Acupuncture Doctoral Completion Programs

Overview


COVID-19 PANDEMIC UPDATE: This program is enrolling for the fall 2021 trimester. MUIH is planning for this program to be delivered in its standard format for students entering the program in the fall 2021 and spring 2022 trimesters. The program will be delivered through a mix of on campus and online courses; students will be required to come to campus for their in-person classes. MUIH’s Health and Safety Plan describes the University’s protocols for ensuring safety on campus during the COVID-19 pandemic. Vaccination for the COVID-19 virus is not required to enter or use MUIH’s facilities.

The doctoral completion programs in acupuncture provide a pathway for alumni of MUIH’s Master’s level acupuncture programs to earn the Doctor of Acupuncture or Doctor of Acupuncture with a Chinese Herbal Medicine specialization.

Your journey starts here. Programs now enrolling for Fall 2021.

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Audience


MUIH, Tai Sophia, or Traditional Acupuncture Institute alumni who began their Master of Acupuncture, Master of Acupuncture with a Chinese Herbal Medicine specialization, or Master of Oriental Medicine degree in 1985 or later have the necessary preparation to enter MUIH’s Doctor of Acupuncture or Doctor Acupuncture with a Chinese Herbal Medicine specialization programs. Alumni who began their program earlier than 1985 should contact the Office of Admissions for more information. The doctoral completion programs are not open to individuals who received their master’s degree in acupuncture (with or without Chinese herbs) from an institution other than MUIH, Tai Sophia, or Traditional Acupuncture Institute.

Program Description


The doctoral completion program consists of two sets of courses:

Acupuncture Courses (22 credits)

The acupuncture set of courses consists of 22 credits of didactic and clinical acupuncture courses above MUIH’s master’s degrees. Didactic courses cover topics that include research literacy, advanced diagnostic skills, working within interdisciplinary teams and settings, collaborative care, and practice management. 3.5 credits are focused on point functions and qi cultivation. Clinical courses provide an opportunity to enhance and deepen clinical skills, especially in an integrative setting.

Chinese Herbal Medicine Courses (41 credits)

The Chinese herbal medicine set of courses consists of 41 credits of didactic and clinical Chinese herbal medicine courses.

There are four doctoral completion pathways:

Pathway Degree(s) Already Held by Alumni (*) Additional New Degree Being Sought Required Doctoral Coursework
1 Master of Acupuncture Doctor of Acupuncture
  • Acupuncture courses (22 cr)
2 Master of Acupuncture Doctor of Acupuncture with a Chinese Herbal Medicine Specialization
  • Acupuncture courses (22 cr)
  • Chinese herbal medicine courses (41 cr)
3 Master of Oriental Medicine OR Master of Acupuncture with a Chinese Herbal Medicine Specialization Doctor of Acupuncture with a Chinese Herbal Medicine Specialization
  • Acupuncture courses (22 cr)
4 Master of Acupuncture AND Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Chinese Herbs Doctor of Acupuncture with a Chinese Herbal Medicine Specialization
  • Acupuncture courses (22 cr)
  • For individuals who entered the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Chinese Herbs before spring 2020: Master’s level bioscience coursework – ISCI637 Pharmacology and Safety of Chinese Herbal Medicines (4 cr)

(*) MUIH’s curriculum changed in 2016. Individuals who entered these programs in 1985-2015 may need to complete additional coursework. 

Alumni of the Doctor of Acupuncture program seeking to add Chinese herbal medicine should apply to Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Chinese Herbal Medicine program and are not eligible to receive the Doctor of Acupuncture with a Chinese Herbal Medicine Specialization.

Admission Requirements


Alumni of the following MUIH programs are eligible for admission to the doctoral completion programs:

  • Master of Acupuncture
  • Master of Oriental Medicine
  • Master of Acupuncture with a Chinese Herbal Medicine Specialization

Individuals who did not receive their master’s degree in acupuncture from MUIH are not eligible for admission to the doctoral completion programs.

