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Master of Science in Acupuncture Program Details

The Master of Science in Acupuncture (MSAc) degree at PIHMA offers a comprehensive introduction to Herbal Medicine and an emphasis on Asian Medicine training with Acupuncture as the primary treatment option. Students completing this degree will learn the following:

  • How to assess patients using Eastern and Western diagnostic techniques
  • Administer treatments using Acupuncture, Cupping, Moxibustion, Tui Na, and Asian Nutritional Counseling.
  • The foundational theories and biomedical principles of Asian Medicine.
  • Advanced competencies in Patient Care, Collaborative Care, and Professional Development.

The MSAc 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 MSAc degree, students are eligible and prepared to sit for the National Certification Exams in Acupuncture and Biomedicine.

What You Will Learn

The Master of Science in Acupuncture (MSAc) degree offers an introduction to herbal medicine, along with courses and levels of training identical to the Oriental Medicine degree without the herbal courses and training, but instead with an emphasis on acupuncture as the primary treatment modality. Students completing this degree program will be prepared to assess patients using both Eastern and Western diagnostic techniques and, based upon the findings, administer treatment using acupuncture, cupping, moxibustion, tui na, and Oriental nutritional counseling. The foundational theory for Oriental medicine and biomedical principals is integral to these skills, and students are prepared to achieve competency in all these areas. The MSAc degree program takes approximately three and a half to four years to complete but may be accelerated or decelerated depending on the student’s previous coursework and needs.

Program Goals:

Students completing the program will develop skills as a health care professionals with education in clinical care to assess, diagnose and provide treatment. Students who successfully complete the program will be eligible to sit for the national board examinations.

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.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Perform physical assessments, formulate an appropriate diagnosis and provide acupuncture and adjunctive treatments according to generally accepted national acupuncture and Oriental/Asian medicine standards.
  2. Develop individualized short and long-term treatment strategies, including but not limited to dietary and other lifestyle changes, for patients based upon the principles of Oriental/Asian Medicine.
  3. Utilize reasoning skills in identifying situations in which a patient should be referred to another healthcare provider (in addition to, or in lieu of acupuncture/herb treatment).
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of the perspectives and value of Western Sciences in the diagnosis and treatment of patients.
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of integrative healthcare and the knowledge and skills required to discuss patient concerns with healthcare providers and insurance company personnel to more effectively serve patients.
  6. Retrieve, interpret, and apply current research and evidence-based treatments applicable to the profession of Oriental/Asian Medicine.
  7.  Pursue lifelong learning opportunities and continuous professional development.
  8.  Demonstrate skills necessary to implement and maintain a private practice using effective business and marketing procedures that reflect ethical values and professional accountability.
  9. Consistently practice within accepted legal, professional, and ethical guidelines as outlined by national, state, and local regulatory agencies.

Requirements

Prerequisites:

  • Satisfactorily completed 60-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
Master of Science in Acupuncture$15,865.75$63,463

 

For a full breakdown of the cost please click here.

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
Clinical Internship IA
Integrative Nutrition

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

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

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

Advanced Clinical Techniques
Integrative Clinical Diagnosis
Professional Development & Leadership
Professional Ethics
Clinical Internship 3A
Clinical Internship 3B
Integrative Clinic B
Integrative Clinic C

*Based on the suggested four-year completion schedule

165
TOTAL CREDITS
1935
DIDACTIC HOURS
1057.5
CLINIC HOURS
“I was exposed to the most amazing personal development while learning how to help others”
Robert Woods, Alumnus, LAc.

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