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Acupuncture - Introduction

The Eastern School's Certificate in Acupuncture program is 2500 hours in length and takes three years to complete. Graduates of the program receive a Masters level Certificate.

The program is designed to meet the needs of working adults. Classes meet one afternoon/evening per week and and on most weekends, both Saturdays and Sundays, from 8:00am-5:00pm. Clinic internship begins in the summer before the third year. Internship is 12 months long and students typically attend clinic 1 1/2 days per week. Spring and Fall incoming classes are available.

The year one schedule for the acupuncture program is one afternoon/evening per week and most weekends for students who have completed 4 credits in Biology, 3 credits in another general bioscience such as Nutrition, Chemistry, Psychology or Physics and 8 credits in Anatomy & Physiology.

The year one schedule for acupuncture students who require some or all of the above mentioned courses will be required to attend additional evenings.
  • 4 credits Biology-Monday 5:30-9:30pm
  • 3 credits Bioscience-Monday 5:30-9:30pm
  • 8 credits A & P-Wednesdays 5:30-9:30pm
The goal of the program is to provide the highest standard of acupuncture education. The program also provides an educational foundation in the western biosciences, which will assist the acupuncturist as a healthcare professional.

The Eastern School's unique curriculum is organized thematically. Modern research has shown that adult learners absorb information best through hands-on learning activities. Thus, what students learn in theory classes is reinforced in clinical work and again in independent projects. This creates links that aid students in retaining theoretical knowledge and in understanding its practical application.

The core curriculum of the Eastern School includes a thorough grounding in the principles of Anatomy, Physiology, Pathology, as well as the fundamentals of Oriental Medicine including Meridian Pathways, Point Location, and Pulse and Tongue Diagnosis. The educational objectives of the Eastern School also reflect the belief that the best practitioners are often those who have a working knowledge in several different acupuncture modalities. To that end, the core curriculum also includes exposure to various schools of thought such as TCM, Japanese, and Five Element theories. Elective courses are also offered to allow students the opportunity to further explore their individual interests and strengths.