Earn your Masters of Acupuncture Degree (MAc)
As one of only a handful of programs in the Midwest, our Acupuncture program is among the most respected and least expensive in the country. It is also the shortest, which means our students quickly acquire the strong clinical skills they need to pass national certification exams, apply for licensure, and get a strong start on their career as a primary healthcare practitioner.
AIAM’s Acupuncture program is based on Traditional Chinese Medicine concepts that employ Acupuncture diagnosis and treatment, as well as adjunctive therapies and diagnostic techniques for the promotion, maintenance, and restoration of health and the prevention of disease. Beyond classroom and lab learning, our students have the opportunity to apply their skills to real situations in our on-site clinic and can participate in clinic observations in a hospital setting.
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The benefits of a career in Acupuncture
Licensed acupuncturists have many opportunities open to them, all offering a calmer and more flexible setting than those found in a traditional hospital or clinic. Some acupuncturists choose to work in health and wellness centers, clinics, spas, or even on cruise ships, while others choose to start their own practice.
Experienced acupuncturists can potentially earn an average of $75,000 per year. More detailed salary information is available at U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Your AIAM Master’s degree can be your entrance to a rewarding career, and it can also be a stepping stone into further education. If desired, AIAM graduates are normally eligible for admission at all other Herbal certificate programs and/or Doctorate programs throughout the U.S.
AIAM Acupuncture Master
- 27 months; 9 quarters
- Must have a Bachelor’s degree in order to enroll in this program
- Focus on Traditional Chinese Medicine and biomedical science
- Graduates of the program receive a Master of Acupuncture (MAc) and are qualified to sit for the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) exam
Acupuncture Program Admissions Requirements
- Complete a personal tour and interview with an AIAM admissions enrollment coach
- Submit proof of earned Baccalaureate Degree from an institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education or a foreign equivalent that has been officially evaluated
- Complete application form with $125 enrollment fee (can be paid at enrollment)
- Meet with Financial Aid office to discuss payment options
- Complete enrollment agreement and accompanying paperwork
- English language competency is required; If English is not a student’s first language and he/she has not completed a two-year (60 semester credits or 90 quarter credits) baccalaureate-level education in an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education or from an equivalent English language institution in another country, then he/she will be required to score at least 61 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) internet-based test (iBT).
- Demonstrate personal laptop computer meets specifications required for online learning or laptop computer will be issued and charged to student account at AIAM.
- Complete the Distance Education Assessment
Frequently Asked Questions
How to become an acupuncturist?To become an acupuncturist, one has to fulfill the minimum educational requirements of attending an accredited acupuncture program and earning a master’s degree. AIAM offers its master’s program in acupuncture that provides quality education at an affordable cost. After completing your degree, you will need to pass a national certification exam and obtain a license to practice acupuncture in your state. Note that the education and licensure requirements can vary by state in the U.S., so make sure to research the requirements specific to your state before embarking on this career path.
What does an acupuncturist do?Acupuncturists insert delicate, thin needles into a patient's meridians or energy lines with the intention of relieving pain and discomfort. Different acupuncturists may have different methods of performing acupuncture, and it may depend on your lifestyle, behaviors, and symptoms.
How much does an acupuncturist make?The yearly average acupuncturist salary is $73,931. However, it may depend on the city you’re planning to work in and the company you work for.
How long does it take to become an acupuncturist?Depending on the institution you’re planning to attend, it might take up to three years to get your acupuncture license. At AIAM, you will complete your degree in acupuncture within 27 months.