Master of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine
Master of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine
Acupuncture and Chinese medicine is a form of medical treatment established in China thousands of years ago that has developed into a well-established, effective, and popular form of healing for countless patients around the world for many centuries. In the midst of the opioid crisis, acupuncture has been growing in popularity in the United States. Primarily used for pain management, this ancient Chinese form of medicine—which involves thin needles inserted into the skin—has gained support from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and Medicaid. Alternative care continues to grow in popularity. As a result, healthcare organizations are actively searching for talented holistic health professionals. Acupuncture and Chinese medicine practitioners use methods such as needling, herbal medicine, and many others to help individuals with a wide variety of conditions. At SCU, you can study an ancient medicine at a contemporary health sciences university committed to transforming healthcare and healthcare education. Ready to help others? Join the next generation of healers and leaders in acupuncture at Southern California University of Health Sciences (SCU). As an SCU acupuncture student, you will learn how to improve patient outcomes by treating the whole person.
In Only Four Months You Can Extend Your Masters and Earn a Doctorate (DACM)SCU’s designed this program so that upon completion, students can elect to continue their studies for one additional trimester (4 months) and be awarded both the Master of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine (MACM) – pending California Acupuncture Board approval – degree that is required to sit for State and National licensing and certification exams, and earn their doctorate (DACM). Earning this doctoral title and degree provides graduates well-deserved recognition. All other factors being equal, integrative medical settings may prioritize hiring doctors of acupuncture. Medical doctors and other allied health providers may be more likely to refer to a doctor of acupuncture. Completion of SCU’s Master of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine (MACM) degree program makes students eligible for the California state licensure exams as well as the national certification examinations, which enable students to become licensed in states that regulate acupuncture colleges and Chinese medicine schools. A representative from our Office of Admissions would be happy to help you learn more. Request more information or apply now to reserve your seat in the next cohort.
Program Length: 9 trimesters | 3 years
Next Start Date: September 8, 2020
Fixed-Rate Tuition: $7,545/trimester*, $67,905 for the entire program (based on 9 trimesters), Cost per unit (credit hour): $371.68
An Interprofessional Learning Experience
Fall Start – Returning to CampusStudents returning to class in July and those entering in fall will be returning to campus under a Limited Campus Opening. Multiple learning environments will be offered including: Interactive Online Lectures, Clinical Experiences, On-Campus Labs, and Virtual Simulated Labs. Interactive Online Lectures: Lecture courses will be taught via synchronous, technology enhanced, and interactive remote learning. Classes are held during scheduled times. Interactive Online classes provide group-based interactive learning through Zoom. Classes happen in real time with required attendance during a set schedule. Clinical Experience: Students will participate in clinicals at credentialed doctor’s offices and preceptor sites or on-campus at the SCU Health Center. On-Campus Labs: Students will complete labs as part of a small team (typically six students). Teams and faculty will follow social distancing guidelines and will be required to have appropriate personal protective equipment. Virtual Simulated Labs: Some labs will be offered through online virtual simulation using state-of-the-art educational technology tools.
What to Expect?
- New students will get to experience orientation, connect with others, and prepare to make this first step to building a healthier future through our online orientation.
- Students’ courses will utilize a mix of learning environments including interactive online lectures, clinical experiences, on-campus Labs, and virtual simulated labs. Students will need to visit the campus or other locations for clinical and/or lab requirements.
- New students will have a Virtual Orientation before the term starts, where they will receive more information about the program, expectations, and details.
- Students visiting campus or a clinical site must complete a remote, app-based, temperature and symptom screen and exposure questionnaire each day prior to arrival.
- Masks/face coverings are required while on campus, unless working in a private office.
Join the Movement!Become part of a university committed to transforming and redefining healthcare and healthcare education. SCU recognizes that healthcare should move beyond treating symptoms by understanding personal circumstances leading to better patient outcomes, lower costs, and improved quality of life. SCU’s academic community consists of faculty and staff who value and teach whole-person care and empower our students to become patient-centered practitioners. Learning to understand what matters to the patient and their family, what are their personal circumstances, and what are their recovery goals makes SCU student’s balanced practitioners.
Learn to determine what matters to the patient vs. just finding out what’s the matter!SCU’s unique value-based integrative healthcare model:
- Value-based: Value-based: Helping patients improve their health by identifying the right provider for their current need in order to live healthier lives, and to deliver the best outcome for the most efficient cost.
