Natural Health Schools in Austin
Students interested in attending a natural health school in Austin will find that their choices are limited. Summaries of the program options at the only two schools in the area are provided below; students can find information about program costs and other key school statistics in the table.
- The AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine was established in 1993 and offers a doctoral program to accompany its master's degree in acupuncture and Oriental medicine. The school is located about seven miles from downtown Austin.
- The other option is the Texas Health and Science University. The university is affiliated with national acupuncture organizations and the school is accredited the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS). Located less than five miles from downtown Austin, it offers both undergraduate and graduate degree programs this field.
Comparison of Schools
The two big city schools highlighted in this article enrolled approximately 200 students or less in 2014. Graduate tuition rates are relatively similar; students may also be eligible for financial aid.
|AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine||Texas Health and Science University|
|School Type||4-year, private for-profit||4-year, private for-profit|
|Total Enrollment (2017)||160 graduate students*||94 graduate and 17 undergraduate students*|
|Campus Setting||Large city*||Large city*|
|Graduate Tuition and Fees (2017-2018)||$17,020*||$16,850*|
|% of Undergraduate Students Receiving Some Form of Aid (2016-2017)||N/A||Grant or scholarship aid (30%), Pell grants (30%), federal student loans (30%)*|
Source: *College Navigator, National Center for Education Statistics
AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine
In addition to providing students with opportunities to gain hands-on experience at student clinics, the Academy of Oriental Medicine at Austin sponsors student organizations, seminars and symposiums. Continuing education courses are also available to practicing acupuncturists.
Master of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
Students in the Master of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (MAOM) program complete nearly 3,000 hours of clinical training in conjunction with courses in acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, biomedical science and mind-body practices. They also learn about Asian bodywork, case management and clinical communications. The curriculum also incorporates the practices of Qigong and the Chinese martial art of Tai Chi. The school offers an accelerated degree plan that can be completed in a little over three years and a full-time degree plan which takes over four years to complete.
Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
The Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine option at AOMA gives students who hold a master's degree in acupuncture the opportunity to gain more specialized training. Students will develop their research and leadership abilities. Two tracks are available: a clinical speciality doctorate (DAOM) and a professional doctorate (DAcOM). The two-year, 69-credit DAOM program focuses on patient care and the DAcOM program is designed to prepare students for entry-level positions as natural health doctors. Doctoral-level courses and internship clinics in the DAcOM program are held simultaneously with students in the DAOM program during residency weeks. Additionally, the DAcOM degree has three tracks: specialty, research and honors concentrations.
Texas Health and Science University
The Texas Health and Science University offers undergraduate and graduate programs, as well as a dual-degree option that allows students to work towards a MAOM and a Master of Acupuncture and Tui Na from China's Zhejiang Chinese Medical University. Additionally, the college has a continuing acupuncture education program that offers a variety of courses for practicing acupuncturists.
Bachelor of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine
The undergraduate program is designed for students who would like to complete a bachelor's degree en route to earning a Master of Acupuncture in Oriental Medicine. To be admitted, students must have taken at least 60 credit hours of general education courses at another school. Students enrolled in the bachelor's degree program should complete the remaining curriculum within six semesters.
Master of Science in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
The Master of Science in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine is a comprehensive program that requires students to complete 15 trimesters of coursework. Prospective students must have completed 60 credit hours of general education courses with a GPA of 2.5. Once admitted, students complete a curriculum designed to prepare them for licensure as acupuncturists. Topics of study include Chinese terminology, anatomy and physiology, special acupuncture techniques, ethics and CPR. Tai Chi, pharmacology, herbology and biomedical toxicology are also covered in this program. Additionally, students must complete 30 credit hours of clinical training.