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Master of Science in Traditional Asian Medicine

(MSTAM)

The Master of Science in Traditional Asian Medicine consists of core curriculum with a minimum of 2160 hours of didactic instruction (216 quarter units that consists of 210 required didactic units and 6 required elective didactic units) plus 960 hours of clinical internship (200 hours observation plus 760 hours of supervised clinical internship which comprises 48 quarter units). As such, 264 quarter units are required for graduation. The didactic part of the MSTAM program is currently offered in two languages: English and Mandarin Chinese. Clinical training is taught in English only.

MSTAM Graduation Requirements:

The Master of Science in Traditional Asian Medicine degree is awarded upon satisfactory completion of the following:

  • Completion of the core curriculum with a minimum of 2160 hours of didactic instruction (216 quarter units that consists of 210 required didactic units and 6 required elective didactic units) plus 960 hours of clinical internship (200 hours observation plus 760 hours of supervised clinical internship which comprises 48 quarter units). As such, 264 quarter units are required for graduation.

  • Completion of all clinical requirements.

  • Successfully passing all required AMU institutional exams.

  • Fulfillment all financial obligations to the University.

  • In terms of residency, a quarter is defined as twelve (12) units or more. The minimum residency is 12 quarters. For transfer students, the minimum residency requirement is 45 quarter units of classroom instruction.

Didactic Curriculum
Units
Hours
Basic Sciences
36
360
Traditional Chinese Medicine
39
390
Acupuncture
27
270
Herbal Medicine
45
450
Adjunctive Therapies
9
90
Western Medicine
27
270
Professional Development
27
270
Electives
6
60
Total Didactic
216
2,160
Clinical Curriculum
Units
Hours
Orientation and Herbal Dispensary
4
80
Clinical Observation
6
120
Assisted Practice
16
320
Guided Practice
22
440
Total Clinical
48
960

Total Curriculum (Didactic Curriculum + Clinical Curriculum)

264 Units                       3,120 Hours

These credit requirements are over and above the 60 semester credits required for admissions. A credit hour is 50 minutes of instruction per week for a specified 10 week instructional quarter term. Clock to Credit Hour Conversion is quarter credit is granted for each:

  • 10 hours of classroom contact plus appropriate outside preparation or the equivalent;

  • 20 hours of supervised clinical instruction plus appropriate outside preparation; and

  • 30 hours of clinical externship or independent study.

To achieve the eligibility for licensure by the California Acupuncture Board:

  • Graduate from a California Board approved training program

  • Obtain a current CPR certification

  • Obtain a valid Clean Needle Technique certificate

  • Successfully pass the examination administered by the California Acupuncture Board.

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Departmental Objectives and Course Descriptions

Biomedical Curriculum
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