Learning Sequence

Except for herbology, M.Ac. and M.Ac.O.M. students follow the same schedule and attend the same classes.

In the first year, students learn fundamentals of Chinese language, basic TCM theory, diagnostic skills and TCM anatomy and physiology, as well as tuina and acupuncture techniques. Meridian Qi Gong is taught along with the tuina class, and students practice daily.

Throughout the first year in Preceptorship, students watch and assist teachers treating patients in the round. In the fourth term, first-year students assist interns with patient care one afternoon a week. Herbal medicine is introduced in the first term of year one, and for those taking the MAcOMdegree continues through years two and three.

In the second year students continue with acupuncture techniques and tuina and, as appropriate, herbology. Students begin Western clinical science courses, which emphasize musculoskeletal and naturopathic skills that the acupuncturist can apply in practice. T’ai Chi class meets weekly in year two and students practice daily.

In year two clinical internship meets three afternoons a week, with interns treating patients in public clinic under the close supervision of instructors. Two of the weekly internship clinics are acupuncture/ herbology, the third is tuina. Students receive the A.B.T./Tuina Certificate at the end of the second year and are qualified for certification by the AOBTA. They are also eligible to sit for NCCAOM‘s Asian Bodywork Therapy Certificate exam.

In year three students emphasize herbology and Western clinical science, take courses in 5-element acupuncture and Master Tong’s acupuncture, professional values and skills and practice management, and do their master’s project on an area of practice in which they have a special interest. Acupuncture/herbology internship meets three afternoons a week.

Overall, in keeping with the school’s clinical emphasis, class work involves hands-on learning in a laboratory setting. Nearly half of TCM hours are done in clinic under the supervision of experienced practitioners, whose objective is to assist interns in developing competence and confidence toward the goal of a successful practice.

Day Classes

Our programs start in the fall. Students who are approved to start earlier may enroll in selected courses with the permission of the Dean. Day programs usually meet four mornings, and one to three afternoons per week. Classes may occasionally be scheduled at night or on weekends.