Pre-graduation Hour Requirements for Taking Examinations Certification Type Minimum Didactic Hours Minimum Clinical Hours Total Hours Required Acupuncture Certification • Foundations of Oriental Medicine • Biomedicine • Acupuncture with Point Location 1190 Hours 410 Hours 1600 hours Oriental Medicine Certification • Foundations of Oriental Medicine • Biomedicine • Acupuncture with Point Location • Chinese Herbology 2090 Hours 410 hours 2500 hours In addition to passing the above certification exams all candidates for NCCAOM Certification in Chinese Herbology must notify the academic institution to send the final graduation transcripts to the NCCAOM. More information can be found in the NCCAOM ® Certification Handbook .
Revised: 03/28/2017 3 Chinese Herbology Study Guide Examination Development The NCCAOM examination study guides provide background information on the validation of the NCCAOM certification examinations. The Acupuncture, Chinese Herbology and Oriental Medicine certification programs are currently accredited by the National Commission for Certification Agencies (NCCA). The Chinese Herbology Certification Program carries the NCCA seal. In order for the NCCAOM Certification in Chinese Herbology Program to remain accredited by NCCA, the NCCAOM must adhere to strict national standards for examination development. All certification exams for the NCCAOM Certification in Chinese Herbology Program must meet the examination content validity standards set forth by NCCA. The following contains information on validation of the examination content. The NCCAOM contracts with Schroeder Measurement Technologies, Inc. (SMT) to develop all NCCAOM certification examinations. SMT is a psychometric consulting group that serves to provide all examination development validation studies and scoring for the NCCAOM examinations. Examination Content Validation The foundation of a valid, reliable, and legally defensible professional certification program is first the result of a well-constructed job analysis (JA) study. A JA establishes the link between test scores and competencies assessed by the examination and thus the inference that the scores achieved by candidates on the certification examinations are based on valid content. Therefore, all “pass” or “fail” decisions correlate to competency assessment (performance) as measured by the examination. The JA is a process by which tasks performed by NCCAOM certified practitioners and licensed acupuncturists are examined for importance (which considers criticality of the tasks performed and frequency by which the tasks are performed in practice). A minimum of every five years the NCCAOM conducts a JA, in order to update the examination content outlines. Content decisions for the examination content outlines are directly linked to the results of the most recent JA. During the 2013 Job Analysis (JA) study , NCCAOM subject-matter experts (NCCAOM Diplomates who have expertise and experience
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