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Students learn acupuncture techniques on a woman's arm

Important Update

Because of program changes required to stay current with developments in the acupuncture profession, new students will not be admitted for the following degree programs after Fall 2016:

Instead, starting in Fall 2017, we will be offering a four-year Doctorate in Acupuncture Medicine with similar prerequisite requirements, including an undergraduate entry option. Please check back for updates or contact Admissions for more information.

Why Study at Bastyr?

Bastyr University's comprehensive approach to acupuncture and Oriental medicine (AOM) prepares students to work in collaboration with practitioners of conventional Western medicine. Our students receive rigorous classroom and clinical training and learn to comprehend Western health care disciplines. Students graduate as highly qualified practitioners prepared to inform other health care providers on the practice of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM).

Traditional Chinese medicine offers excellent career options, with acupuncturists licensed to practice in 44 states and the District of Columbia. Bastyr University's accredited acupuncture programs are designed and taught by some of the premier Chinese medicine educators in the world. Our students graduate with a well-respected degree and the skills and confidence to begin practicing.

About Our Acupuncture Department

The ancient healing art of acupuncture has been a part of Bastyr University since our early years. The Department of Acupuncture & East Asian Medicine was formed in 1989 in response to growing interest in acupuncture both on campus and among the public.  

The master's and certificate programs are strongly inspired by the contemporary model of health care education and practice in China, which combines traditional Chinese medicine with modern Western medicine. Through this approach, students train in co-management of patients with Western medicine providers and build the skills to inform both patients and other providers on the practice of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM).

Acupuncture Programs

Combined Bachelor/Master's Degrees

Master's Degrees

Doctoral Degree

Certificate Program