Program of Study
Intellectual challenge & personal inspiration
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.
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 create 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 to identify, combine, and safely administer over 300 medicinal herbs to restore health. Resources include an herbal lab, two herbal medicine centers, and a learning garden.
Western biomedicine is integrated into the TCM curriculum to empower graduates and improve clinical outcomes. From biomedical basics like anatomy and pathophysiology to advanced courses in diagnostics and pharmacology, students develop tools to effectively communicate with patients and integrate into the US healthcare system.
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 major hospital systems and local community clinics offer students six distinct clinical environments in which to treat and each year, AOMA student interns provide Chinese medical services to more than 20,000 patients. AOMA Student Clinic Opportunities.
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. Through coursework in tuina and medical qigong students develop skills in palpation and bodywork and learn to harmonize the qi of their patients. Specific bodywork internships support clinical skill development.
Preparing students for future careers is an important part of the AOMA education. Curricular coursework in practice management and case management are taught in collaboration with community 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.