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Masters and Doctoral Programs in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

MUIH offers four Masters and Doctoral programs in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine:

All four programs prepare students to achieve full clinical competency in acupuncture and to become highly skilled, integrative acupuncturists. Each program has unique characteristics that prepare students for different career tracks and aspirations.

Click here to view a comparative summary of these programs, including the program highlights, learning outcomes, and curriculum for each.

All Masters and Doctoral Programs

All of MUIH’s acupuncture and Oriental Medicine programs blend acupuncture approaches from two healing traditions, Constitutional Five Element Acupuncture (CFEA) and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), with contemporary science as the basis for treating the whole person. The programs provide a comprehensive understanding of the classical and theoretical foundations of the field of acupuncture, and introduce students to biomedicine from an integrative and holistic perspective. They emphasize self-cultivation and healership through a curriculum that is rigorous, transformative, and relationship-centered. By drawing upon ancient wisdom and the gifts of nature students will learn to choose their words and actions intentionally in order to be a healing presence that supports their patients. These programs develop highly skillful and compassionate practitioners who offer acupuncture as a catalyst for healing and wellness, as well as for increased self-awareness and personal transformation. Additionally, the programs provide a solid foundation in career development, practice management, and the business skills necessary to build a practice or enter the workforce and participate in today’s growing healthcare field.

All four programs share these highlights:

  • A rigorous clinical experience beginning as early as the second trimester.
  • The only accredited graduate program to offer the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA) training and related clinical experience as part of the curriculum.
  • The opportunity to work with a wide variety of clinical supervisors with different theoretical perspectives and practice styles.
  • Exposure to different clinical approaches such as: Chinese and Western nutrition therapy, qi gong, cupping, gua sha, moxibustion, scalp acupuncture, electro-acupuncture, and tuina.
  • The opportunity to see patients from diverse backgrounds and in community outreach settings.
  • The opportunity to engage in specialty courses in the treatment of certain health conditions and populations, including pain management and women’s health.
  • Flexible, full-time formats: two days each week, with some online courses, and occasional intensives and self-scheduled electives offered outside of the two-day schedule.
  • A cohort learning format that provides mentorship and flexibility for students to learn in small groups and in one-on-one settings during clinical rotation.

Master of Acupuncture Program

The Master of Acupuncture (MAC) program was the first accredited master's degree program in acupuncture in the United States (1981), and continues to provide students with a comprehensive curriculum combining rigorous classroom teaching and a rich clinical experience. This program provides students with the fundamental skills and knowledge to become a licensed acupuncturist in various settings, especially private and small group practices. The Master of Acupuncture program has the following specific characteristics, in addition to the above program highlights shared by all programs:

  • A curriculum consisting of 128.25 credits that can be completed in three years (9 consecutive trimesters).
  • Clinical acupuncture experience consisting of 30 observations, 125 primary treatments, 125 secondary treatment, and 23 community health initiative treatments.

Click here to view an expanded description of the program highlights, learning outcomes, and curriculum of the Masters of Acupuncture program.

Master of Oriental Medicine Program

The Master of Oriental Medicine (MOM) combines the skills and knowledge of acupuncture provided in the Master of Acupuncture degree with a deep concentration and practice in Chinese herbs. Thus, the MOM program further enhances and deepens a graduate’s ability to treat the whole person with a multi-disciplinary knowledge base and clinical acumen. It prepares students to become a licensed acupuncturist who can integrate and apply the benefits of both acupuncture and Chinese herbs in cultivating health and wellness. The Master of Oriental Medicine program has the following specific characteristics, in addition to the above program highlights shared by all programs:

  • A curriculum consisting of 168.25 credits that can be completed in four years (13 consecutive trimesters).
  • Clinical acupuncture experience consisting of 30 observations, 125 primary treatments, 125 secondary treatment, and 23 community health initiative treatments.
  • Clinical Chinese herb experience consisting of 40 primary treatments and 65 secondary treatments.
  • The opportunity to gain practical experience in prescribing Chinese herbs, and the management of a Chinese herbal dispensary.

