What it’s like to Have a Degree in Acupuncture

What it's like to Have a Degree in Acupuncture88% of our graduates are currently practicing Chinese medicine

Getting a Master’s Degree in Chinese Medicine

Earning a master’s degree in Chinese medicine requires four years of study, complete with clinical experience in the last two years.

A master’s degree in acupuncture and Chinese medicine from Daoist Traditions​ stands apart from other master’s degrees, though – an impressive 88% of our​ graduates are currently practicing acupuncture.

Furthermore, time from graduation to career is brief: acupuncture students are able to start working within 3-6 months of acquiring their degree, once they have completed certification exams and applied for state licensure. Some students even start their own practice immediately.

Excellent Employment Outlook & Industry Growth

According to the NC Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, there are currently 22,000 licensed acupuncturists now practicing in the United States and the profession is continuously growing:

Alternative Health Care Industry Growth

Pictured above, the complementary/alternative medicine industry’s revenue growth over time, showing consistent growth of over half a million dollars each year.

In fact, acupuncture is the leading form of complementary medicine integrated into western medicine today. In some states, acupuncturists are even considered primary care physicians.

In the state of North Carolina, where our college is located, there are constant job openings for new graduates. Nationally, the industry enjoys consistently high expected growth, and the earnings potential is higher than many entry-level careers: the average salary of an acupuncturist in the United States is $74,000 per year.

Rewarding Career

Acupuncture SchoolYou don’t have to travel the world to make a difference; as a health care practitioner, you can drastically improve the lives of those in your community. There are studies released every day addressing the use of acupuncture and classical Chinese medicine as a treatment for common illnesses including gastritis, fallopian obstruction, and alcoholism. Acupuncture is also used for preventative treatment, including preventing liver fibrosis.

If you want a break from the clinic environment, you can author books on acupuncture, do research, work solely with herbal treatments, or provide consultation to other doctors.

Some graduates specialize in a specific industry, such as sports medicine: some acupuncturists even work for the NFL and travel with athletes.

Travel Opportunities

Travel with your acupuncture degree
Whether you’re not ready to set down roots or you want to see the world and make a difference, having a degree in acupuncture allows you to travel:

How Our Graduates Use their Degrees

Acupuncture Degree Employment Opportunities
While some graduates may remain in North Carolina after graduation, many are spread across America in 15 states and are also practicing in Ontario, Canada. Our graduates start unique businesses with their acupuncture degrees including practices dedicated to women’s health and fertility, providing acupuncture at addiction treatment centers and pain management clinics, growing regional herbs for the Asheville Botanical Alliance, using acupuncture for the treatment of allergies, tearooms and apothecaries, and integrating acupuncture in massage clinics and yoga studios.

The Most Sought-After Curriculum and Faculty

Students travel from across the country to earn their Master of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine at Daoist Traditions, one of only a few classical Chinese medicine Schools in the country.

Jeffrey Yuen, Dean of Classical Studies

Jeffrey Yuen Daoist TraditionsWe are also fortunate to have Jeffrey Yuen, one of the most sought-after teachers of Chinese medicine in the world, on our faculty and as our standing Dean of Classical Studies.

Jeffrey Yuen has strong associations with only a few schools in the entire country. He is an 88th generation Daoist priest and is a key figure in the development of acupuncture educational programs in America.

Higher Passing Rates

Daoist Traditions Acupuncture School
At Daoist Traditions, students enjoy small class sizes, detailed curriculum, and clinical experience. As a result, our graduates all have a high passing rate on the national exam compared to the national passing rate:

Pass Rate for First Time Test Takers: 2013 to June 2015
Daoist Traditions National Average
Acupuncture
90.5%
84.3%
Biomedicine
83.3%
81.1%
Chinese Herbology
90.7%
80.3%
Foundations of CM
97.6%
86.6%

Located in Beautiful Asheville

Downtown Asheville
Our college of classical Chinese medicine is located in Asheville, North Carolina, a biodiverse temperate rainforest.

The local culture embraces varied types of healing and locally grown herbs and is home to massage schools, yoga instructor training, and other alternative health education in addition to major colleges such as the University of North Carolina at Asheville, AB Tech, and Western Carolina University.

Improve Your Future

Daoist Traditions Acupuncture School
We offer three programs at Daoist Traditions: Master of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, Certificate in Chinese Herbal Medicine (to be completed after earning a degree) and the Doctorate of Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine, which is embedded in the final two years of the MAOM degree.

To learn more about our school, check out our programs and scholarships.

“I cannot stress enough how going to school at Daoist Traditions has helped me in my job search! Just mentioning Daoist Traditions and Jeffrey Yuen instantly opened so many doors for me. The school is very highly looked upon.”
– Brian Caswell, Class of 2014

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