Eastern School of Acupuncture and Traditional Medicine
Mission Statement

Eastern School of Acupuncture and Traditional MedicineThe 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:

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 Master's in Acupuncture program is 2700 hours in length. A commitment of as little as three years is required to complete your qualifications. The program is designed to meet the needs of working adults. Classes meet one afternoon/evening per week and on weekends, both Saturday and Sunday.

The design of the program is to provide the highest standard of acupuncture education. In addition, the training also provides an educational foundation in the western biosciences, which will assist the acupuncturist as a healthcare professional

The Eastern School's unique curriculum is organized thematically. Modern research has shown that adult learners absorb information best through hands-on learning activities. Thus, what students learn in theory classes is reinforced in clinical work. This creates links that aid students in retaining theoretical knowledge and in understanding its practical application.

The core curriculum of the Eastern School includes a thorough grounding in the principles of Anatomy, Physiology, Pathology, as well as the fundamentals of Oriental Medicine; including Meridian Pathways, Point Location, and Pulse and Tongue Diagnosis. Another educational objective for the Eastern School reflects the belief that the best practitioners are often those who have a working knowledge in several different acupuncture modalities. To that end, the core curriculum also includes exposure to various schools of thought such as TCM and Japanese styles.

Traditional Herbal Medicine

The Eastern School's Chinese Herbal Certificate program is structured to provide flexibility and educational viability for our students. Dr. Thomas Kouo, DAOM, L.Ac., Dipl.OM, the herbal chair of the Council of Colleges (CCAOM), has led a team to oversee the restructuring of the program to maintain current standards from the NCCAOM exam as well as provide a strong foundation for those moving forward into Doctoral level education. Our two day a-week schedule allows practitioners to maintain their thriving and busy practices while keeping the weekly program workload manageable. Students will study and examine clinical cases from our clinic as well as cases from their own practices and learn to diagnose, understand, and treat from a Chinese herbal perspective. Our excellent herbal faculty brings their extensive knowledge and experience to the classroom and clinic to help students learn the many possibilities in the practice of this ancient art. Learning Chinese herbology is difficult, but it is also fun! Begin this lifelong learning journey with the Eastern School and join the many practitioners and scholars of this medicine that will continue to shape the way that we live today and in the future.

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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