Trimester of Entry: Fall, Spring
Application Deadlines: Application deadline by Trimester
General Requirements:
  • Master of Acupuncture, Master of Oriental Medicine, or Master of Acupuncture with a Chinese Herbal Medicine Specialization received from Maryland University of Integrative Health
  • Resume
  • Transcript(s)
Program Specific Requirements: Prerequisite Coursework: Students must have completed prerequisite courses in chemistry, biology, and psychology; lab courses in these subjects are not required. Students may fulfill this prerequisite coursework through any of the following means:

  • These courses may have been completed at the undergraduate or graduate level as part of a degree program or as individual courses taken at an accredited college or university.
  • Completion of the following low-cost, non-lab courses offered by StraighterLine: Introduction to Biology, General Chemistry I, Introduction to Psychology
  • Completion of the following low-cost, non-lab courses offered by Sophia: Human Biology, Introduction to Psychology
  • Attainment of a minimum score of 50 on each of the relevant CLEP exams offered by the College Board: Biology, Chemistry, Introductory Psychology.  

Complete Essay Questions in application:

  • How does the program relate to your future personal and professional goals?
  • Share an example of how you typically respond to learning new ways of thinking, being and doing and to being coached in those experiences.
  • How do you expect being in this program will shift your priorities and affect your schedule outside of class?

Additional English language proficiency requirements apply for international students.

Curriculum


Doctoral Acupuncture Courses (22 credits)

Didactic Courses – Required 18 Credits

  • AOM794 Collaborative Care (2 cr)
  • FPD779 Point Functions (2 cr)
  • FPD781 Qi Cultivation (1.5 cr)
  • FPD850 Interdisciplinary Diagnosis & Treatment (0.5 cr, taken 3x for 1.5 credits total)
  • IHED777 Health Care Systems (3 cr)
  • IHM 768 Advanced Practice Management (2 cr)
  • ISCI752 Advanced Diagnostic Studies (3 cr)
  • RSCH601 Research Literacy (3 cr)

Clinical Courses – Select 4 Credits with Advising

  • FPD790ad Supervised Advanced Clinical Practice (2 cr)
  • FPD790ae Supervised Advanced Clinical Practice (1 cr)
  • FPD790ia Accelerated Integrative Clinic (1 cr) (*)
  • FPD790id Integrative Case Discussion & Treatment (1 cr)
  • FPD790x1 External Integrative Clinical Partnership 1.0 (1 cr) (**)
  • FPD790x2 External Integrative Clinical Partnership 2.0 (2 cr) (**)
  • FPD7910 Accelerated Clinic 1.0 (1 cr) (*)
  • FPD7920 Accelerated Clinic 2.0 (2 cr) (*)

(*) Accelerated Clinic is available to graduates who have been out of school for more than one year.

(**) Clinical placements with external partners have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and alternate experiences may be required.

Chinese Herbal Medicine Courses (41 credits)

Chinese Herbal Medicine Courses

  • CHP 623a Chinese Herbal Medicine Theory I (4.5 cr)
  • CHP 623b Five Element Theory & Herbal Integration I (3 cr)
  • CHP 623c Five Element Theory & Herbal Integration II (5 cr)
  • CHP 642b Chinese Herbal Theory in Practice I (0.25 cr)
  • CHP 642c Clinical Theory in Practice II (0.5 cr)
  • CHP 711a Chinese Herbal Medicine Theory II (3.5 cr)
  • CHP 711b Chinese Herbal Medicine Theory II (4.5 cr)
  • CHP 711c Chinese Herbal Medicine Theory II (4.75 cr)
  • CHP 721a Clinical Internship (2 cr)
  • CHP 721b Clinical Internship (2.5 cr)
  • CHP 721c Clinical Internship (2.5 cr)
  • CHP 731a Clinical Thought Process (0.5 cr)
  • CHP 731b Clinical Thought Process (0.5 cr)
  • CHP751 Chinese Herbal Preparations (1 cr)
  • CHP 780a Core Group I (0.5 cr)
  • CHP 780b Core Group II (0.25 cr)
  • CHP 780c Core Group III (0.25 cr)
  • ISCI627 Pharmacology and Safety of Chinese Herbal Medicines (4 cr)

