Licensing and Accreditation

POCA Tech is licensed in Oregon as a private career school by the Higher Education Coordinating Commission. Higher Education Coordinating Commission, 775 Court St. NE, Salem, OR 97310-1300 Tel (503) 947-5751

The Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM) granted POCA Technical Institute Master’s level diploma in Acupuncture program (in English) initial accreditation for a period of five (5) years, effective 11 August 2018. Accreditation status and notes may be viewed at:

ACAOM is the recognized accrediting agency for programs preparing acupuncture and Oriental medicine practitioners. ACAOM is located at 8941 Aztec Drive, Eden Prairie, Minnesota 55347; phone 952/212-2434; fax 952/657-7068;

Practitioner Licensing

Each State licenses practitioners, and has individual licensing requirements. Here’s a chart of state by state licensing requirements from the NCCAOM.

            Oregon:  Oregon Medical Board, 1500 SW 1st Ave., Suite 620, Portland, OR 97201-5847. ph: 971-673-2700

            Washington:  Washington State Department of Health, P.O. Box 47865, Olympia, WA 98504-7865. email:

I want to practice in California. Can I go to POCA Tech?

Unfortunately, no. Certain states require more educational hours than POCA Tech's program offers, and/or training in herbs: California, Florida, Texas, Nevada and New Mexico are among them. We ask prospective students to research the acupuncture licensing laws in the state(s) they want to practice in.

Where are POCA Tech graduates licensed?

POCA Tech's first cohort graduated in 2017. As of November 2018, there are POCA Tech graduates currently licensed and practicing community acupuncture in Alaska, Arizona, Massachusetts, Oregon, Rhode Island, and Utah.