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Masters of Acupuncture with a Chinese herbal medicine specialization (MAcCHM)


The purpose of the Master of Acupuncture with specialization in Chinese herbal medicine at AOMA is to educate and graduate competent Chinese medical practitioners who are eligible to practice.


This program provides a foundation for students' development into compassionate, effective practitioners who embody the spirit of this ancient medical practice.


  • Have the knowledge base necessary to enter the profession.
  • Practice professional behaviors and values.
  • Provide patient-centered care.
  • Incorporate evidence- and experience-based practices.
  • Participate in collaborative patient care.


MAcCHM graduates will demonstrate the ability to:

  • Collect and analyze diagnostic data, determine disease diagnoses, and distinguish syndrome pattern differentiations.
  • Construct acupuncture and Chinese herbal treatment plans according to the principles of Chinese medicine, safely and effectively perform Chinese medical treatments, prescribe herbal and dietary remedies, and provide patient instruction.
  • Perform biomedical assessments, analyze laboratory reports, explain reports to patients, identify pathologies and red flags, and utilize biomedical knowledge in the context of Chinese medical practice.
  • Communicate professionally, chart accurately and completely, seek guidance and evaluation, perform selfevaluations, and practice legally and ethically.
  • Collaborate with patients on healthcare design, consider patients’ unique circumstances, provide lifestyle recommendations, and demonstrate motivating patients for treatment compliance through shared decision-making.
  • Perform literature reviews, record and compare initial assessments and outcome measures, and utilize evidence and experience to inform clinical decision-making.
  • Collaborate with colleagues for best possible patient care, communicate with other healthcare practitioners, and demonstrate commitment to the team and to patient outcomes.


The Master of Acupuncture with specialization in Chinese herbal medicine program must be completed within eight calendar years from the date of enrollment. The following requirements must be met in order to graduate from the program:

  1. Completion of all didactic and clinical instruction listed below:
    • Acupuncture 66.5 Credits  804 Hours
    • Herbal 45 Credits  558 Hours
    • Integral 11 Credits 132 Hours
    • Biomedicine 42 Credits 504 Hours
    • Clinical 42 Credits 1008 Hours
    • Grand total 206.5 Credits 3006 Hours
  1. Satisfactory conduct and professional clinical performance.
  2. Successful completion of comprehensive written and practical examinations.
  3. Successful fulfillment of portfolio requirement.
  4. Fulfillment of all financial obligations, including return of all library materials.


Acupuncture Studies and Chinese Medicine Fundamentals

The foundations and diagnostic skills of traditional Chinese medicine are the fundamental cornerstone of Chinese medical science. This theoretical system forms the basis for clinical practice. The well-rounded and comprehensive acupuncture curriculum builds on these fundamentals, creating a strong foundation for other didactic instruction and for clinical internship.

  • Introduction to Palpation
  • Foundations of Chinese Medicine 1
  • Foundations of Chinese Medicine 2
  • Diagnostic Skills of Chinese Medicine 1
  • Diagnostic Skills of Chinese Medicine 2
  • Point Location and Meridian Theory 1
  • Point Location and Meridian Theory 2
  • Point Location and Meridian Theory 3
  • Acupuncture Techniques 1
  • Acupuncture Techniques 2
  • Meridian and Point Energetics 1
  • Meridian and Point Energetics 2
  • Advanced Needling Techniques and Theory
  • Advanced Channel Needling Techniques
  • Acupuncture Treatment of Disease 1
  • Acupuncture Treatment of Disease 2
  • Acupuncture Treatment of Disease 3
  • NCCAOM Board Exams Preparation
  • Additional Acupuncture Courses available as electives

Asian Bodywork Therapy

AOMA believes that touch is an integral part of healing and has incorporated a strong Asian bodywork therapy component into the program. The Asian bodywork therapy curriculum is based in the philosophy and application of Chinese medicine and the harmonization of qi. Students have two forms of Asian bodywork therapy from which to choose: tuina and Chinese medical qigong. Students may also elect optional courses in Asian bodywork therapy, which, upon completion, qualify the student to apply for membership to the American Organization for Bodywork Therapists of Asia (AOBTA).

Tuina, the Ancient Healing Bodywork of China

  • Tuina 1
  • Tuina 2
  • Tuina 3
  • Chinese Pediatric Tuina

Chinese Medical Qigong

Chinese medical qigong is one of the oldest branches of Chinese medicine, predating acupuncture by thousands of years. It is a therapeutic method for improving health and well-being, regaining and maintaining mind/body balance, preserving health, and enhancing longevity through the training of the mind, the breath, and the physiological processes of the body.

  • Chinese Medical Qigong 1
  • Chinese Medical Qigong 2
  • Chinese Medical Qigong 3

Mind-Body Studies

AOMA believes that the internal development of qi facilitates focus and concentration and therefore enhances the students’ educational experience. Additionally, students learn corrective and therapeutic exercises for self-care and as an additive to the treatment plans of their patients.

