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AIMC’s Professional Doctorate Completion program is designed for current Acupuncturists with an MSTAM or equivalent degree who want to achieve a doctoral education and expand their expertise while continuing to work full-time.

The doctoral level competencies enable graduates to fully utilize the scope of practice of a California licensed acupuncturist, including, ordering and interpreting labs and diagnostic imaging, giving effective nutrition advice and exercise counseling, collaborating with other practitioners in patient care, and incorporating scholarship, research, evidence-based and functional medicine into clinical practice. Students will learn to utilize Japanese abdominal & pulse diagnosis with herbal medicine, Dr. Tan and Master Tung acupuncture for pain management, and other advanced, specialized treatment techniques.


This program is designed with your work schedule in mind; courses are scheduled over one weekend per month and can be completed in as little as two trimesters (30 weeks) or courses can be spread out for up to 4 trimesters.

Didactic: 11.5 units (172.5 hours)
Clinic: 4.5 units (136 hours)
Total: 16 units (308.5 hours)


Master’s of Science Degree in Acupuncture (equivalent to AIMC’s MSTAM) including 18 didactic units and 4 units of advanced clinical training in Integrative Medicine. Most California-board approved programs grant Master’s degrees equivalent to AIMC Berkeley’s. Minimum of 90-semester units (equivalent to 135 quarter units) of undergraduate work from an accredited institution or foreign equivalent with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.


To apply for the program, please fill out Part 1 & Part 2 of the applications, which can be found here.

AIMC/Meiji Alumni Tuition

TUITION: $7,200 ($450 per credit)

Standard Tuition

TUITION: $8,320 ($520 per credit)

Partial tuition refunds are available for Clinical hours completed as Externships.


AIMC’s Professional Doctorate program was accredited by ACAHM in August 2021. It is also now eligible for Federal Financial Aid in the form of Direct Unsubsidized loans and/or Graduate PLUS loans. Find out more about you Financial Aid options and refer to our Financial Aid checklist to apply.

Two acupuncturists wearing doctorate graduation caps, gowns, and sashes, smile in a garden holding their diplomas

Becoming A Doctor: Doctoral Completion for Licensed Acupuncturists

Join us for a Virtual Open House to find out about the process of transitioning your Master’s degree to a Doctorate. Gain a comprehensive overview of our Doctoral Completion program for Licensed Acupuncturists including information about the curriculum, schedules, tuition, financial aid, and clinic opportunities.

If you attend an Open House decide to apply for the next term, your application fee of $100 will be waived.

To find out when the next Doctoral Completion Open House is being held, join our Prospective Student mailing list.


"One of my favorite things about AIMC is the sense of community. We come together to support each other through challenges. Instead of a sense of competitiveness between students, there is a caring community that lifts everybody up. The faculty and staff are approachable and provide wonderful support during your graduate journey."

- Master’s Student