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Acupuncture School History

Oriental Medicine and Massage Therapy School

The Acupressure-Acupuncture Institute was founded in 1983 and has maintained the same ownership since its inception. In August of 2000, the Acupressure-Acupuncture Institute changed its name to the Southeast Institute of Oriental Medicine (SEIOM) to better reflect its purpose of training students in the art of Oriental bodywork and medicine.

In August 2003, when SEIOM received college status, the name was changed again to Acupuncture & Massage College (AMC). AMC emphasizes the student/mentor relationship. It is one of the oldest licensed acupuncture schools in Florida and continues to be a dynamic center for the study of acupuncture, Oriental medicine and Oriental bodywork. Serious students who are willing to work diligently are assured a challenging, enjoyable and comprehensive education.


Chinese Medicine

Our acupuncture school is four academic years in length. One academic year is equivalent to nine months. Our acupuncture program can be completed in three calendar years or 36 months. The curriculum is well over the minimum standard established by the State of Florida and the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.

Included in the curriculum are classes in:

  • Acupuncture
  • Oriental bodywork
  • Qigong
  • Chinese herbs
  • Western science
  • Supervised clinical practice

For more details, see the Acupuncture Curriculum.

Graduates may seek employment as an acupuncture physician once they have passed the national exam and received a license from the state. Graduates can work independently in a private practice or in a health care facility which provides Oriental medicine and healing.


Massage School

In 1987, AMC established a six-month Massage Therapy program. This course was originally designed for our acupuncture students. It enabled them, in just a few short months, to earn a living practicing Shiatsu, while completing their acupuncture studies. Since l988, we have expanded our program to all qualified students who want to become massage therapists.

In January of 2000, our Massage Therapy program underwent a major curriculum change. Now we can boast that over 80 percent of our bodywork classes teach Shiatsu treatment. We follow the Shiatsu system of Professor Tomietzo Hoshino.

Our Massage Therapy graduates leave our program already specialists in their field!

Massage therapy is a great complement to the study of Oriental medicine.