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Master of Acupuncture

Location: Worcester
Start Term: Fall

Gain the knowledge, skills, and competencies needed to practice acupuncture effectively in a variety of settings, including in private practice and hospitals. In the Master of Acupuncture program, you will learn how to provide highly skilled and effective acupuncture to patients of all ages, helping them with pain and other conditions .

The Master of Acupuncture program includes both classroom and clinical education in Chinese Acupuncture Studies (CAS), emphasizing hands-on learning with other students. In addition to on-campus courses, students are required to complete assistantships, during which they shadow licensed acupuncturists in the NESA Acupuncture Treatment Center, as well as in community settings.

Students in the first year of the program take classes three days per week, but with additional required courses, co-requisites, assistantships, and clinical placements, students should expect an additional two days per week of related coursework as the program progresses.

During the third year of the program, students are placed in clinical settings to provide care under the direct supervision of senior faculty. Upon completion of the program, students will be well-prepared to pass board examinations and seek licensure by the state.

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 2019 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.

COURSE TITLE SEMESTER HOURS

Fall Term 1st Year

SACAS 101 Traditional Chinese Medicine Theory I 4
SACAS 111 Point Location I 2.5
SACAS 121 Materials & Methods I 2
SACAS 131 Living Anatomy I 2
SAMTP100 Internal Exercise  1
SACLC AA30 Clinical Assistantship  1
SASCI 101/110 Anatomy & Physiology I / Lab 4
Total Credits 16.5

Spring Term 1st Year

SACAS 102 Traditional Chinese Medicine Theory II 4
SACAS 112 Point Location II  2.5
SACAS 122 Materials & Methods II  2
SACAS 132 Living Anatomy II   2
SAJAS 100 Introduction to Japanese Acupuncture  1
SACHM 100 Introduction to Chinese Herbal Medicine 2
SACLC AA30 Clinical Assistantship II 1
SASCI 102 Anatomy & Physiology II 3
Total 17.5

Summer Term 1st Year

SACAS 161/162 Actions & Effects of Points 3
SACAS 190  Clinical Skills of TCM 2
SACAS 211 Western Medical Pathology & Pharmacology I  3

Epidemiology/Biostatistics 2
MAc Elective 1 1
SACLC AA30 Clinical Assistantship III  1
SASCI 120 General Biology 3

First Year Comprehensive Examination 0
Total 15

Fall Term 2nd Year

SACAS 171 TCM Etiology & Pathology of Disease I  3
SACAS 201 Intro to Clinical Internship I  2.5
SACAS 212 Western Medical Pathology & Pharmacology II  3
SARES 100 Research Design & Evaluation 3
SABUS 121 Practice Management: Marketing 1
SACLC AA30 Clinical Assistantship IV 1
Total 13.5

Spring Term 2nd Year

SACAS 172 TCM Etiology & Pathology of Disease II 3
SACAS 202 Intro to Clinical Internship II 2.5
SACAS 213 Western Medical Pathology & Pharmacology III 3
SACAS 270 Clinical Theater 1
  MAc Elective 2 2
SACLC AA30 Clinical Assistantship V 1
SASCI 130 Psychology  3

Second Year Comprehensive Exam  0
Total 15.5

Summer Term 2nd Year

SACAS 220 Patient Provider Relationship  3
SACAS 180 Microsystems  1
  Acupuncture Channel Treatment  2
SACLC CAS60 MAc Clinical Internship I, II, III*  6
Total 12

Fall Term 3rd Year

SAMTP 130 OM Bodywork  1
SACAS 231 Clinical Case Management  1
SACAS 250 Chinese Nutrition  1
SAMTP 100  Internal Exercise  1
SABUS 122 Practice Management: Business Skills   1

MAc Elective 3  1
SASCI 170 Microbiology  3
SACLC CAS60 MAc Clinical Internship IV, V & VI* 6
Total 15

Spring Term 3rd Year

SABUS 123 Practice Management: AOM Professional Issues  1
SACAS 240 Survey Classic Chinese Medical Texts  1
SACAS 140 History of Chinese Medicine  1
SACAS 260  Western Nutrition  1
  MAc Elective 4  1
  MAc Elective 5 1
SACLC CAS60 MAc Clinical Internship VII, VIII, IX*  6
Total 12
 *Valid CPR/First Aid certification is required throughout Clinical Internships.

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) 

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.

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.

Applicants who are interested in practicing both acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine are able to apply to our Master of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (MAOM) program. Upon graduation, you'll be eligible to sit for the national board certification examinations in acupuncture and herbs and apply for state licensure.

Enrollment into the MAOM program is also possible for students in the Master of Acupuncture (MAc) program up until the end of the first year of the program.

 

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