NESA offers two masters degree programs for students to choose from, with multiple track options available.
Students choosing to focus their studies on acupuncture alone earn a Master's in Acupuncture (MAc) degree. Those electing to study acupuncture in combination with Chinese Herbal Medicine earn a Masters in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (MAOM) degree.
All students complete a core curriculum based on study of medical theory, diagnostic and treatment skills of Traditional Chinese Medicine. At the end of the 1st year, students may elect to focus on Chinese Acupuncture Studies (CAS), or add concentrations in Japanese Acupuncture Styles (JAS) and/or Chinese Herbal Medicine (CHM).
The Pain Management track provides an opportunity to earn dual masters degrees from NESA and Tufts University School of Medicine. The innovative Tufts program in Pain Research Education and Policy (PREP) trains pain specialists, well-prepared to meet the challenges of managing chronic pain as a public health problem.
Students are able to choose the curriculum that best matches their interests, talents, and available resources. All students complete extensive clinical components in their program, including observing practitioners and treating patients. Clinical Internships are available in a number of biomedical partner facilities in the greater Boston area as well as in the clinic at NESA.