Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine Degree Program

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Acupuncture and Chinese medicine: Help people live healthier lives. Naturally.

Explore whole-person health, natural pain management, and a fusion of Eastern and Western approaches

At Northwestern, your educational experience centers on the heart of Chinese medicine – working with people. We emphasize clinical training, hands-on skill building, and a foundation in both Eastern tradition and modern science.

Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Program Director Dr. Christian Jovanovic discusses his discovery of Chinese medicine.

Our acupuncture and Chinese medicine programs

Master of Acupuncture (8 trimesters)

The Master of Acupuncture degree program teaches you traditional acupuncture, therapeutic application of heat (moxibustion), vacuum pressure (cupping), electrical current (electroacupuncture), Chinese massage (tui na) and Chinese exercise system (tai ji).

Master of Chinese Medicine (9 trimesters)

In addition to the acupuncture techniques above, as a Master of Chinese Medicine student, you'll gain proficiency in Chinese herbal medicine.

Herbal Medicine Certificate (8 trimesters, part time)

The Herbal Medicine Certificate program is designed for licensed acupuncture practitioners who want to expand their skills in Chinese herbal medicine. Licensed acupuncturists will develop the skills necessary for the safe and effective practice of herbal medicine.

China study trip

Travel with us to Henan TCM University and Hospital in ZhengZhou, China to attend 4 days of specialty lectures and 5 days of interacting with TCM doctors in small groups through the hospital. The time includes two weekends of cultural tours including a Shaolin Temple, Xian City, herb gardens, and ends with 3 days of study, tours, and shopping in Beijing. Up to 30 AOM-PDA credits are available for licensed acupuncturists; current NWHSU students can earn observation and clinical seminar credits. Henan Traditional Chinese Medicine University is considered one of the top TCM universities in China, and is alma mater to NWHSU faculty who have helped design and facilitate this opportunity. For more information, contact

Hands-on, patient-centered clinical experience

  • Skills training begins on day one, including point location, needling, cupping, accessory techniques and tui na
  • Wide range of clinical settings and patient populations due to our relationships with healthcare providers
  • Emphasis on compassionate care
  • Careful supervision – one clinical faculty for every three student interns

Types of practices you can enter

With a master’s degree in acupuncture or Chinese medicine, you can enter these settings:

  • Solo, group and community-style practices
  • Hospitals and integrative outpatient clinics
  • Specialty practices focused on special patient populations 

Apply now for winter 2019!

Don't have your bachelor's degree yet? Enroll in our Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine-focused B.S. in Human Biology degree completion program.

Career outlook

  • Faster than average job growth anticipated for acupuncturists between 2014-2024 (9 percent to 13 percent growth). --Bureau of Labor Statistics
  • Visits to acupuncturists in the U.S. increased three-fold between 1997 and 2007. --Centers for Disease Control

Join our family of alumni


Wherever you practice, you’ll be among colleagues.

Be fully supported

Our internationally trained faculty have earned degrees in traditional Chinese medicine from institutions in China, the U.S. and elsewhere. Each one is fully dedicated to helping ensure your success.

Learn in a modern environment

Experience all the benefits of a large university such as contemporary laboratories, classrooms and clinics – while enjoying small class sizes and lots of one-on-one time with your professors.

Live, learn and serve in the healthy Twin Cities

Immerse yourself in the metro area of Minneapolis, ranked #1 in the nation for healthy living by

Connect with us

Call 952-885-5409

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