The Master of Science in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (MSAOM) provides the didactic and clinical training necessary for eligibility to sit for the national board exam to become a licensed acupuncturist.
Length of Program: 3 years
Campus: Kenmore, Washington
Kenmore, Washington campus
3 years, full time
Financial Aid for graduate students
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The curriculum of the MSAOM is fortified with rigorous didactic and clinical training. Our students are trained in safe and effective care of patients and are skilled in both traditional Chinese medicine modalities AND Western health care disciplines. Bastyr’s community of students, faculty and staff nurtures each students’ own passion for East Asian medicine and challenges them to think beyond the borders of their own discipline. Students graduate as a highly qualified, broadly and deeply educated practitioners.
Acupuncture is legally recognized in 47 states plus the District of Columbia. Learn more about state licensure.
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: http://acaom.org/directory-menu/directory/
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; www.acaom.org
Students have two entry options for the MSAOM:
Note: All students must complete a Basic Life Support CPR class (100% classroom-based) 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 MSAOM Program
OM3111, BC3135, BC3136 and BC4104 are corequisite courses to the MSAOM program. The MSAOM 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 Department of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine has established the following expected learning outcomes for the Master of Science in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine program. Graduates are trained to be:
The attached PDF is the proposed curriculum for students starting in Fall 2018. Please note that changes to the curriculum may still occur before the start of the Fall 2018 academic year. For the 2018-2019 course catalog, click here.
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.
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 highly qualified and experienced faculty, many of whom have been in practice more than 20 years in the United States and China.
This prepares the graduate for licensure in the 44 states (and District of Columbia) that legally recognize acupuncture.
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: