ACCREDITATION & PROGRAMS

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.

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STUDENTS ENROLLED
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CERTIFIED TEACHERS
334
GRADUATES

ACCREDITATION

Phoenix Institute of Herbal Medicine & Acupuncture (PIHMA), 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 here.

Phoenix Institute of Herbal Medicine & Acupuncture’s professional Doctoral programs (DAc and DAcHM), which were approved to begin enrolling students, are 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. Contact ACAOM:

8941 Aztec Drive
Eden Prairie, Minnesota 55347

Phone: 952-212-2434
Fax: 952-657-7068

DEGREES & PROGRAMS

The PIHMA offers four (4) degree programs in Asian Medicine, a Master of Science in Acupuncture (MSAc) and a Master of Science in Oriental Medicine (MSOM), and the dually matched Doctor of Acupuncture (DAc) and Doctor of Acupuncture with Specialization in Herbal Medicine (DAcHM). These degree programs provide future clinicians with the unique skills of a comprehensively trained practitioner in Acupuncture & Oriental/Asian medicine. Students will learn, experience, learn and utilize the arts of Acupuncture, Asian Herbal Medicine, Acupressure/Tui Na, Tai Chi, Qi Gong, Moxibustion, and Oriental Nutrition.

» 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.

Upcoming Academic Calendar

Download the full academic catalog here. All Catalogs and Forms can be found here.

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
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
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
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
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
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

PROGRAM DISCLOSURES

How can I find out more about this career?

For more information about a career in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine, please visit the U.S. Department of Labor’s O*NET website. The Standard Occupational Code (SOC) for the career is 29-1199.01 (Acupuncturists) and the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code for this program is 51.3301 (Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine).

Federal Consumer Disclosure Information Regarding PIHMA Programs

PIHMA’s MSAc and MSOM programs are accredited by ACAOM. The college and all its programs are approved by the Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education. For important information on program costs, completion and placement rates, median debt incurred, etc., please click on the following links for each program:

Master of Science in Acupuncture

Master of Science in Oriental Medicine

Per Arizona regulations, PIHMA’s graduation placement rate for the period ending June 2019 was 100%.

Arizona calculates placement rates using the formula below.

  • Placement Rate: (A + B)/(C-D) =  0
    • A = Based upon the total number of graduates during the reporting period, “A” is the number of graduates placed in their field of study.
    • B = Based upon the total number of graduates during the reporting period, “B” is the number of graduates placed in a related field of study.
    • C = Total number of graduates
    • D = total number of graduates “not available for placement” (i.e.due to health related situations, continuing education, military service).

CARES Act: Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Reporting

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”) was passed by Congress and signed by President Donald Trump on March 27th, 2020.  This authorized funding under the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (“HEERF”) to Institutions of Higher Learning to provide economic aid for those students negatively impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic. These funds are required to be provided as Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus.

  • Phoenix Institute of Herbal Medicine and Acupuncture (PIHMA) acknowledges that the institution signed and returned the Department the Certification and Agreement and the assurance that the institution has used, or intends to use, no less than 50 percent of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grant.
  • PIHMA received a total of $18,623 from the Department of Education pursuant to the institution’s Certification and Agreement [for] Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.
  • PIHMA has distributed $18,623 to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act as of 09/30/20.
  • The estimated total number of students at PIHMA eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and thus eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students under Section 18004 (a)(1) of the CARES Act is 74 students.
  • The total number of students who have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.
Total Number of Student Grant Applications 24
Total Number of Student Grants Awarded 20

 

  • The method(s) used by PIHMA to determine which students received Emergency Financial Grants.
  • The President of PIHMA sent an email to all students announcing the availability to apply for the Emergency Financial Grants. The directions on how to apply along with the applications needed were attached in the email. Several reminder emails were also sent out by the President.
  • All students who had completed a current year FAFSA were eligible to apply for the Emergency Financial Aid Grants.
    • Each student that was requesting funds needed to submit two applications to demonstrate how they have been directly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
    • CARES Grant PIHMA Student Request Attestation Form
    • Income and Expense Worksheet.
  • These documents assisted PIHMA in determining the neediest and the most impacted by COVID-19. Students that demonstrated they a shortfall in their expenses and had a direct impact due from COVID-19 were deemed eligible.  Due to the limited amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grant Funds and the number of student applicants, the method used to determine the amount of the award was calculated by dividing the total amount the institution was awarded by the number of student applicants. Each student’s Emergency Financial Aid Grant award was $931.15.
  • Each student received an award notification with specifics on how the grant funds were to be used. It contained guidance on the eligible expenses, that included items covered under the school’s Cost of Attendance components such as room and board, personal miscellaneous, transportation expenses as well as medical expenses not covered by insurance and child care expenses..
    • Each student was given a check for their award.

INSTITUTIONAL PORTION REPORT  https://www.pihma.edu/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/heerf-quarterly-reporting-FINAL.pdf