The AMC Oriental Medicine school program is four academic years in length, designed to be completed in 36 months. The curriculum meets all requirements established by the State of Florida and the National Commission for Certification of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM).
Included in the curriculum are classes in:
- Oriental Bodywork
- Chinese Herbs
- Western Science
- Supervised Clinical Practice
For more details, see the course descriptions.
Graduates may seek employment as acupuncture physicians upon conclusion of the program, passing the national exam and receiving a license from the state. Graduates can work independently in a private practice or in a healthcare facility.
Acupuncture is the art of of treating pain and balancing the flow of energy or life force (QI) through meridians in the body by inserting extremely thin needles at strategic points. A more Western understanding of Acupuncture is that the needles are inserted at points that stimulate nerves, muscles and connective tissues. Students pursuing Acupuncture at AMC are taught to appreciate both views and they leave fully equipped to treat conservative patients who have an appreciation for the rich culture of Traditional Chinese Medicine, and also the “western” patient who prefer to view the art in a scientific way. At AMC, our accredited Acupuncture program prepares you to live a more fulfilled life by enhancing the life of each individual you treat. Additionally, it prepares you to become a leader in practice and research, and clinical governance and policy within the Acupuncture profession. We encourage our students to explore the diversity of the art of Acupuncture as we foster development through mentoring and supervision.
AMC is one of the top schools that offer the Oriental Bodywork program. Our students are at an advantage when they study this incredible course with us because we ensure that they are exposed to emerging concepts and modalities in this field. Oriental Bodywork (sometimes called Asian Bodywork Therapy) is the use of pressure and/or manipulation to treat patients; assessing the electromagnetic and energetic fields “which surrounds, infuses and brings that body to life”. As the practitioner, your aim will be to balance the energetic system of your patient to bring about harmony of emotions, mind, spirit, body and energy field. Students are always excited to learn the Chinese Four Pillars of examination: observation; listening; asking and touching. Also, you will be intrigued by the concept of the Five Essential Substances: Qi, Jing, She, Xue and Jin-ye.
We teach each student the fascinating concepts and healing properties of over 300 herbs; giving them access to more than half that amount stocked in our herbal dispensary at AMC. Our students are always excited to learn about these herbs, work with classic pill formulas and also to make custom formulas from the herbs in our dispensary. We equip our graduates with sufficient knowledge to go out in the field prepared to “heal” their patients of maladies while balancing their body. Over 2000 years of rich insights into Chinese herbology will be passed on to you when you enrol at AMC.
Acupuncture School Intern Clinic
AMC’s Community Intern Clinic has been providing quality service for the past 25 years. Patients benefit from low cost, high quality, supervised health care, 32 hours each week. Students in the oriental medicine program attend between 4 – 8 hours a week in the intern clinic depending on their phase within the program. At AMC, we pride ourselves in the work done by our Chinese Medicine and Massage Therapy Interns who, having not yet graduated from their courses, are capable of attending to the needs of the community and our student population. All students of AMC have full, free access to treatment in the Community Clinic.