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That's what acupuncture physicians do every day. Learn about Traditional Chinese Medicine and how to become an acupuncturist.


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Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine have become one of the fastest-growing forms of holistic medicine. It integrates well with conventional medicine and shows promise as a key practice in complementary and integrative clinical settings.

Both the World Health Organization (WHO) and a National Institutes of Health (NIH) Consensus Statement have recognized acupuncture as an effective treatment for a wide variety of health conditions.


As the demand for acupuncture grows, so does the demand for qualified medical professionals. According to the U.S. Department of Labor National Center for O*NET Development, acupuncture and related fields are expected to grow 10-14% between 2016 and 2026, which is faster than the national average.


In order to be legally employed as an Acupuncturist in the United States, you will need to complete a graduate program from an ACAOM-accredited college and pass a state licensing exam issued by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM).

ACAOM Accredited Acupuncture School in Florida

Acupuncture and Massage College  was founded in 1983 as the first accredited acupuncture school in Florida. For more than 30 years, we have remained committed to spreading awareness about the holistic benefits of acupuncture and Oriental Medicine as a natural and effective system of healing through our academic programs and community clinic.

We offer an Oriental Medicine program that confers two degrees: A Bachelor of Arts in Health Sciences and a Master's of Oriental Medicine. Our program is institutionally-accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC) and the Master of Oriental Medicine program is programmatically-accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM). The program is designed to introduce students to acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, and to familiarize them with working in a clinical setting as acupuncturists.


Successfully completing the Oriental Medicine program prepares and qualifies our graduates to sit for the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Board Examination (NCCAOM), which is required by the State of Florida Board of Acupuncture for legal employment as an Acupuncture Physician in Florida.

Oriental Medicine Curriculum at Acupuncture and Massage College

The Oriental Medicine curriculum at Acupuncture and Massage College meets the accreditation standards set by ACAOM, which is the professional accreditation organization that is recognized by the US Department of Education, for the training, education, and licensing of acupuncturists.


The total length of the program is 2845 classroom hours and 158 credit hours, and is spread out over 9-trimesters (Fall, Winter, Spring). Because of the trimester system,  our Master of Oriental Medicine program can be completed in 3-years. This makes our program ideal for students that are interested in becoming Licensed Acupuncture Physicians in the shortest amount of time possible, without needing to spend extra-years in school.

The curriculum consists of 46 courses designed to give you the holistic medical education you need to successfully treat patients and to find employment after graduation. Our curriculum includes courses in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), modern Western science, and a hands-on clinical internship, where you will treat real patients in the Miami-area. Use the module below to learn more about our core Chinese medicine classes or download a course catalog to see a full-listing of classes.


Acupuncture: Traditional Chinese Medicine meets Modern Science

In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), acupuncture is the medical practice of treating pain and balancing the flow of energy or life force (qi) through meridians channels in the body by inserting extremely thin needles at strategic points, known as acupuncture points (acupoints). A Western understanding of acupuncture would hold that the needles are inserted at specific epidermal points that cause a cascade reaction that stimulates the nerves, muscles and connective tissue in a therapeutic manner.

At Acupuncture and Massage College, students learning acupuncture are taught to appreciate both views and are equipped to treat "traditionalist" patients who have an appreciation for the rich culture Traditional Chinese Medicine as well "modernist” patients who prefer to view the ancient art in a scientific, modern manner. Our students are encouraged to explore the diversity of the healing art of acupuncture as we foster development through mentoring and supervision.

Asian Bodywork Therapy

Asian Bodywork: Heal with your Hands

Asian Bodywork Therapy (also known as Oriental Bodywork) is the use of therapeutic pressure to treat patients; assessing the electromagnetic and energetic fields that surround, infuse, and bring that body to life. As a leading massage therapy institution, AMC has one top-programs in Asian Bodywork Therapy (ABT) in the country, which includes training in Shiatsu (Japanese Massage) and Tui Na (traditional Chinese massage).

As healing practitioner of Oriental Medicine, your aim will be to balance your patient's emotions, mind, spirit, and body. Our students are always excited to learn the Chinese Four Pillars of Examination: Observation, Listening, Asking, and Touching. Additionally, they also love to learn about the Traditional Chinese Medical (TCM) model of the bodyFive Vital Substances (Qi, Jing, She, Xue and Jin-ye), Zang-fu Organs, and Jing-Luo (meridians).If you're a prospective student, we encourage you to read our Acupuncture School blog to learn about these concepts.

Chinese Herbal Medicine

Chinese Herbology: Mother Nature's Pharmacy

Over 2000 years of rich insights into Chinese herbology will be passed on to you in our acupuncture school. You will learn the holistic concepts and healing properties of over 300 herbs and will have access to them through our herbal dispensary.

Student Acupuncture Clinic

Acupuncture Clinic: Real healing. Real paitents.

Your classroom knowledge will be put to the test during the clinical practicum of the program. Students in the Oriental Medicine program practice treating real paitents between 4 – 8 hours a week in the clinic depending on their phase within the program. You will provide a variety of treatments, including performing acupuncture, prescribing herbs, cupping, and other healing modalities.

Oriental Medicine Graduate Testimonials

Begin your Holistic Medical Career at our Acupuncture School in Florida

Completing acupuncture school is about more than having a diploma to hang on your wall – it’s about developing the future you want. As such, our students and alumni have lifetime access to our Career Services Department to assist them with finding employment as acupuncturists.


The large network of Acupuncture and Massage College alumni and local connections provide ample opportunity to find work after graduation. For example, local businesses which have recently employed our Oriental Medicine graduates include:

  • Advanced Healing Wellness Center
  • Acupuncture Centers of South Florida
  • The Wholesome Lotus
  • Benessere Miami

Financial Aid for Acupuncture School

Don't let cost stop you from getting the education you need to succeed in life. We offer flexible payment plans and financial aid to those who qualify. Schedule a meeting with our financial aid counselors to learn about the financing options available to you.

Acupuncture School FAQs


What are the Oriental Medicine Program Prerequisites?

In order to apply to the Oriental Medicine program, applicants must have completed a minimum of 60-semester credits at the baccalaureate level from an accredited institution.

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How Long is the Oriental Medicine Program?

The entire program consists of 158 course credits and can be completed in 9-semesters, which is 3-years.


How much is Tuition for the Oriental Medicine Program?

The program consists of 158 credits. Each credit is $278.15, making the tuition for the entire program $43,947.70. Keep in mind that many students receive financial aid, and that we accept transfer credits, so you may end up paying less than you expect.

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