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Program Format & Schedule

Program Format

The Doctor of Acupuncture Program is a hybrid program with primarily on-campus courses and some online courses. The program is designed to be completed in four years and four months across 13 trimesters with a 14-week schedule per trimester. An additional week is designated for makeup classes, if necessary. The program may be completed in as few as 11 trimesters, or students are allowed to progress at a more moderate pace and extend their clinical practice beyond Trimester 13 if necessary.


For programs that begin in September, class times are generally 8:45 a.m–5 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays. For programs that begin in January, class times are generally 8:45 a.m.–5 p.m. on Mondays and Tuesdays.

There are occasional scheduling exceptions for intensives, electives, non-credit requirements, and other special courses as described below. Students must plan ahead to clear work schedules and commitments to be available to attend all courses as required.

Online courses offer flexibility for the student, and run asynchronously throughout each trimester. The syllabus for each course will provide details about weekly lessons and include expectations, due dates for assignments, and required participation. More information about MUIH’s online format is available on


The program begins with a three-day intensive and has a few weekend intensives throughout the 13 trimesters. Most weekend intensives are 9 a.m.–5:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. See for more information.


Elective course offerings are typically bioscience (ISCI) courses held Mondays from 6–9 p.m., Wednesdays from 9 a.m.–12 p.m., and weekends (generally two weekends consisting of Friday evening and all day Saturday and Sunday), with some online availability. Offerings vary by trimester.

Non-Credit Requirements

This program includes five non-credit requirements, which will be explained in greater detail in the first and second trimesters:

  • Acupuncture Treatment: Students are required to receive ongoing acupuncture treatment (i.e five times a year seasonally at a minimum)
  • MUIH 550: Academic Research and Scholarship
  • APP VOL: Professional Project (75 hours over the three-year program)
  • AOM 015 Comprehensive Exam Level II (8 hours for review and exam)
  • AOM 019 Oral Exam Level III (1 hour)