Acupuncture/Oriental Medicine Programs – Chicago

The experiences I have had and the opportunities I have been afforded at PCOM have been pivotal in shaping my life and career. Pacific College offered me the foundation necessary to support a successful lifetime of learning and self-exploration, as well as the ability to relish the benefits and the joys of a private practice.
Gretchen Seitz, LAc, DiplAc, DiplOM

Acupuncture/Oriental Medicine Programs – Chicago

Students in the master’s programs for Acupuncture & Traditional Oriental Medicine study a variety of traditional Oriental medical theory and techniques, acupuncture points and meridians, herbal medicine, and Tui Na, along with the biomedical subjects of anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, pharmacology, nutrition and more.

As a master’s student, you can also experience the benefits of Pacific College’s extensive massage curriculum. Master’s degree students are eligible to enroll in our massage programs, earn a massage license and work in the field while completing their master’s degree. There are two slightly different acupuncture training programs and associated master's degrees in Chicago.

Master of Science in Traditional Oriental Medicine (MSTOM)

Graduates of the Master of Science (Traditional Oriental Medicine) program are eligible for the Illinois state licensure exams, as well as the national certification examinations, which enables students to become licensed in the remaining states that regulate acupuncture and Oriental medicine. Training in herbology and Eastern nutrition opens access to California and New York state licensure as well. Students of this master’s program are also eligible to enroll in Pacific College’s massage programs, allowing them to earn a massage license and work in the field while completing their master’s degree.

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Master of Science in Acupuncture (MSAc)

Graduates of the Master of Science in Acupuncture program are eligible for the Illinois state licensure exam and national certification examinations (NCCAOM), allowing students to become licensed in states that regulate acupuncture and Oriental medicine using the NCCAOM exam. As this program does not require herbology, it’s typically slightly shorter than the MSTOM.

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