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National University's Master of Science in Acupuncture program offers you a comprehensive curriculum in acupuncture coupled with training in how to balance an Eastern medicine approach with Western medicine.
What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is an ancient healing technique that is over 3,000 years old. It is based on the insertion of thin, sterile needles into strategic points on the body that lie along specific energy meridian pathways.
Acupuncture is one of the five main branches of oriental medicine. The goal of acupuncture is to promote healing through rebalancing the patient's Qi (or chi) energy. When the Qi is weak, excessive or blocked, it can cause illness and disease.
An acupuncturist may stimulate acupuncture points and meridians using needles, or employ electronic stimulation, magnets or lasers to acupuncture points for enhanced healing. Other meridian and point therapies may include acupressure, the application of heat through moxibustion, drawing out energy through cupping, and a specialized massage system called "tuina."
Acupuncture and oriental medicine are being recognized as effective treatments for a variety of conditions. An increasing number of hospitals and integrative care centers are employing acupuncturists for both medical treatment and wellness programs. Acupuncturists may also start their own practice, or work in pain management clinics, fertility clinics, weight loss or addiction treatment centers. Even cosmetic and spa facilities are now offering acupuncture for clients to relieve stress and combat the effects of aging.
The 121-credit hour program is 7 trimesters in length and the courses are offered primarily in the evening. The program covers the history, theory and philosophy of acupuncture as well as rigorous training in diagnosis and treatment planning. Students will also graduate with a solid foundation in the basic sciences of western medicine, having developed skills necessary for integrative and collaborative practice in health care settings of their choosing.
National University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools: 230 S. LaSalle St., Suite 7-500; Chicago, IL 60604-1413; 800-621-7440; 312-263-0456. The Master of Science in Acupuncture Program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM): 14502 Greenview Drive, Suite 300B, Laurel, MD 20708; 301-313-0855; fax 310-313-0912