Master of Acupuncture

Location: Worcester
Start Term: Fall

As an acupuncturist, you can affect patients’ energy flow and help them heal. In this program, you will gain the knowledge, skills, and competencies needed to practice acupuncture effectively as a licensed healthcare provider.

The Master of Acupuncture program includes both classroom and clinical education in Chinese Acupuncture Studies (CAS). The program emphasizes extensive hands-on internship training. In addition to beginning the practice of acupuncture techniques, students will observe how acupuncture is practiced in teaching centers. As part of the program, students are required to complete off-campus assistantships, which involve shadowing a licensed acupuncturist, for an average of 30 hours per term in terms four through eight.

We offer two timelines for the Master of Acupuncture program: a 4-year and a 3-year option. Both options are full-time (over nine credits per term), which means all of our acupuncture students are eligible for federal financial assistance.

4-year program (48 month)

Perfect for the working professional, the 4-year program is designed to empower you to work full-time while pursuing your Master of Acupuncture. A typical schedule in the 4-year program includes two days of classes per week on our Worcester campus. In the final four terms of the program, students attend two days of classes and one day of clinical per week. Students in our 4-year program enjoy flexible hours and locations for their off-campus assistantships. Students in our 4-year program share classes with students in the 3-year program, but compete the program in a longer time frame. In addition, the 4-year program allows students to pay a lower cost per term, compared to our 3-year program, because students complete fewer credits per term.

3-year program (36 month)

Our 3-year program offers a faster path to an Acupuncture degree, enabling you to earn your degree in just eight terms, instead of of the 12 terms required of students in our 4-year program. A typical schedule in the 3-year program includes three days of classes per week on our Worcester campus. In the final three terms of the program, students attend three days of class and one day of clinical. Students in our 3-year program may opt into our Master of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (MAOM) program before the second year of the program.

Priority Application deadline: May 1

We prioritize the review and admission of applications submitted earlier in our rolling admission process, so it is to your advantage to submit your application as soon as possible.

All applicants are automatically considered for scholarship with their application. We have a rolling admission process, and the sooner you submit your application, the more favorably you will be considered both for admission and scholarship.

For admission to the program, an applicant must have:

  • Students must have 60 or more college credits earned prior to matriculation.
  • One letter of recommendation
  • Current resume
  • Official transcripts from all colleges attended
  • A genuine and thoughtful interest in the study and practice of acupuncture and/or Chinese herbal medicine

Additionally, the following courses must be completed either prior to enrollment, or at MCPHS within the Acupuncture curriculum.

  • Anatomy & Physiology I & II* (6 credits)
  • Anatomy Lab* (1 credit)
  • General Biology*  (3 credits)
  • General Psychology (3 credits)
  • Microbiology (3 credits)

*Distance Learning or online courses are not allowed for licensure in MA per Committee on Acupuncture. General Psychology and Microbiology can be taken as online or distance learning courses.

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

We are now offering ‘On-The-Spot Admission’ appointments in Worcester for entry to the Fall 2018 semester. Your visit will include:

  • Tour of classrooms, treatment rooms, acupuncture supply store, & Herbal Medicine Center
  • Sit in on a current Acupuncture class (offered Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday)
  • Interview with faculty/staff
  • On-the-spot admission discussion with Admissions (please bring copies of all college transcripts)
  • Free Acupuncture treatment

Taking advantage of this opportunity will give you the chance to make a strong, positive impression while we review your file and make an admissions decision on the spot!   

Please email Jasmine Kearse at jasmine.kearse@mcphs.edu or call 774.243.3467 to schedule a date and time.

