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Master of Acupuncture Studies Degree

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About the Program

As the only accredited acupuncture institution in the state of Pennsylvania, we educate future leading acupuncturists for a growing industry in integrative/alternative medicine. 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. Rigorous academic instruction and early clinical exposure are hallmarks of our program. We pride ourselves on our diverse faculty, many of whom have been trained throughout the world. In preparing students for the profession, students are entitled to a discounted membership to the Association for Professional Acupuncture in Pennsylvania, and can attend Institute professional and continuing education forums at a discount.

Program Details

Our Master of Acupuncture Studies program is an accredited three-year Master’s Degree program with three terms per year (fall, spring, and summer). New students begin in the fall term only. Classes are held one evening and two full days during the week for the first two years, with the schedule changing slightly during the clinical internship.


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Clinical Internship

Five Element Acupuncture & TRADITIONAL CHINESE Medicine

The clinical internship is one of the most important and unique parts of our program because it provides students with a place to immediately put acupuncture training into practice. Students spend the final four terms of our program completing a clinical internship where they have the opportunity to treat patients under the supervision of experienced acupuncture faculty members. The first two terms in our clinic are focused on implementing the 5 Elements of Acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine treatment plans. During the final two terms, our students focus on developing their own identity as acupuncturists and have the freedom to craft their own treatment regimens with guidance from our faculty. This experience gives graduates the confidence they need to effectively treat patients in their own practice.

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Applications are accepted throughout the year with new students beginning only in the fall. Applications for the Master of Acupuncture Studies Degree program are due prior to June 15. In the case of a wait list, priority will be given to applications received before March 1.


  • Bachelor’s Degree

  • 3 Credits Basic Science (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, or Botany)

  • 6 credits Anatomy & Physiology

All prerequisites must be completed prior to the first day of classes. The 3 credit basic science and 6 credits of Anatomy and Physiology must have been completed within 10 years of enrolling in the Master of Acupuncture Studies Degree program. Exceptions may be made to the time requirement for the Anatomy & Physiology courses for practicing medical professionals upon successful passage of a challenge exam. The challenge exam fee is $75 per exam. In addition, all applicants should ensure that they are capable of meeting the Master of Acupuncture Degree Technical Standards.

Ben Griffith, Chair, M.Ac., L.Ac. (PA), Dipl.Ac.(NCCAOM)Dipl. Ac. (NCCAOM)M.Ac., Traditional Acupuncture Institute (Maryland University of Integrative Health) B.A., Gettysburg College[email protected]

Doreen Lafferty, Clinical DirectorL.Ac., Dipl.Ac., OTR/L, NCTMB (NCBTMB) M.Ac., Won Institute of Graduate Studies NCTMB (NCBTMB)[email protected]

Seung Hyeun Song, M.A., InstructorM.A., Won Kwang University (Korea) B.A., Won Kwang University (Korea)[email protected]

Lisa Baas, B.A., B.S., MPS, L.OM.MPS, Mercy College B.A., Friends World College B.S., Mercy College[email protected]

Caryn Babaian, M.Ed., M.S.M.Ed., Arcadia University M.S., University of Nebraska B.S., Delaware Valley College[email protected]

Chad Bong, L.OM., L.MT., CSCSL.OM.(PA), L.Ac.(CO, NC), L.MT(PA) MSOM, Southwest Acupuncture College (Boulder) MS Exercise Science, Northern Michigan University[email protected]

Rolly Brown, M.Ac.Dipl. Ac. (NCCAOM) M.Ac., Tri-State College of Acupuncture B.A., Skidmore College[email protected]

Jennifer Coleman, M.Ac., L.Ac., Dipl.Ac., MPADipl. Ac. (NCCAOM) M.Ac., Won Institute of Graduate Studies MPA, Harvard University[email protected]

Ian A. Cyrus, MS, L.Ac., Dipl.Ac., Dipl.ABT (NCCAOM), C.H.MSOM, Tri-State College of Traditional Chinese Acupuncture [email protected]

Janet Leidy, Chair, Assistant ProfessorD.H.Sc., M.Ac., L.Ac., Dipl.Ac., NCTMB (NCBTMB) D.H.Sc., Nova Southeastern University M.Ac., Won Institute of Graduate Studies[email protected]

