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Join a growing profession

Acupuncture and Oriental medicine are becoming increasing popular as an alternative to traditional Western medicine for many conditions. The World Health Organization (WHO) lists 41 conditions that acupuncture may alleviate, including allergies, asthma, digestive disorders, respiratory ailments and pain conditions.

According to the AOM Alliance, the number of licensed acupuncturists has tripled in the past decade due to this increased demand. Northwestern responded to this demand by developing high quality, master's level programs to meet the needs of today's healthcare consumers.

Visits to acupuncturists in the U.S. increased three-fold between 1997 and 2007 (Centers for Disease Control). Northwestern’s clinical internships have helped spur growth into new venues and with new patient populations.

As a graduate of Northwestern with a degree in acupuncture or Oriental medicine, you'll be taking your skills to an ever-increasing range of clinical environments from private clinics to large hospitals.

Types of practices you might enter with a master's degree in acupuncture or Oriental medicine:

  • Solo and group practices – the traditional business model for private practice, where the acupuncturist or Oriental medicine practitioner owns or co-owns the practice and charges a standard fee for services
  • Community-style practices – an increasingly popular style of practice that offers a sliding fee and delivers treatments in a group environment
  • Hospitals – integrated hospital environments where acupuncturists and other caregivers work as a team
  • Integrative outpatient clinics – where practitioners with a degree in acupuncture or Oriental medicine offer their services together with other alternative or Western biomedical healthcare providers
  • Specialty practices – focused on special patient populations or conditions such as pediatrics, fertility, obstetrics and gynecology, and cosmetic acupuncture

National certification

We encourage our graduates to obtain national certification through the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM).


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