Learning Outcomes


Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes DAC DACHM
Apply an understanding of various modalities and specialties and how to collaborate with those practitioners.
Use evidence-informed practices with patients.
Confidently interview and speak with other healthcare providers about acupuncture and Oriental medicine.
Participate and inform innovation occurring in acupuncture practice.
Develop and provide individualized and integrated acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine treatment plans that address overall health and wellness and bring about effective relief for physical pain conditions, chronic illness, particular physical, mental, and emotional conditions, and spiritual issues in their patients.
Prescribe and dispense Chinese herbs as part of an integrated treatment plan.

 

DAC = Doctor of Acupuncture

DACHM = Doctor of Acupuncture with a Chinese Herbal Medicine Specialization

Program Format & Schedule


Program Format

This program is offered in the on-campus format. Click here to view MUIH’s definition of online, hybrid, and on-campus course and program formats. The Doctoral Completion programs are delivered through a mix of on campus and online courses.

For additional details visit the Academic Catalog.

Program Schedule

Didactic courses are primarily online or on weekends if on campus, and the majority are offered every other trimester.  There are multiple options for completion of clinical experiences, which may include time on campus, at external partnership sites, or in your private practice.

Chinese Herbal Medicine courses are offered on-campus on weekends, approximately one weekend per month; where a weekend is Friday and Saturday, with some Friday through Sundays. Class times are generally Friday 8:30-4:30 and Saturday, Sunday 8:30-5:30. In the second year, students will begin participating in clinic. Clinic times are available on weekdays and weekends. There are a limited number of online courses.

Tuition & Fees


Fall 2021 Intake
Course Code Cost per Credit # of Credits Tuition Cost*
AOM $999 22 $21,978
Total 22 $21,978

*Prices subject to change. Tuition costs are for illustrative purposes only.

Timeline

Average Credits per Trimester Typical Completion Time
3 7 Trimesters

Additional Fees

Fees Cost
Application Fee $50
Non-Refundable Tuition Deposit $150
University Fee (per trimester) $275
All students, including students taking a voluntary break in enrollment. Click here to learn more about the fee.
Late Registration Fee
$75/course
After registration deadline and before start of the schedule adjustment period for current students$150/course
During the schedule adjustment period for current and new students who have confirmed before the late confirmed student registration period begins
Cooking Lab Fee $30/course
NUTR 681 – 689; On Campus Courses Only
Cooking Kit Fee $205
M.S. in Nutrition and Integrative Health students (1st trimester) and other students taking cooking labs (NUTR 681 – 689)
Herb Kit Fee  Students enrolled in the following herbal medicine courses:
HRB 605 $160
HRB 614 $160
HRB 620b $160
HRB 622 $145
HRB 635a $125
HRB 635b $200
HRB 636a $125
HRB 642 $220
HRB 705 $180
HRB 715 $100
Due to international customs requirements, we do not ship herb kits outside of the United States
Credit Card Adjustment Fee 2.75% of amount paid by credit card
Graduation Fee $75

Licensure, Certification, & Credentialing


Laws & Licensure

Each state, including Maryland, has specific licensure or registration procedures that must be met. Governmental laws, regulations, legal opinions, and requirements differ from country to country and state to state. MUIH cannot provide assurance that completion of the program will qualify a graduate to be registered or accepted under a state law other than Maryland. Most states require successful completion of the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine exam. For more information, refer to nccaom.org.

Maryland Acupuncture Licenses

Graduates wishing to practice in Maryland may be licensed by applying to the Maryland Board of Acupuncture. MUIH is approved by the Maryland Higher Education Commission to award a Doctor of Acupuncture Medicine degree, and the program conforms to Maryland laws and regulations regarding the practice of acupuncture. (MUIH has requested approval from Maryland Higher Education Commission to change the title of this existing program to Doctor of Acupuncture with a Chinese Herbal Medicine Specialization, effective for students entering the program in the fall 2021 trimester and later. This change and approval from MHEC are pending.) For requirements for licensure in Maryland, contact: Maryland Board of Acupuncture, 4201 Patterson Avenue, Room 311 Baltimore, MD 21215; phone 410-764-4766 or 800-530-2481; or online at health.maryland.gov/bacc/.

