KENMORE, WA — Bastyr University has announced that AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine will become the AOMA College of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine within the University. The relationship was unanimously approved by Bastyr’s Board of Trustees and AOMA’s Board of Governors.
“Our institutions share a common mission and vision – to transform the health and well-being of our communities and train the future leaders in the healthcare field,” said Mac Powell, PhD, President of Bastyr University. “Bastyr combining with AOMA provides significant opportunities to strengthen and expand the degree and certificate programs that we each currently offer to the benefit of the students and the communities we serve. Through AOMA becoming part of Bastyr, both institutions hope that we will create a College of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine that will draw the best students from around the world, and produce life-changing research.”
Founded in 1978, Bastyr University is a pioneer in science-based natural medicine accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). With campuses in Washington and California, Bastyr offers degree programs in areas such as naturopathic medicine, acupuncture and Oriental medicine, ayurvedic sciences, herbal sciences, midwifery, nutrition, and psychology. The University also has clinics in both Seattle and San Diego, providing an array of services, including naturopathic medicine, nutritional counseling, and acupuncture.
AOMA, based in Austin, Texas, is a top-ranked institution offering graduate programs in acupuncture and Oriental medicine. Founded in 1993, AOMA is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. AOMA also is one of the largest providers of acupuncture and Chinese medicine in Austin, with two clinics in the metropolitan area.
“We are very excited to become a part of the Bastyr University community. We are looking forward to collaborating as we grow our educational programs and patient services, as well as furthering research efforts and the advancement of the fields of acupuncture, Chinese Medicine and natural medicine in its entirety,” said Betty Edmond, MD, President and CEO of AOMA.
Final approval by the NWCCU and the Department of Education is required before the formal affiliation can be completed.