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FAQ - Acupuncture Titles and Abbreviations

The most common degree designation for an acupuncturist is LAc, some states use different titles or abbreviations to signify that their practitioners are licensed.

Listed below are some of the most commonly used abbreviations (and their titles) in the acupuncture and Oriental medicine profession.

Professional Titles

Abbreviation

ABT
AcD
AP
CA, CAc
CH
CT
DAc
D. Acu
Dipl. ABT
Dipl. Ac,
Dipl. CH
Dipl. OM

DNBAO
DAOM
DOM
DTCM, Dr. TCM
FIAMA
LAc, Lic. Ac.
MAOM
MSOM
MTCM
MTOM
OMD
PhD
RAc, Reg. Ac.
R. TCM. H.
R. TCM. P.
TCMD

Title

Asian Bodywork Therapist
Acupuncture Doctor (used in Canada)
Acupuncture Physician (used in Florida)
Certified Acupuncturist
Chinese Herbalist
Clinical Technician
Doctor of Acupuncture (used in Hawaii)
Doctor of Acupuncture (used in Rhode Island)
Diplomate in Asian Bodywork Therapy
Diplomate in Acupuncture
Diplomate in Chinese Herbalism
Diplomate in Oriental Medicine

Diplomate, National Board of Acupuncture Orthopedics
Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
Doctor of Oriental Medicine
Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine (used in Canada)
Fellow, International Academy of Medical Acupuncture
Licensed Acupuncturist
Master, Art of Oriental Medicine
Master, Science of Oriental Medicine
Master, Traditional Chinese Medicine
Master, Traditional Oriental Medicine
Oriental Medicine Doctor
Doctor of Philosophy
Registered Acupuncturist (used in PA, CO and Canada)
Registered Traditional Chinese Medicine Herbalist (Canada)
Registered Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner (Canada)
Traditional Chinese Medicine Doctor (used in Canada)

   

Organizational Titles

Abbreviation

AAMA
AAOM
ACAOM
AOBTA
CCAOM
FAOMRA
IAMA
IVAS
NADA
NAOMA
NCCAOM

NSAA
SAR

Organization

American Academy of Medical Acupuncture
American Association of Oriental Medicine
Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine
American Organization for Bodywork Therapies of Asia
Council of Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
Federation of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine Regulatory Agencies
International Academy of Medical Acupuncture
International Veterinary Acupuncture Society
National Acupuncture Detoxification Association
National Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Alliance
National Commission for the Certification of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
National Sports Acupuncture Association
Society for Acupuncture Research


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