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In your clinical internships you help solve the healthcare problems of real people with real needs. Beginning in your first trimester, your clinical experiences are interwoven with your classroom learning. Your clinical internships are where you come to life as a practitioner.

Northwestern's exceptional approach enables you to work with patients:

  • Who have never experienced Chinese medicine, including acupuncture and herbal formulas
  • In clinical settings where Chinese medicine practitioners have never before been available
  • In a wide demographic ranging from children to elders, ranges of income and a large cross-section of various ethnic groups
  • With conditions that have not been typically treated with Chinese medicine

Northwestern's clinical training experiences

Inpatient and outpatient medical care

Abbott Northwestern Hospital – Penny George Institute for Health and Healing

  • Train to deliver acupuncture in an acute care setting
  • Treat patients in all stages of health in most departments (oncology, surgery, birthing, etc.)
  • Learn about clinical care in leading edge centers of excellence including:
    • Minneapolis Heart Institute®
    • Sister Kenny® Rehabilitation Institute
    • Virginia Piper Cancer Institute

Regions Hospital

  • Deliver care in one of the largest hospitals in the Twin Cities, which is also a Level I trauma center

University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital - Journey Clinic

  • Provide acupuncture services to pediatric patients with leukemia, lymphoma, aplastic and sickle sell anemia, and other blood disorders, who are facing bone and marrow transplantion

University of Minnesota

  • Offer acupuncture treatment in a setting which addresses the physical, emotional, cultural and spiritual needs of pediatric patients and their families

NWHSU's Human Performance Center

2501 West 84th Street, Bloomington, MN 55431
Phone: 952-885-5429

  • The Human Performance Center is an integrative clinic that provides wellness and injury prevention care for professional and Olympic athletes. The Chinese medical students work alongside massage therapists and chiropractors to collaborate and provide comprehensive care for the athletes. 

Inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation

Courage-Kenny Rehabilitation Institute / Courage-Kenny Community Clinic

  • Help patients restore function following stroke, spinal cord injury and brain injury
  • Gain hands-on experience in special acupuncture procedures for treating paralytic disorders
  • Work alongside doctors, nurses and other rehabilitation professionals in integrative medical setting

Community health

Aliveness Project

  • Train in a nonprofit HIV/AIDS service agency focused on patient self-empowerment
  • Use acupuncture and Chinese herbs to treat AIDS complications including fatigue, insomnia, skin infections, gastrointestinal diseases, urogenital conditions and peripheral neuropathy
  • Help patients in their daily struggle with a life-threatening disease

Pathways Minneapolis

  • Provide acupuncture to people experiencing life-threatening illness

Pillsbury House Integrated Health Clinic

  • Serve patients in a nonprofit agency addressing social and economic inequalities
  • Treat conditions including musculoskeletal pain, diabetes, digestive and gynecological issues
  • Provide acupuncture in collaboration with medical, chiropractic and nursing students

Salvation Army Harbor Light Natural Care Center

  • Treat patients who are homeless, low-income and chemically dependent, in a nonprofit center 
  • Provide care to patients with a wide range of clinical problems and socioeconomic challenges
  • Work with patients who otherwise don’t have access to acupuncture

Long-term and rehabilitative care

Cerenity Senior Care Center

  • Provide care to aging adults in a center which offers assisted and independent living, memory care and transitional care


Northwestern clinics

Northwestern Health Clinic Bloomington

  • Learn in the primary clinical training site for acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine
  • Get the opportunity to train with herbalists who fill prescriptions in our herbal dispensary
  • Receive advanced levels of training in Chinese herbal medicine

University Health Services (UHS) - De Rusha Clinic

  • Study in an acute care clinic for Northwestern students, employees and their families
  • Experience the beginning of your internship process in the UHS - De Rusha Clinic
  • Learn the basics of patient interaction, interviewing, diagnostic and needling skills

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