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About the Master of Acupuncture Studies Program
As the only accredited acupuncture program in the state of Pennsylvania, our Master of Acupuncture Studies program educates future leading acupuncturists for a growing industry in integrative medicine. Since the program’s inception in 2005, our Master of Acupuncture Studies program has been one of the most successful programs at Won Institute of Graduate Studies. Students enrolled in our accredited three-year program gain a comprehensive understanding of Chinese medical theory and the historic and modern uses of acupuncture. Rigorous, comprehensive 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.
HYBRID PROGRAM FOR THE ADULT LEARNER
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 days during the week for the first two years, with the schedule changing slightly during the clinical internship starting in the summer term of the second year. We offer a hybrid course schedule, allowing more flexibility for adult learners with outside commitments. Many lecture courses are held in online or hybrid formats, while our clinical training is held in person.
Comprehensive Education & Clinical Training
Five Element Acupuncture & TRADITIONAL CHINESE Medicine
Won Institute offers one of the comprehensive acupuncture programs in the United States. We focus on two main treatment styles, including Five Element Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), with exposure to many other styles of practice, including Japanese Acupuncture, Channel, Traditional Korean Medicine (TKM), and Sports Medicine Acupuncture. Students also learn other treatment modalities such as cupping, shiatsu, tuina, moxa, gua sha and electro-stim acupuncture.
Students spend the final four terms of our program completing clinical internship hours in our on-site Student Clinic , 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 Five Element 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 our graduates the confidence they need to effectively treat patients in their own practice.
Won Institute of Graduate Studies’ Master of Acupuncture Studies Program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine (ACAHM). ACAHM is the accrediting agency for acupuncture programs in the United States. You can view our official accreditation status on ACAHM’s directory. Additionally, our school is regionally accredited by Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE).
View our full accreditation details on our Consumer Information page.
Students can apply for our program year-round, but new students only begin during the fall term. To qualify for the program, students must complete several prerequisites prior to the first day of classes:
- Bachelor’s degree in any subject.
- 3 credits of Anatomy & Physiology I.
- 3 credits of Anatomy & Physiology II.
Please note you do not have to have these prerequisites complete to apply. Our institute offers Anatomy and Physiology courses every summer through 100% online classes. View our full requirements on our Admissions Requirements page.
Furthermore, applicants should review our technical standards to ensure they will be a good fit for the program.
The Master of Acupuncture Studies Program is broken down into three years of study. Each year has three terms, and you’ll have anywhere from four to seven classes per term. Courses include acupuncture medical theory, diagnosis and treatment techniques, western biomedical sciences, clinical training, ethics & practice management, Chinese medical language, research, and meditation courses as well as an elective requirement.
You can explore the full list of required courses for this program here.
The Won Institute of Graduate Studies is proud to offer the sole accredited acupuncture program in Pennsylvania. Our small class sizes are led by diverse, educated faculty, giving you more opportunities for one-on-one collaboration in a supportive environment. We incorporate meditation into every program we offer and provide opportunities to study abroad at our sister school in Iksan, South Korea. Won Institute is truly a one-of-a-kind institution, and we take our mission and core values seriously in all that we do.
We understand you have a busy life, and we do everything we can to accommodate that. When you’re balancing school with work and family life, you need a hybrid learning option. Our hybrid schedule includes two days and one evening of your time per week – everything else is conducted via asynchronous online classes so you can complete your Master’s of Acupuncture degree on your time.
Your career options are vast when you have a Master’s Degree in Acupuncture Studies. Our alumni are working in:
- Their own private practices
- Shared practices with other acupuncture practitioners
- Wellness centers
- Community clinics
- Chiropractor’s offices
- Massage therapy clinics
- Primary care offices
- Integrative care clinics
- Specialized medical facilities, like veteran’s hospitals or hospice care
If acupuncture is your passion, you may want to expand your knowledge beyond the entry-level master’s degree. The Won Institute of Graduate Studies also offers a Doctor of Acupuncture Program, a Doctor of Acupuncture Program completion track, and a Chinese Herbal Medicine program that allows you to further your studies and provide the highest level of expertise to your future patients.
Won Institute of Graduate Studies has a team of exceptional faculty members who are committed to teaching and helping students achieve their goals. Get to know our faculty by reading their bios and learning more about their backgrounds.
At the Won Institute, we understand that tuition and fees can be a major financial investment. Learn more more information about tuition and fees.
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The Won Institute of Graduate Studies welcomes international students from around the world. Learn more information on the international student application process.
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STUDY ABROAD OPPORTUNITIES
The Won Institute of Graduate Studies has partnered with Won Kwang University to offer a 10-day study abroad trip to South Korea. Current second and third year Acupuncture studies students along with licensed Acupuncturists are encouraged to participate in this trip. Click the button below to learn more about the benefits of participating in the upcoming study abroad trip to South Korea.