Admissions - Master of Science in Acupuncture

Master of Science in Acupuncture - Illinois campus

National University's Master of Science in Acupuncture programoffers you a comprehensive curriculum in acupuncture coupled withtraining in how to balance an Eastern medicine approach withWestern medicine.


What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is an ancient healing technique that is over 3,000years old. It is based on the insertion of thin, sterile needlesinto strategic points on the body that lie along specific energymeridian pathways.

Acupuncture Philosophy

天天色综合,天天干影视Acupuncture is one of the five main branches of orientalmedicine. The goal of acupuncture is to promote healing throughrebalancing the patient's Qi (or chi) energy. When the Qi is weak,excessive or blocked, it can cause illness and disease.

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The World Health Organization (WHO) recognizes acupuncture andoriental medicine as
effective for over 43 conditions under the above-listed ninemajor health categories.
(Source: National Certification Commission for Acupuncture andOriental Medicine)

Acupuncture Treatments

天天色综合,天天干影视An acupuncturist may stimulate acupuncture points and meridiansusing needles, or employ electronic stimulation, magnets or lasersto acupuncture points for enhanced healing. Other meridian andpoint therapies may include acupressure, the application of heatthrough moxibustion, drawing out energy through cupping, and aspecialized massage system called "tuina."


Acupuncture Careers

天天色综合,天天干影视Acupuncture and oriental medicine are being recognized aseffective treatments for a variety of conditions. An increasingnumber of hospitals and integrative care centers are employingacupuncturists for both medical treatment and wellness programs.Acupuncturists may also start their own practice, or work in painmanagement clinics, fertility clinics, weight loss or addictiontreatment centers. Even cosmetic and spa facilities are nowoffering acupuncture for clients to relieve stress and combat theeffects of aging.

Pie Chart showing Careers Pursued by AOM Practitioners
(Source: National Certification Commission for Acupuncture andOriental Medicine)

Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Licensure

To practice as an acupuncturist or an oriental medicinepractitioner, students must pass the licensing examinationsconducted by the . Currently, 47 states plus theDistrict of Columbia require the passage of the NCCAOM examinationsor NCCAOM certification as a prerequisite for licensure.

Students must also apply for licensure in the state in whichthey plan to practice. Each state regulatory board carries uniquerequirements for licensure. Students are responsible to becomefamiliar with the state licensing requirements through their statelicensing board. Visit for moreinformation. Additionally, licensed practitioners must also checkcontinuing education requirements for license renewal with theirstate licensing board.

天天色综合,天天干影视The professional organizations representing acupuncturists andoriental medicine practitioners include the .

Program Overview

Our Curriculum

The 121-credit hour program is 7trimesters in length and the courses are offered primarily in theevening. The program covers the history, theory and philosophy ofacupuncture as well as rigorous training in diagnosis and treatmentplanning. Students will also graduate with a solid foundation inthe basic sciences of western medicine, having developed skillsnecessary for integrative and collaborative practice in health caresettings of their choosing.

View trimester-by-trimester courses, course descriptions, andthe course schedule. Learnmore »

Full Immersion in Traditional Arts

You'll study the full range of traditionaldiagnostic techniques such as tongue and pulse analysis. You'lllearn point location and correct needle techniques under seasonedpractitioners. You'll go deeply into the philosophical basis of themedicine so that you can fully understand the causes of imbalancein your patients and how to treat them.

Grounding in Western Health Sciences

天天色综合,天天干影视We integrate western medical science into our curriculum so thatyou can better meet your patients' needs. You will also be betterprepared to co-manage cases with DCs, MDs, NDs and DOs, and takeadvantage of new career opportunities in integrative medicalvenues.

Intensive Clinical Training

Students in the Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine program atNational University will receive early clinical exposure withexperienced clinicians. Our integrative medical clinic affordsstudents the opportunity to work within a diverse clinic settingand have access to a large herbal dispensary. Prior tograduation, students will also have the opportunity to takeadvantage of unique internship opportunities such as in the VeteransClinic or John H. Stroger,Jr. Hospital of Cook County.


National University's Master of Science in Acupuncture andMaster of Science in Oriental Medicine are accredited under themaster's degree standards by the Accreditation Commission forAcupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM), the recognizedaccrediting agency for programs preparing acupuncture and orientalmedicine practitioners. ACAOM is located at 8941 Aztec Drive, EdenPrairie, Minnesota 55347; phone, 952-212-2434; fax,952-657-7068.

