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Field of Study: Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine


In Acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine programs prepare people to treat patients based on Chinese medical principles.



Acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine programs include topics such as:

  • Basic Western medical sciences
  • History and theory of Chinese medicine
  • Chinese medical anatomy and physiology
  • Chinese herbology
  • Acupuncture treatment of disease
  • Pain management
  • Acupressure
  • Patient counseling and observation
  • Practice management
  • Applicable regulations
  • Professional standards and ethics

In acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine programs, students may be able to specialize in:

  • Asian bodywork therapy
  • Traditional Chinese/Asian medicine and Chinese herbology

Many universities or acupuncture schools offer graduate degrees in acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine. A master's degree typically requires two years of study beyond a bachelor's degree. Doctoral (PhD) degree programs usually require two or more years of study beyond the master's degree.

Most of these programs require that students have a bachelor's degree to be admitted. These programs award a master's degree, a certificate, or a diploma. A few programs offer joint bachelor's-master's degree programs. These are programs where you can earn a bachelor's degree and then immediately go on to earn a master's degree.