AOMA's Master of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (MAcOM) program is rigorous and comprehensive and includes extensive clinical training. Students receive education in acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, biomedical sciences, mind-body exercise, Asian bodywork, practice management, case management, and clinical communications. AOMA’s herbal program is one of the strongest in the nation and AOMA is one of the few professional programs to integrate taiji and qigong into the curriculum.
Graduates of the AOMA master's degree program in acupuncture and Oriental medicine will:
Have the knowledge base necessary to enter the profession
Practice professional behaviors and values
Provide patient-centered care
Incorporate evidence and experience-based practices
Participate in collaborative patient care
- Program Overview
The MAcOM program engages each learner in an individual process of transformation from student to professional. The program begins with foundational courses in Chinese medical theory, acupuncture point location, meridian theory, acupuncture techniques, biomedical sciences, Chinese herbal medicine, and clinical observation. By the end of the first five terms, a student has achieved the foundational knowledge necessary to begin his or her clinical internship. In the second year, learning progresses with advanced courses in acupuncture techniques and acupuncture treatment of disease, biomedical assessment courses, and the continuation of the herbal medicine sequence. During the second year, the clinical internship emerges as a platform for applied integration of classroom knowledge.
As students begin their third year, they complete the acupuncture sequence and move into advanced courses in Chinese herbal medicine and biomedical treatment of disease. They are increasingly called upon in clinic to apply their knowledge in support of their patients’ health. By graduation, students have provided care for more than 450 patients using the main modalities of Oriental medicine: acupuncture and associated methods, Chinese herbal medicine, mind–body exercise, Asian bodywork therapy, and nutrition.
Personal transformation is encouraged through courses that focus on a student’s professional development. For example, in the case management, ethics, and legal issues as well as the mindful somatic therapies courses, students explore the boundaries of the patient– practitioner relationship and learn to improve their clinical outcomes through listening and educating. In the practice management curriculum, advanced students develop the essential components of their business and marketing plans, explore accounting and insurance billing, and develop short- and long-term post-graduation plans. As Chinese medicine is a holistic medicine, this is also a holistic transformation.
As part of the program, students take courses in taiji and qigong, and these courses provide quiet opportunities to reflect on health and healing. Students learn to recognize the connection between mind–body exercises and healthful living and are able to share that understanding with their patients in clinic. Students also choose from one of two sequences in Asian bodywork therapy, and may apply for membership to the American Organization for Bodywork Therapies of Asia (AOBTA®) upon completion of their studies.
Throughout the program, students create a professional portfolio and are thus empowered to observe their development as practitioners. Via the portfolio, students gather examples of their work in class and clinic; reflections from intern meetings, patient visits, advanced clinical opportunities, and self-assessments; as well as notes on professional development as it pertains to their post-graduate plans. Students participate in three formative portfolio reviews, each with the goal of cultivating professionalism, clinical effectiveness, and emotional intelligence. Upon completion of a final review, students keep their own portfolios, effectively providing them with a robust and thorough document of their development as skilled practitioners. Thus, a key component of the program is the development of students’ clinical and management skills through staged competencies, ensuring that graduates obtain the confidence and abilities necessary for a successful career in the healthcare professions.
- MAcOM Graduation Requirements
The Master of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine program must be completed within eight calendar years from the date of enrollment and within six years for students on federal financial aid. The following requirements must be met in order to graduate from the program:
1. Completion of all didactic and clinical instruction listed below:
Credits Hours Acupuncture 63.5 768 Herbal 44 546 Integral 14 168 Biomedicine 40 480 Clinical 42 1,008 Total 203.5 2970
2. Satisfactory conduct and professional clinical performance.
3. Successful completion of comprehensive written and practical examinations.
4. Successful fulfillment of portfolio requirement.
5. Fulfillment of all financial obligations, including return of all library materials.