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Eastern School of Acupuncture and Traditional Medicine

Mission Statement

The purpose of the Eastern School of Acupuncture and Traditional Medicine is to offer professional training, education and services in acupuncture, Oriental medicine, and traditional healing modalities that enhance the well-being of the greater community.


The Eastern School of Acupuncture and Traditional Medicine was founded in 1997. It was made a candidate by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in 2000, and was accredited in May 2003. At present, it is the only ACAOM-accredited acupuncture program in New Jersey.

Educational Objectives

Graduates of the Eastern School will be able to:

  • Deliver competent, compassionate care to patients
  • Gain licensure in the states of New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania, and certification from the NCCAOM and CCAOM (clean needle technique course)
  • Understand relevant legal and professional issues that impact their future profession
  • Refer patients to appropriate health care providers when indicated
  • Establish successful private practice

Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of: yin/yang; the Five Elements; the zang-fu; qi, blood and fluids; the Eight Principles; the meridian system (including regular meridians, extraordinary vessels and internal pathways); the Four Exams; indications and contraindications for the use of needling, moxibustion and cupping; professional ethics; biomedical terminology and pathology; the laws governing the practice of acupuncture in the states of New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania; and other pertinent public policies.

Students will be able to apply the above knowledge as well as treatment strategies based on various traditions, with specific focus on TCM and Japanese styles.

Programs Offered

The Eastern School of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine's acupuncture program is three years in length and requires 2205.5 hours to complete. Graduates of the program receive a master's level diploma in acupuncture.

The program is designed to address the needs of working adults. Classes meet one afternoon and evening per week and on various weekends. The curriculum of the Eastern School of Acupuncture and Traditional Medicine is designed to reinforce theoretical concepts with practical experience to assist the adult learner in mastering a rigorous educational program. The curriculum at the school is based on exposing students, not only to TCM and acupuncture, but also to other styles of acupuncture. Five-Element, Japanese style, French meridian and classical style are all taught at the school.

Contact Information

For more information on the Eastern School of Acupuncture and Traditional Medicine, contact:

Kelly Williams, M.S. Ed
Director of Admissions Eastern School of Acupuncture and
Traditional Medicine
440 Franklin St., Suite 500
Bloomfield, NJ 07003
Phone: 973-746-8717 x11
Fax: 973-746-8714

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