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Doctor of Acupuncture (DAc)

Location: Worcester
Start Term: Fall

The Doctor of Acupuncture (DAc) is a four-year program that teaches the knowledge, skills, and competencies needed to provide highly skilled and effective care to patients of all ages in a variety of settings, including in private practice and hospitals. This program also provides advanced training that prepares acupuncturists to collaborate with other healthcare professionals or work in integrative medical settings. The program features both classroom and clinical training in acupuncture studies, emphasizing hands-on learning under direct supervision of experienced faculty.

In the first year, students learn essential foundational theories and principles of both Eastern and Western medicine. You will immediately begin to practice the clinical skills and develop the professional competencies necessary to become a successful acupuncturist, with a special emphasis on acupuncture needle techniques. 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. 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 continue 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 third year, students are eligible to sit for national board examinations and seek licensure.

In the fourth year, training includes practice-based learning, research competencies to support evidence-based practice, advanced diagnostic assessment, and an understanding of collaborative care delivery in healthcare systems. Students complete integrative medicine clinical placements in a hospital setting.

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.

Applicants will be dually enrolled in a Master of Acupuncture (MAc) or Master of Oriental Medicine (MAOM), as a Doctor of Acupuncture (DAc) student.

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 three (3) years of undergraduate-level education (defined as 90-semester credits or 135 quarter credits) from an institution accredited or pre-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.

The following prerequisite undergraduate-level education courses required for admission must be completed either prior to enrollment, or at MCPHS as part of your NESA program. Linked courses are available through the MCPHS School of Professional Studies. Corequisite courses (as indicated below) must have been completed at a regionally accredited college or university with a grade of C or better.

Transfer Credit:

NESA allows a maximum of 50% of the coursework needed for graduation from a degree program or certificate of advanced graduate studies to be accepted for transfer. Of that 50% no more than 25% of the program clinical training requirement may be accepted as transfer credit.

NESA requires course descriptions and syllabi when determining the award of transfer credit for acupuncture coursework which must have been completed within the last three years. Non-acupuncture coursework earned more than five years prior to admission may be accepted for transfer credit if the applicant provides evidence of retained competencies of the coursework in their specified field for which transfer credits are being assessed. New England School of Acupuncture reserves the right to require a challenge exam in the determination of all transfer credit.

English Language Competency

Candidates applying to the New England School of Acupuncture programs must demonstrate English language competency by one of the following means:

