Master of Science in Acupuncture

PCOM allowed me to grow and express myself creatively. I had attended many different schools in search of my calling, but none held my interest like PCOM. On the first day of school, I distinctly remember the feeling of finding my niche, and it held for all four years. This feeling endured, and upon completing my master’s, I went straight into the doctoral program with only one week between.
Dr. Uchenna Egwuonwu, LAc

Master of Science in Acupuncture

If you're searching for acupuncture master's programs, 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 (MASc) 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 degree in acupuncture program choose from two curricula, focusing on either classical Chinese medicine, or traditional Oriental medicine.

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.

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.

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