COVID-19 PANDEMIC UPDATE: This program is enrolling for the Fall 2022 trimester. MUIH is planning for this program to be delivered in its standard format for students entering the program in the Fall 2022 trimester. The program will be delivered primarily on campus with some 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.
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.
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||
|2||Master of Acupuncture||Doctor of Acupuncture with a Chinese Herbal Medicine Specialization||
|3||Master of Oriental Medicine OR Master of Acupuncture with a Chinese Herbal Medicine Specialization||Doctor of Acupuncture with a Chinese Herbal Medicine Specialization||
|4||Master of Acupuncture AND Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Chinese Herbs||Doctor of Acupuncture with a Chinese Herbal Medicine Specialization||
(*) 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.
Alumni of the following MUIH programs are eligible for admission to the doctoral completion programs:
To be eligible for the doctoral completion program, individuals must have had a break in enrollment of at least one trimester between completion of one of these master’s programs and enrollment in the doctoral completion program, and substantial practice experience as a licensed acupuncturist.
Individuals enrolled in MUIH’s entry-level Doctor of Acupuncture or Doctor of Acupuncture with a Chinese Herbal Medicine Specialization programs are not permitted to enroll in the degree completion doctoral programs. Entry level programs are those in which students do not have a break in enrollment between completion of their master’s degree and starting the doctoral acupuncture program and do not have substantial practice experience as a licensed acupuncturist before starting the doctoral acupuncture program.
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|
|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:
Complete Essay Questions in application:
Additional English language proficiency requirements apply for international students.
(*) 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.
|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
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.
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.
|Course Code||Cost per Credit||# of Credits||Tuition Cost*|
*Prices subject to change. Tuition costs are for illustrative purposes only.
|Average Credits per Trimester||Typical Completion Time|
|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
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||NUTR 681 – $40/course
NUTR 682 – $40/course
NUTR 683 – $45/course
NUTR 684 – $45/course
NUTR 686 – $30/course
NUTR 687 – $40/course
NUTR 688 – $40/course
|Cooking Kit Fee||$220
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 $185
HRB 622 $150
HRB 642 $220
HRB 653 $85
HRB 705 $180
Due to international customs requirements, we do not ship herb kits outside of the United States
HRB 636 $175
|Credit Card Adjustment Fee||2.75% of amount paid by credit card|
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.
The following programs offered by Maryland University of Integrative Health are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine (ACAHM):
(5) Certificate in Chinese herbal medicine [currently named Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Chinese Herbs]
Accreditation status and notes may be viewed on the ACAHM Directory.
ACAHM is recognized by the United States Department of Education as the specialized accreditation agency for institutions/programs preparing acupuncture practitioners. ACAHM does not accredit any programs at the undergraduate/bachelor level. ACAHM is located at 8941 Aztec Drive, Eden Prairie, Minnesota 55347; phone 952/212-2434; www.acahm.org.
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
Sharon Jennings-Rojas, D.O.M; M.Ac.; L.Ac.; RT (NADA)
Kerri Westhauser, M.Ac., D.A.O.M
Director, Chinese Herb Programs
Daniel Schrier, M.Ac, D.O.M., L.Ac., ADS (NADA)
Director of Acupuncture Experiential Learning
Jennifer Schwing, M.A.
Chelsey Barrett, M.S., CHES
Student Support Specialist and Academic Advisor
Casey Simms, M.A.