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Welcome to PIHMA

We offer programs that transform our students into practical healers. We cannot wait for you to get started!

Are you interested in studying Asian Medicine? Do you want to learn how to heal others naturally? Are you looking to make a difference in your patient’s lives?

If so, PIHMA’s degree programs are just for you! At the Phoenix Institute of Herbal Medicine and Acupuncture (PIHMA), our students are transformed into healing facilitators by learning the meaningful and successful practices of traditional and integrative medicine.

PIHMA’S Degree Programs

PIHMA offers four programs: Master of Science in Acupuncture (MSAc), Master of Science in Oriental Medicine (MSOM), Doctor of Acupuncture (DAc), and Doctor of Acupuncture with a specialization in Herbal Medicine (DAcHM).

Learn more about each of our programs here!

Why Choose PIHMA?

CAREER OUTLOOK:

  •  PIHMA has a 100% placement rate of Acupuncturists in Arizona.
  • There is a projected job growth of 11%.
  • Acupuncturists earn an average income of over $97,000 nationally.
  • The market for Herbal Medicine is expected to reach over $550 billion by 2030.
  • Acupuncturists rank in the top 20th percentile of people satisfied with their careers.

FLEXIBLE SCHEDULING:

  • PIHMA offers flexible scheduling options centered around the working individual which allow students to continue their current profession or maintain family obligations.
  • Our advisors help our students create a schedule that works for them and allow for a good balance between school, work, and life.

THE MEDICINE:

  • PIHMA teaches Asian Medicine that has been around for over 5,000 years. We heal patients every single day in our clinic and are eager to share this medicine with our students and the world.

I pride myself on treating whatever condition or complaint my patients present with. There is a truly magical and amazing emotional pay-off when a patient relates changes in their life and mindset! I truly never imagined I could be so fulfilled and grateful while in service to mankind!!

– Alumnus, Robert Wood

 

Read More Reasons to Choose PIHMA Here.

How to Apply

  1. Speak with an Admissions Representative 

  2. Fill out your Admissions Paperwork

  3. Meet with one of PIHMA’s Advisors

  4. Register for Classes

What Is the Difference…

Between the MSAc and MSOM degrees?

PIHMA’s MSOM degree includes everything that is in the MSAc degree PLUS training in Herbal Medicine. Students who are in our MSOM degreenprogram will take additional classes in Herb Theory and Herbal Clinic. There are an additional 34 credits that need to be taken to complete the MSOM degree, which allows students to sit for the National Certification Exam in Herbal Medicine, as well as Acupuncture and Biomedicine.

Between the MSAc and DAc degrees?

PIHMA’s MSAc and DAc degree programs are exactly the same. As the field of Acupuncture grows, the level of competency for its practitioners has also grown. It is becoming standard for Acupuncturists to need their Doctorate instead of a Master’s. This is why we recommend that students take our DAc or DAcHM courses.

The DAc requires 90-semester credits from an accredited college or university compared to the MSAc’s 60-semester credits for entry into PIHMA.

If you already have a Master’s degree in Acupuncture and are looking for a Doctorate degree please email admissions@pihma.edu to discuss our bridge program options.

Between the MSOM and DAcHM degrees?

PIHMA’s MSOM and DAcHM degree programs are exactly the same. As the field of Acupuncture grows, the level of competency for its practitioners has also grown. It is becoming standard for Acupuncturists to need their Doctorate instead of a Master’s. This is why we recommend that students take our DAc or DAcHM courses.

The DAcHM requires 90-semester credits from an accredited college or university compared to the MSOM’s 60-semester credits for entry into PIHMA.

If you already have a Master’s degree in Acupuncture and are looking for a Doctorate degree please email admissions@pihma.edu to discuss our bridge program options.

Degree Program Requirements

ProgramMSAc/ MSOMDAc/ DAcHM
Pre-requisites• 60-semester credits from an accredited college or university

• English
• Psychology
• 90-semester credits from an accredited college or university

• English
• Psychology
Co-requisites• Biology
• Introduction to Chemistry
• Organic Chemistry
• Biology
• Introduction to Chemistry
• Organic Chemistry

Admissions for Transfer and International Students

Coursework taken at another Oriental medical institution may be transferable if the college is pursuing accreditation or is accredited by the Accreditation Commissions of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM). For a list of ACAOM approved schools go to: www.acaom.org

Which Academic Credits Does PIHMA Accept?

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

What Do I Need to Apply?

Students should include these additional documents as part of their application:

  • Brief Personal Statement answering: Why I
    want to learn acupuncture (MSAc) and/or acupuncture & herbs (MSOM).
  • 2 Signed Letters of Recommendation
  • Resume
  • Official Transcripts

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.)

Admissions for Veterans

PIHMA is an approved college for veterans, active military service members, their spouses, and dependents. We are proud to serve you and your family as you have served our country. View the quick guide to get you started.

Get Started

If you are active military, a veteran or a dependent and have not used VA education benefits before at any institution of higher education, this is where you start:

STEP ONE: APPLY FOR BENEFITS

VA benefit
type
Use this VA application
Chapter 30, 33, 1606 and 1607 Form 22-1990
Chapter 35 Form 22-5490. Available at: www.vets.gov and
www.ebenefits.va.gov.
Chapter 31 Eligibility/Application is determined by the Department of Veteran Affairs, Vocational Rehabilitation Office

STEP TWO: LOCATE SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS

VA benefit type Include this supporting document
All types, except Chapter 1606 DD-214 Military Discharge Document — Copy Member 4
Chapter 1606 DD-2384 NOBE — Notice of Basic Eligibility

STEP THREE: SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION TO THE VA

Option 1: online at https://www.va.gov/education/how-to-apply/ (easy to do and fastest processing)

Option 2: mail to Department of Veterans Affairs, PO Box 8888, Muskogee, OK 74402-8888

If you apply online, you will receive your Certificate of Eligibility from the VA in four to eight weeks.

STEP FOUR: APPLY TO PIHMA

You can apply to any of PIHMA’s degree programs before receiving your Certificate of Eligibility or submitting your 1905 form to the VA.

When you are ready to apply, consult with one of our admissions staff and start completing your admissions forms.

If you have questions about applying to PIHMA or any of the steps along the way, please contact an Admissions Representative at admissions@pihma.edu or 602-274-1885.

Military Spouse and Dependent Students

Here at PIHMA, family matters. It takes significant dedication and sacrifice to be a military spouse or dependent. It is our mission to provide the same dedication to you on your education journey at PIHMA.