Frequently Asked Questions

Here are all of the answers to PIHMA’s most frequently asked admissions questions! If you have any other questions or concerns please call 602-274-1885 and we will be happy to speak with you.

Do I Need A Bachelor's Degree to Attend PIHMA?

No, you must have 60 college semester credits for the master’s programs and 90 college semester college credits for the doctoral degree. All courses completed must have a passing grade of a C- or better.

What Prerequisites Do I Need to Take?

Within the 60 college credits needed to come to PIHMA, you need three credit hours of each of the following:

  • English
  • Psychology

The following will need to be taken as co-requisites:

  • Basic Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry

*If your credits are more than five years old you can take them in your first year at PIHMA.

What is Required to Apply?

Applicants should submit a completed admissions packet that includes the following:

  • Application Fee
  • A signed FERPA Agreement
  • 400-word essay
  • Resume
  • Two signed letters of recommendation
  • Official transcripts from your previous college(s)
  • Computer/ Network User Form
  • Authorization to Credit Form

How Long is the Program?

All of our programs are designed to be completed in four years, but you have a maximum of six years to complete the MSAC/ DAC and eight years to complete the MSOM/ DACHM.

What Classes Can I Transfer Into PIHMA?

You can take some of the western science classes prior to starting at PIHMA and transfer them into your degree. The class must be completed within the last five years and you must have received a C- or better for the class to transfer.

If you are not sure if a class would transfer into PIHMA please email admissions@pihma.edu to check.

What Do I Need to Complete to Become a Licensed Acupuncturist?

First, you will need to complete your degree program, then you will need to pass the NCCAOM Exam and Licensure.

For more information on the cost and process of taking the national board exams please click here.

How Much Does PIHMA Cost?

For a full breakdown of tuition and other costs please click here.

For more information on financial aid please click here.

Where do Licensed Acupuncturists Work?

There are many medical businesses that are beginning to hire acupuncturists. For example, Cancer Centers of America and Mayo Clinic hire acupuncturists for their patients. Modern Acupuncture, pain relief centers, and the VA hire acupuncturists as well.

Many LAc’s open their own clinic or practice.

How Much Do Licensed Acupuncturists Earn?

Annual earnings of Licensed Acupuncturists vary. Average national salary can be found here.

Do Classes From the Institute of Chinese Herbology Transfer to PIHMA?

If you took classes at ICH, you will be able to challenge some of the Herb Theory classes at PIHMA. To challenge a class you must do the following:

  • Show your certificate of training/ completion of the course
  • Pay a challenge fee ($100 +$50 per credit)
  • After you pay the fee you will receive a copy of the course syllabus
  • Schedule to take the final exam for the class
  • If you pass the final exam with a score of 70 or better, PIHMA will give you credit for the class.
  • If you do not pass the final exam you will have to retake the class.