U.S. Acupuncture School Rankings

1Oregon College of Oriental MedicinePortlandOR4.1
2Emperor's College of Traditional Oriental MedicineSanta MonicaCA4.05
3New England School of AcupunctureNewtonMA3.83
4AOMA Graduate School of Integrative MedicineAustinTX3.7
5National College of Natural MedicinePortlandOR3.67
6Five Branches University: Graduate School of Traditional Chinese MedicineSan Jose,
Santa Cruz
7American College of Traditional Chinese MedicineSan FranciscoCA3.62
8Pacific College of Oriental Medicine – San DiegoSan DiegoCA3.6
9Bastyr UniversityKenmoreWA3.53
10-TieMaryland University of Integrative HealthLaurelMD3.52
10-TieSeattle Institute of Oriental MedicineSeattleWA3.52
12Pacific College of Oriental Medicine – New YorkNew YorkNY3.33
13Dragon Rises College of Oriental MedicineGainsvilleFL3.22
14Finger Lakes School of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine of New York Chiropractic CollegeSeneca FallsNY3.2
15-TieCollege of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine at Northwestern Health Sciences UniversityBloomingtonMN3.16
15-TieDaoist Traditions College Of Chinese Medical ArtsAshvilleNC3.16
15-TieTexas Health and Science UniversityAustinTX3.16
18-TieMidwest College of Oriental Medicine – Chicago, ILChicagoIL3.05
18-TiePacific College of Oriental Medicine – ChicagoChicagoIL3.05
18-TieTri-State College of AcupunctureNew YorkNY3.05
21Atlantic Institute of Oriental MedicineFt LauderdaleFL3.0
22-TieColorado School of Traditional Chinese MedicineDenverCO2.95
22-TieSouth Baylo University - Anaheim, CAAnaheimCA2.95
24Yo San University of Traditional Chinese MedicineLos AngelesCA2.9
25Southern California University Of Health SciencesWhittierCA2.89
26-TieFlorida College of Integrative MedicineOrlandoFL2.79
26-TieSouthwest Acupuncture College – BoulderBoulderCO2.79
26-TieSouthwest Acupuncture College - Santa FeSanta FeNM2.79
29Acupuncture & Integrative Medicine College , BerkeleyBerkleyCA2.75
30Southwest Acupuncture College – AlbuquerqueAlbuquerqueNM2.72
31University of BridgeportBridgeportCT2.7
32National University Of Health SciencesLombardIL2.61
33WON Institute of Graduate StudiesGlensidePA2.58
34-TieHan University of Traditional MedicineTucsonAZ2.26
34-TiePhoenix Institute of Herbal Medicine & AcupuncturePhoenixAZ2.26
36Arizona School of Acupuncture and Oriental MedicineTucsonAZ2.22
37American College of Acupuncture and Oriental MedicineHoustonTX2.11
38New York College of Health ProfessionsSyossetNY2.11
39Academy for Five Element AcupunctureGainsvilleFL2.05
Rank Not PublishedAlhambra Medical UniversityAlhambraCA
Rank Not PublishedDongguk University - Los AngelesLos AngelesCA
Rank Not PublishedSouthern California University (SOMA)Los AngelesCA
UnrankedAcademy of Chinese Culture and Health SciencesOaklandCA
UnrankedAcupuncture & Massage CollegeMiamiFL
UnrankedAmerican Academy of Acupuncture and Oriental MedicineRosevilleMN
UnrankedAmerican Institute of Alternative MedicineColumbusOH
UnrankedEast West College of Natural MedicineSarasotaFL
UnrankedEastern School of Acupuncture and Traditional MedicineMontclairNJ
UnrankedInstitute of Clinical Acupuncture and Oriental MedicineHonoluluHI
UnrankedInstitute of Taoist Education and AcupunctureLouisvilleCO
UnrankedJung Tao School Of Classical Chinese MedicineSugar GroveNC
UnrankedMidwest College of Oriental Medicine - Racine, WIRacineWI
UnrankedNew York College of Traditional Chinese MedicineMineolaNY
UnrankedUniversity of East West MedicineSunnyvaleCA
UnrankedWorld Medicine InstituteHonoluluHI


Ranking Methodology

The Best Acupuncture Schools rankings of the best acupuncture schools in the United States are based on the results of peer assessment surveys sent to acupuncture school deans, other administrators and/or faculty at academic institutions accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM). For the 2015 survey, there were 52 responses to 93 surveys sent out. The survey was conducted in the spring of 2015.

Survey participants were asked to rate each school with which they are familiar on a scale of Outstanding (5), Strong (4), Good (3), Average (2), Marginal (1). If a school was not known by the responder they were asked to respond with “Don’t Know.”

All ACAOM accredited schools were offered for rating.

The criteria rated were

  1. Quality of academic curriculum, faculty and comprehensiveness of the program. Consider the program’s components in acupuncture, Oriental medicine, herbal medicine and western medicine.
  2. Quality of clinical education, including quality of the faculty, clinic, the herbal pharmacy, clinical externships and clinical community service opportunities.

This survey format closely follows the  survey format that U.S. News and World Report uses to rate pharmacy schools, occupational therapy schools, physical therapy schools, veterinary medicine schools and other Health Schools.

Schools in the rankings are numerically ranked down to a peer assessment score of greater than or equal to 2.0 (adequate).

Schools with scores less than 2.0 are listed in alphabetical order as Rank Not Published. Rank Not Published means that a ranking score for that school was calculated but because the score was below the 2.0 (adequate) cutoff we decided not to publish the ranking for that school. Schools receiving Rank Not Published may contact us to receive their numerical ranking score.

Unranked means that a numerical ranking score was not calculated for that school. We require that a school receive a score other than “Don’t Know” by at least 25% of the survey respondents. Schools marked as Unranked are listed alphabetically and listed below those marked as Rank Not Published.

Disclaimer:  The rankings shown on this page are based on peer assessments and may or may not reflect the actual “excellence” or “marginalness” of a school.