Return of the M.Ac.

Welcome to the pursuit of ASAOM’s nationally accredited M.Ac. degree program.

Pulse diagnosis is an integral component of Chinese medicinal practice

Pulse diagnosis is an integral component of Chinese medicinal practice


Pulse Diagnosis

In Chinese medicine, diagnostics gleaned from the pulse are keenly different than Western counterparts. Viewed by some as the MRI equivalent in Chinese medicinal therapies, The Pulse may be used to ‘read’ the interaction of all major bodily organs.

Pulse diagnosis is a cultivated art culminating in a doctor’s convergence with the energy of a bodily system, as read through the ‘voice’ of a body’s flow.

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 (as well as other states), and work competently as a L.Ac. in private practice.

The M.Ac. Degree includes the ABT/Tuina Certificate course work.

Our 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 return to school to study herbs and complete their M.Ac.O.M. Degree.

Herbs are one of the pillars of Chinese medicine that complete the practice as a whole modality. In China, this no separation of the modalities in practice. Acupuncture, tuina, and herbs all speak the same complimentary language, and together harness a powerful, holistic healing strength.

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.

Our nationally recognized and accredited ABT certificate may be pursued as a stand-alone program (not eligible for FA as a stand-alone pursuit), and it is integrated into the M.Ac program and the M.Ac.OM program.

The Asian Bodywork Therapy/Tuina courses are an integral part of the degree programs at ASAOM. Masters degree seeking students automatically qualify for the ABT/ Tuina as it integrates into their acupuncture and herbal training.

Our lead tuina instructors is a journeymen tuina practitioner learning his craft as an amanuensis of Dr. Vincent Black.

Those desiring to be competent practitioners of tuina without taking the full acupuncture program are welcome to enroll only for the ABT/Tuina Certificate. These individuals must meet admissions requirements for the Master’s degree. In the event of a later decision to complete a degree, ABT/Tuina courses are fully credited and integrated.

ABT/Tuina Certificate graduates are eligible for:

Program hours required over 2 calendar years: 998.

  • These including anatomy and physiology requirements. 

Contact ASAOM’s Admissions Director for details of the ABT/Tuina program.