Study abroad in China with the American Institute of Alternative Medicine

AIAM’s Acupuncture Program is a graduate-level program awarding a Master Degree in Acupuncture with advanced academic demands within the full-time curriculum.

The program is designed to graduate primary healthcare practitioners 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.

Our program is one of only a handful of programs available in the Midwest, and one of the most respected programs in the country. We give students the skills to succeed and take what they learn in the classroom and apply it to real situations through our on-site clinic.

Study Abroad!

AIAM acupuncture students have the opportunity to study abroad in China in conjunction with one of China’s best Chinese Medicine Hospitals. This tour can be counted toward fulfilling a student’s clinical hour requirements and is the perfect chance for acupuncture students to work alongside experts in the field of Chinese Medicine.

About the Acupuncture Program

American Institute of Alternative Medicine School of Acupuncture

AIAM is an alternative medicine school and clinic located in beautiful Columbus, Ohio. AIAMs Master of Acupuncture (MAc) program is the only program of its kind in Ohio, and one of the only acupuncture education programs in the mid-west. Visit aiam.edu for more information on this unique career.

  • 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

The Benefits of a Career as a Licensed Acupuncturist

Positive Work Environment: Whether you practice within a collaborative setting or choose to run your own practice, the atmosphere is peaceful and less rigid than what you find in a traditional hospital or clinic setting.

Flexible Schedule: The hours you work as an acupuncturist depend on whether you’re employed or self-employed, and on your own personal preferences. A lot of acupuncturists work office hours in order to manage family commitments. However, a lot of patients are prepared to pay a premium for evening and weekend sessions. Those who start their own practice have the ability to be their own boss and set the hours that they choose, as well as build their business as they see fit.

Limitless Opportunities: Today, qualified acupuncturists can find ample career opportunities. If you don’t have the means to open your own practice, you can find job opportunities at health and wellness centers, clinics, spas and even on cruise ships. It is predicted that career openings for licensed acupuncturists will continue to grow over the years.

Entrepreneurship: Those who start their own practice have the ability to be their own boss and set the hours and location that they choose, as well as build their business as they see fit.

Licensed Acupuncturist Salary

Experienced acupuncturists can potentially earn an average of approximately $75,000 per year. According to Indeed average salary for an Acupuncturist is $33.51 per hour in the United States, with top tier professionals earning over $80 an hour.

Licensed Acupuncturist Salary according to Indeed

Data collected from Indeed.com

What Do Licensed Acupuncturists Do?

Here are just a few of the fundamental elements of a career in acupuncture:

  • Personalize treatment plans including making health and wellness recommendations
  • Diagnose ailments according to Oriental medicine traditions
  • Keep patient records
  • Treat symptoms with a variety of holistic means such as needles, cups, and electrical currents
  • Promote an alternative medicine philosophy
  • Stay in accordance with all laws and statutes of acupuncture
  • Identify correct anatomical and proportional point locations based on the patient’s anatomy and positions, contraindications and precautions related to treatments such as intradermal needles, moxibustion, electricity, guasha and bleeding

Licensed Acupuncturist at work.


  • Personal tour and interview with an admissions representative
  •  Submit proof of earned Baccalaureate Degree from an institution recognized by the Department of Education or a foreign equivalent that has been officially evaluated
  • Complete application form with $100 enrollment fee (can be paid at enrollment)
  •  Complete Physical Health Exam Form
  •  Meet with Financial Aid office to discuss payment options
  • Complete enrollment agreement and accompanying paperwork
  • Acupuncture students will need the Hepatitis B Vaccine (series of 3) or refusal on physical form
  • 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. Secretary 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) which also requires a minimum speaking exam score of 26 and a minimum listening exam score of 22, or a level 6 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam


157.5 Credit Hours of Tuition at $317.00 per Credit Hour
Enrollment Fee
Ohio Video Disclosure Course
Matriculation Fee
Student Identification Card
NCCAOM Exam Fees ($475 @ quarters 7,8,9)

For more information on other student costs and optional fees, visit our course catalog. Download/View Catalog


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