Academy of Oriental Medicine at Austin (AOMA), Texas, United States


AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine Texas, United States

Contact Details

AOMA Campus
4701 West Gate Boulevard
Austin, TX 78745
Phone: (512) 454-1188
Toll free: (800) 824-9987, ext. 213
Fax: (512) 454-7001

Training Therapy


Level Of Training


Qualification Awarded

Master of Acupuncture with a Chinese Herbal Medicine specialization (MAcCHM)

Duration Of Training

3 years & 3 months (Accelerated)

4 years & 3 months (full time)

6 years (part time)

Entry Requirements

Traditional Students (First-Time, New Students)

  • A bachelor’s degree or higher, or the equivalent, from a regionally accredited institution is preferred
  • Students may be considered for if they have completed at least 90 baccalaureate level semester credits (135 quarter credits) from a regionally accredited college or university with a minimum overall grade point average of 2.5. The 90 credits must include at least 30 credits of general education courses drawn from the following areas:
    • Humanities and Fine Arts (minimum 6 credits)
    • Social/Behavioral Sciences (minimum 6 credits)
    • Natural Sciences/mathematics (minimum 6 credits)
    • Communications (minimum 6 credits)
  • Demonstrated scholastic achievement at the undergraduate level evidenced by a minimum grade point average of 2.5 in the last 60 hours of study
  • The capacity to model professional behaviors and provide patient-centered care

English Language Proficiency


  • Applicants must score a total score of at least 80 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet-Based Test (TOEFL® iBT).


  • As an alternative to submitting an official TOEFL score report, international applicants may instead demonstrate English-language Proficiency by submitting an official score report from IELTS (international Language Testing System).
  • Applicants must have an overall band score of a level 6.5.

Exemption from Examinations:

Alternately, applicants may be exempt from the requirement to submit a TOEFL or IELTS score report if they have demonstrated English language proficiency through the completion of at least two years (60 semester credits/ 90 quarter credits) of baccalaureate-level education at an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the United States DOE, or from an equivalent English-language institution in another country.

Enrollment Time

January, March, April, June, August, October, and December

Learning Outcome

Graduates of the AOMA Master’s degree program will:

  • 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 Oriental medicine, safely and effectively perform Oriental 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 Oriental medical practice.
  • Communicate professionally, chart accurately and completely, seek guidance and evaluation, perform self-evaluations, 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.

Type Of Attendance

Accelerated / Full time / Part Time

Credit Hour

206. 5 credits equivalent to 3006 hours


Equivalent to 17 semesters


MAcCHM’s program include Acupuncture Studies and Chinese Medicine Fundamentals, Asian Bodywork Therapy, Mind-Body Studies, Herbal Studies, Biomedical Sciences, Integral Studies as well as clinical internship.

Learning Module

Acupuncture Studies and Chinese Medicine Fundamentals

  • 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


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

Chinese Medical Qigong

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

Mind-Body Studies

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

Herbal Studies

  • 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

Biomedical Sciences

  • Anatomy, Physiology and Histology 1
  • Anatomy Lab 1
  • Anatomy and Physiology 2
  • Anatomy Lab 2
  • Anatomy and Physiology 3
  • Medical Biology
  • Medical Biochemistry
  • Biomedical Terminology
  • Public Health and Biomedical Survey
  • Microbiology and General Pathophysiology
  • Systemic Pathophysiology
  • Biomedical Pharmacology
  • Biomedical Diagnostic Techniques: Body Imaging, Fluids Analysis and Lab Reports
  • Physical Assessment Internal Medicine
  • Physical Assessment: Neuro-Musculo-Skeletal
  • Evidence-Based Medicine in CAM Practice
  • Women’s Health: Management of Gynaecological and Reproductive Conditions
  • Biomedical Treatment of Disease, Segment 1
  • Biomedical Treatment of Disease, Segment 2

Integral Studies

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

Clinical Internship

  • 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

Teaching Faculty

Acupuncture Department

Source Of Accreditation

Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine (ACAHM), recognized by the United States Department of Education.

Graduate Pathways

Graduates are qualified to sit for the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) examination. Most of the states require NCCAOM certification for licentiate.

Career Opportunities

Graduates are qualified to apply for licentiate in all states except Alabama, Oklahoma and South Dakota with an acupuncture practice act, as well as the District of Columbia.

Course Fees

USD 71,862 for the whole course.

*Information for international students’ fee not available. Other fees may be referred to the program catalog.

How To Apply

Applicants who are interested can apply online (refer to link for the url) at school’s website and submit complete application form to Office of Admissions with one-off registration fee of USD75 before respective deadlines.

Applicant must also attach a copy of current resume of CV, two (2) letters of reference from non-relatives/instructors and employers who know the applicant skills and ability to perform master’s studies, official transcripts, copies of any professional licenses or certificates, copy of driver’s license or passport, proof of English language competency, reasons for applying to this course, preparation for transition to graduate school and/or relocation to Austin and career plans.

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