Lance Isakov, M.Ac., L.Ac. (PA), Dipl.Ac.(NCCAOM)Dipl. Ac. (NCCAOM) M.Ac., Traditional Acupuncture Institute (TAI Sophia)[email protected]

Lorna Lee, M.S.Ac., L.Ac., Dipl.OM.Dipl. O.M. (NCCAOM) M.S.Ac., New England School of Acupuncture B.S. (Psychology), University of Illinois[email protected]

Vita Leva, M.S.A., L.Ac.[email protected]

Brenda Levin, LOM (PA), MSOM, MScN, LMT L.Ac (NJ), L.MT (OR)MSin Oriental Medicine, National University of Natural Medicine(Portland, OR) MSin IntegrativeNutrition, National University of Natural Medicine (Portland, OR) Certified Shiatsu MassageTherapy, MassageArtsCenter (Philadelphia, PA) BSin Biological Sciences, Northern ArizonaUniversity (Flagstaff, AZ)[email protected]

Janice MacKenzie, M.A., L.OM., Dipl.Ac., Dipl.CH.Dipl. Ac. (NCCAOM), Dipl. CH. (NCCAOM) Lic. Ac., College of Traditional Chinese Acupuncture (UK) M.A. (Humanities), State University of New York at Buffalo[email protected]

Pam Milask, L.OM., Dipl.Ac.L.OM. (PA), Dipl. Ac. (NCCAOM)[email protected]

Daniel D. Nemer, M.Ac., L.OM., Dipl.OM.L. OM. (PA), Dipl. OM. (NCCAOM) M.Ac., Tai Sophia Institute B. Mus., Ithaca College[email protected]

Kalpana Patankar, M.B., B.S (India), M.Ac.L. Ac. (PA), M.D. (PA), F.A.A.P. M.Ac., Traditional Acupuncture Institute (TAI Sophia) M.B., B.S, University of Bombay (India)[email protected]

B.J. Putnam, M.Ac, L.Ac., Dipl. Ac.M.Ac., Won Institute of Graduate Studies[email protected]

Elise Rivers, Esq., ABT., M.Ac., Dipl.Ac.A.B.T. J.D., Pace University School of Law M.Ac., New England School of Acupuncture[email protected]

Lester Rolf, Dipl.Ac., LMTPh.D., Texas A&M University D.V.M., Oklahoma State University M.Ac., Won Institute of Graduate Studies[email protected]

Mary Ellen Scheckenbach, M.Ac., Associate ProfessorL.O.M. (PA), Dipl. Ac. (NCCAOM) M.Ac., Traditional Acupuncture Institute B.A., George Washington University[email protected]

Heather Shultz, L.Ac., M.Ac., Dipl.Ac.M.Ac., Won Institute of Graduate Studies[email protected]

Scott R. Smith, L.OM., Dipl.Ac.Dipl. OM. (NCCAOM)MSOM, Southwest Acupuncture College

Stephanie Tyiska, L.OM., Dipl.Ac. & CHMM.Ac., Tri-State College of Acupuncture M.F.A., Temple University Tyler School of Art B.F.A., University of Michigan[email protected]

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10-Day Study Abroad In South Korea

The Won Institute offers second and third year acupuncture students the opportunity to  study abroad in South Korea! For 10 Days our students will have the ability to learn more about Traditional Korean Medicine and Culture! 

  1. What and where is the opportunity? A ten day study abroad trip to Wonkwang University in Iksan, South Korea.
  2. Who is eligible? Any second or third year student who is in good academic standing and has a valid passport with no travel limitations. All didactic and clinical requirements for the summer term must be completed prior to the trip.
  3. When is the trip? Ten days during each summer term.
  4. How are students selected? From the group of interested eligible students, ten names are chosen randomly and anonymously by the Academic Dean each year during the Spring term.
  5. What will be studied? Traditional Korean Medicine (TKM) including acupuncture and herbs. Study will include time in the classroom and hospital. Sight seeing and cultural events may also be part of the trip.
  6. What will be provided on the trip? Room, board, meals and tuition expenses. Airfare is NOT covered and is the responsibility of each student. We also recommend bringing $400-$500 for spending money and sightseeing trip