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