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Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Chinese Herbal Medicine (CAGS)

Location: Worcester
Start Term: Fall, Spring, Summer

Designed for acupuncturists looking to incorporate herbal medicine into their clinical practice, the Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Chinese Herbal Medicine program includes comprehensive study of single herbs, classic formulas, and clinical applications.

In addition to extensive didactic coursework, students gain vital hands-on experience. In the Chinese Herbal Medicine Dispensary at the New England School of Acupuncture, students observe and assist patients in a dispensary stocked with an extensive selection of top quality herbal products. In the Acupuncture Treatment Center, students treat patients with a variety of clinical conditions, under thoughtful direct supervision of senior faculty.

When you graduate, you will be eligible for licensure in the state of Massachusetts with authorization to practice Chinese Herbal Medicine, as outlined by the Board of Registration in Medicine.

This certificate is 32 months, part-time. In addition to on-campus courses, self-directed study of at least 10 hours/week is recommended.

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

  • Completed MCPHS Application
  • Official college transcript(s) from all colleges/universities attended demonstrating completion of nationally accredited Acupuncture program
  • Acupuncture licensure (or eligibility for licensure)

If an applicant has not completed the required 4 semester hours (60 clock hours) in biomedical clinical sciences, these hours may be met by NESA courses Introduction to Epidemiology & Biostatistics, Research Design and Evaluation, Physiology of Acupuncture, or co-requisite sciences.

Transfer Credit

Transfer credit is awarded for a maximum of 25% of the Program and must have been completed at an ACAOM-accredited institution. Applicants may be awarded transfer credit for the first three courses, for a maximum of 10 credits if those were completed with a grade of C or higher.

Course TITLE SEMESTER HOURS

YEAR I: SPRING

SACHM 100 Introduction to Chinese Herbal Medicine 2

YEAR 1: SUMMER

SACHM 111 CHM: Pharmacopoeia I 4

YEAR II: FALL

SACHM 112 CHM: Pharmacopoeia II 4

YEAR II: SPRING

SACHM 121 CHM: Formulas I 4

YEAR II: SUMMER

SACHM 122 CHM: Formulas II 4
SACHM 130 CHM: Patent Herbal Medicine 2

YEAR III: FALL

SACHM 141 CHM: Internal Medicine I 4
SACHM 150 CHM: Formula Writing 2
SAEXMCHM CHM Comprehensive Examination 0

YEAR III: SPRING

SACHM 142 CHM: Internal Medicine II 4

YEAR III: SUMMER

SACHM 160 CHM: Clinical Pharmacology 2
 

INDIVIDUAL PROGRAM SCHEDULE

 
  Biomedical Clinical Sciences
Total Didactic Instruction
36

CLINICAL INSTRUCTION


CHM: NESA Dispensary Assistantship 0
CHM: Assistantship 0
SACLC CHM: Clinical Internship 2
SACLC CHM: Clinical Internship 2
SACLC CHM: Clinical Internship 2
Total Clinical Instruction 6
Total CHM Program 42
 

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