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Masters of Science in Acupuncture (MSA) Program

Program Description

MSA program is part of MSOM program that focuses on knowledge and experience in Acupuncture only. MSA program is created to educate students in Acupuncture providing the best alternative medicine treatments. Students are provided a solid foundation in the principles of Acupuncture as well as Western Allopathic Medicine. The Acupuncture program includes an extensive study of diagnostics, methods of treatment, acupuncture, and ethical management. The program is specifically designed to prepare students to sit for the NCCAOM licensure examination in Acupuncture Certification and provide the necessary skills to practice safely and skillfully.


M.S.A. is offered in different languages: English, Chinese and Korean

For the courses in different languages, only the teaching method is different: The course objective, learning outcome, study outline and course evaluation are same as courses in English.

The Master of Science in Acupuncture (MSA) requires 154 quarter credits (2120 hours) including 690 hours of Clinical training to complete the program. The normal program length of MSA is 3 years. Students can finish the program as early as in 2years and 3 months if they become a full time student.

VUIM MSA Catalog

Educational Objectives

The Objectives of the Master’s Program is to create leading practitioners of Integrative Medicine through student centered educational structures and experiences that will produce the following competencies

  1. Defend an etiology of disease from an Acupuncture perspective and utilize this to create and recommend disease prevention strategies.
  2. Have the ability to formulate a logical treatment principle from an Integrative Medical diagnosis, which can be put into action utilizing Acupuncture modalities.
  3. Evaluate patients exhibiting complaints from within the appropriate scope of practice utilizing the Four Pillars of Diagnosis to formulate a treatment plan.
  4. Gain knowledge of traditional methods of assessment and appropriate treatment of patients.
  5. Demonstrate competency in administering a treatment plan as part of the clinical encounter
  6. Identify and demonstrate knowledge of situations and symptoms which necessitate the need for referral to an appropriate health care professional.
  7. Demonstrate the ability to communicate in a professional manner the oriental medicine concepts and diagnoses to other qualified complementary healthcare professionals.
  8. Outline and model personal and professional ethical standards.

Career Opportunities in Acupuncture

The acupuncture field has expanded dramatically over the last 10 years. Graduates have the choice of establishing independent practices or working in collaborative clinics where insurance is often accepted and acupuncturists work side by side with other health care practitioners. Nationwide, many hospitals now offer acupuncture, while more government health care programs are including acupuncture coverage. Acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine is increasingly recognized as safe and cost effective in treating many acute and chronic ailments.

Acupuncture degrees lead to such careers as:

Acupuncturist for auto accident treatment: Auto insurance covers Acupuncture, Massage and Physical Therapy treatment.

  • Licensed acupuncturist (LAc) in private practice, with an integrative clinic or at a hospital
  • Researcher
  • Acupuncturist working in international health
  • Writer on TCM topics
  • Sports medicine specialist
  • Faculty at acupuncture school or university of natural health arts and sciences.

Graduation Requirements

General graduation requirements are as follows:

  1. Satisfactory completion of all required course work and clinical hours in accordance with the Residency Requirement.
  2. Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
  3. Satisfactory passing of Graduation Examination
  4. Passing of Phase Exams(each before entry of observation, intern level 1, 2, 3), among other requirements including First-aid and Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation(CPR) certification
  5. Annual training of Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
  6. Complete the program within one and one-half time program length
  7. Meet all financial obligations to the University

A student must satisfy degree requirements, as outlined in the catalog in effect at the time of enrollment at Virginia University of Integrative Medicine as a degree program student, unless the student interrupts his/her program. It may become necessary to satisfy the program requirements as outlined in the catalog in effect at the time the student re-enters as a student.