New England School of Acupuncture
Mission Statement

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.

Programs Offered

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:

Contact Information

For more information on the New England School of Acupuncture, contact:

New England School of Acupuncture
150 California Street
Newton, MA 02458
Tel: 617-558-1788
Fax: 617-558-1789
Web site:

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