Pacific College’s Acupuncture School in NYC

The U.S. healthcare system is experiencing a major scientific and philosophical evolution, driven by the growing demand for integrative care that addresses the mind, body, and spirit connection. As a natural, evidence-based practice, acupuncture is leading the movement of alternative and integrative healthcare. The effects of daily stress are urging patients to seek care from acupuncture professionals who can provide innovative solutions to ailments, mental health disorders, and overall wellness.

Traditional Chinese Medicine can address a wide variety of health conditions. In the 2019 World Health Organization’s global report on traditional and complementary medicine*, acupuncture is listed as the most common form of practice (reported by 113 Member States), closely followed by herbal medicines (110). Homeopathy and traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) came in next, each used by 100 Member States, before naturopathy, chiropractic, osteopathy and ayurvedic medicine. This really shows the wide recognition for acupuncture and Chinese medicine across the world, and how enrolling in acupuncture or TCM schools can open up the door to a rewarding career.

Pacific College’s professional programs are uniquely positioned to help future healthcare professionals lead the alternative healthcare movement in New York, inspiring a deep and lasting respect for the integrity of the human body, mind, and spirit.

Acupuncture Master’s Programs and Herbology Certificate:

  • Master of Science in Traditional Oriental Medicine (MSTOM): This program makes students eligible for the California state licensure exams as well as the national certification examinations, which enable students to become licensed in the remaining states that regulate acupuncture colleges and Oriental medicine schools.
  • Master of Science in Acupuncture (MSAc)
    This program helps students become eligible for the national certification examinations from NCCAOM and allows the student to become licensed in states that regulate acupuncture and Oriental medicine using the NCCAOM exam.
  • Advanced Certificate in Herbology: The program has been designed for licensed acupuncturists and qualifies students to become eligible for the NCCAOM exam in Chinese Herbology.
  • Transitional Doctorate for Master’s Graduates: The Pacific College of Health and Science has designed this pathway for acupuncturists who already have their master’s (or equivalent) to continue their work and receive their doctorate.

Acupuncture Course Highlights

Learn advanced techniques and theory in the field of acupuncture
Participate in hands-on learning with experienced acupuncturists
Apply techniques taught in the classroom in Pacific College’s externship program
Network with local practicing acupuncturists at annual health and wellness events
Gain a competitive edge in the field of acupuncture and holistic healing
Discover financial aid options and create your own flexible schedule
Pacific College is accredited by WASC, and is the largest acupuncture school in the New York and the U.S.

Why Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine?


The American College of Physicians recently issued a new set of guidelines that support acupuncture as an effective alternative to opioids for pain. With an estimated 20 percent of the U.S. population suffering from low back pain, acupuncture is gaining wider appeal. In addition, acupuncture has been cited by the World Health Organization (WHO) as a potent treatment for a wide array of ailments and conditions, such as headaches, insomnia, back pain, infertility, heart problems, and sports injuries. Healthcare organizations across the world are also actively seeking trained acupuncturists with backgrounds in biomedicine, herbology, and holistic healing.

Who Should Choose Acupuncture College?


The Pacific College acupuncture programs have attracted experienced acupuncturists and aspiring alternative health practitioners. An acupuncture program at the Pacific College acupuncture school in New York appeals to those passionate about naturally restoring balance within the human body. As interest in alternative treatments and holistic care increases among the U.S. population, health practitioners currently practicing in the field of acupuncture will need to deepen their understanding of holistic healing and Eastern medical theory to gain a competitive edge. Our advanced courses expertly blend biomedicine-based practices with traditional holistic healing to capture the strengths and efficacy of each domain.

The Master of Science in Acupuncture degree program trains practitioners of acupuncture to function as primary, independent healthcare providers. Students have the option of choosing between an emphasis on classical or traditional Eastern medicine. Our Master of Science in Traditional Oriental Medicine appeals to health practitioners who have a desire to develop a perspective based on traditional Eastern medicine, including herbology, and modern biomedical science. Courses were developed by doctoral educators, subject matter experts, and experienced distance education designers and enrich the acupuncturist’s understanding of both biomedicine and Eastern medicine. And finally, the Advanced Certificate in Herbology equips licensed acupuncturists with the knowledge of the fundamental principles of herbal medicine, extending the scope of practice to include both herbology and acupuncture.

