Acupuncture and Massage College offers three different degree programs of study:
Each of our programs aim to prove that healing can be both natural and effective. Our students first learn this notion in the classroom, where they are taught medicine and science in an integrative setting, which exposes them to different ideas and practices from different systems of medicine, particularly Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and modern Western medicine. Exposing our students to these very different medical traditions, allows them to form a holistic medical view of the human person.
However, holistic health cannot be confined to the classroom; the most critical learning portion of all our programs occurs in the student intern community clinic, where our students treat real patients under the supervision of an experienced professor.
It is only after completing the required coursework and demonstrating mastery in the clinic (and logging a certain number of clinic work hours) that a student can graduate and qualify to sit for the different federal and state license examinations, which are legally required for employment. Acupuncture and Massage College offers employment search assistance for its alumni.
Oriental Medicine Program
The full program consists of 135 weeks. The total course length is 2845 classroom hours and 158 credit hours.
Massage Therapy Program
The massage therapy school is a 8.5 month, 720-hour program. Study includes an overview of massage jobs and massage careers that graduates may consider for employment.
Patient Care Program
The PCT program is designed to be completed in 8.5-months. Certifications that are granted as part of the program include Patient Care Technician/Assistant (CPCT/A), Phlebotomy Technician (CPT), Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA), Home Health Aide (HHA), Kidney Dialysis Tech, and EKG Tech (CET).
Before signing up for acupuncture and Oriental medicine training, applicants should make sure the college of their choice is fully-accredited. Our Master's of Oriental Medicine program is programmatically-accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM).
Master of Oriental Medicine
Acupuncture school applicants must have completed 60 semester credits at the baccalaureate level from an accredited institution. At least 30 of the 60 credits must be in general education or liberal arts courses.
Massage Therapy Diploma
Massage Therapy program applicants must be at least 18 years of age and have a high school diploma or GED equivalency.
Patient Care Technician Certification
Patient Care Technician program applicants must be at least 18 years of age and have a high school diploma or GED equivalency.
A student may be accepted for admission to either program at any time prior to the beginning of an Oriental Medicine program semester or Massage Therapy program module start date, provided there is still available space. As class sizes are limited, applicants are encouraged to apply early. Contact the Admissions Department at (305) 595-9500 for more information or to request an application packet.
Acupuncture school semester terms begin in September, October, January, and April.
Massage therapy school class start dates are on a monthly basis. Both day and evening class schedules are offered.
Various financing opportunities are available to students. These include: Pell Grants, Direct Loans, Florida Bright Futures scholarships, veterans’ benefits, and outside lenders. Additionally, Acupuncture and Massage College offers a monthly tuition payment plan. Contact the Financial Assistance Department at (305) 595-9500.
Prospective students are encouraged to schedule an appointment with the Acupuncture and Massage College’s Admissions Director who will assist the applicant in making an informed decision.
Applicants are required to submit the following:
Applications will be processed until the incoming class quota is met. Once the class quota is met students will be placed on a waiting list.
Prospective students who have already submitted an application to Acupuncture and Massage College are permitted one complimentary treatment at the Community Intern Clinic. The Community Intern Clinic is supervised by Clinic Supervisors. Treatments are administered by Oriental Medicine and Massage Therapy Interns.
If you have a criminal record and plan to be licensed (massage or acupuncture) in the state of Florida, you are advised to consult an attorney prior to enrolling at AMC. Individuals who have committed crimes that fall within Florida Statute 465.035 are currently NOT ELIGIBLE for licensure in Florida. If the offense does not fall under the statute, you still may not be eligible for licensure in Florida and should check with an attorney. See the Student Handbook for further information.
All official admissions documents must be submitted in order to be eligible for federal student aid.
Students who wish to transfer credits from another institution must have official transcripts sent directly to AMC for evaluation by the Program Director and Academic Dean. Applicable credits will be transferred based upon received official transcripts. The evaluation of transfer credit will be performed with official transcripts only. A student will not receive full acceptance to AMC until all final official transcripts have been received. Students will be advised to take courses at AMC based upon the completed transfer evaluation. Students may be asked to take and pass AMC’s corresponding final exams and may be required to take all comprehensive exams including the first year comprehensive. A copy of the college’s catalog, a detailed syllabus, and/or course description are frequently required to adequately determine transfer credits. Transferability of credits is at the discretion of the accepting institution, and it is the student's responsibility to confirm whether or not credits will be accepted by another institution of the students choice.
Transfer credits must come from an accredited college or university. Transfer credits for Oriental Medicine coursework must come from a college in candidate or accreditation status with the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM), that is determined to be equivalent to AMC in its training. AMC will determine to what extent credit can be given.
Students transferring into the Massage Therapy Program* or the Associates of Arts in Health Science program must complete at least twenty five percent (25%) of their studies at AMC. Students transferring into the Oriental Medicine Program* must complete at least 50% of their studies at AMC, with no more than 25% of clinical training transferred in.
The number of transfer credits and the appropriate fees will be determined at the time of the request. See “Tuition and Fees” in this catalog. For additional information see AMC’s Student Handbook. Only courses taken on a letter grade basis (A, B, and C) are considered for transfer credit.
An official course-by-course evaluation must be submitted to be fully admitted to AMC and to receive a final transfer credit evaluation. Courses completed at foreign institutions must be evaluated by a foreign credential evaluation service. For a listing of agencies, visit the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES).
AMC may offer challenge exams for coursework not taken at AMC, at the Academic Dean’s discretion.
AMC may accept up to twelve Advanced Placement credits which will count toward the 60 required college credits for admission to the Oriental Medicine Program* or for general education requirements in the Oriental Medicine program. Advanced placement credits are not eligible for transfer credit.
* For GE Information, please see our disclosure information.