Are you a licensed acupuncturist that wishes to incorporate Chinese medicine and herbal therapeutics into your practice? Over the course of two years, you’ll learn the therapeutic properties of over 300 herbs and other natural therapeutic substances, as well as a minimum of 150 herbal formulas. Graduates from this program will be eligible to sit for the Chinese herbology board exam.
2 years (9 quarters)
Chinese Herbal Medicine Certificate
$850/credit hour (average)
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minimum number of herbal formulas you'll learn
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Travel to China and study at two of the top traditional medicine universities in China, Chengdu University of Traditional Chinese Medicine or Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine. You’ll shadow senior doctors, see patients, and attend lectures in their area of specialty. Pending COVID-19 restrictions.
Certification Exam Eligibility: NCCAOM Chinese Herbology
Licensure requirements vary from state to state, but most states require the successful completion of the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) exams. 47 states (and the District of Columbia) legally recognize acupuncture. NCCAOM certification is required for acupuncture licensure in many jurisdictions. Students should research the requirements for licensure in the jurisdiction in which they plan to practice.
DAOM, MAc, LAc
Dr. Lumiere began an acupuncture program for low-income patients at the 45th Street Medical Clinic in 2000. She has taught as an adjunct faculty member and clinical supervisor at Bastyr…
Sara Johanna Bayer
DAOM, MA, LAc, LMP
Sara's past experience was as an instructor and clinical supervisor at various institutions including California Acupuncture Institute, Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, Northwest…
Dr. Tseng is a core faculty in the Department of Acupuncture and East Asian Medicine at Bastyr University. She has been a core faculty member at Bastyr for over 20 years. Her clinical…
The CCHM is a postgraduate course of study that includes both didactic and clinical training. The minimum requirement for the CCHM is one of the following: a master’s degree in acupuncture from an ACAHM-accredited institution, a certificate in acupuncture with 10 years of documented clinical experience, or a current enrollment in a Master of Acupuncture program from an ACAHM- accredited institution. Applicants need to have completed or be in the process of completing the following coursework:
Intermediate Algebra - 1 course
General Psychology - 1 course
General Chemistry (allied-health level with lab) - 1 course
General Biology (allied-health level with lab) - 1 course
General Physics (allied-health level) - 1 course
The following classes are prerequisites and may be completed while taking CCHM classes: Survey of Organic Chemistry, Biochemistry, and Microbiology.
CCHM applicants must have a background in the basic sciences that is comparable to Bastyr University’s master’s curriculum. Upon review of past coursework, applicants may be asked to take a higher-level science course or complete a competency exam.
Bastyr accepts graduate and undergraduate transfer credits earned at accredited colleges and universities. Learn what you need to make this process go smoothly.
- Licensed acupuncturists (LAc) who expands their therapeutic scope of practice in the field of Chinese herbal medicine.
- Acupuncturist who wishes to own & operate a Chinese herbal medicine dispensary.
About the Seattle, WA Campus
The 51-acre Bastyr University campus is uniquely suited for the study of natural health sciences. Nestled among woodlands on the northeast shore of Lake Washington, the 186,000-square-foot campus complex is located 10 miles northeast of Seattle in Kenmore, Washington.