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Earn both your LAc and ND degrees with our dual-degree program

You can practice acupuncture under your ND license in Arizona with SCNM's acupuncture training.  You are required to complete a master’s level program and sit for the acupuncture licensing board exam to become a licensed acupuncturist (LAc) in most states that license acupuncture.

We’ve partnered with Phoenix’s oldest and most recognized college of Oriental medicine, Phoenix Institute of Herbal Medicine and Acupuncture (PIHMA), to offer dually-enrolled students the opportunity to earn a naturopathic medical degree and a master’s degree in acupuncture or Oriental medicine.  PIHMA’s acupuncture program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine (ACAOM).

How you earn your dual degree is up to you

The program can be customized to fit your needs and goals.  Most students find that the program adds 12 to 18 months to their time at SCNM.  We recommend you spend at least the first two quarters doing SCNM coursework to assess your course load, time management and finances before you consider joining the dual-degree program.  Some students wait until they have completed the basic sciences at SCNM as that knowledge helps with the classes at PIHMA.  However, students have also started as soon as they arrived at SCNM.

You will need to complete the equivalent Oriental medicine courses at PIHMA before graduating from SCNM if you choose to participate in this program.

Approximately 10 percent of SCNM students enroll in the dual-degree program.  Both programs allow you to sit for the acupuncture licensing board exam.

SCNM accepts the following PIHMA credits (grade of C or better) toward completion of the ND program's oriental medicine credits

OMT 500: Oriental Medical Theory I

OMT 510: Oriental Medical Theory II

OMT 530p: Oriental Medical Diagnosis & Practicum

OMT 520p: Point Location & Meridians I

OMT 525p: Point Energetics I

OMT 550p: Point Location & Meridians II

OMT 555p: Point Energetics II

OMT 540: Oriental Medical Theory III

ACU 515p: Acupuncture Practicum I

OMP 508: Materials & Methods

OMT 605: Oriental Medical Pathology I

OMT 625: Oriental Medical Pathology II

PIHMA accepts the following credits (grade of C or higher) toward completion of the M. Acup. program at PIHMA

ANAT 5014/L Regional Anatomy, Embryology and Histology I/Lab

ANAT 5024/L Regional Anatomy, Embryology and Histology II/Lab

ANAT 5034/L Regional Anatomy, Embryology and Histology III/Lab

BIOC 5014 Biochemistry I

BIOC 5024 Biochemistry II

BOTM 6010 Botanical Med I: Intro to Botanical Medicine

BOTM 6020L Botanical Med Lab II: Pharmacy of Botanical

CLPR 5030/L Intro to Clinical Practice III /Lab

CLPR 6050/L Clinical Practice II /Lab

GNMD 6014 Gen Med Diagnosis I

GNMD 6024 Gen Med Diagnosis II

GNMD 6034 Gen Med Diagnosis II

HMEO 6010 Homeopathy I

IMMU 5024 Immunology

MGEN 5034 Medical Genetics

MICR 5024/L Microbiology I/Lab

MICR 5034 Microbiology II

MNGT 6010 Practice Management I Operations

NTMD 5010 Philosophical and Historical Foundations of Nat Med I

NUTR 6014 Nutrition I

NUTR 6024 Nutrition II

NUTR 6034 Nutrition III

OMND 6010 Oriental Med I: Theory Fundamentals of Oriental Med

OMND 6020 Oriental Med II: TCM Diagnosis

OMND 6030/L Oriental Med III: Meridians & Points I/Lab

OMND 6040/L Oriental Med IV: Meridians & Points I/Lab

OMND 7054 Oriental Med V: TCM Pathology I

OMND 7055 Oriental Med V: TCM Pathology II

OMND 7060/L Oriental Med VI: Acupuncture Techniques/Lab

OMND 7070 Oriental Med VII: Case Analysis and Management I

OMND 7080 Oriental Med VIII: Case Analysis and Management II

PHAR 6010 Pharmacology and Pharmacotherapeutics I

PHAR 6020 Pharmacology and Pharmacotherapeutics II

PHYS 5014/L Human Physiology and Endocrinology I/Lab

PHYS 5024/L Human Physiology and Endocrinology II/Lab

PHYS 5034/L Human Physiology and Endocrinology III/Lab

RSCH 5016 Research I

RSCH 5026 Research II

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