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aaaom_backgroundThe American Academy of Health and Wellness offers a Master’s of Acupuncture (MAc), Master’s of Science in Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine (MAOM), and Doctorate in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (DAOM). Students may choose to develop special skills in one of the following areas of traditional Chinese medicine: gynecology, internal medicine, geriatrics, pediatrics, dermatology, neurological disorders, musculo-skeletal disorders or sensory organ disorders.

AAHW faculty members are highly-trained professionals in their fields of expertise. They include skilled doctors of Traditional Chinese medicine from China, and doctors of biomedicine who have received training in both Western and Chinese medicine. Our faculty members embody a comprehensive range of experience in academic knowledge, clinical practice and technical skill.

AAHW was founded with the aid and support of many people and institutions in China and the United States. The Shandong University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Jinan, China, provided a model for the high-quality curriculum, instructional methods and standards of practice adopted by AAHW. Graduates and advanced students of AAHW are afforded the opportunity to continue their studies at Shandong University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and its affiliated hospitals. Additional opportunities for study and observation are available to our students at Nanjing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and the China Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Beijing.

Statement of Purpose

The American Academy of Health and Wellness educates and prepares students to become licensed practitioners of acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), to advance the profession through lifelong learning and professional development, and to actively support the integration of TCM with the wider U.S. health care system.

Educational Objectives
The educational objectives of AAHW are listed below. To achieve these objectives graduates will:

  1. Demonstrate a solid understanding of the theories and philosophy of traditional Chinese medicine.
  2. Be competent in skills of patient assessment, clinical diagnosis, and the development of treatment plans.
  3. Be able to effectively administer various modalities in traditional Chinese medicine.
  4. Demonstrate sufficient understanding of Western medical science to complement TCM medical diagnosis and to enable informed and responsible referrals.
  5. Display a sound understanding of professional ethics.
  6. Be competent in the application of professional practice standards in order to communicate and interact appropriately with peers and patients.
  7. Be prepared to enter all available TCM professional practice opportunities including those in private practice, integrated clinics, hospitals, community health centers, teaching, and research.

The American Academy of Health and Wellness is located at 2233 Hamline Ave N, Suite 432 in Roseville, Minnesota, near the junction of Interstate 35W and Highway 36. Our facilities include two classrooms, a student clinic with four treatment rooms, an intern conference room, study area, herbal pharmacy, library, bookstore, and administrative and faculty offices. Classrooms are equipped with acupuncture charts and models, human anatomy models, and herbal samples. There is also a student lounge area and space for ongoing Tai Chi and Qi Gong courses. The building has ample free parking to accommodate students, faculty, and patients.

History of AAHW

Over the last 20 years, AAAOM built a very strong curriculum and successful acupuncture and TCM training. As of February 2021, Dr. Xiping Zhou purchased AAAOM and renamed it the American Academy of Health and Wellness (AAHW). While taking the legacy and tradition of AAAOM and continuing the mission, AAHW starts a new chapter in offering both Master and Doctor degrees in acupuncture and Chinese medicine.

Following the remarkable success of the three TCM Health Centers in Minnesota, which began providing acupuncture services in 1995, AAAOM’s founders were strongly encouraged by staff and faculty of our sister school in China, the Shandong University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Jinan, to establish a school of TCM in the United States. After much hard work and dedication, AAAOM was founded in August 1997, and regular classroom instruction began in January, 1999.

Registration and Approval

The American Academy of Health and Wellness is registered with the Minnesota Office of Higher Education pursuant to Minnesota Statutes sections 136A.61 to 136A.71. Registration is not an endorsement of the institution. Credits earned at the institution may not transfer to all other institutions.

Minnesota Licenses Requirement for Practice
Minnesota requires that candidates pass the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) acupuncture examination in order to practice in the state. The Minnesota Board of Medical Practice is the licensing agency for practicing acupuncture in Minnesota. Graduates from the master’s degree programs at the American Academy of Health and Wellness, which are an accredited programs with the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, are qualified to take the NCCAOM exams. AAHW prepares its students for national certification by the NCCAOM.

