The practice of Acupuncture & Oriental medicine continues to expand and transform as the culture of healthcare continually shifts in the United States. Current trends show Americans have sought after, and demanded, an affordable holistic approach to medical care and have found it from TCM practitioners. Becoming an AOM provider allows individuals the opportunity to contribute to the well-being of families and local communities while expanding health consciousness throughout the world.
Our desire at PIHMA is to help students transition into the role of a healing facilitator while maintaining balance as they prepare for their own practice. Our weekend and evening program (and now with our new “daytime track”) allows students to continue their current line of work, thereby reducing the financial investment during this career transition. We welcome you to tour our campus and experience an environment that resonates with your soul. Best wishes as you embark on your journey into the enlightening field of Oriental Medicine.
Degrees and Programs
The PIHMA offers two degree programs in Asian Medicine, a Master of Science in Acupuncture and a Master of Science in Oriental Medicine. Both degree programs provide future clinicians with the unique skills of a comprehensively trained practitioner in Oriental medicine. Students will learn, experience, learn and utilize the arts of Acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Medicine, Acupressure/TuiNa, Tai Chi, Qi Gong, Moxibustion, and Oriental Nutrition.
Additionally, PIHMA’s Center for Professional Education offers a variety of continuing education and professional certification options. PIHMA has educational options to meet all levels of interest.
Master of Science in Acupuncture
This degree program focuses primarily on the major dimension of Oriental medicine: Acupuncture.
Students taking this degree program will be prepared to use Acupuncture, Cupping, Moxibustion, TuiNa, and Oriental nutritional counseling in their practice. The foundational theory for 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.). This degree program takes three to four years to complete if attending full-time. At successful completion, students are eligible to sit for the national certification exam in Acupuncture.
For important information on MSAc program costs, completion and placement rates, median debt incurred, etc., please click here.
Master of Science in Oriental Medicine
This degree program provides students with courses covering all aspects of the Acupuncture degree along with the study of Chinese herbs.
In contrast to other Oriental herbal programs, the PIHMA herbal program is specifically designed for the Western learner. Rather than rote memorization of single herbs, the PIHMA herbal program begins with an overall picture of a syndrome and then addresses the syndrome with herbal formula combinations.
The Chinese Herbal Medicine courses for the Oriental Medicine degree cover:
• 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 Chinese patent formulas and American–made Chinese 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.
Herbal students complete over 200 hours of clinical and medicinary training assessing patients, then creating customized herbal formulas to treat patient needs. At successful completion, students are eligible to sit for the national certification exams in Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine.
For important information on MSOM program costs, completion and placement rates, median debt incurred, etc., please click here.
Doctorate of Acupuncture
Now enrolling for Spring/Summer 2019
Doctorate of Acupuncture (with Specialization in Herbal Medicine)
Now enrolling for Spring/Summer 2019
Contact PIHMA Admissions to schedule a campus tour at (602) 274-1885 Ext: 111 or email@example.com.
All applicants must have satisfactorily completed 60 semester credits / 90 quarter credits of education at the baccalaureate level that is appropriate for graduate level work, or the equivalent, from an institution, accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
*A grade of “C” (2.0), “Pass,” or better must have been earned in each course.
In addition, within the first year of enrollment at PIHMA, applicants must complete a minimum of 3 credit hours or higher of general or introductory level coursework in the following classes:
What is needed to submit an application?
Applicants should submit a complete application packet that includes the following:
• Admissions Application
• $50 Nonrefundable Application fee for early registration (up to 30 days before the semester starts) or $100 Nonrefundable Application fee (within 30 days of the start of semester)
• A signed FERPA Agreement
• Brief personal statement
• Resume or listing of previous occupations, positions held
• 2 letters of recommendation from different businesses or health care professionals who know you well, but are not family members
• Official transcripts from colleges you have attended must be sent directly to the Admissions Department.
Guidelines for personal statement
Applicant’s personal statement should be 400 or more words in length and should address any two of the following:
1. Why are you pursuing an education in Oriental Medicine? What does oriental Medicine mean to you personally and professionally? Why do you want to become a practitioner in either acupuncture or Oriental Medicine? Describe the events that led you to this decision.
2. Describe the characteristics of what you believe to be a model practitioner in either acupuncture or Oriental Medicine. Of these characteristics, which do you feel most strongly about? How do you feel your characteristics relate to this ideal? Characteristics to include intellectual potential, study habits, problem solving skills, psychological maturity, integrity, self-discipline, professional judgment, empathy, communication skills, concern for aiding others, intellectual curiosity and enthusiasm, motivation, leadership skills, experience with and knowledge of medicine, and English competency.
