Traditional Chinese medicine is a fast-growing health care profession in the United States these days. More Americans are opting for a holistic approach to their health. They are incorporating acupuncture, massage and other natural practices into their lives on a regular basis as a way to stay healthy and treat illnesses. Americans may use complementary and alternative medicine as their primary source of health care or as a supplement to other treatments. In fact, Americans spend $30 billion annually on complementary medicine, which means demand for practitioners is up.
A career in acupuncture
Licensed acupuncturists are independent health care providers and the majority eventually open their own private practices. Acupuncture physicians may also work in a variety of other settings, including hospitals, treatment centers and community health centers. Acupuncture physicians may also work in specialist and complementary health care clinics. In an acupuncture practice setting, acupuncture practitioners may share workspace with other health care providers who have training in other aspects of traditional Chinese medicine.
Other career options for acupuncture and Oriental medicine (AOM) practitioners include teaching, publishing and research. The prospects for finding employment in the field of AOM remain excellent for the foreseeable future.
Demand for service
Employment in the alternative therapy and non-mainstream medicine fields, which includes acupuncture, podiatry, chiropractic and more, was expected to increase by nearly 50% percent from 2002 to 2012.
Health diagnosing and treating practitioners — including acupuncturists — make a median of $74,710 per year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. As with allopathic doctors, advancement often comes with building a practice.
Pursuing a degree
Educational programs in the practice of Oriental Medicine like the one at the Acupuncture & Massage College train students to practice as primary health care providers. Among the many courses students complete as part of the program are:
- Chinese medicine
- Tui Na
Acupuncture is a licensed medical profession in over 40 states and the District of Columbia. A comprehensive curriculum should prepare graduates to apply for licensure in most states that license and regulate acupuncture and Oriental medicine.
The program at Acupuncture & Massage College
The Acupuncture & Massage College's Oriental Medicine program is a 151-credit, four-year degree track. The program is designed and delivered by faculty with extensive clinical and research experience. Students receive comprehensive training in the foundational knowledge of traditional Chinese medicine and skills necessary to work competently in private practice.
At Acupuncture & Massage College, you’ll benefit from both a career-focused education in acupuncture and Oriental Medicine as well as the sense of community that a close-knit campus can provide. Oriental Medicine program graduates receive a bachelor's degree in Health and a master’s degree in Oriental Medicine. Students leave the program prepared for a successful career in acupuncture and Oriental medicine.
As a fully-accredited Oriental Medicine school, the faculty and staff prides itself on the quality and depth of the master's degree program. People who are interested in acupuncture and Oriental medicine are invited to visit the Miami campus for a tour of the school and to receive an information presentation.
For information about AMC’s Oriental Medicine and Massage Therapy programs you can email our admissions department.