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Master of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (MAOM)

Campus: Worcester
Start Term: Fall

The Master of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (MAOM) is a 36-month program that provides students with the knowledge, skills, and competencies to deliver highly effective care to patients of all ages in a variety of settings, including in private practice and hospitals. The program features both classroom and clinical training in acupuncture studies, emphasizing hands-on learning under direct supervision of experienced faculty. In addition, MAOM students receive specialized training in Chinese herbal medicine.

In the first year, students learn essential foundational theories and principles of both Eastern and Western medicine. You will immediately begin to practice clinical skills and develop the professional competencies necessary to become a successful acupuncturist with a special emphasis on acupuncture needle techniques and Chinese herbal medicine. Students begin their clinical experiences by observing and assisting in the delivery of patient care.

In the second-year, students integrate fundamental material from year one of the program with more advanced concepts of Eastern and Western medical theory as well as Chinese herbal medicine. Students also develop professional competencies and learn to formulate a diagnosis and treatment plan. Students continue their clinical experience as interns responsible for the management and delivery of patient care.

In the third year, students complete clinical experiences and are placed in a variety of clinical settings providing patient care under the direct supervision of senior faculty. Students continue their professional development by completing a series of practice management courses. Upon completion of the program, graduates are eligible to sit for national board examinations and seek licensure.

We prioritize the review and admission of applications submitted earlier in our rolling admission process. All applicants are eligible to receive merit-based scholarships up to $8,000, renewable each year. Consideration for this scholarship is based on a holistic review evaluating candidates’ passion, interest, academic background, and work experience.

For admission consideration, the following application materials must be submitted:

  • Completed MCPHS Application
  • Official college transcript(s) from all colleges/universities attended demonstrating satisfactory completion of at least two (2) years of undergraduate-level education (60 semester credits or 90 quarter credits) from an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education.
  • A formal statement of purpose indicating your desire to study acupuncture at MCPHS University

Additionally, students will be required to successfully complete a faculty interview (by invitation only) to be considered for admission.

*Students with international coursework must submit a course-by-course evaluation from the World Education Service (WES). Please note that a WES evaluation is not required for applicants for coursework from English-Speaking Canadian universities and colleges.

The following prerequisite undergraduate-level education courses required for admission must be completed either prior to enrollment, or at MCPHS University as part of your NESA program. Linked courses are available through the MCPHS School of Professional Studies.

Corequisite courses (as indicated above) must have been completed at a regionally accredited college or university with a grade of C or better. Math and science courses taken more than ten years prior to the anticipated date of matriculation to MCPHS will not be accepted.

English Language Competency

English language competency must be demonstrated via one of the following:

1. The student must have completed a two-year (60 semester credits or 90 quarter credits) undergraduate- or graduate-level, English-based education in an institution:

I. accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education, or
II. in the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada (except Quebec), New Zealand, or Ireland.

In all cases, English must have been both the language of instruction and the language of the curriculum used;

2. Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet-Based Test (TOEFL® iBT) - Acceptable score: TOEFL iBT total score – 80; or

3. International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic Format - Acceptable score: IELTS overall band score – 6.5.

All official college transcripts, letters of recommendation, and supporting materials can be sent to:

Worcester Admission Office
19 Foster Street
Worcester, MA 01608 
admissions.worcester@mcphs.edu 
508.373.5607 or 800.225.5506

The New England School of Acupuncture offers a Master of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (MAOM) program which focuses on acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine. Students may also opt to specialize in Japanese Acupuncture Styles (JAS) by completing an additional sequence of courses and clinics. 

