The practice of Acupuncture & Oriental (Asian) Medicine (AOM) continues to expand and transform as the culture of healthcare continually shifts in the United States. Current trends show Americans have sought after, and demanded, an affordable holistic approach to medical care and have found it from TCM practitioners. Becoming an AOM provider allows individuals the opportunity to contribute to the well-being of families and local communities while expanding health consciousness throughout the world.

Our desire at PIHMA is to help students transition into the role of a healing facilitator while maintaining balance as they prepare for their own practice. Our weekend and evening program allows students to continue their current line of work, thereby reducing the financial investment during this career transition. We welcome you to tour our campus and/or join us at an online Open House and experience an environment that resonates with your soul. Best wishes as you embark on your journey into the enlightening field of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (acupuncture and herbal medicine).

Degrees and Programs

The PIHMA offers three degree programs in Acupuncture & Oriental/Asian Medicine, a Master of Science in Acupuncture (MSAc), a Master of Science in Oriental Medicine (MSOM), and our new Doctor of Acupuncture (DAc).  All of our degree programs provide future clinicians with the unique skills of a comprehensively trained practitioner in Oriental medicine. Students will learn, experience, learn and utilize the arts of Acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Medicine, Acupressure/TuiNa, Tai Chi, Qi Gong, Moxibustion, and Oriental Nutrition.

Additionally, PIHMA’s Center for Professional Education offers a variety of continuing education and professional certification options. PIHMA has educational options to meet all levels of interest.

Doctor of Acupuncture (DAc) and Master of Science in Acupuncture (MSAc)

These degree program focuses primarily on the major dimension of Oriental medicine: Acupuncture, and its relationship with the field of integrative medicine.

Students taking this degree program will be prepared to use Acupuncture, Cupping, Moxibustion, TuiNa, and Oriental nutritional counseling in their practice. The foundational theory for Oriental medicine is integral to these skills and students are prepared to achieve competency in all of these areas. The latter half of this program focuses on the clinic experience. Acupuncture students complete over 900 hours of student clinical internship under the direction of an experienced Professional Licensed Acupuncturist (L.Ac.). This degree program takes three to four years to complete if attending full-time. At successful completion, students are eligible to sit for the national certification exam in Acupuncture. The difference between the two degrees of Doctor and Master is based on whether the student enters with 2 years of college for the Masters degree, or has at least 3 years of undergraduate college for the Doctorate. (See Admissions below)

For important information on MSAc program costs, completion and placement rates, median debt incurred, etc., please click here.

Master of Science in Oriental Medicine (MSOM)

This degree program provides students with courses covering all aspects of the Acupuncture degree (MSAc) along with the study of Chinese herbs.

In contrast to other Oriental herbal programs, the PIHMA herbal program is specifically designed for the Western learner. Rather than rote memorization of single herbs, the PIHMA herbal program begins with an overall picture of a syndrome and then addresses the syndrome with herbal formula combinations.

The Chinese Herbal Medicine courses for the Oriental Medicine degree cover:
• A review of syndromes and practical diagnosis related to the herbs and formulas presented.
• A thorough discussion of individual herbs and formulas, providing both practical and clinical use
• Major Chinese patent formulas and American–made Chinese herbal products.
• How to modify basic formulas according to differentiation of symptoms and signs.
• Case studies to illustrate and clarify through examples.
• Home review exercises for optimal learning.

Herbal students complete over 200 hours of clinical and medicinary training assessing patients, then creating customized herbal formulas to treat patient needs. At successful completion, students are eligible to sit for the national certification exams in Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine.

For important information on MSOM program costs, completion and placement rates, median debt incurred, etc., please click here.



Contact PIHMA Admissions to to attend an online Open House or schedule a campus tour at (602) 274-1885 Ext: 111 or

For the Masters degrees, all applicants must have satisfactorily completed 60 semester credits / 90 quarter credits of education at the baccalaureate level that is appropriate for graduate level work, or the equivalent, from an institution, accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For the Doctor of Acupuncture degree, an applicant must have completed 90 semester credits (approximately 3 years) to receive the degree.  (Students will generally enroll in both degrees concurrently since the MSAc is currently approved for financial aid, while the Doctor of Acupuncture is still in process of obtaining accreditation for financial aid.  Students enrolled in both only pay for the Masters Degree, they will be awarded the Doctorate upon completion).
*A grade of “C” (2.0), “Pass,” or better must have been earned in each course.

In addition, within the first year of enrollment at PIHMA, applicants must complete a minimum of 3 credit hours or higher of general or introductory level coursework in the following classes:

• Biology
• Chemistry (General and Organic)
• English
• Psychology

The Science classes must  be taken within the last five (5) years. If the class was taken more than five (5) years ago, it must be retaken.

What is needed to submit an application packet?
Applicants should submit a complete application packet that includes the following:

Admissions Application
• $50 Nonrefundable Application fee for early registration (up to 30 days before the semester starts) or $100 Nonrefundable Application fee (within 30 days of the start of semester). If applying only for the Doctorate, it is a $75 non-refundable Application Fee which is waived when concurrently enrolled in the Masters degree.
• A signed FERPA Agreement
• Brief personal statement (400 words)
• Resume or listing of previous occupations, positions held (including start and end dates)
• Two (2) signed letters of recommendation from different businesses or health care professionals who know you well, but are not family members
• Official transcripts from colleges you have attended must be sent directly to the Registrar.


Guidelines for the personal statement
The applicant’s personal statement should be 400 or more words in length and should address any two of the following:

1. Why are you pursuing an education in Oriental Medicine? What does oriental Medicine mean to you personally and professionally? Why do you want to become a practitioner in either acupuncture or Oriental Medicine? Describe the events that led you to this decision.
2. Describe the characteristics of what you believe to be a model practitioner in either acupuncture or Oriental Medicine. Of these characteristics, which do you feel most strongly about? How do you feel your characteristics relate to this ideal? Characteristics to include intellectual potential, study habits, problem solving skills, psychological maturity, integrity, self-discipline, professional judgment, empathy, communication skills, concern for aiding others, intellectual curiosity and enthusiasm, motivation, leadership skills, experience with and knowledge of medicine, and English competency.
3. Describe a significant professional or personal accomplishment and what personal resource or qualities you used to accomplish these results.
4. Write about how you anticipate your lifestyle will change in order to participate in and successfully complete this program.

Letters of Recommendation
Recommendation letters should be from two (2) different business or health care professionals who know you well, but who are not family members, and who can attest to your character and ability to complete the program. Letters must be a minimum of two paragraphs in length and should describe the nature of your relationship. Letters must include a hand-written signature and be mailed to PIHMA (Attn: Admissions) directly from the referral source. Electronic versions will not be accepted.


Transfer Students

Coursework taken at another Oriental medical institution may be transferable if the college is accredited, or a candidate for accreditation by the Accreditation Commissions of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM). For a list of ACAOM approved schools go to: For further information or assistance, contact PIHMA Admissions at (602) 274-1885 x 111 or

Academic Evaluation
PIHMA accepts transfer credits toward completion of its degree programs through evaluation of official transcripts. Prospective students must first be accepted to PIHMA prior to receiving an extensive course by course evaluation.

Applying as a transfer student
In addition to the standard application documents transfer students should include the following documents as part of their application to PIHMA:
• Signed FERPA Agreement
• Academic catalog from any previous AOM institutions

How many courses must be completed at PIHMA?
Transfer students are required to complete 40 or more credits in the Oriental medicine program, and 30 or more credits in the Acupuncture program at PIHMA.

What if I did not attend an ACAOM accredited college?
Students who have completed relevant coursework at a non-accredited institution may request to challenge courses at PIHMA. (See the catalog for details on challenging courses by examination.)