Student Testimonial

“PCOM gave me a foundation for a limitless future in the field of holistic healing and acupuncture. I feel that I gained an authentic and deep understanding of holistic medicine during my time at PCOM, and I now feel like I can have a truly rewarding acupuncture career.”

-Eric Brand

Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Career Outlook

Pacific College graduates have gone on to work in the following settings:

  • Physical therapy and chiropractic offices
  • Spas
  • National and state agencies
  • Hospitals
  • Clinics
  • Private practices
  • And more!

Acupuncture School Tuition – NYC Campus

The tuition costs for the different acupuncture programs vary. You can see a breakdown of all the costs for each course and for the complete acupuncture school tuition and fees by visiting our Acupuncture Course catalog. Page 123 itemizes the acupuncture school NYC tuition costs. Also shown are the cost for Books and Supplies and any fees associated with each program.

PCHS updates the Acupuncture Course catalog each year so you can know the exact costs for the program you are interested in.

About Us

Since 1986, those with a calling to heal and promote overall health in the mind and body have been led to the programs at the Pacific College of Health and Science. Graduates are prepared to both prevent and remedy pain, discomfort, and disease through practices such as massage therapy, acupuncture, and holistic nursing.

Pacific College prepares students for careers as healing practitioners through an intersection of Eastern healthcare practices and Western bioscience with a strong hands-on clinical component. All three campus locations feature student clinics where learning practitioners serve the needs of real clients.

Ready to Apply?

If you think a career in holistic medicine is something you would like to pursue, contact us and speak to an admissions representative to get started on your new journey!

For more information, call (855) 866-6767 or fill out our contact form to be contacted by a Pacific College representative.

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Pacific College of Health and Science – New York
110 William St 19th Floor
New York, NY 10038

NYC | Acupuncture School FAQs

What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is commonly used to treat chronic pain throughout the body. Additionally, it can treat health issues such as allergies, insomnia, hypertension and more. Acupuncture involves the insertion of very thin needles at points in the body to therapeutically stimulate nerves, muscles and connective tissue.

What is acupuncture used for?

Besides the benefit of pain relief, acupuncture is increasingly used for other areas of health, from allergies to areas of mental health, such as anxiety and depression. Some studies have even shown that acupuncture can treat cancer and multiple sclerosis.

Does acupuncture hurt?

Surprisingly, there is little to no discomfort in acupuncture treatment. Side effects are minor, according to the Mayo Clinic, and can include mild soreness and bleeding at acupuncture sites.

Is acupuncture school worth it?

Acupuncture school is worth it because one cannot take a State licensure exam without demonstrating proof of education at a State-approved school. It is also important to work with experienced instructors to learn techniques that are safe and well adapted to your client’s overall health and condition. Our acupuncture school in NYC can develop your expertise in the fundamentals of practice and philosophy within acupuncture, enhanced by extension topics such as Chinese herbology to prepare you for many career options in your specialty.

How long is acupuncture school?

Lengths of acupuncture school programs vary depending on program and location. For information on a specific program length or requirements you can view master’s and doctoral acupuncture degrees and certification on page 120 of the school catalog.

How much is acupuncture school?

The cost of acupuncture school depends on the institution. Accredited colleges offer financial aid to those who qualify. You can also apply for student loans, and find grants or scholarships online. In addition, if you are a Veteran, there are at least five education assistance programs administered by the Department of Veterans Affairs that you can apply for. Your estimated acupuncture school cost for the NYC campus varies by program. For specific information on tuition and other fees for the New York location, you can visit page 128 of the school catalog. You can get the most current information on your costs by contacting our acupuncture school NYC campus.