Year I-Fall

COURSE TITLE MAOM
SEMESTER HOURS
MAOM + JAS
SEMESTER HOURS

SACAS 101

Traditional Chinese Medicine Theory I

4

4

SACAS 111

Point Location I

2.5

2.5

SACAS 121

Materials & Methods of TCM I

2

2

SACAS 131

Living Anatomy I

2

2

SAMTP100

Internal Exercise

1

1

SACLC AA30

Clinical Assistantship I

1

1

SASCI 101

Anatomy & Physiology I

3

3

SASCI 110

Anatomy & Physiology Lab

 1

 1

TOTAL

16.5

16.5

Year I-Spring

COURSE TITLE MAOM
SEMESTER HOURS
MAOM + JAS
SEMESTER HOURS

SACAS 102

Traditional Chinese Medicine Theory II

4

4

SACAS 112

Point Location II

2.5

2.5

SACAS 122

Materials & Methods of TCM II

2

2

SACAS 132

Living Anatomy II

2

2

SAJAS 100

Introduction to Japanese Acupuncture Styles

1

1

SACHM 100

Introduction to Chinese Herbal Medicine

2

2

SACLC AA30

Clinical Assistantship II

1

1

SASCI 102

Anatomy & Physiology II

3

3

TOTAL

17.5

17.5

Year I-Summer

COURSE TITLE MAOM
SEMESTER HOURS
MAOM + JAS
SEMESTER HOURS

SAJAS 111

JAS: Root Treatment I

0

2

SACHM 111

CHM: Pharmacopoeia I

4

4

SACAS 161

Actions and Effects of Points & Channels

3

3

SACAS 190

Clinical Skills of TCM

2

2

SACAS 211

Western Pathophysiology & Pharmacology I

3

3

SARES 100

Research Design and Evaluation

3

3

SACLC AA30

Clinical Assistantship III

1

1

SASCI 120

General Biology

3

3

SAEXM CAS1

 First Year Comprehensive Examination

 0

 0

TOTAL

19

21

Year II-Fall

COURSE TITLE MAOM
SEMESTER HOURS
MAOM + JAS
SEMESTER HOURS

SAJAS 112

JAS: Root Treatment II

0

2.5

SACHM 112

CHM: Pharmacopoeia II

4

4

SACAS 171

TCM Etiology and Pathology of Disease I

3

3

SACAS 201

Introduction to Chinese Acupuncture Clinical Internship I

2.5

2.5

SACAS 212

Western Medical Pathophysiology & Pharmacology II

3

3

SARES 145

Introduction to Epidemiology/Biostatistics

2

2

SABUS 121

Practice Management: Marketing

1

1

SACLC DA15

CHM Dispensary Assistantship at NESA

0

0

SACLC AA45

Clinical Assistantship IV

1.5

1.5

TOTAL

17

19.5

Year II-Spring

COURSE TITLE MAOM
SEMESTER HOURS
MAOM + JAS
SEMESTER HOURS

SAJAS 120

JAS: Local Treatment

0

2.5

SACHM 121

CHM: Formulas I

4

4

SACAS 172

TCM Etiology and Pathology of Disease II

3

3

SACAS 202

Introduction to Chinese Acupuncture Clinical Internship II

2.5

2.5

SACAS 213

Western Medical Pathology & Pharmacology III

3

3

SACAS 270

Clinical Theater

1

1

SACLC AA45

Clinical Assistantship V

1.5

1.5

SASCI 130

General Psychology

3

3

SAEXM CAS2

Second Year Comprehensive Exam

 0

 0

TOTAL

18

20.5

Year II-Summer

COURSE TITLE MAOM
SEMESTER HOURS
MAOM + JAS
SEMESTER HOURS

SAJAS 130

JAS: Introduction to JAS Clinical Internship

0

2

SACHM 122

CHM: Formulas II

4

4

SACHM 130

CHM: Chinese Patent Medicine

2

2

SACAS 220

Patient Provider Relationship

3

3

SACAS 180

Microsystems of Acupuncture Treatment

1

1

SACLC CAS60

*MAOM CHM & JAS Clinical Internship I, II & III

6

6

SAEXM JAS

JAS Comprehensive Examination 

 0

 0

TOTAL

16

18

Year III-Fall

COURSE TITLE MAOM
SEMESTER HOURS
MAOM + JAS
SEMESTER HOURS

SAJAS 140

JAS: Shakuju

0

2

SACHM 141

CHM: Internal Medicine

4

4

CACHM 150

CHM: Formula Writing

2

2

SAMTP 130

Bodywork Therapy

1

1

SACAS 231

Clinical Case Management

1

1

SACAS 250

Chinese Nutrition

1

1

SABUS 122

Practice Management: Business Skills

1

1

SACLC OM

*MAOM CHM & Dual Clinical Internship IV, V & VI

6

6

SAEXM CHM

CHM Comprehensive Examination

0

0

TOTAL

16

18

Year III-Spring

COURSE TITLE MAOM
SEMESTER HOURS
MAOM + JAS
SEMESTER HOURS

SACHM 142

CHM: Internal Medicine II

4

4

SACHM 160

CHM: Clinical Pharmacology

 2

 2

SABUS 123

Practice Management: Acupuncture Professional Issues

1

1

SACAS 240

Survey Classic Chinese Medical Texts

1

1

SACAS 140

History of Chinese Medicine

1

1

SACAS 260

Western Nutrition

1

1

SAEL

CHM Elective 1

 2

 0

SACLC OM60, HM1B60

*MAOM CHM & JAS Clinical Internship VII, VIII, IX

6

6

TOTAL

18

16

Year III-Summer

COURSE TITLE MAOM
SEMESTER HOURS
MAOM + JAS
SEMESTER HOURS

SASCI 201

Physiology of Acupuncture

 2

 2

SAEL

CHM Elective 2

2

0

SASCI 170

Microbiology**

3

3

SACLC OM60, CHM1B60

MAOM CHM & Dual Clinical Internship X, XI, XII*

6

6

TOTAL

13

11

Total Semester Hours MAOM and MAOM +JAS:

 151

158 

*CPR/First Aid certification must be current throughout all Clinical Internships.

Japanese acupuncture places an emphasis on palpation (touch) as part of the diagnostic and treatment process. It includes the use of very thin needles as well as other tools for non-needling techniques, which allow for especially gentle treatments. While Japanese acupuncture is beneficial for patients of all ages, it is well suited for children.

All students take an introduction to Japanese Acupuncture Styles course in the first year of the program to familiarize themselves with this specialization. After completion of this course, students may elect to pursue the series of five JAS courses as well as JAS clinical rotations.

Upon successful completion of the Master of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (MAOM) program, students will be able to:

  • Apply the foundational knowledge of acupuncture, Chinese medicine and/or Chinese herbal medicine, including philosophies and theories, to patient care.
  • Synthesize information from the health history, intake and physical examination to accurately diagnose illness and develop and implement an effective treatment plan for patients.
  • Utilize critical thinking and professional judgment to manage a case appropriately over time.
  • Apply sufficient understanding of western biomedical terminology, pathophysiology and treatment strategies to support effective communication with other healthcare professionals.
  • Demonstrate preparedness to establish and maintain a successful clinical practice and to participate collaboratively in a variety of clinical settings.
  • Honor ethical standards in all interactions with patients and healthcare professionals.
  • Evaluate published research to inform clinical practice and an understanding of public health.
  • Respond appropriately to medical emergencies, and make informed and appropriate referrals.
  • Demonstrate the capacity to engage in regular self-assessment and lifelong learning to achieve continuous professional growth.

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