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

POCA Technical Institute (POCA Tech or PTI) and its master’s-level diploma program in acupuncture are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM). PTI’s accreditation status may be viewed at:

ACAOM is recognized by the United States Department of Education as a specialized accreditation agency for institutions and programs that prepare acupuncture and Oriental medicine practitioners. ACAOM is located at 8941 Aztec Drive, Eden Prairie, Minnesota 55347; phone 952/212-2434; fax 952/657-7068;

The People’s Organization of Community Acupuncture (POCA or POCA Cooperative), and POCA Dept. of Education are separate and distinct entities from POCA Tech. Educational courses and programs offered by POCA or POCA Dept. of Education including, but not limited to, continuing education, Auricular Acu-Technician Training and POCAfests are not controlled or delivered by PTI and are not accredited by ACAOM. Questions about professional licensure or certification for education received at POCA and/or POCA Dept. of Education should be directed to your local state’s higher education authorizing agency or relevant state licensing/certification authority.

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 to practice acupuncture?

POCA Tech's first cohort graduated in 2017. As of August 2021,  POCA Tech graduates have been granted acupuncture licenses in Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Utah, Vermont, Washington, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.