Master of Science in Acupuncture

The Master of Science in Acupuncture three year program equips students with the knowledge they need to practice as professional acupuncturists.

The program consists of 121 credits hours which are completed over the course of eight trimesters. Students are educated thoroughly in the theory and practice of acupuncture, which includes instruction in the following ten core curriculum:

  1. History of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
  2. Basic Theory of Oriental Medicine
  3. Acupuncture, Point Location, and Channel (Meridian) Theory
  4. Diagnostic Skills
  5. Treatment Planning in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
  6. Treatment Techniques
  7. Equipment Safety
  8. Counseling and Communication Skills
  9. Biomedical Clinical Sciences
  10. Clinical Training

During their three years of training, students will be actively involved in the clinical observation and care of patients at Evidence Based Oriental Medicine (EBOM) Clinic, or another clinic which is willing to sign an internship agreement with CCOM in the near future. EBOM Clinic has a formal agreement with CCOM to accept our graduate students as interns and residents.

During their first year, students will spend a minimum of 150 hours observing acupuncturists and/or senior student interns who are performing acupuncture and/or Oriental Medicine at the internship clinic. During the second and third years of training, students complete their residency which consists of participating in a minimum of 500 hours of supervised patient care. Each student graduating with their Master of Science in Acupuncture degree will provide a minimum of 250 treatments to patients in the clinic.

Upon completion of the mandatory course credits and residency requirements, students will be eligible for graduation. After graduation, students will be able to sit for the acupuncture licensure exam in the state in which they plan to practice. Upon passing the licensure exam, students will be able to independently perform the following techniques:

  • Acupuncture
  • Electro-acupuncture
  • Moxibustion
  • Cupping