Acupuncture Titles and Abbreviations

Unfortunately, figuring out whether an acupuncturist is licensed is not as easy as it looks. Although 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. If you know of another title or organization that should be on this list, please contact us at and we will add it to the list.

Professional Titles

Abbreviation Title
ABT Asian Bodywork Therapist
AcD Acupuncture Doctor (used in Canada)
AP Acupuncture Physician (used in Florida)
ASA American Society of Acupuncturists
CA, CAc Certified Acupuncturist
CH Chinese Herbalist
CT Clinical Technician
DAc Doctor of Acupuncture (used in Hawaii)
D. Acu Doctor of Acupuncture (used in Rhode Island)
DACM Doctorate of Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine
Dipl. ABT Diplomate in Asian Bodywork Therapy
Dipl. Ac. Diplomate in Acupuncture
Dipl. CH Diplomate in Chinese Herbalism
Dipl. OM Diplomate in Oriental Medicine
DNBAO Diplomate, National Board of Acupuncture Orthopedics
DAOM Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
DOM Doctor of Oriental Medicine
DTCM, Dr. TCM Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine (used in Canada)
FIAMA Fellow, International Academy of Medical Acupuncture
LAc, Lic. Ac. Licensed Acupuncturist
MAOM Master, Art of Oriental Medicine
Master, Science of Oriental Medicine
Master, Traditional Chinese Medicine
Master, Traditional Oriental Medicine
OMD Oriental Medicine Doctor
Doctor of Philosophy
RAc, Reg. Ac. Registered Acupuncturist (used in Colorado and Canada)
R. TCM. H. Registered Traditional Chinese Medicine Herbalist (used in Canada)
R. TCM. P. Registered Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner (used in Canada)
TCMD Traditional Chinese Medicine Doctor (used in Canada)


Organizational Titles

Abbreviation Organization
AAMA American Academy of Medical Acupuncture
AAOM American Association of Oriental Medicine
ACAOM Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
AOBTA American Organization for Bodywork Therapies of Asia
CCAOM Council of Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
FAOMRA Federation of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Regulatory Agencies
IAMA International Academy of Medical Acupuncture
IVAS International Veterinary Acupuncture Society
NADA National Acupuncture Detoxification Association
NAOMA National Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Alliance
NCCAOM National Commission for the Certification of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
NSAA National Sports Acupuncture Association
SAR Society for Acupuncture Research

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