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Leading Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine School

Earn your Master of Acupuncture, Master of Chinese Medicine, or Doctor of Chinese Medicine at Northwestern Health Sciences University

Northwestern Health Sciences University is a leader in natural healthcare education and patient care. Our convenient Twin Cities location, high instructor-to-student ratio and dynamic student life make us a great place to kick off your acupuncture career.


Our Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine programs prepare you for success in your current or future practice with expert instruction and an emphasis on clinical training and hands-on skill building.

Explore whole-person health and natural pain management founded in Eastern tradition and Western science

Gain real-world clinical experience at inpatient and outpatient clinics with a variety of settings and patient populations

Intensive hands-on skill development begins on day one

Participate in a five-day study trip to Henan TCM University and Hospital in ZhengZhou, China, where you will attend specialty lectures and interact with doctors

Graduate confident and ready to advance your career

Our #1 goal is to prepare you for success in professional practice. You will join Northwestern as a future colleague and graduate a well-rounded practitioner who is confident in your clinical skills and ready to benefit your patients.

What our students are saying

Northwestern is situated in Bloomington, just minutes from downtown Minneapolis. Known for its 10,000 lakes, theaters, art museums, parks, running and biking trails, professional sports teams, music and concerts, restaurants and the Mall of America, there’s no end to what you can do and see in Minnesota.

On campus, you will find public and University clinics, a library, herbal dispensary and bookstore. Students also enjoy the pool, fitness center, gym, student lounge and heart-healthy cafeteria.

Live and learn in one of Americas great metro areas

Maximize your success with a range of student support services including academic coaching, adjusted course schedules, personal counseling, peer tutoring, study skills assistance, career services and more.

Plus, experience a rich student life with:

More than 50 clubs and organizations, athletic teams and fitness clubs

On-site fitness center

Reduced healthcare fees for you and your family members at campus clinics

Campus social activities year-round

enjoy a superior student experience

[The faculty] are all so well educated and well trained, with long family histories of traditional Chinese medicine. A student starts to gain, through them, the enthusiasm and commitment that they have.

Stacy Degen

2008 Graduate

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We apply what we learn in class to our daily lives. To see traditional Chinese medicine at work is awesome. The second thing I love about the program is my teachers. They are ready and willing to help every step of the way.

Rachel Kristyniak


There are many directions you can take your experience at NWHSUits all up to you! This is truly a healthy environment for learning and living, where your level of involvement will be supported each step of the way.

Ashley Blaine


Advantages of a Northwestern education

A rigorous, science-based curriculum

Explore whole-person health and natural pain management founded in Eastern tradition and modern science. We emphasize learning by doing—you will spend nearly 30 percent of your training on labs, methods and clinical internship, all emphasizing hands-on skill development.

Clinical experiences in a variety of settings

Gain extraordinary clinical experiences at Northwestern campus clinics and our many partner clinics throughout the Twin Cities. You can even practice in China through our partnership with Tianjin University.

An integrative approach to patient care

Extensive clinical care experiences provide opportunities to work alongside chiropractors, massage therapists, medical doctors and nurses. You will gain an understanding of the role each can play in providing the best care for your patients.


Our highly credentialed faculty have earned degrees in traditional Chinese medicine from institutions in China, the United States and elsewhere. They work in private practice, chiropractic offices, hospitals, spas and wellness centers, and their experiences regularly inform their instruction—expanding your education beyond the classroom.


Solo and group practices

Community-style practices


Integrative outpatient clinics

Specialty practices focused on special patient populations


find employment in a wide range of settings

Prepare to sit for the National Certification Commission for
Acupuncture and CHINESE Medicine (NCCAOM) exams

Most states require the NCCAOM examination and/or certification for licensing. Graduates of Northwestern’s master’s degree programs exceed the eligibility requirements for these exams.

Travel to ZhengZhou, China as part of a group and earn observation hours by observing techniques at Henan Traditional Chinese Medicine University—considered one of the best traditional Chinese medicine universities in the country.


Employment of acupuncturists is expected to grow from 9 to 13 percent from 2014 to 2024—faster than the average for all occupations.

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS.GOV)

Choose from three degree programs

Master of Acupuncture

Learn traditional acupuncture, therapeutic application of heat (moxibustion), vacuum pressure (cupping), electrical current (electroacupuncture), Chinese massage (tui na) and Chinese exercise system (tai ji).

Master of Chinese Medicine

In addition to the acupuncture techniques at left, as a Master of Chinese Medicine student, you will gain proficiency in Chinese herbal medicine.

Doctor of Chinese Medicine

Develop a deep understanding of classical Chinese medicine and learn to apply that knowledge in modern clinic settings. As part of this program, you will earn a Master of Acupuncture degree by your ninth academic term.


learn from internationally trained faculty

china study trip in 2019


Join A network of elite acupuncture alumni

A degree from NWHSU is highly regarded by leaders in the acupuncture field. Our programs prepare you with the skills and knowledge to take your career to high levels of achievement in a variety of professional settings.

Watch this video to hear from Dr. Hilary Patzer, alumna of NWHSU and acupuncturist working with the Minnesota Vikings.