Master of Acupuncture Program Overview
Become a respected healer in both Eastern traditions and bio-medical best practices. Whether this is your first natural health career or you’re a current health care practitioner looking to add another discipline to your practice, the Master of Acupuncture will provide you with a foundational education and the tools you need to become a highly qualified practitioner. Graduates from this program are prepared to sit for the LAc board exam to obtain licensure.
3 years (11 quarters)
$590/credit hour (average)
Becoming skilled at something this deeply gave me the ability to be the best acupuncturist in my neighborhood, I wouldn’t have had the ability to catapult my income if it wasn’t for the expertise I learned at Bastyr. It’s the teachers who made me who I am today. I was a blank canvas walking in and walked out an excellent acupuncturist.
Bastyr’s acupuncture program provided me with an education that not only nurtured my innate healer, but challenged me in ways that helped me evolve into a well rounded, integrative healthcare provider upon graduation.
Acupuncture Degree Program Highlights
number of states that legally recognize acupuncture
Number of total clinical training hours
Additional on-site clinical training hours
The majority of your training will take place at Bastyr Center for Natural Health, the largest natural health clinic in the Pacific Northwest. It’s just a 12-mile shuttle ride away from the main campus in Kenmore, WA. Clinical students also spend 44 preceptor hours shadowing and observing an acupuncturist or Chinese medicine practitioner in their private practices.
Making an Impact
Students can rotate through off-site community care clinics that provide affordable health care to diverse populations, including seniors, low-income, and immigrant communities.
Certification Exam Eligibility: NCCAOM Acupuncture
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…
Dr. Tseng has been an acupuncturist since 1999. After graduating from Bastyr University with her Master of Science in Acupuncture (1999) and Certificate in Chinese Herbal Medicine (2000),…
Acupuncture Program Details
Students have two entry options for the MAc:
Option 1: Students may enter with a completed bachelor’s degree and the required prerequisite coursework. (see below)
Option 2: Students may enter the program without a bachelor’s degree, but must complete the required prerequisite coursework, in addition to the detailed general education requirements, totaling a minimum of 135 quarter credits.
- Intermediate Algebra - 1 course
- General Chemistry (allied health-level with lab) 1, 2* - 1 course
- General Biology (allied health-level with lab) 2* - 1 course
- General Psychology - 1 course
- General Physics - 1 course
Note: All students must complete a CPR-C level course or equivalent prior to entering clinic.
*1. Survey-level class that covers inorganic chemistry and includes a lab component. Intended for students in allied-health majors.
*2. Science classes must have been taken within seven years of entering the program. If not, additional coursework may be required after the admissions committee review.
Survey of Organic and Biochemistry, Medical Chinese 1, Anatomy and Physiology 1 Lecture/Lab (AEAM), and Anatomy and Physiology 2 Lecture/Lab (AEAM) are requisite courses for the master's program. The MAc/MAcCHM curriculum has been designed so students missing one or more of these may take them after matriculating at Bastyr University. Previously completed coursework from other accredited institutions may satisfy these requisites.
Bastyr accepts graduate and undergraduate transfer credits earned at accredited colleges and universities. Learn what you need to make this process go smoothly.
- Licensed acupuncturist (LAc) in private practice or within an integrative clinic
- Additional discipline for a current health care provider to add to their practice
About the Seattle, Washington 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.