakeholders, better define, enhance, and distribute healthcare excellence through integrative care models (western and traditional, East Asian Medicine) by first quarter in 2023.

Annual Report

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Quick Facts
Main campus location 4701 West Gate Blvd, Austin, Texas
Main clinic location 2700 W. Anderson Lane, Austin, Texas
Year founded 1993
President and CEO Dr. Mary Faria
Faculty 11 full-time, 22 adjunct, 11 clinical supervisors
Number of employees 95
Degrees granted
Master of Acupuncture with a Chinese Herbal Medicine specialization (MAcCHM)
First Professional Doctorate of Acupuncture with a Chinese Herbal Medicine specialization (DAcCHM)
Clinical Specialty Doctorate of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (DAOM)
Enrollment 130
Alumni 847
Faculty/student ratio 1:12
Annual budget $3.5 million
Average class size 12.8
Governance Board of Governors
Clinic appointments 16,000 patient visits annually
Community partners Seton Healthcare Family
 

People’s Community Clinic

VA Austin Out-Patient Clinic

  American Botanical Council
   
Accreditations (select)

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC)

Texas Higher Eduation Coording Board (THECB)

 

Texas State Board of Acupuncture Examiners

  California Acupuncture Board
 

Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM)

*data as of Winter 21 term twelfth day and registrar enrollment reporting

 

 

Historical Timeline
  • 1993: AOMA was founded as the Texas Acupuncture Institute and enrolled its first class of 16 students
  • 1995: campus established in North Austin

  • 1996: accreditation with the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM)

  • 1996: approval by the Texas State Board of Acupuncture Examiners (TSBAE)

  • 1996: first class graduated

  • 1997: recognition by the Texas Rehabilitation Commission and the California Acupuncture Board

  • 1997: approval for veteran’s education

  • 1998: participation in Title IV Federal Student Aid programs

  • 2005: William R. Morris, PhD inaugurated as AOMA’s third president

  • 2009: granted regional accreditation by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS-COC)

  • 2011: opened new campus in south Austin; SACS-COC approved AOMA’s substantive change request to move from level III to level V in order to offer doctoral degree programs

  • 2012: ACAOM approved AOMA’s offering of the Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (DAOM)

  • 2013: DAOM program enrolled first cohort

  • 2014: achieved reaffirmation of accreditation with SACS-COC, as well as confirmation of level change from a level III institution (master’s degree granting) to a level V institution (doctoral degree granting)

  • 2015: achieved accreditation candidacy with ACAOM for the DAOM

  • 2016: Betty Edmond, MD inaugurated as AOMA's fourth president

  • 2016: the professional doctoral program (DAcOM) enrolled Its first cohort

  • 2017: achieved reaffirmation of accreditation of the master program (MAcOM)

  • 2018: Dr. Mary Faria joins AOMA as CEO and Acting President

  • 2019: achieved inital accreditation for the DAOM program

  • 2019: Submitted initial accreditation application for the professional doctorate with ACAOM

  • 2020: Submitted fifth-year interim accreditation report to SACS-COC; Acceptance of Fifth Year Interim Report by SACS-COC

  • 2020:Dr. Faria assumed permanent role as CEO and President

  • 2020: Received approval of the professional doctoral application (DAcCHM) from ACAOM

  • 2020: Change of degree names and designations for the Master of Acupuncture with a Chinese herbal medicine specialization (MAc) and the Doctor of Acupuncture with a Chinese herbal medicine specialization (DAcCHM) in accordance with ACAOM’s new requirements

  • 2020: Approval for Distance Education accreditations by SACS- COC

  • 2020: First substantive change application for distance education  submitted to ACAOM

  • 2020: Piloted implementation of new distance education learning management system

  • 2021: Approval for Distance Education accreditation by ACAOM

Consistent with its strategic plan, AOMA is committed to collaborating with other educational institutions and healthcare providers. Indeed, AOMA’s collaborations have gone a long way toward shaping and enhancing both the education offered to its students and the healthcare services offered to the Austin community.

Since its founding in 1993, AOMA has grown by every important quantitative and qualitative measure, including its student body, faculty, accreditation status, campus facilities, patients served, and community outreach. 

  • 2001:  began offering acupuncture and Chinese medical services at the Kerrville Folk Festival

  • 2004: expanded community clinic offerings to include free-of-charge acupuncture services at People’s Community Clinic

  • 2006: collaboration with the Seton Family of Hospitals begins with an acupuncture clinic inside the Seton Topfer Community Clinic (2006-2017)

  • 2008: participated in the conception and design of the Seton Family of Hospitals’ GoodHealth Commons Integrative Wellness and Education Center, where student interns offered acupuncture clinical services (2008–2011)

  • 2011: increased services to low-income communities in Austin through participation in the Seton McCarthy Community Health Centers

  • 2013: offered acupuncture services at Austin Pain Associates (2013–2015)

  • 2014: offered acupuncture services at Austin Recovery in-residence campus in Buda (2014-2020)

  • 2016: signed affiliation agreement with the Veterans Administration to offer acupuncture services at Austin Out-Patient Clinic

  • 2016: increased services to low-income communities in Austin through participation in the Seton Kozmetsky Community Health Centers (2016-2017)

  • 2017: offered services for veterans at the Veterans Administration's Austin Outpatient Clinic

  • 2019: offered services at Texas NeuroRehab's Texas Star Recovery (April-October 2019)

  • 2020: student-provided services suspended at Peoples Community Clinic, Seton MaCarthy Community Clinic, Austin Recovery, and Veterans Administration's Austin Outpatient Clinic due to the onset of the novel COVID-19 pandemic

  • 2021: student-provided services reinstated at Peoples Community Clinic, Seton MaCarthy Community Clinic, and Veterans Administration's Austin Outpatient Clinic

  • 2021: signed partnership agreement with Jiangsu Provincial Hospital of TCM to share virtual clinical education

  • 2021: signed partnership agreement with International Jing Fang Institute, Nanjing University of Chinese Medicine for collaborations in continuing education in classical herbalism and research