Master of Acupuncture

An entry-level master’s program designed for those who desire to become a licensed acupuncturist.

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.

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Program Length

3 years (11 quarters)

Credentials Earned



$590/credit hour (average)

Acupuncture Degree Program Highlights


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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.

Other requisites

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.

View list of prerequisite courses available at Bastyr University. 

Bastyr accepts graduate and undergraduate transfer credits earned at accredited colleges and universities. Learn what you need to make this process go smoothly.

For more information on loans and scholarships, visit financial aid. 

  • Licensed acupuncturist (LAc) in private practice or within an integrative clinic 
  • Additional discipline for a current health care provider to add to their practice