Financial Aid

It generally takes 1-2 months from the point that you submit your complete financial aid application, until PIHMA receives your first financial aid disbursement on your behalf. For further information or assistance with this process, contact PIHMA’s Financial Aid Representative at (602) 274-1885 x 114 or

In order to file for financial aid, please follow these steps:


Please utilize the IRS Data Retrieval tool if it is offered.

2. Complete Master Promissory Note and Entrance Interview at:

All financial aid students must complete the Master Promissory Note and complete the Entrance Counseling. Both are located on left side of the website page. Please send an email confirming these steps have been completed to

If you are interested in Graduate PLUS funds, you must also complete the GPLUS MPN and GPLUS application. The Grad PLUS is a credit based loan. The application will trigger a credit check. Please forward the approval when it is received to


If your financial aid application is deemed incomplete, you will receive an email regarding missing forms.


When your application is complete, the Financial Aid Office at PIHMA will contact you concerning the amount for which you are eligible. You will be requested to verify the amount you wish to borrow for the entire academic year. If the FAO has questions, the FAO will email or call you regarding accuracy or eligibility. Please check email/voice mail regularly. All conflicts of data must be resolved prior to disbursement of aid. You may have to make corrections to your FAFSA/SAR and/or submit supporting data to the FAO. Once you are enrolled, all emails will be sent to your student email account with PIHMA.


The FAO completes the necessary paperwork and submits the forms to PIHMA’s financial aid consulting service. This service certifies your student loan and submits it electronically through a Department of Education website.

6. AWARD LETTER/Disclosure Notification

FAA/ASA sends you an award letter/Disclosure Notification detailing your financial aid award along with your right to cancel the loan.


The servicer will send the financial aid disbursement to PIHMA electronically into PIHMA’s financial aid accounts. Aid is applied first to your charges for the current award year. If a balance remains due, you must arrange a payment plan with the Accounting Department. If there is a balance due to you, you will be notified by the Accounting Department. A receipt will be provided to you along with an explanation of your rights and responsibilities as a borrower. This process could take anywhere up to 14 business days from receipt of the funds. Please do not contact PIHMA until after the 14 day grace period to see if it has arrived.


PIHMA will deduct any outstanding balance from your financial aid. If there is financial aid left over, the accountant will email you via your PIHMA email. Your refund check can be picked up at the front desk where you will also sign your award letter.


Veteran’s Benefits, G.I. Bill, and Military Spouse and Dependent Benefits

PIHMA is approved for veterans, military spouses, and military dependent benefits. For more information about Getting Started with your GI Benefits at PIHMA, please click here.  If you are a Military Spouse or Dependent, visit this page to start.

For information on your benefits and to apply for aid today:


Program Disclosures   Consumer Information  

Accreditation Disclosure

Phoenix Institute of Herbal Medicine & Acupuncture, its master’s-level program in Oriental medicine (MSOM) and its master’s-level program in acupuncture (MSA) are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM). Institution/program accreditation history, notes, and dates of review may be viewed at:

Phoenix Institute of Herbal Medicine & Acupuncture’s professional doctoral program (DAc), is approved to begin enrolling students, is not yet accredited or pre-accredited by ACAOM. Graduates of this program are not considered to have graduated from an ACAOM-accredited or pre-accredited program and may not rely on ACAOM accreditation or pre-accreditation for professional licensure or other purposes.

This program is eligible for ACAOM accreditation, and PIHMA is currently in the process of seeking ACAOM pre-accreditation/accreditation for the program. However, PIHMA can provide no assurance that pre-accreditation or accreditation will be granted by ACAOM.

