Doctor of Acupuncture with Chinese Herbal Medicine Program – Curriculum Overview

Degree offered

  • Doctor of Acupuncture with a Chinese Herbal Medicine Specialization (D.Ac)

Program length

  • 10 trimesters or just over three years

Program schedule and credits

  • Full-time day program, classes held Monday through Friday
  • Doctor of Acupuncture with a Chinese Herbal Medicine Specialization: 176 trimester credits

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Curriculum organization
Doctor of Acupuncture with a Chinese Herbal Medicine Specialization (D.Ac)

The curriculum for the D.Ac program provides comprehensive education and training in the following areas:

  • Cultural and philosophical foundations of traditional Chinese medicine
  • Traditional Chinese medical concepts (physiology, pathology, diagnostics, point location and point energetics)
  • Acupuncture treatment principles and practical skills
  • Herbal formulas and strategies
  • Tui Na
  • Related studies, including introductory Chinese language skills, ethics, and practice management
  • Qi cultivation
  • Nutrition
  • Biomedical clinical sciences to a level required for competence in contemporary practice of acupuncture and Chinese medicine
  • Clinical internships

Clinical requirements include:

  • Three additional clinical shifts beyond what is required for the Master of Chinese Medicine degree

Northwestern Health Sciences University reserves the right to change or discontinue academic programs at the University’s discretion.