Seattle Institute of Oriental Medicine

SIOM Receives Approval for New Acupuncture Degree

Recently SIOM received the necessary approvals from national and state agencies to proceed with its new Master of Acupuncture degree.  In addition to a rigorous acupuncture training to prepare students for private practice, the program will provide students with the skills necessary to work in public health and international settings where acupuncture is a much needed resource.  The program also includes extensive instruction and practice in Asian bodywork techniques, nutrition, and a variety of qi gong approaches.   Please check the Program section of our website and view our catalog for additional information and specific course descriptions.

The three-year, 2,400 hour program will have classes two days a week at the school's Seattle campus and several weekend intensives each trimester, either in Seattle or at the school's retreat center on Vashon Island.   The prerequisites for the program are identical to those required in our M.Ac.O.M. degree and must be completed prior to enrollment at SIOM.   Please read our Admissions section for more information on applying.

We are excited about this training because we expect to graduate practitioners who will work with patient populations that generally do not have access to acupuncture. In conjunction with the program, the school is establishing a non-profit foundation called the Center for Integrated Care to generate funds for further support of this goal.

We anticipate that the structure of the program will allow students to have part-time jobs during the program and thereby potentially lower the amount of financial aid needed and post-graduation debt.  For graduates seeking to work or volunteer in overseas locations, this is a particularly important consideration.

Interested applicants are encouraged to visit and tour the Institute, receive acupuncture treatments and observe classes, and speak to a school representative about the program.  An open house to introduce the program in more detail is scheduled for Wednesday evening, March 31st at 7:00 p.m.