ACHM Introductory Course Approval Process Overview
The American College of Hyperbaric Medicine approves and endorses hyperbaric educational
courses/activities that satisfy prescribed requirements and comply with standards as
established by Medicare for the training of physicians and providers credentialed to supervise
hyperbaric oxygen therapy. ACHM approved curriculum must consist of a minimum of 40
hours of training dedicated to the practice of hyperbaric medicine. Significant focus must be
devoted to the clinical aspects of hyperbaric oxygen therapy as it applies to wound care. The
educational experience must include didactic lectures (provided via classroom or online
platforms) as well as practical sessions (typically accomplished at the facility where the
clinician will practice). The intent of this practicum is to allow the student to become familiar
with utilization and operation of hyperbaric chambers at their hospital of facility, as well as to
learn the emergency procedures and operational protocols for other support equipment located
onsite that would actually be used under the supervision of the provider. The ACHM
recommends that the practical sessions be provided via preceptorship allowing for direct
student interaction, discussion, clarification and reinforcement of didactic concepts as well as
technical or clinical applications.
Hyperbaric Medicine Introductory Course Approval Application
- Application: The Hyperbaric Medicine Introductory Course Approval Application can be
obtained directly from the ACHM or downloaded from the ACHM Website (ACHM.org).
The application must be fully completed and submitted with all required documentation
(NO LATER THAN 30 DAYS prior to the planned educational activity).
- Agenda: The Course Agenda should include a listing of the lectures or educational
sessions by day. Specific lecture/session times, stretch breaks and lunch breaks should
- Syllabus: The Course Syllabus should include overall course learning objectives, as well
as specific learning objectives for each lecture/session. A copy of lecture/session
specific questions (or copy of the final exam) must be provided.
- Content: A copy of ALL Course Presentations must be provided. Copies of the actual
PowerPoint Presentations or PDF copies in six slide format are acceptable.
- Faculty. The names of all faculty must be submitted along with a current CV.
- Disclosure: Each faculty must submit an ACHM Disclosure. The Disclosure submitted
as part of the ACCME or ACGME application may be utilized.
The basic curriculum should include the following content domains:
- Historical Perspective of Hyperbaric Medicine
- Physics and Gas Laws
- Mechanisms of Hyperbaric Oxygen
- Accepted Indications and Treatment Protocols
- Air or Gas Embolism
- Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
- Clostridial Myositis and Myonecrosis (Gas Gangrene)
- Crush Injury, Compartment Syndrome or other Acute Traumatic Ischemias
- Decompression Sickness
- Enhancement of Healing in Select Problem Wounds
- Extreme Anemia
- Intracranial Abscess
- Necrotizing Soft Tissue Infections
- Osteomyelitis (Refractory)
- Delayed Radiation Injury (Soft Tissue and Bony Necrosis)
- Skin Flaps & Grafts (Compromised)
- Thermal Burns
- Idiopathic Sudden Sensorineural Hearing Loss
- Central Retinal Artery Occlusion
- Off-label and Experimental Indications
- Patient Assessment and Management
- Wound Care
- Infection Control
- Documentation & Reimbursement
- Quality Assurance
- Side Effects and Contraindications
- Management of Complications
- Hyperbaric Chamber Systems
- Hyperbaric Safety and Emergency Procedures
- Administrative / Management Issues
- Professional Societies and Certifications
- Clinical and Technical Practicum
ACHM Board of Directors Approval
Once the application has been submitted, it will be reviewed by a representative of the ACHM
Educational Committee. The review findings and a recommendation will be submitted to the
ACHM BOD for final Approval or Non-Approval. The Sponsor of the Application will be notified
of the decision within 30 days of submission of the application. ACHM Approval allows for use
of the ACHM Logo as well as the statement “This Educational Activity has been Reviewed and
Approved by the American College of Hyperbaric Medicine” to be printed on certificates of
The Sponsor of the Introductory Course or Educational Activity will assign a Course
Coordinator or Contact Person. The name of the person with contact information (if different
than the person listed on the application) will be provided to the ACHM. Within 7 days of
completion of Introductory Course or Educational Activity, the Course Coordinator will provide
a listing of students (along with current email addresses) that attended and successfully
completed the activity. The ACHM will contact all of the participants via email and request that
they complete a short survey. The intent of the survey is to validate that the activity achieved
high educational standards and that the faculty met content objectives, disclosed potential
conflicts and avoided bias. At least 75% of the students must respond to the survey to
maintain ACHM Approval Status. The results of the survey will be shared with the Course
The fee for ACHM Approval of hyperbaric educational courses/activities is $500. This fee is
per event and includes the initial review of the application, participant survey and Sponsor
follow-up. ACHM Corporate Sponsors may enjoy discounted fee structures.
Once course or activity has been approved, The ACHM requires notification of any changes in
the faculty, content, or syllabus. These changes must be reviewed and approved
prior to the event. Minor changes require a minimum of 2 week notification for review and
approval, extensive activity revisions require 30 day notification and additional fees may be
It is the responsibility of the sponsor to provide the ACHM with updated Faculty Disclosure
information in the event that the financial disclosure information should change for any faculty
or planning committee member.
If the course or activity is offered with open registration, the ACHM will list the activity on the
ACHM Website if requested by the sponsor.
ACHM Approval is limited to three years. After three years, the course must be submitted again for approval.
When you are ready, please download our application and disclosure and return the required documents via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.