Campus Safety Policies
I. Safety and Security Measures for Students, Staff and Faculty

  • Exercise caution to prevent loss or theft of personal effects. Do not leave valuables unattended.
  • Lock your vehicle when it is in the school parking lot.
  • Be familiar with emergency exit routes from the school in case of fire or other emergency. Emergency exit diagrams are posted throughout the school; emergency exits are marked with a red “Exit” sign above the door. (See Emergency Evacuation section, below.)
  • In the event of severe weather, take shelter in the first-floor student lounge.
  • Report any safety hazards such as icy sidewalks, etc. to building management in a timely manner.
  • Be aware of the school drug and alcohol abuse policy and sexual harassment policy (AAHW Student Handbook, Sections 5.10.4, 5.10.5 & 5.10.6). The possession, use or sale of alcohol or unauthorized drugs on campus is prohibited.
  • No guns are permitted on school premises.
  • Students, staff and faculty with symptoms of a communicable disease such as influenza are asked to remain at home until they cease to be contagious. Students should contact their instructors or school administrative staff in a timely manner to report their illness.
  • There is a first-aid kit in the student/faculty clinic.

II. Reporting Criminal Activity

  • The Academy does not have an on-campus security department. If you witness a crime or are the victim of a crime on campus, call 9-1-1 immediately. The 24-hour non-emergency number for the Roseville Police Department is 651-767-0640. Once the police have been notified, report the incident to a member of AAHW’s administrative staff as soon as possible.
  • Under the Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization Act of 2013, incidents of domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking on campus property are reportable crimes (see Section III, below).
  • On campus, the Academic Dean is in charge of security issues. However, all administrative personnel are responsible for a first response to an emergency situation until assistance is provided by police, fire or medical agencies. Report immediately any emergency situation, suspicious activity, or criminal behavior on school premises to any member of the administrative staff who is available, including front desk receptionists, instructors, and clinic supervisors.
  • Non-emergency criminal activity, such as incidents of alcohol possession, sexually inappropriate behavior, suspected theft, etc. should be reported to the Academic Dean as soon as possible, to begin appropriate investigative and disciplinary action.

III. Campus Security and the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)

  • Victims of, and witnesses to, the criminal activities of domestic violence, dating violence or stalking on campus should call 9-1-1 immediately or notify the Roseville Police Department directly. AAHW will support the police department to the best of its ability in these cases, and will use the standards of evidence used and set forth by the police department in any institutional proceeding arising from such a report.
  • Victims of or witnesses to criminal actions, such as stalking, which are not overtly violent, but which cause the victim to fear for her/his safety or cause the victim substantial emotional harm, should report such action(s) to AAHW administration as soon as possible. Victims are also free to report such activity to the police or civil authorities. If the police are involved, AAHW will abide by standards of evidence used by the police to determine whether there is sufficient evidence against an accused perpetrator to warrant institutional action.
  • If a student wishes to report an incident only to AAHW administration, AAHW will undertake to investigate the circumstances of the incident. To determine if a criminal action has taken place, AAHW requires confirmable evidence, such as emails or voicemails from the perpetrator to the victim, or third-party eyewitness confirmation of criminal actions.
  • Students who have been the victim of criminal activity on campus property may request the following types of assistance or accommodation from AAHW administration, whether the criminal activity was reported to the police or not, and whether any disciplinary action was taken against an accused perpetrator or not. Students who feel unsafe in one or more of their academic classes may request an independent-study option to complete a class. Interns or externs in the AAHW Student/Faculty Clinic may refuse to treat a patient if that patient is perceived as a threat to the student. Students who work on campus property may request AAHW administration to intervene in a situation which they perceive as dangerous or threatening to themselves or others. Students may request an escort to a vehicle which is parked on campus property.
  • Students or staff members of AAHW who commit violent criminal actions on campus property and are found guilty of doing so will be dismissed from the program (students) or terminated as employees (staff).

IV. Emergency Evacuation/Safety Procedures
Fire: In the event of fire, the building must be evacuated immediately. There are three exits from the building:

  • The front door, on the east side of the building;
  • The emergency exit at the end of the hallway leading to Classrooms 1, 2, and 3 (west side of building);
  • The emergency exit at the back of the clinic area (west side of building).

All three of these exits are marked by a red “EXIT” sign. In the event of a fire or fire alarm, choose the exit nearest you and leave the building immediately. If you are upstairs: the rear emergency exit door (west side of building) provides the quickest egress from the building, unless you are close to the front stairwell. Instructors are responsible for directing their students to leave the building by the nearest exit. Student interns and clinic faculty practitioners are responsible for the evacuation of their patients. The front desk receptionist will direct anyone in the clinic lobby to leave by the front exit.

