Acupuncture School Programs – ASAOM
- the Master’s Degree in Acupuncture (M.Ac.)
- the Master’s Degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (M.Ac.O.M.)
- the Certificate in Asian Bodywork Therapy / Tuina (Cert. A.B.T./Tuina)
For our graduating students, we also offer:
- the China Program
The Master’s in Acupuncture Program (M.Ac.)
The Master’s Degree in Acupuncture Program provides the foundational knowledge and skill in Traditional Chinese Medicine needed to pass the national (NCCAOM) acupuncture certifying examination, become licensed in Arizona and many other states, and work competently as a L.Ac. in private practice.
The M.Ac. Degree includes the A.B.T./Tuina Certificate course work.
The M.Ac. Degree requires 3 academic years of full-time study. Students are in classroom and clinic 44 weeks a year.
Total program hours: 2,626.
Owing to the primary role of herbology in Chinese medicine, we strongly encourage students to prefer the M.Ac.O.M. degree.
We find that many of our students choose to complete the M.Ac. Degree, pass their boards and start their practices, and then return to school to study herbs and complete their M.Ac.O.M. Degree.
The Master in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Program (M.Ac.O.M.)
The Master’s Degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Program is the M.Ac. Degree program, including the A.B.T./Tuina Certificate, plus courses and clinic in Chinese herbology.
Successful completion of the M.Ac.O.M. program also qualifies the student to sit for the national (NCCAOM) certifying examination in Chinese herbology.
Herbology is an essential feature of Traditional Chinese Medicine as practiced in China. While the state of Arizona does not regulate herbology and Arizona’s Acupuncture Practice Act does not require training in herbology for licensing as an acupuncturist, a comprehensively trained practitioner of TCM can skillfully prescribe both loose and prepared herbs as part of a comprehensive treatment program for their patients.
The M.Ac.O.M. Degree is an intensive, comprehensive program requiring 4 academic years condensed into 3 calendar years of full-time study. Students are in classroom and clinic 44 weeks a year.
Total program hours: 3,146.
The Certificate in Asian Bodywork Therapy/Tuina (A.B.T. Certificate)
The Certificate in Asian Bodywork Therapy/Tuina is a clinically-oriented program in Chinese structural hand therapy in the tradition of the North American Tang Shou Tao Association.
The Asian Bodywork Therapy/Tuina courses are an integral part of the degree programs at ASAOM, and degree students automatically qualify for the A.B.T./ Tuina Certificate at the end of their second year of acupuncture training.
The Tuina instructors are journeymen tuina practitioners who learned their craft by apprenticeship with Dr. Vincent Black at the Four Winds Health Clinic in Tucson, AZ.
Persons who desire to become competent practitioners of Tuina without taking the full acupuncture program are welcome to enroll only for theA.B.T./Tuina Certificate. They must meet the admissions requirements for the Master’s degree. In the event of a later decision to complete a degree, A.B.T./ Tuina courses are fully credited.
A.B.T./Tuina Certificate graduates are eligible for:
- Professional Membership in the American Organization of Bodywork Therapies of Asia (AOBTA), and
- the national (NCCAOM) certifying examination in Asian Bodywork Therapy
Program hours over 2 calendar years: 998, including anatomy and physiology requirements. Contact Admissions Director for details of the A.B.T./Tuina program.