Requirements of Other States

For eligibility to apply for licensure, other states may stipulate additional requirements, such as completion of a course in Chinese herbs or clinical hours beyond what is required by MUIH. Individuals who wish to practice in a state other than Maryland are advised to check the licensing requirements of that state by contacting the medical or acupuncture regulating agency in each state.

Additional Information

Additional information regarding licensure is available in the Academic Catalog.

Program Accreditation & Approvals 


Maryland Higher Education Commission

MUIH is approved by the Maryland Higher Education Commission to award the Doctor of Acupuncture and Doctor of Acupuncture with a Chinese Herbal Medicine Specialization, and the programs conforms to Maryland laws and regulations regarding the practice of acupuncture.

Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine

The Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM) is the recognized accrediting agency for programs preparing acupuncture and Oriental medicine practitioners. ACAOM is located at 8941 Aztec Drive, Eden Prairie, Minnesota 55347; phone (952) 212-2434; fax (952) 657-7068; acaom.org.

MUIH’s professional doctoral programs Doctor of Acupuncture (DAc) and Doctor of Oriental Medicine (DOM; i.e. Doctor of Acupuncture with a Chinese Herbal Medicine Specialization), approved to begin enrolling students, are not yet accredited or pre-accredited by ACAOM. Graduates of these programs are not considered to have graduated from an ACAOM-accredited or pre-accredited program and may not rely on ACAOM accreditation or pre-accreditation for professional licensure or other purposes.

The professional doctoral programs are eligible for ACAOM accreditation, and MUIH is currently in the process of seeking ACAOM pre-accreditation/accreditation for the program. However, MUIH can provide no assurance that pre-accreditation or accreditation will be granted by ACAOM.

Career Opportunities


Graduates of MUIH’s acupuncture and herbal medicine programs are employed in a variety of settings including private practice; integrative group practices; health care systems; hospitals; wellness centers; pain management centers; addiction treatment centers; behavioral and mental health centers; fertility centers; veterans and military organizations and agencies; state and local health departments; and colleges and universities. Many graduates chose to have a portfolio career in which they have multiple positions and employers within one or more professions, rather than one full-time job. A portfolio career provides such individuals with variety in their work life and the opportunity to develop a wide and varied professional network.

The career outlook for acupuncture and herbal medicine (AHM) practitioners is strong, and national statistics indicate that individuals pursuing such careers successfully earn income and either establish a solo practice or are hired into a number of different healthcare settings. The AHM career track has been categorized as a “BrightOutlook” occupation by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), indicating that this occupation is predicted to experience rapid growth during the years 2018-2028. BLS predicts a much faster than average (11%) employment growth for AHM practitioners during this time period. The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) reports that approximately 72% of acupuncture and herbal medicine practitioners are actively working in clinical practice with a majority of those practitioners reporting a solo practice being their primary practice setting. NCCAOM also reports that there has been a significant increase in employment in hospital and integrative care settings; the percentage of acupuncturists employed or contracted in these settings grew from 6% in 2008 to 10% in 2015. NCCAOM job analysis statistics indicate that 36% of AHM practitioners reported a total gross income (before taxes) of $40,000-$100,000 with 11% reporting gross incomes of $100,000 and above; the BLS reports the median average salary for AHM practitioners in 2017 was $73,830

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Program Administration


Sharon Jennings-Rojas, D.O.M; M.Ac.; L.Ac.; RT (NADA)
Department Chair

Janet Padgett, M.Ac., Ph.D.
Director, Acupuncture Programs

Kerri Westhauser, M.Ac., D.A.O.M
Director, Chinese Herb Programs

Janice Campbell, D.O.M., L.Ac., A.D.S.
Director, Clinical Education

Jennifer Schwing, M.A.
Department Manager

Chelsey Barrett, M.S., CHES
Student Support Specialist & Academic Advisor

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