3. Describe a significant professional or personal accomplishment and what personal resource or qualities you used to accomplish these results.
4. Write about how you anticipate your lifestyle will change in order to participate in and successfully complete this program.
Letters of Recommendation
Recommendation letters should be from 2 different business or health care professionals who know you well, but are not family members, and who can attest to your character and ability to complete the program. Letters must be a minimum of two paragraphs in length and should describe the nature of your relationship. Letters must include a hand-written signature and be mailed to PIHMA (Attn: Admissions) directly from the referral source. Electronic versions will not be accepted.
Coursework taken at another Oriental medical institution may be transferable if the college is accredited, or a candidate for accreditation by the Accreditation Commissions of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM). For a list of ACAOM approved schools go to: www.acaom.org. For further information or assistance, contact PIHMA Admissions at (602) 274-1885 x 111 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Applying as a transfer student
In addition to the standard application documents transfer students should include the following documents as part of their application to PIHMA:
• Signed FERPA Agreement
• Academic catalog from any previous AOM institutions
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.)
It generally takes 1-2 months from the point that you submit your complete financial aid application, until PIHMA receives your first financial aid disbursement on your behalf. For further information or assistance with this process, contact PIHMA’s Financial Aid Representative at (602) 274-1885 x 114 or email@example.com.
In order to file for financial aid, please follow these steps:
1. COMPLETE YOUR FAFSA
Please utilize the IRS Data Retrieval tool if it is offered.
Use PIHMA SCHOOL CODE: G36175
2. Complete Master Promissory Note and Entrance Interview at: https://studentloans.gov/myDirectLoan/index.action
All financial aid students must complete the Master Promissory Note and complete the Entrance Counseling. Both are located on left side of the website page. Please send an email confirming these steps have been completed to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
If you are interested in Graduate PLUS funds, you must also complete the GPLUS MPN and GPLUS application. The Grad PLUS is a credit based loan. The application will trigger a credit check. Please forward the approval when it is received to firstname.lastname@example.org.
3. COMPLETION REVIEW
If your financial aid application is deemed incomplete, you will receive an email regarding missing forms.
4. ELIGIBILITY AND ACCURACY REVIEW
When your application is complete, the Financial Aid Office at PIHMA will contact you concerning the amount for which you are eligible. You will be requested to verify the amount you wish to borrow for the entire academic year. If the FAO has questions, the FAO will email or call you regarding accuracy or eligibility. Please check email/voice mail regularly. All conflicts of data must be resolved prior to disbursement of aid. You may have to make corrections to your FAFSA/SAR and/or submit supporting data to the FAO. Once you are enrolled, all emails will be sent to your student email account with PIHMA.
The FAO completes the necessary paperwork and submits the forms to PIHMA’s financial aid consulting service. This service certifies your student loan and submits it electronically through a Department of Education website.
6. AWARD LETTER/Disclosure Notification
FAA/ASA sends you an award letter/Disclosure Notification detailing your financial aid award along with your right to cancel the loan.
The servicer will send the financial aid disbursement to PIHMA electronically into PIHMA’s financial aid accounts. Aid is applied first to your charges for the current award year. If a balance remains due, you must arrange a payment plan with the Accounting Department. If there is a balance due to you, you will be notified by the Accounting Department. A receipt will be provided to you along with an explanation of your rights and responsibilities as a borrower. This process could take anywhere up to 14 business days from receipt of the funds. Please do not contact PIHMA until after the 14 day grace period to see if it has arrived.
PIHMA will deduct any outstanding balance from your financial aid. If there is financial aid left over, the accountant will email you via your PIHMA email. Your refund check can be picked up at the front desk where you will also sign your award letter.
2018 Academic Calendar
|Spring Semester Begins||January 7th|
|Martin Luther King Day||January 16th||Open|
|President’s Day||February 20th||Open|
|Spring Break Weekend||April 15th and 16th||Closed|
|Memorial Day||May 29th||Closed|
|Final Exam Weekends||May 20th and 21st
May 27th and 28th
|Summer Semester Begins||June 5th|
|Independence Day||July 4th||Closed|
|Final Exams||July 17th to 23rd||Open|
|Fall Semester Begins||July 31st|
|Labor Day||September 4th||Closed|
|Graduation Ceremony||September 9th||Open|
|Veteran’s Day||November 11th||Open|
|Thanksgiving Break||November 23rd to 26th||Closed|
|Final Exam Weekends||December 9th and 10th
December 16th and 17th
|Holiday Break||December 18th, 2017 – January 5th, 2018||Clinic remains open every day except December 24 – 25, and December 31 – January 1.|