AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine


AOMA student receives scholarship


AOMA student receives scholarship

AUSTIN—Shea Broussard has received a scholarship from Nuherbs Company for the graduate program at the Academy of Oriental Medicine at Austin (AOMA), one of the leading graduate schools of acupuncture and Oriental medicine in the nation.

Upon completion of AOMA’s 3.5 year program in 2011, Broussard will open a non-profit, donation based Oriental medicine clinic, Chinese herbal pharmacy, and wellness center in Durham, NC. Barefoot Acupuncture & Wellness will operate on sliding scale based on income. “Our policy is that no one will be refused services due to inability to pay, age, race, gender, sexual orientation, or sexual identity.”  Shea was a psychology major at the Texas A&M and worked as a massage therapist before deciding to pursue her studies in Oriental medicine at AOMA. Broussard also holds a masters degree in Transpersonal Psychology and certification in Dream Studies from John F Kennedy University.

The Nuherbs Co. provides scholarships to current students with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0, who attend a participating ACAOM accredited acupuncture school. Students must also complete an essay to be considered for this scholarship. Broussard passionately expressed how her education at AOMA and her non-profit clinic would benefit others. She wrote, “It is my desire to participate in my community as a healer.  With all of the current attention on health care, it goes without saying that the human right to access healers, whether they be practitioners of complimentary medicines or western medical doctors, should be honored in a healthy, loving community.” At AOMA Shea was able to treat patients in traditional Western medical settings including the Seton Healthcare Network’s clinics and Seton Good Health Commons, and at People’s Community Clinic. The integration of acupuncture and Oriental medicine is a key part of AOMA’s curriculum. Broussard’s essay was selected for reward out of more than 100 applications.

AOMA continues to produce students of this caliber of passion and success.  More than 95 percent of AOMA graduates receive licensure within one year of graduation.With an internationally renowned faculty, strong leadership, and new regional accreditation AOMA’s reputation as a national leader in the field of acupuncture and Oriental medicine education, health care and service to the community continues to grow.


About AOMA

The Academy of Oriental Medicine at Austin offers a 3.5-year master’s level graduate program in acupuncture and Oriental medicine, preparing its students to be skilled, professional practitioners.  AOMA is known for its internationally recognized faculty, for its award-winning student clinical internship program, and for having more licensed graduates than any other acupuncture and Oriental medicine school in Texas. Since its founding in 1993, AOMA has grown rapidly in size and reputation, drawing students from around the nation and faculty from around the world. Current student enrollment is 204, and the school has more licensed graduates than any other acupuncture and Oriental medicine school in Texas.  AOMA also conducts more than 20,000 patient visits annually in its student and professional clinics. AOMA collaborates with healthcare  institutions including the Seton Healthcare Network, and gives back to the community through partnerships with nonprofit organizations and by providing free and reduced price treatments to people who cannot afford them.

The Academy of Oriental Medicine at Austin is located at 2700 West Anderson Lane, Austin, Texas, 78757. AOMA also serves patients and retail customers at its other location, 4701 West Gate Blvd.  For more information see or call 512-492-3051.

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