Applicants to the Acupuncture Studies Program must have a Bachelor's Degree, 3 credits of Basic Science (such as chemistry, biology, or physics), and 6 credits of Anatomy & Physiology. The Basic Science and 3 credits of Anatomy & Physiology must be completed prior to beginning the program (not prior to applying). The remaining 3 credits of Anatomy & Physiology must be completed prior to the second year of the program.
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 students have a total of 4.5 years to complete the program.
Acupuncture Studies Program courses are split into 5 seperate 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 for Pennsylvania Registration as an Acupuncturist, not for Registration as a Practitioner of Oriental Medicine. The legal requirements and process for registration from the PA State Board of Medicine’s website will be listed in detail in the student manual. Students interested in practicing acupuncture outside of Pennsylvania should contact the licensing board of that state for up-to-date requirements.
For a full list of the required courses, please refer to the catalog.