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Study Acupuncture

Students learn acupuncture techniques on a woman's arm

Why Study at Bastyr?

Bastyr University's comprehensive approach to Acupuncture medicine prepares students to work in collaboration with practitioners of conventional Western medicine. Our students receive rigorous classroom and clinical training and learn to comprehend Western health care disciplines. Students graduate as highly qualified practitioners prepared to inform other health care providers on the practice of Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM).

Acupuncture medicine offers excellent career options, with acupuncturists licensed to practice in 46 states and the District of Columbia. Bastyr University's accredited acupuncture programs are designed and taught by some of the premier Chinese medicine educators in the world. Our students graduate with a well-respected degree and the skills and confidence to begin practicing.

About Our Department and Programs

The ancient healing art of acupuncture has been a part of Bastyr University since our early years. The Department of Acupuncture & East Asian Medicine was formed in 1989 in response to growing interest in acupuncture by both students and the public. This interest has grown in the recent years as the public looks to alternative and complementary medicine, such as acupuncture, to treat pain, illness and more.

The doctoral programs at Bastyr are strongly inspired by the contemporary model of health care education and practice in China, which combines traditional Chinese medicine with modern Western medicine. Through this approach, students train in co-management of patients with Western medicine providers and build the skills to inform both patients and other providers on the practice of traditional Chinese medicine.

To meet the changing needs of this field, we offer two doctoral options. The Doctorate in Acupuncture Medicine (DAcM) is an entry-level program designed for students wanting to complete the required training to become licensed acupuncturists. It is designed for individuals that have a bachelor’s degree, but an undergraduate entry is also available. For individuals who are already licensed acupuncturists and who are looking to advance their training, specialize in pain management or sports medicine, or pursue research, we offer a post-graduate Doctorate in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (DAOM).

Acupuncture Programs

Doctoral Degree