Year I-Fall

COURSE
TITLE
CAS TRACK
SEMESTER HOURS
JAS TRACK
SEMESTER HOURS

SACAS 101

TCM Theory I

4

4

SACAS 111

Point Location I

2.5

2.5

SACAS 121

Materials & Methods I

2

2

SACAS 131

Living Anatomy I

2

2

SAMTP100

Internal Exercise

1

2

SACLC AA30

Clinical Assistantship I

1

1

SASCI 101/110

Anatomy & Physiology I /lab

4

2.5

TOTAL

16.5

16.5


Year I-Spring

COURSE
TITLE
CAS TRACK
SEMESTER HOURS
JAS TRACK
SEMESTER HOURS

SACAS 102

TCM Theory II

4

4

SACAS 112

Point Location II

2.5

2.5

SACAS 122

Materials & Methods II

2

2

SACAS 132

Living Anatomy II

2

2

SAJAS 100

Introduction to Japanese Acupuncture

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
CAS TRACK
SEMESTER HOURS
JAS TRACK
SEMESTER HOURS

SAJAS 111

JAS: Root Treatment I

0

2

SACAS
161/162

Actions & Effects of Points

3

3

SACAS 190

Clinical Skills of TCM

2

2

SACAS 211

Western Medical Pathology
& Pharmacology I

3

3

Epidemiology/
Biostatistics

2

2

MAc Elective I

1

1

SACLC AA30

Clinical Assistantship III

1

1

SASCI 120

General Biology

3

3

First Year Comprehensive
Examination

0

0

TOTAL

15

17


Year II-Fall

COURSE
TITLE
CAS TRACK
SEMESTER HOURS
JAS TRACK
SEMESTER HOURS

SAJAS 112

JAS: Root Treatment II

0

2.5

SACAS 171

TCM Etiology & Pathology of Disease I

3

3

SACAS 201

Intro to Clinical Internship I

2.5

2.5

SACAS 212

Western Medical Pathology & Pharmacology II

3

3

SARES 100

Research Design & Evaluation

3

3

SABUS 121

Practice Management: Marketing

1

1

SACLC AA30

Clinical Assistantship IV

1

1

TOTAL

13.5

16


Year II-Spring

COURSE
TITLE
CAS TRACK
SEMESTER HOURS
JAS TRACK
SEMESTER HOURS

SAJAS 120

JAS: Local Treatment

0

2.5

SACAS 172

TCM Etiology & Pathology of Disease II

3

3

SACAS 202

Intro to Clinical Internship II

2.5

2.5

SACAS 213

Western Medical Pathology & Pharmacology III

3

3

SACAS 270

Clinical Theater

1

1

MAc Elective 2

2

2

SACLC AA30

Clinical Assistantship V

1

1

SASCI 130

Psychology

3

3

Second Year Comprehensive Exam

0

0

TOTAL

15.5

18


Year II-Summer

COURSE
TITLE
CAS TRACK
SEMESTER HOURS
JAS TRACK
SEMESTER HOURS

SAJAS 130

JAS: Introduction to Clinical Internship

0

2

SACAS 220

Patient Provider Relationship

3

3

SACAS 180

Microsystems

1

1

xxx

Acupuncture Channel Treatment

2

2

SACLC CAS60

MAc Clinical Internship I, II, III

6

6

TOTAL

12

14


Year III-Fall

COURSE
TITLE
CAS TRACK
SEMESTER HOURS
JAS TRACK
SEMESTER HOURS

SAJAS 140

JAS: Shakuju

0

2

SAMTP 130

OM Bodywork

1

1

SACAS 231

Clinical Case Management

1

1

SACAS 250

Chinese Nutrition

1

1

SAMTP 100

Internal Exercise

1

1

SABUS 122

Practice Management: Business Skills

1

1

MAc Elective 3

1

1

SASCI 170

Microbiology

3

3

SACLC CAS60, JAS60

MAc Clinical Internship IV, V & VI

6

6

TOTAL

15

17


Year III-Spring

COURSE
TITLE
CAS TRACK
SEMESTER HOURS
JAS TRACK
SEMESTER HOURS

SABUS 123

Practice Management: AOM 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

MAc Elective 4

1

1

MAc Elective 5

1

1

SACLC CAS60, JAS60

MAc Clinical Internship VII, VIII, IX

6

6

TOTAL

12

12

Total Semester Hours MAc (CAS and JAS): 117 128


COURSE TITLE SEMESTER HOURS

Fall Term 1st Year

SACAS 101 Traditional Chinese Medicine Theory I 4
SAMTP 100 Internal Exercise (Qigong) 1
SACAS 250 Chinese Nutrition 1
SASCI 101 Anatomy & Physiology I 3
SASCI 110 Anatomy Lab 1
Total Credits 10

Spring Term 1st Year

SACAS 102 Traditional Chinese Medicine Theory II 4
SACHM 100 Introduction to Chinese Herbal Medicine 2
SACAS 140 History of Chinese Medicine 1
SASCI 102 Anatomy & Physiology II 3
Total 10

Summer Term 1st Year

Epidemiology/Biostatistics 2
SAMTP 100 Internal Exercise (Qigong) 1
MAc Elective 1 1
SASCI 120 General Biology 3
SASCI 130 General Psychology 3
Total 10

Fall Term 2nd Year

SACAS 111 Point Location I 2.5
SACAS 121 Materials & Methods I 2
SACAS 131 Living Anatomy & Structural Analysis I 2
SABUS 121 Practice Management: Marketing 1
SAMTP 130 Oriental Bodywork Therapy 1
SACLC AA30 Clinical Assistantship I 1
Total 9.5

