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Master of Acupuncture Studies Degree
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About the Program
Application Priority Deadline March 1.
Application Final Deadline June 15.
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.
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.
To Complete Full Time
To Complete Full Time
TRADITIONAL CHINESE Medicine & Five Element Acupuncture
600 Clinical Internship Hours | 250 Total Treatments Completed
The clinical internship is one of the most important parts of our program. Students spend the final four terms of our program in an intensive clinical internship, treating patients under the supervision of experienced acupuncture faculty members. The first two terms in our clinic are focused on implementing 5 Element and TCM 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. By the time our students graduate, they have over 600 hours of experience treating patients. This experience gives them the confidence they need to effectively treat patients in their own practice.
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.
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 Collegeben.email@example.com
Doreen Lafferty, Clinical DirectorL.Ac., Dipl.Ac., OTR/L, NCTMB (NCBTMB) M.Ac., Won Institute of Graduate Studies NCTMB (NCBTMB)firstname.lastname@example.org
Seung Hyeun Song, M.A., InstructorM.A., Won Kwang University (Korea) B.A., Won Kwang University (Korea)email@example.com
Lisa Baas, B.A., B.S., MPS, L.OM.MPS, Mercy College B.A., Friends World College B.S., Mercy Collegelisa.firstname.lastname@example.org
Caryn Babaian, M.Ed., M.S.M.Ed., Arcadia University M.S., University of Nebraska B.S., Delaware Valley Collegecaryn.email@example.com
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 Universitychad.firstname.lastname@example.org
Rolly Brown, M.Ac.Dipl. Ac. (NCCAOM) M.Ac., Tri-State College of Acupuncture B.A., Skidmore Collegerolly.email@example.com
Jennifer Coleman, M.Ac., L.Ac., Dipl.Ac., MPADipl. Ac. (NCCAOM) M.Ac., Won Institute of Graduate Studies MPA, Harvard Universityjennifer.firstname.lastname@example.org
Ian A. Cyrus, MS, L.Ac., Dipl.Ac., Dipl.ABT (NCCAOM), C.H.MSOM, Tri-State College of Traditional Chinese Acupuncture email@example.com
Ed Cunningham, M.Ac., Associate ProfessorR.N. (PA), L.Ac. (PA), Dipl. Ac. (NCCAOM) M.Ac., Traditional Acupuncture Institute B.S.N., LaSalle Universityed.firstname.lastname@example.org
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 Studiesjanet.email@example.com
Lance Isakov, M.Ac., L.Ac. (PA), Dipl.Ac.(NCCAOM)Dipl. Ac. (NCCAOM) M.Ac., Traditional Acupuncture Institute (TAI Sophia)firstname.lastname@example.org
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 Illinoislorna.email@example.com
Vita Leva, M.S.A., L.Ac.firstname.lastname@example.org
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@example.com
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 Buffalojanice.firstname.lastname@example.org
Pam Milask, L.OM., Dipl.Ac.L.OM. (PA), Dipl. Ac. (NCCAOM)email@example.com
Daniel D. Nemer, M.Ac., L.OM., Dipl.OM.L. OM. (PA), Dipl. OM. (NCCAOM) M.Ac., Tai Sophia Institute B. Mus., Ithaca Collegedaniel.firstname.lastname@example.org
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@example.com
B.J. Putnam, M.Ac, L.Ac., Dipl. Ac.M.Ac., Won Institute of Graduate Studiesbobbiejo.firstname.lastname@example.org
Elise Rivers, Esq., ABT., M.Ac., Dipl.Ac.A.B.T. J.D., Pace University School of Law M.Ac., New England School of Acupunctureelise.email@example.com
Lester Rolf, Dipl.Ac., LMTPh.D., Texas A&M University D.V.M., Oklahoma State University M.Ac., Won Institute of Graduate Studieslester.firstname.lastname@example.org
Mary Ellen Scheckenbach, M.Ac., Associate ProfessorL.O.M. (PA), Dipl. Ac. (NCCAOM) M.Ac., Traditional Acupuncture Institute B.A., George Washington Universitymaryellen.email@example.com
Heather Shultz, L.Ac., M.Ac., Dipl.Ac.M.Ac., Won Institute of Graduate Studiesheather.firstname.lastname@example.org
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 Michiganstephanie.email@example.com
The Won Institute participates in the Financial Aid program. To qualify for
assistance, students must meet the following basic eligibility requirements:
1. Demonstrated financial need
2. Citizen or eligible non-citizen
3. Registered with the Selective Service, if required
4. Not in default on a loan,or owe a repayment on Title IV aid received at an institution
5. Enrolled at least half-time in an eligible program of study
6. Maintain satisfactory academic progress.
The first step is to complete an application for financial aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.ed.gov. The school code for the Won Institute is G39493. The FAFSA should be completed online at least one month prior to the start of classes, but maybe completed earlier. Won Institute students are eligible for a Direct Loan or a Direct Graduate Plus
Loan. Information about these loans and how they differ is available from the Department of Education.
Institutional Aid Scholarship
The Institutional Aid Scholarship is a merit and need-based scholarship awarded to select members of the incoming class of students in the Acupuncture Studies and Chinese Herbal Medicine Certificate program. Individuals interested in applying must submit the Institutional Aid Application by August 1.
A list of possible places to search for scholarships compiled by staff, students, and informational mailings to the Institute. By no means comprehensive – good luck with your search!
Any student interested in transferring credits into a given program MUST:
- Submit a completed application to their program of interest and submit official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended.
The program chair from the given department will then review the student’s transcripts to determine which, if any, courses will transfer into the program. Additional information may be required including course descriptions and syllabi.
Each program has its own limit on the number of credits that may be transferred into the program. For full details, please refer to the Course Catalog.
International applicants MUST:
- Complete the same admissions requirements as domestic applicants.
- Complete the TOEFL with a minimum Internet Based Test (IBT) score of 79 or Paper Based Test (PBT) score of 550.( Those who completed an undergraduate degree where instruction was conducted in a language other than English) OR
- Complete the IELTS test with a minimum overall score of 6.0
International applicants to the Master’s of Acupuncture Studies program MUST also:
- Complete the Internet Based TOEFL Test and achieve a minimum overall score of 79, speaking exam score of 26 and a minimum listening exam score of 22, OR
- Complete the IELTS test and achieve an overall score of 6.0
- Submit their undergraduate transcripts to World Education Services (www.wes.org) or an equivalent acceptable evaluation agency to determine U.S. equivalence.
- Submit a completed application by June 1 for fall term.
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!
- What and where is the opportunity? A ten day study abroad trip to Wonkwang University in Iksan, South Korea.
- 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.
- When is the trip? Ten days during each summer term.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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