ACAOM is recognized by the United States Department of Education as the specialized accreditation agency for institutions/programs preparing acupuncture and Oriental medicine practitioners. ACAOM is located at 8941 Aztec Drive, Eden Prairie, Minnesota 55347; phone 952/212-2434; fax 952/657-7068;


Academic Calendar

Spring Semester January 4 – May 24
Martin Luther King Day January 20
President’s Day Feb 17
Easter Break Weekend* April 11-12
Final Exam Weekends May 16 – 17, 23 – 24
Memorial Day* May 25
Summer Semester June 1 – July 19
Independence Day* July 4
Final Exams July 13-19
Fall Semester July 27 – December 20
Labor Day* September 7
Graduation Ceremony September 12
Veteran’s Day November 11
Thanksgiving Break* November 26 – 29
Final Exam Weekends December 12-13, 19-20
 Holiday Break* December 21 – January 3, 2021

*PIHMA College and Clinic closed in observance of holiday(s)

Spring Semester January 2 -May 23
Martin Luther King Day January 18
President’s Day February 15
Easter Break Weekend* April 3-4
Final Exam Weekends May 15-16, 22-23
Memorial Day* May 31
Summer Semester June 1 – July 18
Independence Day* July 4
Final Exams July 12-18
Fall Semester July 26 – December 19
Labor Day* September 6
Graduation Ceremony September 11
Veteran’s Day November 11
Thanksgiving Break* November 25 – 28
Final Exam Weekends December 11-12, 18-19
 Holiday Break* December 20 – January 2, 2022

*PIHMA College and Clinic closed in observance of holiday(s)

Spring Semester January 3-May 29
Martin Luther King Day January 17
President’s Day February 21
Easter Break Weekend* April 16-17
Final Exam Weekends May 21, 22/28, 29
Memorial Day* May 30
Summer Semester June 6 – July 24
Independence Day* July 4
Final Exams July 18-24
Fall Semester July 30 – December 18
Labor Day* September 5
Graduation Ceremony September 10
Veteran’s Day November 11
Thanksgiving Break* November 24 – 27
Final Exam Weekends December 10-11, 17-18
 Holiday Break* December 19 – January 1, 2023

*PIHMA College and Clinic closed in observance of holiday(s)

Spring Semester January 2 – May 28
Martin Luther King Day January 16
President’s Day February 20
Easter Break Weekend* April 8-9
Final Exam Weekends May 20- 21/27- 28
Memorial Day* May 29
Summer Semester June 5 – July 23
Independence Day* July 4
Final Exams July17- 23
Fall Semester July 29 – December 17
Labor Day* September 4
Graduation Ceremony September 9
Veteran’s Day November 11
Thanksgiving Break* November 23 – 26
Final Exam Weekends December 9-10/16-17
 Holiday Break* December 18 – January 1, 2024

*PIHMA College and Clinic closed in observance of holiday(s)

Spring Semester January 2 – May 26
Martin Luther King Day January 15
President’s Day February 19
Easter Break Weekend* March 30-31
Final Exam Weekends May 18-19/25-26
Memorial Day* May 27
Summer Semester June 3 – July 21
Independence Day* July 4
Final Exams July 15-21
Fall Semester July 27 – December 15
Labor Day* September 2
Graduation Ceremony September 14
Veteran’s Day November 11
Thanksgiving Break* November 28 – December 1
Final Exam Weekends December 7-8/14-15
 Holiday Break* December 16 – January 3, 2025

*PIHMA College and Clinic closed in observance of holiday(s)

Spring Semester January 4 – May 25
Martin Luther King Day January 20
President’s Day February 17
Easter Break Weekend* April 19 – 20
Final Exam Weekends May 17-18/24-25
Memorial Day* May 26
Summer Semester June 2 – July 20
Independence Day* July 4
Final Exams July14 – 20
Fall Semester July 28 – December 21
Labor Day* September 1
Graduation Ceremony September 13
Veteran’s Day November 11
Thanksgiving Break* November 27 – 30
Final Exam Weekends December 13-14/20-21
 Holiday Break* December 22 – January 5, 2026

*PIHMA College and Clinic closed in observance of holiday(s)


Vaccination Policy

Phoenix Institute of Herbal Medicine and Acupuncture (PIHMA College) does not require vaccinations for admission to any of our programs.