Southwest Acupuncture College

Educating Today’s Students in Tomorrow’s Medicine



Southwest Acupuncture College is a classical school of Oriental medicine offering accredited degree programs leading to a Master of Science in Oriental Medicine (M.S.O.M.) or a Master of Science in Acupuncture (M.S.Ac.) Our educational philosophy maintains that teaching is best accomplished by doing. Therefore the curriculum is centered on a hands-on and clinical approach to education. The College maintains campuses in Santa Fe, New Mexico and Boulder, Colorado. With the primary responsibility of preparing students to become independent healthcare providers, our foremost goal is to provide an excellent education to prospective practitioners of Oriental medicine.


The Master of Science in Oriental Medicine

The M.S.O.M. consists of training in the five branches of classical Oriental medicine: acupuncture, herbal medicine, physical therapy, nutrition, and exercise/breathing therapy. The majority of the program is devoted to the study and practice of acupuncture and herbal medicine. Students also complete graduate-level studies in Oriental medicine and Western science. The M.S.O.M. degree meets the requirements for licensure in all states, including California, with the addition of extra clinic hours and Western science electives required by the State of California.


The Master of Science in Acupuncture

The M.S.Ac. program is a specialized subset of the M.S.O.M. program that allows students to focus on acupuncture without the herbal component of the M.S.O.M. degree. The M.S.Ac. program includes an Introduction to Herbology course surveying the power of Chinese herbs in practice (to facilitate referral), plus three acupuncture specialty courses. Thirty-nine states, including Colorado (but not New Mexico or California), allow licensing for acupuncture-only programs. Information regarding state laws and program options can be obtained from the Academic Dean.

Programs OverviewMSOMMSAc
Program Hours3092.52525.5
Clinical Hours1262.51042.5
Biomedical Clinical Science Hours600553
Oriental Medical Theory and Related Subjects705885
Pure Herbal Classes52545
Minimum Time to Complete Program36 months (accelerated)36 months
Maximum Time to Complete Program8 years6 years