Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Major

This major is a program that prepares individuals for the independent professional practice of acupuncture, a Chinese system of health care and healing based on the use of pulse diagnosis, acupuncture point selection, and needle insertion, as well as herbs and other Asian treatment modalities.

Includes instruction in basic Western medical sciences, Asian philosophy, Chinese medical anatomy and physiology, Chinese herbs, diagnostic techniques, patient observation and communication, acupuncture points and point selection, acupuncture techniques, acupuncture treatment of disease, pain management, practice management, and professional standards and ethics.

What can you do with a major/degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Major?

If you work in this field, you will likely have the tasks of diagnosing, treating, and preventing disorders by stimulating specific acupuncture points within the body using acupuncture needles. You use cups, nutritional supplements, therapeutic massage, acupressure, and other alternative health therapies.


Most individuals working as an acupuncturist have a master's degree.  As well, some states require midwives to have an occupational license.


Trade Associations and Professional Organizations in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Major

Professional associations are groups of professionals dedicated to topics in specific fields. Professional associations provide a wealth of online resources, some of which are geared specifically towards students. These organizations typically also host conferences and events, providing great opportunities for learning and networking across your field of interest.



Publications/Magazines in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Major