oriental medicine

Acupuncture Program

The Acupuncture program combines well planned academic course work with broad clinical experiences, leading to a Master’s level Acupuncture Certificate. The fixed schedule provides students a clear path to their educational goals and ensures all requirements are met to take the National Board Examinations. 

For prospective students who want to concentrate on the practice of Acupuncture, graduates of this program can successfully treat many pain-related syndromes and rehabilitative conditions. Students of this program learn both meridian based and Zang Fu based treatment styles and well as electro-acupuncture. Tui Na (Chinese massage) and other modalities of Chinese medicine are taught as accessory techniques. Graduates of this program who pass the required board examinations are eligible for licensure in both Illinois and Wisconsin. 

Education focuses on the “Zang Fu” system of physiology, pathology, diagnosis, and treatment strategy. Traditional pulse and tongue diagnosis aid the graduate in formulating a comprehensive treatment plan. This is the style taught today, in China, at Universities of Chinese Medicine and practiced in their affiliated teaching hospitals.

Clinical Experience

Internships are designed to build knowledge and skills to fine-tune patient/healer relationships. Internship begins immediately and continues each and every quarter of enrollment. After completing the program, graduates are confident in their ability as Acupuncture practitioners that can address the full spectrum of conditions seen in practice.

Hours of Training / Length of Education

The total hours in the Acupuncture program are 2,148 (166.20 quarter credits). Additional internship hours and courses needed for licensure in some states may be gained by enrolling in extra clinic sessions. Graduates are qualified for licensure in the Midwest.

The minimum completion time for the Acupuncture program is only 30 months. To complete the program in the minimum time frame, students attend classes on Saturdays and a minimum of two evenings per week. Students have up to 45 months to complete the program on a part-time basis.

What You Earn

Graduates of the Midwest College’s Acupuncture program receive Master’s level Certification in Acupuncture. Graduates are qualified to sit for all examinations given by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, NCCAOM, and meet the requirements for licensure in Illinois, Wisconsin and many other states.

For details about programs and schedules, please contact the Admissions Department at 800-593-2320 or email the admissions director at

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The Midwest College of Oriental Medicine, its Master’s-level program in Oriental Medicine (MSOM), and its Master’s-level program in acupuncture (MLA) are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM). Accreditation status and notes may be viewed on the ACAOM Directory. ACAOM is recognized by the United States Department of Education as the specialized accreditation agency for institutions/programs preparing acupuncture and Oriental medicine practitioners. ACAOM is located at 8941 Aztec Drive, Eden Prairie, Minnesota 55347; phone 952/212-2434; fax 952/657-7068;

The Midwest College of Oriental Medicine’s advanced practice doctoral (DAOM) program, approved to begin enrolling students, is not yet accredited or pre-accredited by ACAOM. Graduates of this program are not considered to have graduated from an ACAOM-accredited or pre-accredited program and may not rely on ACAOM accreditation or pre-accreditation for professional licensure or other purposes. The advanced practice doctoral program is eligible for ACAOM accreditation, and Midwest College of Oriental Medicine is currently in the process of seeking ACAOM pre-accreditation/accreditation for the program. However, Midwest College of Oriental Medicine can provide no assurance that pre-accreditation or accreditation will be granted by ACAOM.