Acupuncture is a key field in the integrative medicine model that is transforming healthcare worldwide.

Healthcare Providers Increasingly Rely on Acupuncture

Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) are a popular form of complementary and integrative medicine that is widely used worldwide. Acupuncture is one of several treatment techniques utilized as part of TCM, which is medical system that has been used for thousands of years to prevent, diagnose, and treat disease. Acupuncture itself, utilizes very thin, solid needles that are pre-sterilized. These needles are inserted into various points on the surface the body and bring about a therapeutic effect by stimulating the body's natural healing systems.

Would a Career in Acupuncture Suit You?

You may be well-suited to life as an acupuncturist if you enjoy:

  • Helping patients with traditional healing techniques and spending quality time with them to discuss diet and lifestyle choices that affect their overall wellbeing.
  • Collaborating with other healthcare professionals in integrated medical organizations ranging from hospitals and community health centers to sports teams and hospice facilities.
  • Owning and operating a private practice as a small businessperson.
  • Investigating and validating the integration of Eastern and Western medical traditions and techniques—an advanced degree in acupuncture will prepare you to conduct research in the field.

Growing Opportunities for Acupuncture Professionals

Acupuncture is becoming an integrated part of Western healthcare, which means more job opportunities for trained professionals. Licensed acupuncturists are seeing more and more professional opportunities, and acupuncture career options continue to expand in variety.
male acupuncture student removing needles from female patient

Stats & Facts

MCPHS adds up to be a smart choice for acupuncture.


health conditions

improved with acupuncture therapies (World Health Organization)



from hospitals and primary-care clinics to sports teams and medical centers


average salary

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average salary for an Acupuncturist is $78,220.

News & Features

Keep up with the latest news from the New England School of Acupuncture at MCPHS.