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

COURSE

TITLE

MAc/DAC Semester Hours

MAc/DAC w/JAS Semester Hours

Fall Term Year 1

SACAS 101

Traditional Chinese Medicine Theory I

4

4

SACAS 111

Point Location I

2.5

2.5

SACAS 121

Materials and Methods I

2

2

SACAS 131

Integrated Anatomy I

2

2

SAMTP 100

Internal Exercise

1

1

SACAS 140

History of Chinese Medicine

1

1

SACLC AA30

Clinical Assistantship I

1

1

SASCI 101

Anatomy & Physiology I

3

3

SASCI 110

Anatomy & Physiology Lab

1

1

TOTAL

17.5

17.5

Spring Term Year 1

SACAS 102

Traditional Chinese Medicine Theory II

4

4

SACAS 112

Point Location II

2.5

2.5

SACAS 122

Materials & Methods II

2

2

SACAS 132

Integrated Anatomy II

2

2

SAJAS 100

Japanese Acupuncture I

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

18.5

18.5

Summer Term Year 1

SACAS 161

Actions and Effects of Points

3

3

SACAS 190

Clinical Skills of TCM

2

2

SACAS 211

Integrated Anatomy III

2

2

SARES 280

Acupuncture Channel Theory/Treatment

2

2

SAMTP 100

Internal Exercise

1

1

SAMTP 130

Bodywork

 1

 1

SACLC AA30

Clinical Assistantship III

1

1

SASCI 120

General Biology

3

3

SAJAS XXX

Japanese Acupuncture II

 N/A

 2

SAEXM CAS1

First Year Comprehensive Examination

0

0

TOTAL

17

19

Fall Term Year 2

SACAS 171

TCM Etiology and Pathology of Disease I

3

3

SACAS 201

Intro to Clinical Internship I

2.5

2.5

SACAS 211

Western Medical Pathology and Pharmacology I

3

3

SASCI XXX

Integrated Acupuncture Pain Management I

2

2

SACLC AA30

Clinical Assistantship IV

1

1

SASCI 140

Chemistry for the Health Sciences

3

3

SAJAS XXX

Japanese Acupuncture III

 N/A

 2

TOTAL

14.5

16.5

Spring Term Year 2

SACAS 172

TCM Etiology and Pathology of Disease II

3

3

SACAS 202

Intro to Clinical Internship II

2.5

2.5

SACAS 212

Western Medical Pathology and Pharmacology II

3

3

SASCI XXX

Integrated Acupuncture Pain Management I

2

2

SACLC AA30

Clinical Assistantship V

1

1

SASCI 130

Psychology

3

3

SAJAS XXX

Japanese Acupuncture IV

 N/A

 2

SAEXM CAS2

Second Comprehensive Exam

0

0

TOTAL

14.5

16.5

Summer Term Year 2

SACAS 213

Western Medical Pathology & Pharmacology II

3

3

SACAS 220

Patient Provider Relationship

3

3

SACAS 180

Microsystems of Acupuncture Treatment

1

1

SACLC CAS60

Clinical Internship I,II,&III

6

6

SAJAS XXX

Japanese Acupuncture V

N/A

2

SAEXM JAS

JAS Comprehensive Examination

N/A

0

TOTAL

13

15

Fall Term Year 3

SARES 100

Research Design & Evaluation

3

3

SACAS 231

Clinical Case Management

1

1

SACAS 250

Chinese Nutrition

1

1

SABUS 121

Practice Management: Marketing & Business

2

2

SASCI 170

Microbiology

3

3

SACLC CAS60

Clinical Internship IV, V & VI

6

6

SAJAS XXX

Japanese Acupuncture VI

 N/A

 2

TOTAL

16

18

Spring Term Year 3

SARES 145

Epidemiology/Biostatistics

2

2

SACAS 240

Survey Classic Chinese Medical Texts

1

1

SABUS 123

Practice Management: Acupuncture Professional Issues

1

1

SACAS 260

Western Nutrition

1

1

SASCI XXX

Patient Assessment

2

2

SACLC CAS, JAS

Clinical Internship VII, VIII, IX

6

6

TOTAL

13

13

Summer Term Year 3

SASCI 201

Physiology of Acupuncture

2

2

SADAC 820

Advanced Diagnostic Studies

2

2

SADAC 812

Systems Based Medicine: Collaborative Care

2

2

TOTAL

6

6

Fall Term Year 4

SADAC 810

Professional Development: Lifelong Learning

2

2

SADAC 811

Systems Based Medicine: Patient Care Systems

3

3

TOTAL

5

5

Spring Term Year 4

SADAC 821

Integrative Acupuncture Pain Management

4

3

SADAC 822

Integrative Acupuncture Clinic

4

3

TOTAL

8

8

TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS

141

151

COURSE

TITLE

MAOM/DAc Semester Hours

MAOM/DAc/JAS Semester Hours

Fall Term Year 1

SACAS 101

Traditional Chinese Medicine Theory I

4

4

SACAS 111

Point Location I

2.5

2.5

SACAS 121

Materials and Methods I

2

2

SACAS 131

Integrated Anatomy I

2

2

SAMTP 100

Internal Exercise

1

1

SACAS 140

History of Chinese Medicine

1

1

SACLC AA30

Clinical Assistantship I

1

1

SASCI 101

Anatomy & Physiology I

3

3

SASCI 110

Anatomy & Physiology Lab

1

1

TOTAL

17.5

17.5

Spring Term Year 1

SACAS 102

Traditional Chinese Medicine Theory II

4

4

SACAS 112

Point Location II

2.5

2.5

SACAS 122

Materials & Methods II

2

2

SACAS 132

Integrated Anatomy II

2

2

SAJAS 100

Japanese Acupuncture I

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

18.5

18.5

Summer Term Year 1

SACHM 111

CHM: Pharmacopoeia I

 4

 4

SACAS 161

Actions and Effects of Points

3

3

SACAS 190

Clinical Skills of TCM

2

2

SACAS 211

Integrated Anatomy III

2

2

SARES 280

Acupuncture Channel Theory/Treatment

2

2

SAMTP 130

Bodywork

 1

 1

SACLC AA30

Clinical Assistantship III

1

1

SASCI 120

General Biology

3

3

SAJAS XXX

Japanese Acupuncture II

 N/A

 2

SAEXM CAS1

First Year Comprehensive Examination

0

0

TOTAL

18

20

Fall Term Year 2

SACHM 112

CHM: Pharmacopoeia II

 4

 4

SACAS 171

TCM Etiology and Pathology of Disease I

3

3

SACAS 201

Intro to Clinical Internship I

2.5

2.5

SACAS 211

Western Medical Pathology and Pharmacology I

3

3

SASCI XXX

Integrated Acupuncture Pain Management I

2

2

SACLC DA15

CHM Dispensary Assistantship at NESA

 0

 0

SACLC AA30

Clinical Assistantship IV

1

1

SASCI 140

Chemistry for the Health Sciences

3

3

SAJAS XXX

Japanese Acupuncture III

 N/A

 2

TOTAL

18.5

20.5

Spring Term Year 2

SACHM 121

CHM: Formulas I

 4

 4

SACAS 172

TCM Etiology and Pathology of Disease II

3

3

SACAS 202

Intro to Clinical Internship II

2.5

2.5

SACAS 212

Western Medical Pathology and Pharmacology II

3

3

SASCI XXX

Integrated Acupuncture Pain Management I

2

2

SACLC AA30

Clinical Assistantship V

1

1

SASCI 130

Psychology

3

3

SAJAS XXX

Japanese Acupuncture IV

 N/A

 2

SAEXM CAS2

Second Comprehensive Exam

0

0

TOTAL

18.5

20.5

Summer Term Year 2

SACHM 122

CHM: Formulas II

 4

 4

SACHM 130

CHM: Patent Herbal Medicine

 2

 2

SACAS 213

Western Medical Pathology & Pharmacology II

3

3

SACAS 220

Patient Provider Relationship

3

3

SACAS 180

Microsystems of Acupuncture Treatment

1

1

SACLC CAS60

Clinical Internship I,II,&III

6

6

SAJAS XXX

Japanese Acupuncture V

N/A

2

SAEXM JAS

JAS Comprehensive Examination

N/A

0

TOTAL

19

21

Fall Term Year 3

SACHM 141

CHM: Internal Medicine I

 4

 4

SACHM 150

CHM: Formula Writing

 2

 2

SARES 100

Research Design & Evaluation

3

3

SACAS 231

Clinical Case Management

1

1

SACAS 250

Chinese Nutrition

1

1

SABUS 121

Practice Management: Marketing & Business

2

2

SACLC CAS60

Clinical Internship IV, V & VI

6

6

SAJAS XXX

Japanese Acupuncture VI

 N/A

 2

SACLC CAS60

CHM Comprehensive Exam

 0

 0

TOTAL

19

21

Spring Term Year 3

SACHM 142

CHM: Internal Medicine II

 4

 4

SACHM 160 

Clinical Pharmacology

 2

 2

SARES 145

Epidemiology/Biostatistics

2

2

SACAS 240

Survey Classic Chinese Medical Texts

1

1

SABUS 123

Practice Management: Acupuncture Professional Issues

1

1

SACAS 260

Western Nutrition

1

1

SASCI XXX

Patient Assessment

2

2

SACLC CAS, JAS

Clinical Internship VII, VIII, IX

6

6

TOTAL

19

19

Summer Term Year 3

SASCI 201

Physiology of Acupuncture

2

2

SACHM XXX

CHM Classical Texts

2

2

SASCI 170

Microbiology

3

3

SACLC CAS60

Clinical Internship X, XI, XII

 6

 6

TOTAL

13

13

Fall Term Year 4

SADAC 810

Professional Development: Lifelong Learning

2

2

SADAC 811

Systems Based Medicine: Patient Care Systems

3

3

SADAC 812

Systems Based Medicine: Collaborative Care

 2

 2

TOTAL

7

7

Spring Term Year 4

SADAC 820

Advanced Diagnostic Studies

 2

 2

SADAC 821

Integrative Acupuncture Pain Management

4

3

SADAC 822

Integrative Acupuncture Clinic

4

3

TOTAL

10

10

TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS

178

188

  • 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 and collaboration with other healthcare professionals

  • Demonstrate preparedness to establish and maintain a successful clinical practice, participate collaboratively in a variety of clinical settings, and serve successfully as part of an integrative healthcare team

  • Honor ethical standards in all interactions with patients and healthcare professionals

  • Evaluate published research to guide healthcare improvement, innovation, and interprofessional delivery

  • Exhibit an understanding of healthcare practices and policies across the healthcare system

  • 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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