Master of Science in Acupuncture - New York

Master of Science in Acupuncture - New York

If you're searching for a New York acupuncture school that offers a Master's degree in acupuncture, join our welcoming community and explore the benefits of Chinese medicine and the kind of care you can provide future patients. Our expert faculty will provide one-on-one support to help you hone this ancient medicine and apply it to modern healthcare. Discover your future career with us.

The purpose of the Master of Science in Acupuncture (MSAc) 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. Students in the Master's acupuncture degree programs choose from two curricula, focusing on either classical or traditional Oriental medicine.

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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 Oriental medicine practice.

The Master of Science in Acupuncture is a three to four-year graduate program consisting of 172.5 units/3232.5 credit hours of theory and practice. Graduates are eligible for the New York state licensure exam, as well as the national certification examinations (NCCAOM), which enables students to become licensed in the remaining states that regulate acupuncture and Oriental medicine that use the NCCAOM exam to qualify for licensure, and do not require the study of Herbology.


The vibrancy of a community acupuncture clinic is exhilarating; being able to serve the community while providing other acupuncturists with jobs is great. The number one thing at PCOM is being exposed to a diverse faculty with such a wide breadth of styles, theories, and clinical experience. - Robbie Benhuri, LAc, MSTOM

Some of these courses include:

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Acupuncture Points
  • Tui Na Hand and Structural Techniques
  • Needle Technique
  • Diagnosis and Treatment of Disease
  • Auricular Acupuncture

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.

Federal Consumer Disclosure Information About This Program

Pacific College of Oriental Medicine is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. The college is registered with the New York State Education Department (NYSED) and approved by the Board of Regents. The college’s MSTOM, MSAc (CH and NY), and DAOM (SD) programs are accredited by ACAOM. For important information on program costs, completion and placement rates, median debt incurred, etc., please see the program disclosure document.

Upgrade to the Entry-Level Doctorate for PCOM Master's Alumni (DAc-EL)

Pacific College has designed an online pathway for PCOM MSAc alumni to upgrade to the entry-level Doctorate of Acupuncture (DAc-EL). PCOM master’s alumni, in large part, already meet the requirements for a doctorate, but do need some additional training to establish equivalency to the entry-level doctorate. The entry-level doctorate adds evidence-informed practice, advanced integrative diagnosis, inter-professional communication, practice-based learning, and healthcare systems training to the previous master’s level training. These are important skills and knowledge for acupuncturists to possess in today’s team-based medical model.

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