Applicants to the Acupuncture Studies Program must have a Bachelor's Degree, three credits of Basic Science (chemistry, biology, physics or botany), and six credits of Anatomy & Physiology. All prerequisites must be completed prior to the first day of classes. The three credit basic science and six credits of Anatomy and Physiology must have been completed within 10 years of enrolling in the Acupuncture program. Exemptions to the 10 year requirement for Anatomy & Physiology may be made for practicing medical professionals upon successful completion of a challenge exam. In addition, all applicants should ensure that they are capable of meeting the Acupuncture Studies Technical Standards.
In order to graduate from the Acupuncture Studies Program, students are required to complete 123 credits. The program is designed to take a total of 3 years but must be completed within 4.5 years.
Acupuncture Studies Program courses are split into five separate categories. Students in the program must take 54 credits in the Oriental Medical Theory, Diagnosis & Treatment Technique category, 24 credits in the Western Biomedical Sciences category, 29 credits in the Clinical Training category, 9 credits in the Ethics & Practice Management category and 7 credits in the AMS, Chinese Medical Language & Research category. The student must pass each course with a grade of 2.0 or above.
A student graduating from a Master’s of Acupuncture program is eligible to sit for the national board exam which is required for licensure as an acupuncturist in many states including Pennsylvania. Graduates cannot become licensed as a practitioner of Oriental Medicine through completing our program. The legal requirements and process for licensure can be found on websites of the PA State Board of Medicine and NCCAOM. Students interested in practicing acupuncture outside of PA are responsible for researching the licensing requirements for the state(s) in which they plan to practice. State licensure requirements do change from time to time and all students are encouraged to review state licensing requirements regularly. Additional information on the licensing process is available upon request from the Registrar or Department Chair.
For a full list of the required courses, please refer to the Course Catalog.