The practice of Acupuncture & Oriental medicine continues to expand and transform as the culture of healthcare continually shifts in the United States. Current trends show Americans have sought after, and demanded, an affordable holistic approach to medical care and have found it from TCM practitioners. Becoming an AOM provider allows individuals the opportunity to contribute to the well-being of families and local communities while expanding health consciousness throughout the world.
Our desire at PIHMA is to help students transition into the role of a healing facilitator while maintaining balance as they prepare for their own practice. Our weekend and evening program (and now with our new “daytime track”) allows students to continue their current line of work, thereby reducing the financial investment during this career transition. We welcome you to tour our campus and experience an environment that resonates with your soul. Best wishes as you embark on your journey into the enlightening field of Oriental Medicine.
Degrees and Programs
The PIHMA offers two degree programs in Asian Medicine, a Master of Science in Acupuncture and a Master of Science in Oriental Medicine. Both degree programs provide future clinicians with the unique skills of a comprehensively trained practitioner in Oriental medicine. Students will learn, experience, learn and utilize the arts of Acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Medicine, Acupressure/TuiNa, Tai Chi, Qi Gong, Moxibustion, and Oriental Nutrition.
Additionally, PIHMA offers coursework and programs in Homeopathy. With Self-help courses, Introduction to Homeopathy, Physicians level courses, and the Homeopathic Practitioner Program PIHMA has educational options to meet all levels of interest.
Master of Science in Acupuncture
This degree program focuses primarily on the major dimension of Oriental medicine: Acupuncture.
Students taking this degree program will be prepared to use Acupuncture, Cupping, Moxibustion, TuiNa, and Oriental nutritional counseling in their practice. The foundational theory for Oriental medicine is integral to these skills and students are prepared to achieve competency in all of these areas. The latter half of this program focuses on the clinic experience. Acupuncture students complete over 900 hours of student clinical internship under the direction of an experienced Professional Licensed Acupuncturist (L.Ac.). This degree program takes three to four years to complete if attending full-time. At successful completion, students are eligible to sit for the national certification exam in Acupuncture.
For important information on MSAc program costs, completion and placement rates, median debt incurred, etc., please click here.
Master of Science in Oriental Medicine
This degree program provides students with courses covering all aspects of the Acupuncture degree along with the study of Chinese herbs.
In contrast to other Oriental herbal programs, the PIHMA herbal program is specifically designed for the Western learner. Rather than rote memorization of single herbs, the PIHMA herbal program begins with an overall picture of a syndrome and then addresses the syndrome with herbal formula combinations.
The Chinese Herbal Medicine courses for the Oriental Medicine degree cover:
• A review of syndromes and practical diagnosis related to the herbs and formulas presented.
• A thorough discussion of individual herbs and formulas, providing both practical and clinical use
• Major Chinese patent formulas and American–made Chinese herbal products.
• How to modify basic formulas according to differentiation of symptoms and signs.
• Case studies to illustrate and clarify through examples.
• Home review exercises for optimal learning.
Herbal students complete over 200 hours of clinical and medicinary training assessing patients, then creating customized herbal formulas to treat patient needs. At successful completion, students are eligible to sit for the national certification exams in Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine.
For important information on MSOM program costs, completion and placement rates, median debt incurred, etc., please click here.
The AMCH Homeopathic Practitioner Program prepares students for professional practice of homeopathic medicine. The program is licensed through the State of Arizona Private Postsecondary Board of Education. The next Homeopathic Practitioner Program class starts in January of each year. This program is offered in both a real time synchronous online format and in a classroom format. Online students interact live with the instructor during class. The program is a three year, part-time program, that encompasses 1186 clock hours (506.5 clinical hours or 577.5 CHC equivalent clinical hours). Students attend an average of two weekends per month over three years. This program is specifically designed for both non-licensed and licensed health care professionals to practice classical homeopathy. Potential students can sign up to visit a class or enroll in a single class rather than an entire program (non-matriculation).
Contact PIHMA Admissions to schedule a campus tour at (602) 274-1885 Ext: 111 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
All applicants must have satisfactorily completed 60 semester credits / 90 quarter credits of education at the baccalaureate level that is appropriate for graduate level work, or the equivalent, from an institution, accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
*A grade of “C” (2.0), “Pass,” or better must have been earned in each course.
In addition, within the first year of enrollment at PIHMA, applicants must complete a minimum of 3 credit hours or higher of general or introductory level coursework in the following classes:
What is needed to submit an application?
Applicants should submit a complete application packet that includes the following:
• Admissions Application
• $50 Nonrefundable Application fee for early registration (up to 30 days before the semester starts) or $100 Nonrefundable Application fee (within 30 days of the start of semester)
• A signed FERPA Agreement
• Brief personal statement
• Resume or listing of previous occupations, positions held
• 2 letters of recommendation from different businesses or health care professionals who know you well, but are not family members
• Official transcripts from colleges you have attended must be sent directly to the Admissions Department.
Guidelines for personal statement
Applicant’s personal statement should be 400 or more words in length and should address any two of the following:
1. Why are you pursuing an education in Oriental Medicine? What does oriental Medicine mean to you personally and professionally? Why do you want to become a practitioner in either acupuncture or Oriental Medicine? Describe the events that led you to this decision.
2. Describe the characteristics of what you believe to be a model practitioner in either acupuncture or Oriental Medicine. Of these characteristics, which do you feel most strongly about? How do you feel your characteristics relate to this ideal? Characteristics to include intellectual potential, study habits, problem solving skills, psychological maturity, integrity, self-discipline, professional judgment, empathy, communication skills, concern for aiding others, intellectual curiosity and enthusiasm, motivation, leadership skills, experience with and knowledge of medicine, and English competency.
