Accredited by ACAHM

Academy for Five Element Acupuncture and its following programs are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine (ACAHM):

  1. Master of Acupuncture (M.Ac.)
  2. Certificate in Chinese herbal medicine (previously named Certificate in Herbal Studies)

ACAHM is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as the specialized accreditation agency for institutions/programs preparing acupuncture and Oriental medicine practitioners. ACAHM does not accredit any programs at the undergraduate/bachelor level. ACAHM is located at 8941 Aztec Drive, Eden Prairie, MN 55347. Phone: 952.212.2434 and fax 952.657.7068;

State of Florida

The Academy is authorized to grant Master of Acupuncture (M.Ac.) degrees by the Florida State Commission for Independent Education. CEU courses and approval for CEU credits are not under the purview of the Commission for Independent Education. The Commission is located at 325 West Gaines Street, Ste. 1414, Tallahassee, FL 32399. Phone 888.224.6684 and fax 850.245.3234.


Graduates of the Academy’s acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine programs are qualified to sit for the national certification examinations in Acupuncture and Chinese Herbology, which are administered by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). Permission to sit for exams prior to graduation is at the discretion of the Academic Dean. NCCAOM certification is currently accepted as a full or partial basis for licensure as acupuncture and/or Oriental medicine practitioners in most states. For more information contact NCCAOM at: 2025 M Street NW, Suite 800, Washington D.C., 20036. Phone 888.381.1140. Web:

Licensing in Florida

Licensing eligibility for acupuncture and Oriental medicine practitioners in Florida is approved by the State Board of Acupuncture. All requirements for Florida licensure are satisfied by the Academy’s Master of Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine program. Specific details on how the program meets Florida requirements are detailed in the program description section of the catalog. For more information on acupuncture licensure in Florida, contact the State of Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation, 1940 N. Monroe Street, Tallahassee, FL 32399. Phone 850.488.0595.

Licensing in Other States

Most states or jurisdictions where graduates choose to practice acupuncture have their own laws, regulations and licensing procedures. Students should be aware that acupuncture is a growing field and states are frequently revising requirements for licensing. While the Academy is not responsible for ensuring that students meet legal requirements in all states, we can assist students in clarifying individual state requirements. However, applicants to the Academy’s program are ultimately responsible for determining the specific licensure requirements for the state(s) in which they plan to practice.