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As an acupuncturist, you will make a unique contribution to patients, providing powerful treatment options for pain and other conditions. You’ll help solve public health challenges with acupuncture by treating pain effectively and without medications. Symptoms of stress, fatigue, women’s health disorders, and many other conditions will respond to your care. Through long-term, supportive relationships, you will work to relieve suffering and enhance wellness for patients of all ages.

Throughout your career, you’ll have control over your independent clinical practice as you make your own decisions about business goals, work hours, and schedule. As a leader in integrative medicine, you can provide care across a range of specialties, including pediatrics, women’s health, and elder care. You can focus on increasing patient access to acupuncture in hospitals, rehabilitation facilities, and physician offices. However you choose to shape your acupuncture career, your clinical care of patients will be superior, based on your training that combines multiple modalities within Chinese Medicine with orthopedic assessments and interventions.

By choosing the New England School of Acupuncture (NESA) at MCPHS for your acupuncture education, you’ll be studying an ancient medicine at a contemporary health sciences university. You’ll train side-by-side with other graduate students in the health professions, and through collaborative practice, you’ll learn to understand both their role and your own as part of an integrative medicine team. You’ll also have access to clinical placements in leading hospitals throughout New England. And when you graduate, you’ll be well-prepared to represent acupuncture in team-based care with advanced skills and confidence.

Looking for an undergraduate pathway to acupuncture? We offer a time-saving dual degree program that leads to a combined BS/MAc or BS/MAOM. Please see our Health Sciences: Acupuncture pathway program.

Questions about our acupuncture programs? Connect with our Worcester Admission Office at 508.373.5607.

Why choose Acupuncture at MCPHS ?

A leader in the integrative health medicine field, NESA has been training the next generation of healthcare providers for 40 years. Ours is now the largest acupuncture school operating within a regionally accredited health sciences university.

By joining MCPHS, NESA connects Eastern medicine with Western health sciences to create the next generation of healthcare providers who embody integrative medicine.

Featuring the latest advancements, our brand new facility on the Worcester campus gives students the foundational knowledge and skills necessary to provide safe and effective acupuncture.
As a vital part of the acupuncture program, all students complete extensive internship components in biomedical partner facilities located in the greater Boston and Worcester areas.
Both MCPHS degrees include a core curriculum in Chinese Acupuncture Studies with an optional Japanese Acupuncture Styles track for additional expertise. Students in the Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine program also study Chinese Herbal Medicine as part of their required curriculum.
Our school is a leader in Japanese acupuncture education in the U.S., teaching several different acupuncture styles brought from Japan.
Upon graduation, students are 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.

Major Health Plan Announces Acupuncture Coverage

Acupuncture student administering acupuncture to patient's hands.

Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) of Massachusetts announced that they will soon offer coverage for acupuncture services.


A Focus on Integrative Healthcare

The New England School of Acupuncture - in action

Discover how eastern and western medicine approaches come together at MCPHS.

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Acupuncture in Action

A New England School of Acupuncture student and patient.

Get a glimpse of the oldest acupuncture school in the U.S.

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