3. Describe a significant professional or personal accomplishment and what personal resource or qualities you used to accomplish these results.
4. Write about how you anticipate your lifestyle will change in order to participate in and successfully complete this program.
Letters of Recommendation
Recommendation letters should be from 2 different business or health care professionals who know you well, but are not family members, and who can attest to your character and ability to complete the program. Letters must be a minimum of two paragraphs in length and should describe the nature of your relationship. Letters must include a hand-written signature and be mailed to PIHMA (Attn: Admissions) directly from the referral source. Electronic versions will not be accepted.
Coursework taken at another Oriental medical institution may be transferable if the college is accredited, or a candidate for accreditation by the Accreditation Commissions of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM). For a list of ACAOM approved schools go to: www.acaom.org. For further information or assistance, contact PIHMA Admissions at (602) 274-1885 x 111 or email@example.com.
PIHMA accepts transfer credits toward completion of its degree programs through evaluation of original transcripts. Prospective students must first be accepted to PIHMA prior to receiving an extensive course by course evaluation.
Applying as a transfer student
In addition to the standard application documents transfer students should include the following documents as part of their application to PIHMA:
• Signed FERPA Agreement
• Academic catalog from any previous AOM institutions
How many courses must be completed at PIHMA?
Transfer students are required to complete 40 or more credits in the Oriental medicine program, and 30 or more credits in the Acupuncture program at PIHMA.
What if I did not attend an ACAOM accredited college?
Students who have completed relevant coursework at a non-accredited institution may request to challenge courses at PIHMA. (See the catalog for details on challenging courses by examination.)
It generally takes 2 – 3 months, from the point that you submit your complete financial aid application, until PIHMA receives your first financial aid disbursement on your behalf. For further information or assistance with this process, contact PIHMA’s Registrar at (602) 274-1885 x 103 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
In order to file for financial aid, please follow these steps:
1. COMPLETE YOUR FAFSA at www.fafsa.ed.gov
PIHMA SCHOOL CODE: G36175
This process requires you to use PIHMA’s school code (G36175) Once completed, (this could take an hour or more) you will receive the information and a notice of completion via email. (PIHMA will receive your information within 5 business days.)
2. COMPLETE the corresponding Financial Aid Handbook for the FAFSA you completed:
Below you find a website were you must complete a new MPN for the academic year.
All financial aid students must complete the Master Promissory Note and complete the Entrance Counseling sections, which is all located on left side of the website page. Please contact me as soon as you complete the two steps.
3. COMPLETION REVIEW: If your financial aid application is deemed incomplete by the federal government, you will receive an email regarding missing forms. You will receive an email once your application is complete.
4. ELIGIBILITY AND ACCURACY REVIEW: When your application is complete, the Financial Aid Assistance (FAA) will contact you concerning your eligibility amounts and verify the amount you wish to collect during the entire academic year. If FAA has questions, FAA will email or call you regarding accuracy or eligibility. Please check email/voice mail regularly because there may be issues with the accuracy or eligibility of your forms. All conflicts of data must be resolved. You may have to make corrections to your FAFSA/SAR and/or submit supporting data to the FAA.
5. CERTIFICATION: The FAA completes the necessary paperwork and faxes the forms to be completed by PIHMA’s financial aid consulting service. Which then certifies your student loan and submits it electronically to your guarantor and/or lender.
6. AWARD LETTER: FAA/ASA sends you an award letter detailing your financial aid award along with your right to cancel the loan.
8. DISBURSEMENT: The lender will send financial aid to PIHMA electronically. This is deposited into PIHMA’s financial aid accounts. This process will take up to 14 business days. Please do not contact PIHMA until after the 14 day grace period has elapsed.
9. DELIVERY: The PIHMA financial officer will deduct any outstanding balance from your financial aid. If there is financial aid left over, the accountant will email you via your PIHMA email of the overage. Your refund check can be picked up at the front desk where you will also be required to sign your award letter.
2015 – 2016 Academic Calendar
|Semester||2015 Calendar||2016 Calendar||Open/Closed|
|Spring Semester Begins||January 5th||January 4th|
|Martin Luther King Day||January 19th||January 18th||Open|
|President’s Day||February 16th||February 15th||Open|
|Spring Break Weekend||April 4th and 5th||March 26th and 27th||Closed|
|Memorial Day||May 25th||May 30th||Closed|
|Final Exam Weekends||May 23rd and 24thMay 30th and 31st||May 21st and 22ndMay 28th and 29th||Open|
|Summer Semester Begins||June 1st||May 31st|
|Independence Day||July 4th||July 4th||Closed|
|Final Exams||July 25th to 30th||July 23rd to 28th||Open|
|Fall Semester Begins||August 1st||July 30th|
|Labor Day||September 7th||September 5th||Closed|
|Graduation Ceremony||September 12th||September 10th||Open|
|Veteran’s Day||November 11th||November 11th||Open|
|Thanksgiving Break||November 26th to 29th||November 24th to 27th||Closed|
|Final Exam Weekends||December 12th and 13thDecember 19th and 20th||December 10th and 11thDecember 17th and 18th||Open|
|Holiday Break||December 21st, 2015 – January 4th, 2016||December 19th, 2016 – January 2nd, 2017||Clinic remains open every day except December 24 – 25, and December 31 – January 1.|