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
Full-time Pace of Study [PDF]
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) provides the framework for study in acupuncture point location, energetics, basic/advanced needling, adjunct modalities like cupping and moxibustion, and derivative acupuncture styles like five-element. Through classes in pulse and tongue diagnosis, students learn to construct a comprehensive picture of the health of their patients.
- Chinese Herbal Medicine
From single herbs to formulas to treatment of disease, AOMA’s herbal program produces some of the best herbalists in the country. Students learn how to identify, combine, and safely administer over 300 medicinal herbs to restore health. Resources include an herbal lab, two herbal medicine centers, a learning garden, a student-run Herbs Club, and affiliation with the American Botanical Society whose headquarters are in Austin.
- Biomedical Sciences
Western biomedicine is integrated into the TCM curriculum to strengthen graduates’ professional capabilities and improve clinical outcomes for patients. From biomedical basics like anatomy and pathophysiology to advanced courses in diagnostics and pharmacology, students develop tools to effectively communicate with patients and integrate their practice into the US healthcare system.
- Mind-Body Studies
The internal cultivation of qi (energy) through the practice of taiji and qigong facilitates focus and concentration and enhances the educational experience. Through this practice, students learn corrective and therapeutic exercises for their patients and themselves.
- Asian Bodywork Therapy
Touch is an integral part of healing. By undertaking coursework in tuina and medical qigong students develop skills in palpation and bodywork and learn to harmonize the qi of their patients. Specific bodywork clinical internships support clinical skill development.
- Practice Management
Preparing students for future careers is an important part of the AOMA education. Coursework in practice management and case management is offered in collaboration with professional experts in topics like business plan development, marketing, and tax planning. AOMA also offers extracurricular seminars and career support services like job searching, resume and cover letter writing, and networking support to students and alumni as they embark on their integrative medicine careers.
- Clinical Education
At AOMA, clinical education begins in the first term. Moving from observation to internship, students amass over 900 hours of patient contact. Our partnerships with local community clinics offer students several distinct clinical environments within which to treat. Consequently, AOMA student interns provide Chinese medical services to more than 20,000 patient visits each year.
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