We offer programs that transform our students into practical healers

Our desire at PIHMA is to help students transform into highly-skilled healing facilitators with a meaningful and successful practice in the field of traditional and integrative medicine, while maintaining life balance through our flexible schedule and support from our collaborative community. Our weekend and evening programs allow students to continue their current line of work or maintain flexible or reduced schedules, thereby managing the financial and time investment during this career transition.

Our core values (Serve Compassionately, Act with Integrity (alignment for authenticity), Foster Innovation, Grow Thoughtfully, Respect the Individual, Build Community, Commit to Excellence, Practice Gratitude, and Cultivate Success) guide the culture of our community and make PIHMA a special and enjoyable community where we grow, learn and work together.


» Doctorate degrees concurrent with Masters degrees

The Doctor of Acupuncture degrees (Doctor of Acupuncture and Doctor of Acupuncture with Specialization in Herbal Medicine) are offered separately and can also be taken concurrently with the Master of Science in Acupuncture and the Master of Science in Oriental Medicine degrees.

The DAc or DAcHM/MSAC or MSOM programs share the same content, with the doctoral program having additional doctoral competencies in Patient Care (advanced diagnostic studies), Systems-based medicine (patient care systems and collaborative care) and Professional Development (scholarship, research and evidence-based medicine).

Current graduate-level degree students or those who have graduated within the past 5 years can enroll in both the DAc. and MSAC or MSOM and have their current coursework accepted towards the doctoral degree requirements.

Graduates of 5 years or later, or from other programs, will need their transcripts evaluated to determine credit transfer.  Transfer credit will only be awarded for coursework that matches PIHMA’s program objectives and standards for completion of the program.  There will be additional methods used to determine academic levels of competency for Licensed Acupuncturists that have been in practice for more than 5 years.

» Master of Science in Oriental Medicine (MSOM)/Doctor of Acupuncture with Specialization in Herbal Medicine (DAcHM)

This degree program focuses primarily on the major dimensions of Asian/Oriental Herbs and Acupuncture, and their relationship with the field of integrative medicine.

In contrast to other Asian/Oriental herbal programs, the PIHMA herbal program is specifically designed for the Western learner. Rather than typical schools that teach single herbs in one year, and formulas in the next year, requiring much rote memorization, the PIHMA herbal program emphasizes the analytical process of thinking like an herbalist by learning in the context of syndromes. Training begins with an overall picture of a syndrome and then addresses the formulas and single herbs related to the syndrome. This is compared to other with herbal formulas, thus supporting the skill of formula modification and herb selection. Modern western mindset is to learn by doing, and PIHMA’s training supports this, supplementing the memorization process.

  • 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 Asian patent formulas and American–made 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.

MSOM/DAcHM students complete over 900 hours of student acupuncture clinic and over 200 hours of student herbal clinic under a professional. At successful completion, students are eligible to sit for the national certification exams in Acupuncture and in Chinese Herbal Medicine (www.nccaom.org).

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

» Master of Science of Acupuncture/Doctor of Acupuncture

This degree program focuses on the major dimension of Asian/Oriental Medicine: Acupuncture and its relationship with the field of integrative medicine. Acupuncture is not just a tool or technique, it is part of an entire way of thinking and a system of medicine. Learning the tool of Acupuncture without the whole medicine is extremely limited and risky without understanding all that is involved in diagnosis, skill, location of specific points, knowledge of depth insertion and angle, timing of treatment, point prescription, and more. This is why learning to become a skilled Acupuncturist takes at least 3-4 years with more learned over one’s lifetime of practice.  Indeed, the doctor of the future will wield the ancient needle with the wisdom of the whole medicine.

Students taking this degree program will be prepared to use Acupuncture, Cupping, Moxibustion, Tui Na, and Asian/Oriental nutritional counseling in their practice. The foundational theory for Asian/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.).

MSAC students finish on average in 3-4 years; with a maximum time of 6 years.

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

PIHMA has other educational options to meet all levels of interest

PIHMA Center for Professional Education & Development offers a variety of continuing education and professional certification options.


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