Click here to view an expanded description of the program highlights, learning outcomes, and curriculum of the Masters of Oriental Medicine program.

Doctor of Acupuncture Program

The Doctor of Acupuncture program is designed to educate and develop graduates to meet the growing need and opportunities for well-trained Chinese medical practitioners to serve in numerous types of integrative medicine settings across the country. It builds on the outcomes and competencies of the Master of Acupuncture toward achieving full clinical competency, 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 an enhanced clinical training. The program prepares graduates to work in a multitude of clinical environments, including integrative healthcare settings alongside practitioners in allopathic and other complementary health fields. 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 team.

The Doctor of Acupuncture program has the following specific characteristics, in addition to the above program highlights shared by all programs:

  • A curriculum consisting of 150.25 credits that can be completed in four years (13 consecutive trimesters).
  • Foundational clinical acupuncture experience consisting of 30 observations, 125 primary treatments, 125 secondary treatment, and 23 community health initiative treatments.
  • Advanced clinical acupuncture experience consisting of 120 hours of evidence informed treatment, integrative clinic, or integrative case discussions.
  • The opportunity to experience integrative practices in at least one of several possible conventional healthcare settings.
  • The opportunity to enhance and deepen ones practice by sharpening diagnostic skills and additional specialization to confidently treat specific populations.

Click here to view an expanded description of the program highlights, learning outcomes, and curriculum of the Doctor of Acupuncture program.

Doctor of Oriental Medicine Program

The Doctor of Oriental Medicine degree integrates the Doctor of Acupuncture curriculum with a deep concentration in the study of Chinese Herbs, and prepares graduates to meet the growing need and opportunities for well-trained Chinese medical practitioners to serve in numerous types of integrative medicine settings across the country. It prepares students to be integrative practitioners who can seamlessly weave acupuncture and Chinese herbs into clinical treatment plans, and bring their research literacy, advanced diagnostic studies, systems-based medicine skills and knowledge to bear in a multitude of clinical environments, including integrative healthcare settings alongside practitioners in allopathic and other complementary health fields.  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 team.

The Doctor of Oriental Medicine program has the following specific characteristics, in addition to the above program highlights shared by all programs:

  • A curriculum consisting of 198.5 credits that can be completed in four years (13 consecutive trimesters).
  • Foundational clinical acupuncture experience consisting of 30 observations, 125 primary treatments, 125 secondary treatment, and 23 community health initiative treatments.
  • Advanced clinical acupuncture experience consisting of 120 hours of evidence informed treatment, integrative clinic, or integrative case discussions.
  • Clinical Chinese herb experience consisting of 40 primary treatments and 65 secondary treatments.
  • The opportunity to gain practical experience in prescribing Chinese herbs, and the management of a Chinese herbal dispensary.
  • The opportunity to experience integrative practices in at least one of several possible conventional healthcare settings.
  • The opportunity to enhance and deepen ones practice by sharpening diagnostic skills and additional specialization to confidently treat specific populations.

Click here to view an expanded description of the program highlights, learning outcomes, and curriculum of the Doctor of Oriental Medicine program.

Career Outlook

The career outlook for acupuncture and Oriental medicine (AOM) practitioners is strong, and national statistics indicate that individuals pursuing such careers are able to successfully earn income and either establish a solo practice or be hired into a number of different healthcare settings. The AOM career track has been categorized as a “BrightOutlook” occupation by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), indicating that this occupation is predicted to experience rapid growth during the years 2016-2026. BLS predicts a faster than average (10-14%) employment growth for AOM practitioners during this time period. The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) reports that approximately 72% of acupuncture and Oriental medicine practitioners are actively working in clinical practice with a majority of those practitioners reporting a solo practice being their primary practice setting. NCCAOM also reports that there has been a significant increase in employment in hospital and integrative care settings; the percentage of acupuncturists employed or contracted in these settings grew from 6% in 2008 to 10% in 2015. NCCAOM job analysis statistics indicate that 36% of AOM practitioners reported a total gross income (before taxes) of $40,000-$100,000 with 11% reporting gross incomes of $100,000 and above; the BLS reports the median average salary for AOM practitioners in 2017 was $73,830