Getting a Master’s Degree in Oriental Medicine

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is one of the fastest growing health care professions in the United States today. Acupuncture & Massage College’s Oriental Medicine program trains students to practice as primary and integrative health care practitioners.

Presently, the master’s degree is the entry-level standard for professional practice in the U.S. A master’s degree is available in either acupuncture or in Oriental medicine and is variously denominated by AOM colleges as: Master of Acupuncture, Master of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine, Master of Science in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, Master of Science in Oriental Medicine, Diploma in Acupuncture, and Master in Traditional Oriental Medicine.

Institutions offering master’s degrees provide students with an opportunity for in-depth study within the AOM field with an emphasis on practice, teaching, research, and integrative medicine.

Licensed acupuncturists are independent health care providers, the majority of whom have private practices. Acupuncture physicians may also work in a variety of settings, including hospitals, treatment centers, specialist and complementary health care clinics, and community health centers. Other career options for acupuncture and Oriental medicine practitioners include teaching, publishing and research.

Acupuncture & Massage College’s Master of Oriental Medicine degree is a four-year program designed to be completed in just 36 months. Classes in the curriculum include: Acupuncture, Oriental bodywork, qigong, Chinese herbal medicine, Western science, dietary therapy, and supervised clinical practice.

During the first two semesters, students learn about the main theories of TCM, the yin yang relationship, Asian bodywork, and diagnostic systems and methods. Second-year studies include acupuncture and needling techniques, meridian and acupuncture points of the body, the properties and medicinal uses of Chinese herbs, and supervised clinical practice.

Third-year students focus on the clinical experience and additional specialized courses in TCM. Third-year Clinic Interns increase their competence in diagnosing patients and implementing various treatment strategies.

Graduates of AMC’s Oriental Medicine program are eligible to sit for their National Acupuncture, Chinese Herb and Oriental Medicine exams.

For information about Acupuncture & Massage College’s Oriental Medicine and Massage Therapy programs call Joe Calareso, Admissions Director, at (305) 595-9500. .

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