Dr. Jay Chang has been practicing acupuncture for over 20 years. He received his acupuncture and Chinese medicine training at Beijing University of Chinese Medicine and Beijing Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine in China. Before he came to the United States, he was a college professor as well as a college athletic team physician.
After coming to the United States, he received a Masters degree in Exercise Physiology from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania. He has been the practicing acupuncturist with the Institute of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and OSF Healthcare Neurological Institute in Peoria, Illinois for over thirteen years. He is licensed as an acupuncturist in both Illinois and Florida.
Dr. Chang is a NCCAOM certified acupuncturist. A Diplomate of Acupuncture is an acupuncturist who is certified by the NCCAOM. It is a considerable professional achievement to earn the designation Diplomate of Acupuncture (NCCAOM). NCCAOM certification indicates to employers, patients, and peers that one has met national standards for the safe and competent practice of acupuncture as defined by the acupuncture and Oriental medicine (AOM) profession. National board certification in acupuncture has been the mark of excellence in AOM since the inception of the Commission in 1982.
Comprehensive training in traditional differential diagnosis and proper treatment methods requires that a Diplomate of Acupuncture (NCCAOM) completes three to four academic years of education at the master’s degree level in an acupuncture program accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM). ACAOM is the only accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education as the authority for quality education and training in acupuncture and Oriental medicine. In addition to graduation from an ACAOM accredited program, a Diplomate of Acupuncture (NCCAOM) must demonstrate professional competency by passing NCCAOM certification examinations in Foundations of Oriental Medicine, Acupuncture, and Biomedicine. NCCAOM certified acupuncturists are also trained in standard medical history gathering, safety, and ethics, and recognition of when to refer patients to other health care professionals or consult with other medical practitioners.