Master of Acupuncture

The MAc program is not admitting new students for the 2014-2015 academic year

AcupunctureThe Master of Acupuncture is a three–year, 2,394 hour/155.25 credit program designed for students having a special affinity for classical acupuncture and moxibustion, and wanting a more streamlined graduate experience. The foundation of the MAc program is similar to that of the MSOM program, with fewer hours of theory and without herbal instruction. An increased emphasis is placed on the refinement of palpation and perception skills used in acupuncture diagnosis and treatment.

The ideal MAc student wants:

  1. To focus their practice on acupuncture rather than Chinese herbs

  2. Serious classical training that emphasizes “hands–on” experience

  3. A strong emphasis on cultivation, including weekly practica and three weekend qigong retreats held in natural settings

  4. Mentorship training in acupuncture

  5. A “streamlined” program that can be selectively enhanced through an extensive set of elective courses

  6. The opportunity to have several weeks with four days in the week off, for work or other reasons. During most terms all Monday through Thursday classes start after 4:30 p.m. Friday classes start anytime after 9:30 a.m..

Who should be cautioned against doing the MAc?

  •  Anyone planning to practice in California or New Mexico. Only our MSOM program is approved for licensing in these states.

  • Anyone who might practice in a state that requires herbal training in order to be eligible for licensing (see for state–by–state requirements).

Graduates of the Master of Acupuncture (MAc) program are eligible to apply for acupuncture licensure in the state of Oregon and to take the acupuncture exams administered by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, which many states use as a basis for licensure.

Students who are concurrently enrolled in the MAc and ND programs have the choice of completing either a five– or six–year course of study. Many hours of coursework from the ND program are transferable to the MAc program.
MAc Professional Track

It is expected that professional healthcare practitioners (NDs, MDs, DOs, DCs, RNs, NPs, PAs, etc) will qualify for transfer credit for the western science portion of the program, leaving a core program of 1,854 hours and 113.25 credits. These can be taken over three or five years, with an average of 11 or 7 credits per term, respectively. Courses will be offered primarily in the evenings, to accommodate the needs of working professionals seeking to attain a second degree.

To begin the journey toward your Master of Acupuncture degree, click here to fill out our application form. We look forward to reviewing your application!

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