  • Taiji 1
  • Taiji 2
  • Taiji 3
  • Qigong 1
  • Qigong 2
  • Qigong 3

Herbal Studies

AOMA’s herbal program is one of the most comprehensive in the nation, with education in the theory, identification, and function of more than 300 herbs and the combination of those herbs in formulas to restore states of health. Resources include an herbal lab, an herbal medicine center that stocks more than 350 herbs in bulk and powdered form, patent formulas, tablets, capsules, and

extracts, and a learning garden where herbs are grown in conjunction with the American Botanical Council.

  • Chinese Herbology 1
  • Chinese Herbal Studies Lab 1
  • Nutrition and Dietary Therapy
  • Chinese Herbology 2
  • Chinese Herbal Studies Lab 2
  • Chinese Herbology 3
  • Chinese Herbal Studies Lab 3
  • Chinese Herbal Formulations 1
  • Chinese Patent Herbal Medicine
  • Chinese Herbal Formulations 2
  • Chinese Herbal Formulations 3
  • Syndrome-based Herbs and Formulas
  • Chinese Herbal Safety & Herb-Drug Interactions
  • Chinese Herbal Treatment of Disease 1
  • Chinese Herbal Treatment of Disease 2
  • Huang Di Nei Jing
  • Shan Han Lun
  • Chinese Herbal Treatment of Disease 3
  • Jin Gui Yao Lue
  • Wen Bing and Wen Re

Integral Studies

Integral studies courses at AOMA connect concepts inter-departmentally by educating learners in the core values and behaviors of professional practice in Chinese medicine, the integration of Chinese medicine and Western medicine, and the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to be successful in clinical practice.

Through case management, practice management, communication skills, ethics, and evidence-based practice, AOMA emphasizes the skills essential to producing the best possible outcomes in patient care and practice. These courses address practical business education and ethics, skills to help students connect with their patients and to provide systems-based healthcare in America, and the importance of research in classical and current literature to promote the best possible patient outcomes. MAcCHM students may elect to take PT0101 Psychology and Clinical Communications in place of PT0411 Mindfulness Somatic Therapies.

  • Psychology and Clinical Communications
  • Case Management
  • Practice Management
  • Mindfulness Somatic Therapies
  • Ethics and Legal Issues

Clinical Internship

AOMA’s clinical education provides students with hands-on experience and is a means of service to the greater Austin community. At AOMA, clinical education begins in the first term and continues throughout the first year with a sequence of clinical theater and observation. Supervised clinical internship begins in the second year and goes on to include 972 hours of internship and 36 hours of herbal dispensing, focused herbal and community clinic hours and optional hours focused on tuina and medical qigong. Throughout the internship, students take on increasing levels of responsibility for patient care and case management and attend regular intern meetings to support their education and professional development. Finally, as they progress through the program, students compile a portfolio of their work, including, for example, self-reflections, clinical case studies, and selected coursework. A detailed description of clinical requirements is included in the Student and Clinic Manual.

  • Clinical Theater 1
  • Clinical Theater 2
  • Clinical Observation
  • Clinical Internship
  • Clinical Internship – Community
  • Advanced Clinical Observation
  • Clinical Internship – Herbal
  • Clinical Internship – Herbal Dispensary
  • Advanced Herbal and Biomedical Clinic Theater


Admissions Scholarships

Limited scholarships are available to newly accepted students. All applicants will be considered for scholarships based on their admissions file AND scholarship application materials. Scholarships are awarded to one more applicant of AOMA’s MAcOM and Doctoral programs.

Scholarships Available:

  • Academic Merit Scholarship     $1,000
  • General Scholarship                   $1,000
  • Relocation Scholarship              $1,000

*International Scholarship is designed to cover English-language training costs that might be required to meet TOEFL & IELTS scores for admission

For Merit and General Scholarships, the $1,000 is distributed in $250 increments per term over 4 successive terms.

For the Relocation Scholarship, a $1,000 check is awarded to the recipients during the first week of class.

To find out more information, contact the AOMA Director of Admissions.


In addition to our stewardship of AOMA as one of the leading schools of Chinese medicine, we are committed to providing the best possible educational experience at the most reasonable cost. AOMA reserves the right to make tuition adjustments of 4 - 8% per year that reflect changes in the cost of living and cost of education, subject to governing board approval.


$348 per credit hour


Application Fee, nonrefundable
MAcCHM Enrollment Deposit
International Student Deposit
Facility Fee (per term)
Part-Time Surcharge (less than 12 credits, per term, excluding summer
Practicum Insurance (per term)*
Clinic Practical Examination Fee (x2)
Graduation Fee


Add/Drop Fee for courses (after no-fee deadline)
Add/Drop Fee for clinics (after no-fee deadline)
Make-up Fee (for any course exam)
Audit Fee (per credit)
Returned Check Fee
Additional Diploma Fee
Transcript Fee
Tuition payment plan fee per term
Late monthly payment fee
Late tuition payment fee: 1% of unpaid balance, added monthly
Student ID and badge replacement
Student ID and badge rush replacement
Pending Grad Fee

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