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Doctor of Acupuncture with a Specialization in Herbal Medicine Program Details

The Doctor of Acupuncture with a Specialization in Herbal Medicine (DAcHM) degree at PIHMA offers courses that cover all aspects of Asian Medicine: Acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Medicine, Tui Na, Tai Chi, Qi Gong, Asian Nutritional Counseling, and Contemporary Biomedicine. Students completing this degree will learn the following:

  • How to assess patients using Eastern and Western diagnostic techniques
  • Administer treatments using Acupuncture, Herbal Medicine, Cupping, Moxibustion, Tui Na, and Asian Nutritional Counseling
  • A deep understanding of individual herbs and formulas and their practical and clinical use.
  • How to modify basic formulas according to different symptoms.
  • The foundational theories and biomedical principles of Asian Medicine.
  • Advanced competencies in Patient Care, Collaborative Care, and Professional Development.

The DAcHM degree program takes four years to complete but may be accelerated or decelerated depending on the student’s previous coursework and needs.

After successful completion of the DAcHM degree, students are eligible and prepared to sit for the National Certification Exams in Acupuncture, Biomedicine, and Chinese Herbs.

Requirements

Prerequisites:

  • Satisfactorily completed 90-semester credits at an accredited college or university.
  • English with a grade of 2.0 or better
  • Psychology with a grade of 2.0 or better

Corequisites:

  • Must complete a minimum of 3 semester credit hours in each of the following courses:
    • Biology
    • Introduction to Chemistry
    • Organic Chemistry

The science classes need to have been completed within the last five years. If your course credits are more than five years old, you have the first year while you are enrolled at PIHMA to re-take and pass the classes. The classes can be taken at PIHMA or a community college.

Tuition

ProgramAverage Yearly CostTotal Cost
Doctor of Acupuncture with Specialization in Herbal Medicine$17,677$70,707

 

For a full breakdown of the cost please click here.

Career Outlook

THE GLOBAL MARKET FOR HERBAL MEDICINE IS EXPECTED TO REACH $550 BILLION BY 2030.

11%

PROJECTED JOB GROWTH

(NaturalHealers)

100%

JOB PLACEMENT RATE

*In Arizona

$97,270

AVERAGE NATIONAL SALARY

(U.S. Statistics Bureau, 2021)

Courses

Orientation
Oriental Medical Theory I
Point Location & Meridians I
Materials & Methods
Anatomy & Physiology I
Western Medical Terminology
History of Medicine & Integrative Medicine
Qi Gong I
Clinic Preparation and Procedures I
Public Health & Prevention

Oriental Medical Theory II
Point Location & Meridians II
Acupuncture Practicum I
Point Energetics I
Oriental Medical Diagnosis & Practicum
Anatomy & Physiology II
Tai Chi
Clinical Observation I

Oriental Medical III
Acupuncture Practicum II
Point Energetics II
Anatomy & Physiology III
Biochemistry
Fundamentals of Herbal Medicine
Qi Gong II
Clinical Observation II

Oriental Medical Pathology I
OM Nutrition
Tui Na I
Evidence-Based Research
Counseling & Communication
Herb Theory IA
Herb Theory IB
Clinical Internship IA
Integrative Nutrition

Oriental Medical Pathology II
Microbiology
Western Pathophysiology I
Evidence-Based Clinical Practice
Tui Na II
Herb Theory 2A
Herb Theory 2B
Practice Management
Clinic Preparation and Procedures II
Clinical Internship IB

Applied Channel Theory
Western Clinical Diagnosis
Western Pathophysiology II
Integrative Case Management
Collaborative Care
Herb Theory 3A
Herb Theory 3B
Clinical Internship 1C
Clinical Internship 2A

Classics Seminar
Western Physics & Oriental Medicine
Pharmacology
Acu‐Microsystems Practicum
Western Physical Exam Techniques
Complementary Herbology
Herbal Classics
Clinical Internship 2B
Clinical Internship 2C
Integrative Clinic A
Clinic Prep & Procedures
Herb Clinic I

Advanced Clinical Techniques
Integrative Clinical Diagnosis
Professional Development & Leadership
Herb-Drug Interactions
Herbal Preparation & Pharmacy Practice
Professional Ethics
Clinical Internship 3A
Clinical Internship 3B
Integrative Clinic B
Integrative Clinic C
Herb Clinic II

*Based on the suggested four-year completion schedule

199
TOTAL CREDITS
2340
DIDACTIC HOURS
1267
CLINIC HOURS
“Many of the lessons at PIHMA have transformed the way I approach relationships and medicine for the better. “
Robert Woods, Alumnus, LAc.

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