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Doctor of Acupuncture

Maryland University of Integrative Health’s Doctor of Acupuncture (D.Ac.) degree is designed to blend ancient healing traditions with contemporary science as the basis for treating the whole person. As a graduate of this program, you will be recognized as a doctor, both professionally and publicly and will be prepared to work as a vital part of multidisciplinary healthcare teams.

The program provides a comprehensive understanding of the classical and theoretical foundations of the field of acupuncture and Oriental medicine, provides a focus on the Constitutional Five Element Acupuncture tradition and Eight Principle treatment strategies, and introduce students to biomedicine  from an integrative and holistic perspective, as needed for the practice of acupuncture and Oriental medicine.

The program emphasizes self-cultivation and “healership” – offering students a rigorous, transformative, and relationship-centered curriculum that acknowledges the complex interrelationship between body, mind, and spirit. The program also provides a solid foundation in practice management and the skills necessary to build a practice or enter the work force and participate in today’s growing healthcare field.

The program builds on the outcomes and competencies of the Master of Acupuncture program with the addition of 28 doctoral-specific competencies in the domains of research literacy, advanced diagnostic studies, systems-based medicine and professional development, along with enhanced clinical training. The Doctor of Acupuncture prepares graduates to work in a multitude of clinical environments, including integrative healthcare settings. 

Program Highlights

In addition to the highlights of the Master of Acupuncture:

  • As a First Professional Doctorate degree, students can enter with a bachelor’s degree and progress directly through the terminal degree in the field
  • Program can be completed in four years and four months
  • Offered in a hybrid with some courses offered on campus and some offered online
  • Ability to earn a master’s degree and become licensed to practice along the way to completing the doctorate
  • Students graduate as highly expert general practitioners in acupuncture and can specialize upon graduation if they choose
  • Includes comprehensive clinical experience under faculty supervision, with a specialized rotation in an integrative health setting
  • Eligible for federal financial aid

Professional Opportunities

Inter-professional, evidence-informed, patient-centered health care is the prevailing choice for our future. Care must become efficient, effective, and provide a rich and satisfying experience for patients. MUIH doctoral graduates will be specifically prepared to perform and thrive in this future. They will be recognized as doctors both professionally and publicly and will be positioned at the level of other health care professionals with the highest degree in their field.

Because Doctor of Acupuncture graduates will complete focused coursework in collaborative care and will have clinical experiences in an integrative health setting, graduates will be well prepared to work in a number of healthcare environments including hospitals, physician practices, integrative healthcare clinics, public health clinics, college health centers, natural apothecaries, and in settings that care for military veterans. They can launch or deepen private or shared practices and work as college faculty, healthcare consultants, lecturers, writers, and more. This terminal degree in the field of Chinese medicine offers MUIH graduates the widest range of professional opportunities. These graduates will be successful, in demand, and have the opportunity to design their preferred professional future.

Current Students & Alumni

Are you currently enrolled in or a graduate of MUIH’s Master of Acupuncture or Master of Oriental Medicine programs? More information is available here: