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Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences: Acupuncture Pathway (BS/MAc or MAOM)

Location: Boston
Start Term: Fall

As an acupuncturist, you will utilize patients' energy flows to help treat a wide array of conditions. By stimulating acupoints, most commonly through the insertion of sterile needles, you will treat the patient holistically to provide relief from pain, migraine headaches, anxiety and depression, insomnia, infertility, or reduce side effects from medications such as chemotherapy.

In this professional pathway, you have the opportunity to earn a combined Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences and Master of Acupuncture (MAc) or Master of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (MAOM). You'll spend the first three years at MCPHS–Boston before transitioning to MCPHS–Worcester where you will work with our highly skilled faculty, learning how to stimulate energy through acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine. Our on campus Acupuncture Treatment Center allows you to work directly with patients from the community in a holistic, clinical setting. Our immersive, health sciences environment means you will experience interprofessional educational opportunities—learning how to work with other members of a healthcare team to deliver a truly integrative treatment plan.

Already have a bachelor's degree? Check out our Master of Acupuncture or Master of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine programs on our Worcester campus.

Learn more about the BS in Health Sciences: Acupuncture Pathway program.

Freshman applicants can view their admission requirements on the Undergraduate Applicants page.

Students with 12 or more college credits may transfer in to the first or second year of the program. Courses must have been completed at a regionally accredited college or university with a grade of C or better for transfer. Math and science courses taken more than ten years prior to the anticipated date of matriculation to MCPHS will not be accepted.

While there are no specific required courses for entry into the first year of our program, the admission committee will look for success in any math and science courses you have already taken. If you complete any of the courses listed below, you may receive transfer credit and your first year course load may be However, due to the block registration nature of MCPHS programs, entering the first year of the program with transfer credits will not change the total length of your program. Courses, other than elective courses, may not be moved forward in your schedule.

Required Courses For Entry to Year II

  • Anatomy & Physiology I & II with Lab* (8 credits)
  • Basic Chemistry I & II with Lab (8 credits)
  • Intro to Psychology (3 credits)
  • Algebra and Trigonometry (3 credits) (Acceptable substitution: Precalculus or Calculus)
  • Expository Writing I & II (6 credits)

Additional Courses Accepted for Transfer Credit

  • General Biology*  (3 credits)
  • Microbiology (3 credits)
  • Statistics (3 credits) (Acceptable substitutions include Basic Statistics, Biostatistics, Psychological Statistics, Economic Statistics)
  • American Culture, Identity, and Public Life (3 credits) (Acceptable substitutions include American History, U.S. History, U.S. Government, Western Civilization)
  • Interpersonal Communications for Health Professionals (3 credits)
  • Human Development (3 credits)
  • Health Psychology (3 credits)
  • Humanities elective (3 credits) (Acceptable courses include Literature, Creative Writing, Philosophy, Ethics, Religious Studies, Select Fine Arts, Advanced Level Languages)
  • Social Science elective (3 credits) (Acceptable courses include History, Political Science/Government, Anthropology, Upper-level Sociology, American Studies, Women Studies, Ethnic Studies, Geography, Economics)

*Distance Learning or online courses are not allowed for licensure in MA per Committee on Acupuncture.

COURSE
TITLE SEMESTER HOURS

Year I—Fall

BIO 110/L Anatomy & Physiology I (w/lab) 4
CHE 110/L Basic Chemistry I (w/lab) 4
ITM 101 Introduction to the Major 1
LIB 111 Expository Writing I 3
MAT 141 Algebra & Trigonometry
3
TOTAL 15

Year I—Spring

BIO 210/L Anatomy & Physiology II (w/lab) 4
CHE 210/L Basic Chemistry II (w/lab) 4
HSC 110 Health Sciences Seminar 1
LIB 112 Expository Writing II 3
LIB 120
Introduction to Psychology 3
TOTAL 15

Year II—Fall

LIB 133 American Culture, Identity, and Public Life
3
HSC 210 Introduction to Health Sciences 1
HSC 301O Health Promotion 3
MAT 261
Statistics 3
LIB 220 Interpersonal Communication 3
BEH 352
Human Development through the Life Cycle
3
TOTAL 16

Year II—Spring

HSC 401O Public Health and Policy 3
BIO 255
Medical Microbiology (w/lab)
4
BEH 250
Health Psychology
3
  Social Sciences Elective
3
  Humanities Elective
3
TOTAL 15

Year III—Fall

HSC 310O
Healthcare Informatics
3
LIB 512
Healthcare Ethics
3
HSC 320O Writing for Health Science Professionals 3
BIO 151
Biology I: Cell & Molecular Biology
3
  Health Sciences Electives 6
TOTAL 18

Year III-Spring

HSC 410O Research Analysis & Methods 3
SSC 495 Evolution of the Health Professions 3
PSB 320
Evolution of the Health Professions
3
  Health Sciences Electives 6
TOTAL 15

*Remaining credits to earn the BS degree will be completed within the first year of the MAc or MAOM program.

 

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