Master of Acupuncture with a Chinese Herbal Medicine Specialization

Combine the acupuncture program with Chinese herbal medicine to offer more to your future patients.

Master of Acupuncture Program Overview

This acupuncture program is for students who want to learn all aspects of acupuncture and add the safe use of herbal medicines to their practice. It explores both acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine and integrates Eastern traditions with bio-medical best practices. Graduates from this program are prepared to sit for the LAc board exam to obtain licensure.

Students will also learn how to communicate effectively with other health care professionals and patients. Courses also include traditional Chinese Medicine theories such as tai chi, qigong, and therapeutic nutrition to support the well-being of their patients. Students who graduate from this program will be eligible to sit for the Chinese herbology board exam.

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Program Length

3 years (12 quarters)

Credentials Earned



 $520/credit hour (average)

Master of Acupuncture Course Details


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Master of Acupuncture Course Details

Students have two entry options for the MAcCHM:

  • 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 Basic Life Support CPR class (100% classroom-based) 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 for the MSAOM Program

Survey of Organic and Biochemistry, Microbiology, 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.

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

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  • Licensed acupuncturist (LAc) in private practice, with an integrative clinic
  • Acupuncturist working in international health
  • Writer on traditional Chinese medicine topics

National Board Certification

Our program boasts exceptional success rates, with 100% proficiency in Foundations (National: 94.93%), 81.97% in Acupuncture (National: 72.67%), and 86.77% in Biomedicine (National: 71.50%). At Bastyr University, we prioritize core values, ensuring that our students receive a comprehensive education that prepares them to make a meaningful impact in the world of acupuncture.