San Francisco, CA (Vocus/PRWEB) July 19, 2011
The U.S. Department of Education (USDE) recently announced that it now recognizes Doctorate in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (DAOM) programs that are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM) as eligible for Title IV student aid. This is excellent news for students and prospective students of the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine (ACTCM), as ACAOM is the college’s accrediting body, and students will now have access to Pell Grants, Direct Loans, Perkins Loans, and other federal grant and loan programs.
“This decision by the U.S. Department of Education to grant Title IV eligibility to master’s and doctoral candidates at institutions accredited by ACAOM is an important step in recognition of the value of acupuncture and Chinese medicine,” said Alissa Cohan, director of communications at ACTCM.
ACAOM’s scope of USDE recognition now states:
“The accreditation and pre-accreditation (‘Candidacy’ status) throughout the United States of first-professional master's degree and professional master's level certificate and diploma programs in acupuncture and Oriental medicine and professional post-graduate doctoral programs in acupuncture and in Oriental Medicine (DAOM), as well as freestanding institutions and colleges of acupuncture or Oriental medicine that offer such programs.”
Until this pronouncement, ACTCM students seeking Stafford, PLUS, or Consolidation Loans had to go through a private lender to get the federal funds they needed for their education. Now students can apply for the Direct Loan Program without the middleman. For more information about applying for the Direct Loan Program, students are urged to contact the Student Aid office.
For more information about the eligibility of ACAOM-accredited institutions for Title IV programs, call William W Goding, MEd, RRT at (301) 313-0855.
For more information about the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine (ACTCM), call Alissa Cohan at (415) 355-1601 x 12.
About the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine
The American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine (ACTCM) has been at the forefront of educating students in Traditional Chinese Medicine in the Bay Area since its inception in 1980. Their two degree programs—the Master of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine (MSTCM) and the Doctorate of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (DAOM)—provide a truly exceptional professional education.
ACTCM’s community clinics serve as a diverse and demanding training ground for their students, while providing affordable health care services to the community. ACTCM’s certificate programs in Tui Na and Shiatsu and its introductory classes for the public offer additional educational opportunities for current ACTCM students, healthcare professionals and the general public.
Bay Area acupuncture treatment, as taught by ACTCM, restores balance and health, and is used for everything from chronic pain to drug dependence. It is also effective for allergy relief, weight loss, pain management and fertility treatment. During treatment sterile, disposable needles are inserted at acupuncture points along the meridians. Because of the thin and pliable needles used, most people feel little to no discomfort as the needles are inserted, and patients often feel energized or a deep sense of relaxation and well-being.
About Kaylah Cheryl Sterling, LAc, B.S., M.Ed, MTOM
Kaylah Cheryl Sterling, LAc, B.S., M.Ed, MTOM, Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, 1994; Licensed Acupuncturist, California, 1995; Diplomate in Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine, NCCAOM, 1995; B.S. (Communications Education), Temple University, 1972; M.Ed. (Communications) Beaver College, 1979. Previous position at ACTCM: Clinic Dean 1996-2008. Present positions: Director, Integrative Medicine, Jewish Home for the Aged, San Francisco, CA; Clinical Practice. ACTCM Professor; Core/PT: Clinic Theatre; Clinical Supervisor.