Master of Science in Acupuncture

Bastyr University offers an entry level master’s program for those who strive to have their own acupuncture practice.
Length of Program: 3 years (11 quarters) full time.
Campus: Kenmore, Washington

Quick Facts


Kenmore Campus

General Requirements

  • Bachelor’s Degree or a minimum of 135 credits

  • Minimum GPA of 2.75

  • Grade C or better in prerequisite courses

Length of Program

3 years (11 quarters)


165.5 quarter credits (2,384.5 clock hours) of didactic and clinical work including 850 hours of clinical training.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Career Opportunities

  • Licensed acupuncturist (LAc) in private practice or within an integrative clinic

  • Additional discipline for a current health care provider to add to their practice


Acupuncture is legally recognized in 47 states plus the District of Columbia. *some states do require MSAOM to obtain a license.



Bridging Eastern and Western healing traditions, Bastyr University offers an entry level master’s program for those who strive to have their own acupuncture practice. The MSA program is an ideal choice for current health care practitioners looking to add another discipline to their practice. Students graduate with a foundational education and the tools to be a highly qualified practitioner.

Clinical Training

Becoming an effective practitioner of Acupuncture and East Asian Medicine (AEAM) involves close mentoring and instruction by experienced faculty members in a variety of patient-care settings.

Consistency and Quality in Training

AEAM clinical programs focus the majority of the clinic shifts in the University's Seattle teaching clinic, Bastyr Center for Natural Health.

Bastyr's Acupuncture and East Asian Medicine program is science-based, led by highly qualified and experienced faculty, many of whom have been in practice more than 20 years in the United States and China.

Forty-seven states (and District of Columbia) legally recognize acupuncture. Some states require Chinese herbal training in order to obtain license.

Diverse Patient Population

During clinical training, students have the opportunity to provide care to a wide range of patients with a variety of medical conditions. There are different types of patient care shifts available to students:

  • General acupuncture

  • Integrative Pain Management

  • Immune wellness care for patients with HIV/AIDS

  • Integrated acupuncture and naturopathic medicine (for students enrolled in both programs)

  • Opportunities to rotate through off-site community care clinics that provide affordable health care to diverse populations, including seniors, low-income and immigrant communities.

Training Hours

  • Students spend 44 preceptor hours shadowing and observing acupuncturist or Chinese medicine practitioner in their private practices.

  • The Master of Science in Acupuncture contains 850 total clinical training hours.

  • Master’s degree students have the unique opportunity to study acupuncture and/or Chinese herbal medicine at one of our sister schools in either Shanghai or Chengdu, China, under the leadership of Bastyr faculty. Learn more about the China externship


Bastyr University’s master’s-level program in acupuncture (MSA), master’s-level program in Oriental medicine (MSAOM), and advanced practice doctoral (DAOM) program are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM). Institution/program accreditation history, notes, and dates of review may be viewed at:

The Bastyr University professional doctoral (DAc) program, approved to begin enrolling students, is not yet accredited or pre-accredited by ACAOM. Graduates of this program are not considered to have graduated from an ACAOM-accredited or pre-accredited program and may not rely on ACAOM accreditation or pre-accreditation for professional licensure or other purposes.

This program is eligible for ACAOM accreditation, and Bastyr is currently in the process of seeking ACAOM pre-accreditation/accreditation for the program. However, the University can provide no assurance that pre-accreditation or accreditation will be granted by ACAOM.

ACAOM is recognized by the United States Department of Education as the specialized accreditation agency for institutions/programs preparing acupuncture and Oriental medicine practitioners. ACAOM is located at 8941 Aztec Drive, Eden Prairie, Minnesota 55347; phone 952/212-2434; fax 952/657-7068;


Students have two entry options for the MSAOM:

  • 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.

1Survey-level class that covers inorganic chemistry and includes a lab component. Intended for students in allied-health majors.

2Science classes must have been taken within seven years of entering the program. If not, additional coursework may be required after the admissions committee review

Corequisites for the MSA Program

AM4100, BC4104 BC4123, and BC4124 are corequisite courses to the MSA/OM program. The MSA/OM 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 corequisites.


The curriculum table lists the tentative schedule of courses each quarter. Next to each course are the number of credits per course. This table reflects a full-time course of study. A part-time option is also available.

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