master's degree in Oriental medicine
The master's degree in Oriental medicine consists of training in the five branches of classical Oriental medicine: acupuncture, herbal medicine, nutrition, physical therapy and exercise/ breathing. The greatest number of hours are devoted to the study and practice of acupuncture and herbal medicine, and also includes graduate level studies in Western science. This professional degree takes four academic years to complete.
DIPLOMATe of Acupuncture
A Diplomate of Acupuncture is an acupuncturist who is certified by the National Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM®). In order to achieve this status, one must pass a series of board exams. NCCAOM certification indicates to employers, patients, and peers that one has met national standards for the safe and competent practice of acupuncture as defined by the acupuncture and Oriental medicine (AOM) profession. For additional information, about the Diplomate of Acupuncture, please visit the NCCAOM Website.
Sports medicine and pain MANAGEMENT CERTIFIED
The Acupuncture and Sports Medicine Apprenticeship Program is an intensive training program taught by Dr. Whitfield Reaves (author of The Acupuncture Handbook of Sports Medicine and Pain). The focus was on the treatment of pain and musculoskeletal injuries with acupuncture. This apprenticeship is approved by the National Board for continuing education credits. At the time Kristine Cloutier, C.Ac. attended this program it was a six month long program. Kristine received her certificate of completion in June, 2010.