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Swedish Institute: School of Acupuncture and Oriental Studies

Mission Statement

The School of Acupuncture and Oriental Studies at the Swedish Institute has a unique focus on classical Chinese acupuncture, as outlined in the ancient texts of Chinese medicine. This comprehensive study of the field of acupuncture gives its graduates a broad base of knowledge by which to treat patients drawing from the richness of various traditions.

The mission of the School of Acupuncture and Oriental Studies at the Swedish Institute is to be a center of educational excellence, preparing students to become acupuncture practitioners with the ethics, skills and commitment to provide the highest quality compassionate healthcare.

History

The Swedish Institute has existed since 1916. Only since 1996, however, has it trained acupuncture students. The Institute's program received its candidacy from the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in 1997. It was accredited in 1999 and reaccredited in 2002.

Programs Offered

The School of Acupuncture and Oriental Studies at the Swedish Institute was established to provide quality training in the growing field of acupuncture with a unique focus on the classical traditions of acupuncture. The program is designed to allow students to follow a historical approach toward the evolution of Chinese acupuncture (and Oriental medicine as a whole) into its current forms.

The School of Acupuncture and Oriental Studies offers a 130 semester-credit-hour program. Graduates of the School of Acupuncture and Oriental Studies at the Swedish Institute are awarded a Bachelor of Professional Studies/Master of Science degree in acupuncture. Full-time and part-time programs are available. Full-time students can complete the program in nine semesters over the course of three years; part-time students in 15 to 18semesters over the course of five to six years. Semesters are 15 weeks long, with a two-to-three week break in between each term.

The educational objectives of the School of Acupuncture and Oriental Studies at the Swedish Institute are to:

  • Train students to be competent in the theory and practice of acupuncture. Provide students with the history of ideas pertaining to the traditions and evolution of Chinese medicine.
  • Train students in critical analysis and comparative studies of Chinese medical classics to nurture innovative thinking.
  • Instruct students in the nature and importance of ethical responsibility.
  • Prepare students to communicate effectively with biomedical practitioners.
  • Educate students to their scope of practice and prepare them to refer patients to practitioners of other healthcare modalities where appropriate.
  • Educate students in regard to the business, ethical and legal aspects of the profession.
  • Instruct students in effective communication and community outreach skills..
  • Prepare students to pass the acupuncture examinations of the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.
  • Prepare students to have the skills and knowledge to be proficient entry-level practitioners in the profession of acupuncture.

Contact Information

For more information on the Swedish Institute, contact:

Swedish Institute: School of Acupuncture and Oriental Studies
226 West 26th Street
New York, NY 10001
Tel: (212) 924-5900
Fax: (212) 924-7600
E-mail:
Web site: www.swedishinstitute.edu

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