The Won Institute offers a variety of professional degree and certificate programs aimed at preparing graduates for employment in a variety of helping professions, such as: acupuncture, herbal medicine, and Won Buddhist ministry.
Although the curriculum of each program is unique, a common core of contemplative and meditative coursework links our students to the mission of the Won Institute. The focus on contemplation and self-reflection through meditation provides our students with another tool to help their patients, students, and congregation. The Won Institute offers a unique educational experience and is accredited regionally by Middle States Commission on Higher Education and
programatically by the Accreditaton Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.
The Won Institute’s Doctorate of Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine and Doctorate of Acupuncture programs are distinctive by virtue of its emphases on mindful practice, ethical inquiry, and preparation for professional leadership. The DACM and DAc programs consists of ten two credit courses (20 credits) completed over twelve months, and offered in a wholly online format. Pending approval by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, this new online degree program will start in fall of 2019.
As the only only higher education institution offering the study of Won Buddhism outside of South Korea, our two-year Master of Won Buddhist Studies program is specifically designed to present Won Buddhism within a Western context, preparing students to practice and teach Won Buddhism in the United States.
Since the program’s inception in 2005, our Master of Acupuncture Studies Degree has been one of the most successful programs at the Won Institute of Graduate Studies. Students enrolled in our accredited three-year Master’s Degree program gain a comprehensive understanding of Chinese Medical Theory and the ancient and modern uses of acupuncture.
Designed for both current acupuncture students and licensed acupuncturists, the CHP certificate is a flexible two-year program that prepares students to sit for the NCCAOM Chinese Herbology Exam. Classes are held one weekend per month (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday) and the clinical internship is held on alternating Sundays or Mondays starting in the third term of the program.
The Won Buddhism Certificate (WBC) is an 18-credit program for students wishing to further their understanding of Won Buddhism in the context of other Buddhist and religious traditions. Students can tailor their course of study to satisfy their individual interests and development goals.
I love the Won! I am so glad I chose to come here and pursue the Acupuncture program. The teachers are all so varied and we get a very full education preparing us for a new career. I’m especially happy with the focus on both TCM & Five Element acupuncture styles that the Won offers. As a veteran I couldn’t think of a better way to use my GI Bill studying this form of holistic medicine. It’s has, is and hopefully will continue to be a great experience!Traci Bredenkamp