In 2017, Bastyr University announced that AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine would join the school of Acupuncture and East Asian Medicine at Bastyr to become the AOMA Graduate School of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine at Bastyr. While mission aligned and mutually admired within the integrative health and medicine field, leadership of both Bastyr University and AOMA Graduate School have reached a mutual agreement to discontinue the affiliation.
Following a significant change in both administrative and academic leadership at Bastyr, the University has come to reexamine its priorities as an institution—notably, the ability to successfully develop a third campus and new school in Austin, TX. For Bastyr, this is a critical period of leadership transition, with the University seeking to name its next new permanent president in early 2018. At this time, Bastyr is committed to focusing its priorities on investing in academic and clinical advancements that will further grow and strengthen the master’s- and doctorate-level acupuncture and Oriental medicine programs at its Kenmore campus and its Seattle teaching clinic, as well as in securing a permanent home for its campus and clinic in the San Diego, CA community.
Bastyr University celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, as AOMA celebrates its 25th anniversary. Leadership at both organizations concludes that continuing as separate and distinctly unique institutions of academic and clinical excellence will have the greatest potential to bring forth the highest success for each of these top-ranking institutions, both of whom are leaders nationally in their respective fields.