Founding History

VUIM was the first acupuncture school established in the state of Virginia and became the first accredited Acupuncture program in the state of Virginia. Originally founded in 2004, VUIM now offers a four-year Masters Degree in Oriental Medicine as well as a three year Master of Science in Acupuncture.

2004 Established as the Virginia College of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine (VCAOM)
2008 Virginia College of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine (VCAOM) changes its name to the Virginia University of Oriental Medicine (VUOM). State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) provides certification to operate as an institution of higher learning in the state of Virginia. United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) grants VUOM approval to accept and educate International students through its programs of study.
2010 Dr. Lixing Lao appointed the first President of VUOM.
2013 VUOM achieves Candidacy Status for Accreditation from the Accrediting Council for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM). VUOM produces its First Graduating Class of MSOM Program in Fall 2013
2014 Dr. Tae Cheong Choo joins VUOM as its CEO to lead the institution’s ongoing academic and clinical program development. President John Shin introduces legislation to overturn ruling to allow licensure from Candidacy status schools in the state of VA. VUOM enters a Memorandum of Understanding with South Korea’s leading herb/tea manufacturer/distribution company – Omniherb Co. to pursue research & product development collaborations.
2015 VUOM achieves Full Accreditation status with the ACAOM in February 2015 and becomes the First Accredited School of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine in Virginia and the District of Columbia (April 2015). VUOM enters into a Memorandum of Understanding formalizing its relationship with Kyung Hee University of Korean Medicine, South Korea’s renowned Institute of Oriental Medicine, to facilitate exchange of faculty, students, research and product development with its university hospital. VUIM enters into a Memorandum of Understanding with Pusan National University School of Korean Medicine in South Korea, one of the global leaders in AOM education, to foster student exchange, joint research activities, and the exchange of academic materials. VUOM enters into a Memorandum of Understanding with the University of Hong Kong School of Chinese Medicine to promote cooperation between the two institutions in the areas of student education and academic research of Traditional Chinese Medicine with the goal of developing joint research projects on Traditional Chinese Medicine, as well as to jointly host academic and research activities, conferences, and seminars.
2016 The Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) awards VUOM with the maximum period allowable for an initial accreditation by its council. VUOM becomes only the 4th school of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine to be awarded institutional accreditation at a national level by ACICS. VUOM receives approval to offer Master of Science in Acupuncture (MSA), Master of Science in Oriental medicine for the English, Korean, and Chinese languages, as well as the Certificate in East Asian Nutrition by ACAOM and SCHEV. VUOM into a Memorandum of Understanding with the AIM Health Institute, the non-profit organization responsible for the educational programs offered by The George Washington Center for Integrative Medicine (GWCIM). AIM was created at the initiative and is supported by The Center for Oriental Medicine at the George Washington University Medical Center.
2016-17 VUOM receives approval from ACAOM to begin offering the Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (DAOM) Program. The University begins training its first DAOM cohort in July 2017.
2018 The Virginia University of Oriental Medicine changes its name to the Virginia University of Integrative Medicine (VUIM). The change promotes the institution’s belief in the importance of the merger of conventional and complementary medical modalities; to form an approach to care that puts the patient at the center and addresses the full range of physical, emotional, mental, social, spiritual and environmental influences that affect a person’s health in a coordinated manner.