The mission of the New England School of Acupuncture is to be a leader
in the development of traditional and modern Oriental medicine as a medical
art and science by offering outstanding, academically rigorous, professional
programs that educate practioners to be effective, compassionate healers,
capable of providing high-quality health care to the public and advancing
knowledge in the field of Oriental medicine.
The New England School of Acupuncture is the oldest acupuncture institution
in the United States. It was founded in 1975, and its acupuncture program
was made a candidate by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and
Oriental Medicine in May 1984. The program was first accredited by ACAOM
in 1988, and has been reaccredited in 1993, 1998 and 2003.
The master's degree programs at NESA offer students a variety of choices
in pursuing specific areas of interest.
All students complete a comprehensive core curriculum providing theoretical
and practical training in traditional Chinese medicine with a focus on
acupuncture, as well as a grounding in Western sciences and biomedicine,
nutrition, Oriental body massage, and research. Additionally, students
complete a concentration, either in Chinese and Japanese acupuncture,
or in Oriental medicine.
The acupuncture concentration focuses primarily on traditional and modern
influences on acupuncture diagnosis and treatment in Japan. Full-time
students with an acupuncture concentration complete program requirements
for graduation in 33 months.
Students in the Oriental medicine concentration receive extensive training
in the use of traditional Chinese herbal pharmacopoeia, formulations and
prescriptions. Internal medicine courses enable students to apply this
knowledge to specific disease conditions. During the clinical internship,
student interns diagnose patients and develop treatment strategies, formulas
and evaluations under the supervision of NESA faculty. Full-time students
with an oriental medicine concentration complete program requirements
for graduation in 36 months.
NESA's program is designed to graduate practitioners who:
Are able to apply the philosophies and theories of acupuncture and
Can promote wellness, diagnose illness and develop and implement effective
treatment plans for patients;
Demonstrate knowledge of Western medical terminology, pathophysiology
and approaches to treating illness and are able to make informed and
Are prepared to set up and maintain successful clinical practices,
and can participate collaboratively in a variety of clinical settings;
Have an awareness and appreciation of research in Oriental medicine.
For more information on the New England School of Acupuncture, contact:
New England School of Acupuncture
150 California Street
Newton, MA 02458
Web site: www.nesa.edu