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Acupuncture and Oriental medicine: Help people live healthier lives. Naturally.
Explore whole-person health, natural pain management, and a fusion of Eastern and Western approaches
At Northwestern, your entire educational experience centers on the heart of Chinese medicine – working with people. We emphasize clinical training, hands-on skill building, and a foundation in both Eastern tradition and modern science.
Our acupuncture and Oriental medicine programs
Master of Acupuncture (8 trimesters)
The Master of Acupuncture program teaches you traditional acupuncture, therapeutic application of heat (moxibustion), vacuum pressure (cupping), electrical current (electroacupuncture), Chinese massage (tui na) and Chinese exercise system (tai ji).
Master of Oriental Medicine (9 trimesters)
In addition to the acupuncture techniques above, as a Master of Oriental Medicine student, you'll gain proficiency in Chinese herbal medicine.
Herbal Medicine Certificate (8 trimesters, part time)
The Herbal Medicine Certificate program is designed for licensed acupuncture practitioners who want to expand their skills in Chinese herbal medicine. Licensed acupuncturists will develop the skills necessary for the safe and effective practice of herbal medicine.
China study trip in 2017
Travel to ZhengZhou, China as part of a group, and earn observation hours by observing techniques at Henan Traditional Chinese Medicine University. It’s considered one of the best traditional Chinese medicine universities in China.
Hands-on, patient-centered clinical experience
- Skills training begins on day one, including point location, needling, cupping, accessory techniques and tui na
- Wide range of clinical settings and patient populations due to our relationships with healthcare providers
- Emphasis on compassionate care
- Careful supervision – one clinical faculty for every three student interns
Types of practices you can enter
With a master’s degree in acupuncture or Oriental medicine, you can enter these settings:
- Solo and group practices
- Community-style practices
- Integrative outpatient clinics
- Specialty practices focused on special patient populations
- Faster than average job growth anticipated for acupuncturists between 2014-2024 (9 percent to 13 percent growth). --Bureau of Labor Statistics
- Visits to acupuncturists in the U.S. increased three-fold between 1997 and 2007. --Centers for Disease Control
Join our family of alumni
Wherever you practice, you’ll be among colleagues.
Be fully supported
Our internationally trained faculty have earned degrees in traditional Chinese medicine from institutions in China, the U.S. and elsewhere. Each one is fully dedicated to helping ensure your success.
Learn in a modern environment
Experience all the benefits of a large university such as contemporary laboratories, classrooms and clinics – while enjoying small class sizes and lots of one-on-one time with your professors.
Live, learn and serve in the healthy Twin Cities
Immerse yourself in the metro area of Minneapolis, ranked #1 in the nation for healthy living by Livability.com.
- Admissions requirements – master’s degrees
- Admissions requirements – herbal certificate
- A growing profession
- Course descriptions