About Atlantic Institute of Oriental Medicine
The Atlantic Institute of Oriental Medicine (ATOM) is a nationally accredited, not-for-profit educational corporation. ATOM received its license on October 1, 1994, under the laws of the State of Florida and now it operates exclusively as a professional, private, and independent college offering academic programs and degrees in the field of Traditional Chinese Medicine/Oriental Medicine. The Institute is exempt for federal income tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code; ATOM also maintains tax exempt status with the State of Florida. ATOM received accreditation from ACAOM on May 4, 1999, and was reaccredited for another four year period by ACAOM on September 6th, 2006 and was given its College License on April 6, 2001, under the State Board of Independent Colleges and Universities (SBICU), now the State Commission for Independent Education.
The three founders of the Institute in 1994 were President, Johanna Chu Yen, MD (China) CA; Vice President and Secretary, Michael C.J. Carey, MA (U.K.) MPH; and Treasurer, Betty Z. Shannon, BA. The first class of 10 students began course work on October 18, 1994, and by September of 1999, 60 students were enrolled.
In keeping with its mission, ATOM sets forth seven educational objectives. The graduates will be able:
* To practice in a professional and ethical manner.
* To exercise appropriate clinical judgment with regard to assessment, diagnosis and decisions relating to therapeutic modalities, prognosis, and referral.
* To become proficient in the theory and practice of acupuncture and in the preparation and prescription of Chinese herbal therapy.
* To become proficient in the theory and practice of nutrition and preventative care and to incorporate these principles and practices of Traditional Chinese Medicine/Oriental Medicine and to be prepared to counsel patients on elements of health.
* To promote the delivery of healthcare in the United States fully recognizing the complementary functions of Traditional Chinese Medicine/Oriental Medicine and Contemporary Western Medicine.
* To meet the requirements of the Florida Board of Acupuncture and the National Commission for Certification of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) including the ability to pass the State and national acupuncture and herbal certification examinations.
* To demonstrate the commitment to Traditional Oriental Medicine by participating in professional continuing education as a lifelong learning process.