Herbs-Only Track | Accredited Herbal Programs

Herbs-Only Track

Herbal education for non-degree seeking students.

Designed for individuals who have already completed a degree in acupuncture at an ACAOM accredited school, but who need additional instruction in Chinese herbal medicine for professional licensure, the Herbs-Only Track offers access to AOMA’s renowned herbal studies curriculum.

Students completing the Herbs-Only Track take classes alongside traditional master’s students and are eligible to take the NCCAOM board exam in Chinese herbal medicine upon completion of their studies.

The Herbs-Only Track is comprised of 48 credits (684) hours of herbal education in both classroom and clinical settings. Student resources include an herbal lab, an herbal medicine center which stocks over 350 herbs in various forms, and a learning garden where herbs are grown in conjunction with the American Botanical Council.

Non-degree students enrolled in the Herbs-Only Track are not eligible to matriculate to the Master of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine program at AOMA because they have already completed a degree, or the majority of their coursework, at another institution.

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All non-degree seeking students in the herbs-only track are required to meet with the transfer advisor for review of their prior course work and placement within the herbs-only track. Students must adhere to all corequisite and prerequisite requirements detailed in the Graduate Program Catalog.

The Herbs-Only Track may be completed within 1 year and 6 months, depending the term of entry and course offerings each term.

Didactic Curriculum:

Total Credits/ Hours: 39 credits/ 468 hours

Chinese Herbology I, II, III
Chinese Herbal Studies Lab I, II, III
Herb/Drug Interactions
Nutrition & Dietary Therapy
Chinese Patent Herbal Medicine
Chinese Herbal Safety
Chinese Herbal Formulations I, II, III
Syndrome-based Herbs & Formulas
Chinese Herbal Treatment of Disease I, II, II

Clinical Curriculum:

Total Credits/ Hours: 9 credits/ 216 hours

Herb Clinic 1
Herb Clinic 2
Herb Clinic 3
Herb Clinic 4
Herb Clinic 5
Herb Clinic 6

Admissions Requirements

In order to enroll in the Herbs-Only Track, non-degree seeking students must meet the admissions criteria in place for traditional students applying to the AOMA's graduate degree program AND must have completed a master of acupuncture (MAc) from an ACAOM-accredited program of Chinese medicine.

Application Materials:

Applicants who meet the admissions requirements will be considered for admission upon submission of:

  • Completed application form
  • Official college transcripts sent directly from the college(s) attended to AOMA’s admissions office
    • Personal statement of no less than 350 words that includes:
    • Reasons for embarking on this course of study at this school
    • Demonstration of a keen desire to study Oriental medicine
    • Proof of an understanding of the major commitment of time, finances, and personal dedication necessary for a successful academic career
    • Preparation for transition to graduate school and/or relocation to Austin
    • Career plans
  • Current resume or C.V., outlining educational and professional development
  • Two letters of recommendation sent directly to AOMA from professionals, instructors, and/or employers who know the applicant and the applicant’s skills and ability to perform master’s-level studies.
    • Letters must be signed by the authors. Letters may be submitted via AOMA’s electronic submission system bearing the electronic signature of the author (see online application form for details) or submitted by mail or fax. If faxed, letters should be printed on letterhead.
    • AOMA does not accept letters of recommendation submitted by direct email, photocopies, or unsigned letters.
  • Copies of any professional licenses or certificates held by applicant
  • Two passport-sized photos (2" x 2")

There is a nonrefundable application fee of $75.

Series Cost

For students entering in the Winter 2015 or Spring 2015 term:

$226/ didactic credit
$402/ clinical credit
$85 facility fee/ term*
$75 practicum insurance fee (for clinical coursework)

For students entering in Summer 2015 or after:

$287/ didactic credit
$594/ clinical credit
$85 facility fee/ term*
$75 practicum insurance fee (for clinical coursework)

*Other fees may apply (add/drop, returned check, etc.)

Tuition costs per term will vary depending on enrollment level. Advance registration/payment is not possible. Students in the Herbs-Only Track are non-degree seeking students and are consequently not eligible for federal financial aid or AOMA scholarships.