- Integrative: A healthcare perspective that emphasizes understanding personal circumstances leading to better patient outcomes, providing treatments informed by evidence, building a trusted patient-provider relationship, and making use of all appropriate therapeutic approaches and disciplines.
- Interprofessional: Students gain an understanding of other disciplines to broaden treatment options and build collaboration skills that will make them more marketable and effective in the workplace.
11% or Higher Job GrowthProjected employment growth much faster than average and viewed as a “Bright Outlook” occupation.1
#1California is ranked No. 1 for projected job opening 2018-2028 for Acupuncture (part of Health Diagnosing and Treating Practitioners, All Other).1
93.3% CAB Pass RateCalifornia Acupuncture Board (CAB) Pass Rate.2 SCU utilizes ExamSoft, the world’s most advanced assessment platform to prepare students for successful test results.
100% NCCAOM Pass RateNational Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM).3 SCU utilizes ExamSoft, the world’s most advanced assessment platform to prepare students for successful test results.
Cadaver LabSCU is the only acupuncture program in the nation with a cadaver lab. The cadaver lab transforms students’ understanding of the human body. It helps form their new identity as healers-in-training while wielding scalpels to learn lessons that books cannot teach, and technology cannot replicate.
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Exclusive Educational Opportunities
On-Campus Health Center with Herbal PharmacyStudents put foundational principles and clinical science knowledge into practice by consulting on, diagnosing, and treating a variety of basic and complex conditions.
Study AbroadMACM students’ have the opportunity to study abroad at prestigious universities in Taiwan and China to further refine their mastery of acupuncture concepts and gain additional clinical experiences.
Classical Acupuncture Texts with Modern ResearchSCU’s MACM integrates the study of classical acupuncture texts with modern research as part of a comprehensive curriculum.
Electronic Health Records (EHR)Today’s healthcare system expects students to be skilled at electronic systems in particular electronic health records. EHR contain the medical and treatment histories of patients and is built to go beyond standard clinical data collected in a provider’s office and can be inclusive of a broader view of a patient’s care. EHRs are a vital part of health IT system and SCU students graduate prepared to utilize these systems.
On-Campus Herb GardenMACM students enjoy studying and learning in SCU’s beautiful and peaceful on-campus herb garden.
Program Learning Outcomes
- Oriental Medicine Diagnosis: Synthesize etiology and clinical manifestations to construct Oriental Medicine differential diagnoses.
- Acupuncture & Moxibustion Therapies: Prescribe and formulate acupuncture, moxibustion, and related Oriental Medicine therapies.
- Herbal Therapy: Plan and prescribe herbal formulas and modifications.
- Biomedical Diagnosis: Synthesize pathogenesis and clinical manifestations to construct Western Medicine differential diagnoses.
- Evidence-based Practice: Synthesize and apply historical and scientific evidence in clinical practice.
- Business & Clinical Practice: Assess business principles to develop a clinical practice.
- Communication: Effectively communicate verbally, non-verbally, and in written form.
- Professionalism: Demonstrate leadership, integrity, and respect for all, and actively engage in ethical, moral, and legal standards of the profession.
- Interprofessional Collaboration: Collaborate with appropriate professionals to plan and manage patient-centered care.
Take the Next Step in Realizing Your DreamOur enrollment process is quick and easy. The first next step is for you to fill out a short online application for admission, which usually takes 10-15 minutes. Students are encouraged to complete the application process right away to save a seat in the cohort of your choice. A representative from the Office of Admissions is available to answer any questions or help you explore the Master of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Program. Request more information or apply now to reserve your seat in the next cohort.
(1) Employment growth based on O*Net forecast for Health Diagnosing and Treating Practitioners, All Other (which would include Acupuncturist) 29-1199.01. Projected growth 2018 – 2028. (2) SCU California Acupuncture Board (CAB) Pass Rates for students taking the test on XXXXX *Tuition rate reflected above represents the fixed rate for a student entering during the 2020-2021 academic year. Tuition rates are subject to change and may not be reflected on this website or other SCU materials. Please contact us for the most updated information. For a complete listing of SCU fees, please refer to the academic catalog. **The Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM) granted accreditation to Southern California University of Health Sciences (SCUHS) professional doctor program in English under applicable ACAOM standards effective 24 February 2018. Accreditation status and notes may be viewed at: http://acaom.org/directory-menu/directory/ 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; www.acaom.org