Master of Science in Acupuncture - Chicago
Master of Science in Acupuncture (MSAc)
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The purpose of the Master of Science in Acupuncture program is to train practitioners of acupuncture to function as primary, independent healthcare providers, focusing on Acupuncture and related modalities of Oriental medicine to achieve health and well-being, and most importantly, become an integral part of the modern healthcare system.
The Master of Science in Acupuncture program is not just the Master of Science (Traditional Oriental Medicine) program without herbal study, rather the instruction of diagnosis and treatment in the Acupuncture Therapeutics series, focused on material most relevant for acupuncture-focused practitioners. In addition, the new MSAc program provides a shorter route to acupuncture licensure with more flexible scheduling options.
Following the vision of an “East meets West” environment, students learn and apply the best of Asian medicine with a firm foundation in Western medicine. Students explore physiology, etiology, and the diagnostic and treatment systems of Chinese medicine as they learn to model the use of biomedicine in the modern acupuncture practice.
The Master of Science in Acupuncture is a 3 to 4-year graduate program (9 to 11 terms) consisting of 133 units and 2512.5 credit hours of theory and practice. Graduates are eligible for the national certification examination (NCCAOM), which enables students to become licensed in states that regulate acupuncture and Oriental medicine using the NCCAOM exam to qualify for licensure, but do not require the study and practice of Herbology.
Some of the coursework includes:
- Fundamentals of Chinese Medicine
- Acupuncture Channels and Points
- Acupuncture Therapeutics
- Needle and Advanced Needle Technique
- Anatomy and Physiology
- Tui Na Hand and Structural Technique (massage courses)
- Eastern and Western Nutrition
Graduates of the Master of Science in Acupuncture program will be able to:
- Understand and demonstrate personal and professional ethical standards.
- Understand the etiology of disease from a traditional Oriental and biomedical perspective, and apply this understanding by recommending disease prevention strategies.
- Evaluate patients exhibiting complaints commonly seen and treated by Oriental medicine, and in a manner that indicates cognizance of all relevant Oriental medical diagnostic paradigms.
- Recognize signs and symptoms necessitating referral to appropriate complementary healthcare providers.
- Formulate treatment principles in a manner that prioritizes treatment procedures for patients that follow logically from the diagnosis.
- Formulate acupuncture and supplemental treatment plans, while providing a logical rationale for such plans.
- Personally administer the designated treatment plan, or use the appropriate support personnel.
- Demonstrate knowledge of clinical sciences from a traditional Oriental and bio-medical perspective.
- Communicate in a professional and knowledgeable manner about Oriental medicine and biomedicine with relevant health
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Pacific College of Oriental Medicine is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. Information on completion and placement rates and median debt incurred are not yet available for this new Fall 2015 program. The tuition for students who start the program in Fall 2015 is $50,957.25.