The Acupuncture program combines rigorous academic course work with broad clinical experiences, leading to a Masters level Acupuncture certificate.
For prospective students who want to concentrate on the practice of Acupuncture, graduates of this program can successfully treat many pain related syndromes and rehabilitative conditions. Students of this program learn both meridian based and Zang Fu based treatment styles and well as electro-acupuncture. Tui Na (Chinese massage) and other modalities of Chinese medicine are taught as Accessory techniques. Graduates of this program who pass the required board examination are eligible for licensure in both Illinois and Wisconsin.
Education focuses on the “Zang Fu” system of physiology, pathology, diagnosis, and treatment strategy. Traditional pulse and tongue diagnosis aid the graduate in formulating and comprehensive treatment plan. This is the style taught today, in China, at Universities of Chinese Medicine and practiced in their affiliated teaching hospitals.
Internship is designed to build knowledge and skills and to fine-tune patient/healer sensitivities. Midwest College delivered over 14,000 individual treatments in 2011. Internship begins immediately and continues each quarter. After completing the program, graduates are confident in their ability as Acupuncture practitioners to address the full spectrum of conditions seen in practice.
The total hours in the Acupuncture program are 143.2 quarter credit hours or 2,088 clock hours. Additional internship hours and courses may be needed for licensure in some states. However graduate are qualified for licensure in the Midwest.
The minimum completion time for the Acupuncture program is only two and a half years (3 academic years). To complete in the minimum time frame, students attend classes on Saturday and a minimum of two evenings per week. Students have up to four and a half years to complete the program on a part-time basis.
Graduates of the Midwest College’s Acupuncture program receive Master’s level certification and are qualified to sit for the examinations given by the National Commission for the Certification of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) which lead to Acupuncture Certification and meet the requirements for a license in Illinois, Wisconsin and many other states.
ACUPUNCTURE PROGRAM (CIP 51.3301)
Students enrolled in the Acupuncture program are considered third year or greater undergraduate students for Title IV funding purposes. They are eligible for up to $12,500 per year (9 academic months) of Direct Loans. Students that have not previously earned a Bachelors or Graduate Degree and demonstrate financial need may qualify for a Pell Grant (maximum of $5,550 for the 2011-2012 award year).
Acupuncture Program Costs
$1,700.00 Typical program costs for books and supplies
$44,400.00 Total program academic tuition (ten quarters)
$265.00 Mandatory fees (Application and Graduation Fees)
$44,665.00 Total minimum program cost including mandatory fees for completing within normal time
$41,667.00 Federal guaranteed loans available for those who qualify
$19,334 Median Title IV loan debt incurred by students who completed the program (based on 2006-2009 graduates).
$0 Median Private loan debt incurred by students who completed the program (based on 2006-2009 graduates).
$0 Median Institutional loan debt incurred by students who completed the program (based on 2006-2009 graduates).
Eighty-one percent (81%) of our acupuncture graduates are confirmed in practice*. Another 6% have active license, and the remaining 13% we have not been able to contact to confirm their status. Graduates of our programs work in hospitals, medical groups and in private practice. They are on the faculty of other schools, the Boards of professional associations, state and national agencies, and are on the staff of hospitals across the country.
Graduation Rates % Within 2.5 years % Within 3.0 years % Within 3.5 years % Within 4.0 years
2006-2007 44.44% 61.11% 83.33% 100.00%
2007-2008 55.00% 65.00% 75.00% 85.00%
2008-2009 61.54% 76.92% 92.31% 92.31%
2009-2010 41.18% 64.71% 76.47% 70.59%
Acupuncture Career Outlook
The demand for acupuncturists will grow well into the future. The US Department of Labor- Bureau of Labor Statistics projections show that many health care, including acupuncturist, professions will increase much faster than the average for all occupations.
According to O*NET Online Acupuncturists (SOC Code 29-1199.01) have a 7%-13% projected growth rate with a mean hourly wage of $31.36 and a mean annual wage of $65,220. Currently 49,000 persons are employed as acupuncturists. NOTE: Although the US Department of Labor lists the mean annual wage at $65,220, we would like to caution students that as a self employed individual it takes time to build a practice and they may earn up to that annual wage.
*In practice means, the college through phone surveys, web searches, and personal contact have determined that the graduates are practicing Acupuncture or Oriental Medicine.