天天色综合,天天干影视This full accreditation assures that NUHS graduates are eligibleto sit for the licensing examinations conducted by the NationalCertification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine(NCCAOM).



Consider National University for its distinct advantages and bewell-prepared for the career that awaits you.

Collaborative Learning Opportunities

Students have the opportunity to treat patients collaborativelywithin an integrative clinic天天色综合,天天干影视, working with DC and NDinterns. The institutional focus at National University is oncollaborative learning and encourages students to become colleaguesrather than competitors.

Acupuncture Reinforced with Science andAnatomy

Small image of video playerThe unique curriculum at NUHS, integratingeastern and western medicine, allows students a one-of-a-kindexperience in anatomy with fulldissection of a human cadaver. Theanatomy curriculum encourages the study of the relationship betweenacupuncture points and the humananatomy. In addition to hands-on dissection, NUHS offers The Anatomage Table天天色综合,天天干影视, today's mosttechnologically advanced digital visualization system for anatomyeducation.

Apprentice with Expert Faculty

Faculty at National University areinternational leaders in their field, committed to trainingstudents in the treatment methods and philosophies of traditionaloriental medicine. That's why our program incorporates apprentice-style learning so that you can learn via directtransmission of knowledge and skills from our faculty masters. Inaddition, all full-time faculty in the acupuncture and orientalmedicine program have PhDs and strong research backgrounds.

Campus Location and Facilities

National University is conveniently located 15 miles from the city of Chicago andits diverse neighborhoods, including the bustling Chinatown areawith its rich tradition of herbal medicine shops and practitioners.The Chicagoland area is also home to one of the largest health carecommunities in the country with over 120 hospitals and hundreds ofarea clinics.

Our large integrative care clinic and extensive herbaldispensary ensures outstanding clinical training. The gross anatomylaboratory allows you to learn western anatomy and easternmeridian theory through hands-on dissection of a human cadaver. Inthe Training and Assessment Center (TAC), you'lllearn, practice and be assessed on your diagnosis and patientinteraction skills. You will also have access to the on-campus Learning Resource Center, oneof the region's largest health science libraries, and modernclassrooms utilizing state-of-the-art technology such asinteractive video and SMART boards.



Each student in our Master of Science in Acupuncturedegree program serves a full-year clinical internship. In addition to learning clinicalapplications of oriental medicine and proper documentationprocedures, you will obtain important personal and business skillsyou'll need to help build your own practice. Working under thesupervision of our faculty clinicians, you will have access toprofessionals from other specialties, as well as our well-equippedtreatment rooms and fully stocked herbal dispensary.

Your clinical experience can be completed at our on-campus Whole Health Centeror at John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County.

The Stroger Hospital acupuncture and oriental medicineclerkship for NUHS students is one of very fewhospital-based acupuncture training opportunities in the nation.Our interns work in an integrative medical setting with physiciansas part of a multi-specialty treatment team in the Stroger clinicfor pain management.


Sara Montesa - Student

"Being able participate in theClerkship at Stroger Cook County Hospital was an amazing privilege.It meant that I was able to care for a diverse range of patientswith complicated presentations and learn how to act as a peer inthe medical community. The eight months that I spent there weresome of the most memorable of my time as a student at National. Ilooked forward to coming in every day and found myself humbled bymany of the interactions that I had with my patients there. Theywere the most amazing teachers that I ever could have askedfor."

Other Program Opportunities

Dual Degrees

Students who earn their MSAc degree at National University havethe option to earn a second degree (DC or ND)through dual enrollment. Course scheduling for a dual degree ismade simpler because the MSAc and MSOM programs are offered in theevening and the DC and ND coursework is taught during the day.There is also similarity in some of the coursework across theprograms allowing for a reduction in the total number of hoursrequired to complete their second degree. Students are not eligibleto begin dual enrollment until the third trimester of their initialor primary program of study.

Postgraduate Programs

After graduation, students may pursue a number ofpost-professional programs such as our master's and residencyprograms. Of course, there are also a wide variety of continuing educationclasses offered which allow graduates to maintain theirprofessional licensure.

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