A Rich Variety of Practice Settings

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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.

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.

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

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