Severe Weather: If a tornado or severe weather outbreak is imminent, all students and staff should stay calm and proceed immediately to the first-floor student lounge to take shelter. Do not leave the building. The student lounge is the innermost room in the building, with no windows opening directly into it. If you are upstairs: use the rear emergency exit (west side of building), go down one flight of stairs, enter the student clinic through the door at the foot of the stairs, and proceed to the student lounge (the front stairwell is less safe because there is more exposure to windows). Student interns and clinic faculty practitioners are responsible for moving their patients to the student lounge. The front desk receptionist will direct anyone in the clinic lobby to go to the student lounge.

V. Building Security
Main door and office keys are issued to authorized administrative staff only. At the end of each day, one faculty member is delegated to lock up and secure the building. Any students who are still in the building will be asked to leave the building at that time. The rear emergency exit doors on the west side of the building should remain closed at all times, and should not be blocked open.

VI. Campus Crime Statistics
In compliance with federal requirements (the Clery Act, 1990), AAHW submits an annual campus crime and security report to the Department of Education. This survey documents any criminal offenses, hate crimes, drug, alcohol or weapons violations, etc. which have occurred on campus. The survey includes crime statistics reported for the previous three years. The campus security report is required to be available to all current and prospective school students and employees. The annual campus security report is available in the office of the Financial Aid Administrator (FAA). Students and employees may examine the annual campus security report in the FAA’s office, and may request and obtain a paper copy of the annual campus security report through the FAA. In addition, AAHW makes available to students and employees a log of public crimes, compiled by the Roseville P.D., which have been committed within a one-mile radius of campus.

VII. Sex Offender Registry
AAHW is required to inform current and prospective students, and current and prospective employees, that the Roseville P.D. maintains a Sex Offender Registry. Students and employees may contact Captain R. Mathwig at 651-792-7008 or www.cityofroseville.com to obtain information regarding sex offenders who may be enrolled or employed at AAHW. The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension administers a predatory offender registration and tracking program and may be reached at 888-234-1248 or 651-603-6748.

Promoting an Alcohol- and Drug-Free Campus
In compliance with the Drug Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989 (Public Law 101-226), the American Academy of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine is committed to promoting an educational and workplace environment which ensures that students and employees can learn, work and develop to their full potential. The use and abuse of alcohol and other controlled substances has a negative impact on the ability of students and employees to learn and work to their full potential. In recognition of this fact, AAHW has implemented and will enforce the following alcohol- and drug-free campus policies. This guide also contains information on the health risks associated with the use of controlled substances and provides a list of community resources available to students and employees who may wish to seek help.

Safeguarding the Privacy of Student Education Records
The Family Education Rights and Privacy Act, known as FERPA, requires all educational institutions which disburse federal financial aid funds to safeguard students’ personal information and education records, and to provide students with the opportunity to access and amend their records.

Click here to read a statement of student rights and institutional obligations under FERPA.

Governance and Administration
Board of Directors

Wei Liu, M.D. (China), MPH, L.Ac. Changzhen Gong, Ph.D., M.S.

Advisory Board

James Stevenson, M.D.
Barbara Gislason, J.D.
Janice Post-White, Ph.D. Kathy Chen, BS
Bingwen Yan, Ph.D.
Nancy Quam, B.S.
Shuxian Hu, MD

President: Changzhen Gong, Ph.D., M.S.
Academic Dean: Lili Tian, M.D. (China), Ph.D. (China), L.Ac.

DAOM Director, Tianwei Guo, M.D.(China), Ph.D. (China), L.Ac.
Clinic Director: Siming Yang, MS (China), L.Ac.
Administrative Director: Leila Nielsen
Director of Admissions: Michelle Jones
Registrar: Kristin Weston
Financial Aid Administrator: Cate Larson
Librarian: Lora Shimer

Departmental Directors
Director of Acupuncture: Lingguang Liu, M.D. (China), Ph.D. (China), L.Ac.
Director of Herbology: Wei Cheng, M.D. (China), Ph.D.(China), L.Ac.
Director of TCM Basics: Lili Tian, M.D. (China), Ph.D. (China), L.Ac.
Director of Clinical Medicine: Tianwei Guo, MD (China), Ph.D. (China), L.Ac.
Director of Biomedicine: Thomas Finnegan, DC.
Director of Research: Qian Li, M.D. (China), Ph.D. (China), L.Ac.


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