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Master's Program General Information

Our Purpose

WMI prepares professional practitioners of Oriental Medicine who, after fulfilling State requirements and passing National Board examinations, are technically proficient and have a deep understanding, sensitivity, insight, and intuition into a patient’s physical, emotional, intellectual, energetic, and spiritual health needs. Students are trained within the context of Taoist heritage, philosophy, and traditions rooted in the Six Taoist Arts of the Chou Dynasty, which are an essential component of the WMI.

Our Mission

WMI’s mission is to provide quality education for all qualified persons wishing to become professional practitioners of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine within WMI’s Taoist philosophical and holistic health heritage.

Our Vision

WMI will continue to lead the field in Classical Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine education, successfully integrating Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and traditional Taoist healing with modern biomedicine, empowering both patients and students in self-healing, and offering programs dedicated to academic innovation, freedom and excellence.

Educational Objectives

The Institute has adopted the following educational objectives to guide the program and fulfill the purpose and mission upon which World Medicine Institute was founded.

* To enable students to have a spiritual approach to healing, integrated and disciplined in the tradition of the Taoist healing arts on which World Medicine Institute was founded.

* To enable students to accurately formulate an Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine diagnosis, to determine an effective treatment strategy based upon the diagnosis formulated, and to assess the effectiveness of the treatment strategy and its execution.

* To enable students to prescribe and formulate correctly an herbal medicine treatment, to determine an effective herbal formula based upon the diagnosis, and to assess the effectiveness of the herbal treatment strategy and its execution.

* To provide basic knowledge of the core concepts of Western Medicine and the intellectual framework to enable students to communicate knowledgeably and to interface professionally with Western medical practitioners and institutions.

* To enable students to make informed assessments and formulate opinions on Hawaii State and National Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine developments and legislation.

* To prepare students for National Certification in Acupuncture, National Certification in Herbal Medicine and Hawaii State Board of Acupuncture Licensure.

* Enable graduates to set up and maintain successful professional practices of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.



In addition to the rich traditions our school’s unique Taoist heritage offers, WMI aims to provide as much flexibility and practical training as possible. Accordingly, we offer several tracks of study providing 2 different, fully-accredited degrees varying in scope and depth. These degrees include the Master’s of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine (MAOM) and the Master’s of Acupuncture (MAC). While the MAC focuses more heavily on biomedical and clinical studies, the MAOM builds upon these to include the study of Chinese herbs as well.

Master's of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine (MAOM)

The MAOM is a master’s degree that encompasses every aspect of Traditional Chinese Medicine: Chinese herbal medicine, Taoist theory, and acupuncture. Students in this program will also learn western medical practices and business management skills in biomedical science classes, and ethics and business management classes. Successfully integrating all of these components, MAOM graduates gain the theoretical underpinnings and clinical skills necessary to fully practice Chinese medicine. After passing the respective licensure exams for their places of practice, these students will not only be prepared for their own clinical practice but also continued studies for higher level degrees and research. Read more.

Master's of Acupuncture (MAC)

The MAC is a master’s degree whose increased hours in the clinic may be more suitable for students interested in adding the modality of acupuncture to their current practices or who are considering the application of acupuncture to future medical studies such as nursing or physical therapy. With the exception of the herbal medicine component, this degree includes all of the same components of the MAOM program. However, in the absence of the herbal component, MAC students must make up for the missing credits by satisfying greater hour and credit requirements in other areas. These requirements can be met by successfully completing upper level biomedical classes, clinical research, or information literacy classes. Students are free to choose any combination of these three upper level sciences to meet their program requirements. Read more.



In addition to the two different scopes of study outlined above, WMI also provides several different programs of study. These programs of study allow students to adapt the pace of their degree to better fit their scheduling needs. No matter the program, however, students must earn all necessary credits and satisfy all assignments and requirements of their respective program in no less than eight years to graduate.

Full-Time Program

For academic and financial aid purposes, all students enrolling in 12 or more credits a semester are considered full-time. Full-time students who enroll in the maximum 19.5 credits/semester can expect to complete the M.Ac program in 3 calendar years/36 months. As an acupuncture-only degree, this program is shorter in duration but has greater clinic hour requirements than the MAOM. Students in the MAOM program, which includes herbal studies in addition to all the components of the MAC, can expect to complete their program in 4 calendar years/48 months. These completion estimates follow ACAOM and NCCAOM-established guidelines, and are based on a full-time program of study that includes the completion of fall and spring sessions with 19.5 credits/semester, and excludes the completion of any summer sessions.

Accelerated Full-Time Program

Compared to students solely attending Fall and Spring Semesters, as described above, students attending consecutive Fall, Spring & Summer Semesters of 19.5 credits/semester will graduate more quickly than other full-time students. These students are considered to be on an accelerated full-time program. Accelerated full-time students in the Master of Acupuncture program can expect to graduate in 6 semesters/27 months. Those in the Oriental Medicine program are expected to complete their program in 9 semesters/36 months. These estimates will vary if a student does not complete the required credits or takes off any of the expected semesters.

Whether full-time or accelerated full-time, students meeting the credit requirements of their chosen program are eligible to receive student Financial Aid. Additionally, graduates of the MAC program who wish to move on to higher levels of study will first need to do additional work to fulfill admissions criteria.

Half-Time Study

Students registering for 6 to 11 credits per semester are considered half-time. Students registering for less the 6 credits per semester are ineligible for Financial Aid. Like all other students, half-time students are also expected to complete their program of choice in less than eight years. Half-time students will be required to meet the graduation requirements that are in effect at the time of their expected graduation, rather than graduation requirements in effect at the time of their admission into the program.


Clock to Credit Hour Conversion

One semester credit is granted:
-   for each 15 hours of classroom contact plus appropriate outside preparation or the equivalent

-   for each 30 hours of supervised laboratory or clinical instruction plus appropriate outside preparation

-  for each 45 hours of clinical externship or independent study.



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