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Acupuncture Education Requirements

Advance your Knowledge of Hands-On Healing for the Whole-Person at Bastyr


Acupuncturists are highly trained professionals who have undergone rigorous scientific and clinical training in the safe and effective application of acupuncture needles.

What Degree Do You Need to Become an Acupuncturist?

To legally practice acupuncture in the U.S., you must complete an accredited graduate-level education program, pass professional competency exams, and obtain licensure.

A master’s degree is usually the minimum requirement for licensure, though acupuncture doctorate degrees have become increasingly popular.

Doctoral-level study of acupuncture provides advanced diagnostic training and allows for a deeper understanding of traditional Chinese medicine. 


Acupuncture degrees at Bastyr require either a completed undergraduate degree or a minimum of 135 quarter credit hours from an accredited college before applying. Your bachelor’s degree can be in any field, though a background in natural sciences or anatomy is helpful. 



What Will You Get from Our Acupuncture Programs?

Training Consistency and Quality

Acupuncture students at Bastyr complete the majority of their clinical training at Bastyr Center for Natural Health, the largest natural health clinic in the Pacific Northwest. Students receive clinical training in acupuncture and Chinese herbs as well as other modalities relevant to their scope of practice. 

Students also have the opportunity to provide care at one of our community care clinics for patients that might not otherwise have access to acupuncture and TCM. 

Faculty Experience and Education

Acupuncture faculty at Bastyr are well-qualified professionals who are committed to advancing the fields of acupuncture and East Asian medicine. With advanced degrees from respected and accredited institutions around the world, the acupuncture faculty at Bastyr have the insight and experience to prepare students to become successful practitioners in the modern healthcare system. 

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Bastyr University is committed to building a diverse, inclusive, equitable and engaged academic community. The Bastyr educational environment allows students, faculty, and staff to develop their interests and talents while experiencing a sense of community created through a commitment to cultivate a culture of belonging, advance health and education equity, and uphold social justice.

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