Do you have questions about The Won Institute’s Master of Acupuncture Studies degree? Check out our frequently asked questions.
Q: HOW LONG IS THE ACUPUNCTURE PROGRAM?
A: The acupuncture program is a total of 3 years in length, with Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters each year. Fall and Spring semesters are 15 weeks, while summer semester is 10 weeks.
Q: DO YOU ACCEPT PART TIME ACUPUNCTURE STUDENTS?
A: No, there is only a full-time option for the acupuncture program.
Q: WHEN ARE THE ACUPUNCTURE CLASSES HELD?
A: For the next incoming class starting in Fall 2018, classes will be held on Tuesday evenings and all-day Wednesdays and Thursdays.
Q: WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS TO APPLY FOR THE ACUPUNCTURE PROGRAM?
A: A Bachelor’s Degree in any subject. 3 credits of a Basic Science, 3 credits each of Anatomy & Physiology I and II, all completed within the past 10 years. For all prerequisites, a minimum GPA of 2.0 is required. The requirements must be completed prior to beginning the program. To apply, applicants must complete the online application form, send two letters of recommendation, a letter of intent, and official copies of transcripts from all higher education institutions attended, and pay the $75 application fee. Further instructions can be found on the online application.
Q: WHAT WILL I BE LEARNING?
A: Study includes Oriental Medical Theory, Diagnosis and Treatment Techniques, Eastern and Western Biomedicine, Chinese Medical Language and Research, Ethics, Practice Management and Counseling, Sitting and Moving Meditation, as well as 600+ hours of on-site clinical training in our Student Clinic. For the full course schedule, please see the Curriculum Sheet or access our Course Catalog.
Q: HOW MUCH TIME WILL I BE SPENDING IN CLASS AND OUTSIDE OF THE CLASSROOM?
A: Students can expect to spend up to 24 hours in class per week, with an additional 15-20 hours per week spent completing assignments outside of class. While it is doable to maintain a part-time job while attending the program, individuals planning to work will need strong time-management skills.
Q: WHAT IS THE COST OF THE MASTER OF ACUPUNCTURE STUDIES DEGREE PROGRAM?
A: Estimated 1-year cost for the 3-year Master of Acupuncture Studies program is a little over $21,000 annually. This includes tuition, fees, and estimated book costs. Please see the Tuition sheet for more information.
Q: DO YOU OFFER FEDERAL FINANCIAL AID OR SCHOLARSHIPS?
A: Yes. Federal financial aid is available to students who qualify. Scholarships are also available based on need and merit.
Q: IS THE WON INSTITUTE AN ACCREDITED SCHOOL?
A: Yes, the Won Institute is regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE). Additionally, the acupuncture program is programmatically accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM).
Q: WILL I BE ABLE TO TAKE THE ACUPUNCTURE LICENSURE EXAM WHEN I GRADUATE?
A: Yes. The Acupuncture Studies program prepares students to sit for the national board exam which is required for licensure as an acupuncturist (L.Ac) in many states, including Pennsylvania. Over 90% of Won Institute students successfully pass the National Board Exams.
Q: WHAT SALARY RANGE CAN I EXPECT AS AN ACUPUNCTURIST?
A: Salary range varies greatly depending on experience, hours worked, and treatments per week. Range is $26,000-$130,000+ per year. The average salary as of 2014 for an acupuncturist in Pennsylvania was $54,000 per year.
Q: WHAT TYPE OF JOB CAN I EXPECT AFTER BECOMING LICENSED?
A: Alumni of our Acupuncture Studies program work in a variety of clinical settings including hospitals, wellness centers, addiction treatment centers, community clinics, and private practices. Some alumni with previous medical experience have taken their acupuncture skills and incorporated them into an existing clinical practice, while others have built their own practices and wellness centers that offer a variety of treatment options. Others have focused on practicing in sports medicine and have worked with athletic teams in the area.
Q: WHY SHOULD I ATTEND THE WON INSTITUTE’S ACUPUNCTURE PROGRAM?
A: Small class sizes (15-20 students) and community environment. Diverse and highly experienced faculty members. Traditional Chinese Medicine and Five-Element acupuncture styles, exposure to a wide range of other acupuncture treatment styles. Opportunity to study abroad in South Korea and learn Traditional Korean Medicine. Practice Management classes in your third year, which help prepare you to open your own practice. Professional Development events and programs. Sitting & Moving Meditation (Tai Chi) incorporated into the curriculum. Option to continue studies with our Certificate in Chinese Herbal Medicine Program. Glenside location is convenient to train station and downtown Philadelphia.