Spring Term 2nd Year

SACAS 112 Point Location II 2.5
SACAS 122 Materials & Methods II 2
SACAS 132 Living Anatomy & Structural Analysis II 2
SAJAS 100 Introduction to Japanese Acupuncture 1
  MAc Elective 2 1
SACLC AA30 Clinical Assistantship II 1
Total 9.5

Summer Term 2nd Year

SACAS 161-162 Actions & Effects of Points 3
SACAS 190 Clinical Skills of TCM 2
SACAS 180 Microsystems 1
SACAS 211 Western Medical Pathology & Pharmacology I 3
SACLC AA30 Clinical Assistantship III 1
  Comprehensive Examination 1 0
Total 10

Fall Term 3rd Year

SACAS 171 TCM Etiology &Pathology of Disease I 3
SACAS 212 Western Medical Pathology & Pharmacology II 3
SACAS 201 Intro to Clinical Internship I 2.5
SACLC AA30 Clinical Assistantship IV 1
Total 9.5

Spring Term 3rd Year

SACAS 172 TCM Etiology &Pathology of Disease II 3
SACAS 213 Western Medical Pathology & Pharmacology III 3
SACAS 202 Intro to Clinical Internship II 2.5
SACAS 270 Clinical Theater 1
SACLC AA30 Clinical Assistantship V 1
Comprehensive Examination 2 0
Total 10.5

Summer Term 3rd Year

SACAS 220 Patient Provider Relationship 3
Acupuncture Channel Treatment 2
SACLCCAS70 MAc Clinical Internship I,II* 4
 *Valid CPR/First Aid certification is required throughout Clinical Internship.
Total 9

Fall Term 4th Year

SARES 100 Research Design & Evaluation 3
SACAS 231 Clinical Case Management 1
SABUS 122 Practice Management: Business Skills 1
SACLC CAS70 MAc Clinical Internship III & IV 4
Total 9

Spring Term 4th Year

SABUS 123 Practice Management: AOM Professional Issues 1
SACAS 240 Classic Chinese Medical Texts 1
SACAS 260 Western Nutrition 1
MAc Elective 3 1
MAc Elective 4 1
SACLC, CAS70, JAS70 MAc Clinical Internship V,&VI 4
Total 9

Summer Term 4th Year

MAc Elective 5 1
MAc Elective 6 1
SASCI 170 Microbiology 3
SACLC CAS70, JAS70 MAc Clinical Intern VII, VIII, IX 6
Total 11

Total MAc Program Credits: 117

At the end of your first year, you will have the option to continue to focus on CAS alone, or choose from a variety of tracks to specialize and enhance your knowledge. Students choose from the following, optional tracks:

Japanese Acupuncture Styles (JAS) (Available to students in the 3-year program only)

The Japanese Acupuncture Styles track includes an optional sequence of five courses in Japanese Acupuncture Styles. Typically, Japanese acupuncture uses thinner needles and needling tools and relies more heavily on palpatory technique. Each needle is inserted more superficially and within this style, non-insertive needle techniques can be used. Japanese acupuncture is beneficial for all types of patients, but is especially suited for children. This track is comprised of the core curriculum and courses providing application of two predominant therapeutic styles of Japanese Acupuncture: Meridian 5 Phase and Extraordinary Vessels. Students who complete the Japanese Acupuncture Styles (JAS) track earn a Master of Acupuncture (MAc) with a concentration in JAS. Students complete requirements for graduation in a minimum of 33 months.

Chinese Herbal Medicine (CHM) (Available to students in the 3-year program only)

The Chinese Herbal Medicine (CHM) track provides students with extensive training in the use of herbal medicine to treat chronic and acute conditions. Clinical rotations combining Chinese acupuncture and CHM are required for this track and give students the first-hand experience of using Chinese herbs in a clinical setting. Students who complete the Chinese Herbal Medicine (CHM) track earn a Master of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (MAOM). Students complete requirements for graduation in a minimum of 36 months.

Pain Management (PM)

Through a partnership Tufts University School of Medicine, students may earn an additional Master’s of Science in Pain Research, Education and Policy to help meet the challenges of managing chronic pain. This innovative, inter-professional program addresses pain as a public health issue, with courses concentrating on the neurobiology of pain, the psychosocial aspects of pain and hospice/palliative care issues. Students who complete the Pain Management track earn a Master of Acupuncture (MAc) from MCPHS and a Master’s of Science in Pain Research, Education and Policy from Tufts University School of Medicine (TUSM).

All graduates from MCPHS will be eligible to sit for national board certification examinations provided by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) and to apply for state licensure.

 

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