April 2022 Current Status

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    Posted by David on April 19, 2022 at 11:12 pm

    June 01 2021 | Distance Education Policy 

    The Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM) has approved a change to its policy regarding distance education offered by the institutions and programs it accredits.

    Effective June 01 2021, accredited programs offered in English, Korean and Mandarin will be eligible for distance education approval.


    In 2015, ACAOM established a policy for distance education programs taught in English were eligible to apply.

    and began accepting applications for review and approval. .

    ACAOM only opted for a pragmatic approach to ensure a successful rollout. For this reason, accredited didactic

    While ACAOM made three revisions to its policy prior to COVID-19, the policy remained limited to English-language programs because only 10 programs had sought distance learning approval in a five-year period and

    Because ACAOM stated that

    received no inquiries or waiver requests from stakeholders regarding non-English programs participating in distance education.

    The pandemic ushered in an unprecedented need for distance education and the Department of Education understandably extended temporary flexibilities which have allowed non-English ACAOM-accredited coursework to be conducted virtually.


    ACAOM envisions a post-pandemic world in which virtual learning will continue and expand and has approved this policy change to ensure that all programs it accredits may continue to provide distance education if they choose to do so.

    This announcement coincides with new and evolving guidance and regulations related to distance education from the U.S. Department of Education. Additional changes to ACAOM policies will be required to ensure compliance with this new and evolving regulatory guidance.

    David replied 9 months, 2 weeks ago 1 Member · 1 Reply
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  • David

    April 19, 2022 at 11:15 pm


    Information Regarding U.S. Department of Education Guidance Related to Distance Education [

    14 June 2021

    New and evolving guidance and regulations related to distance education from the U.S. Department of Education support ACAOM’s understanding of the lasting effects on education brought on by COVID-19. While it would be premature for ACAOM to issue an extensive policy change right now because the regulatory environment remains somewhat uncertain, there are several recent changes that will affect all ACAOM-accredited programs and institutions in the future.

    Notably, when the Department of Education rescinded DCL GEN-06-17 it announced that any institution providing even one course through distance education must receive accreditor approval. This reversed earlier, pre-pandemic guidance that only required accreditor approval if more than 50% of a curriculum was provided through distance learning. This change will require ACAOM to update its distance education application process, and

    all ACAOM-accredited programs and institutions planning to offer distance learning in the future will be required to apply for and obtain approval even if they were previously approved under the old standard. Additional information about how and when to apply will be forthcoming.

    Several other new regulations pertaining to distance education will go into effect on 1 July 2021, and ACAOM is currently determining how they will impact its Distance Education Policy. Likely changes include how ACAOM defines and monitors academic engagement, student-instructor interactions, clock hour calculations and approved technologies, among other things. All ACAOM-accredited institutions and programs must comply with any policy revisions necessitated by the Department of Education’s new regulations.

    Please note, however, that programs and institutions currently offering distance education opportunities under the emergency waivers may continue to do so for up to six months after the end of the pandemic is officially declared.

    ACAOM expects additional guidance from the Department of Education. We will communicate regularly on these topics as we become aware of information that could cause additional changes to the ACAOM’s Distance Education Policy.