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Arizona School of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine


Arizona School of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
4646 E Ft Lowell Rd, Suite 104
Tucson, AZ


Arizona School of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ASAO) is a small school in the Sonora desert that offers programs designed for students to become practitioners of Chinese medicine. ASAO was the first school of Chinese medicine in Arizona before there was a licensing law. In 2003, after three years of candidacy, ASAO gained accredition from the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM) which was renewed for five years in February 2007. Graduates are eligible to take the national acupuncture boards and gain licenses in Arizona and other states. ASAO students can apply for Federal grants and loans.

Arizona School of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine offers two Master's degrees and a certificate; a three-year Master's degree in Acupuncture, a four-year Master's degree in Acupuncture and two-year Oriental Medicine, and a Certificate in Asian Bodywork Therapy / Tuina. Programs start in the fall and incorporate the fundamentals of nutrition, exercise and stress reduction from both an Eastern and Western standpoint.

The curriculum at ASAO combines the basic core curriculum of ACAOM schools with clinical experience. Students begin observing teachers treat patients in their first year and by the beginning of the second year, students start treating patients in the clinic under supervision. ASAOM offers instruction in full medicine combining traditional Chinese thinking and diagnosis, Western clinical modalities, extensive clinical experience, and skills in the three departments of traditional Chinese hospital; acupuncture, herbs, and Asian bodywork therapy. Students can follow two years of tuina training, the Chinese medical massage/hand therapy similar to American physical therapy, chiropractic and osteopathy. Clinical experience at ASAOM involves more than 1,000 hours of preceptorship, clinical observation, and one-on-one supervision from licensed practitioners.


Quick Facts

  • The campus is located in the Tucson, surrounded by mountains on four side; the Catalinas, the Santa Ritas, the Rincons, and the Tucsons.

  • Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine is the only national accreditation commission in the field of Chinese medicine.

  • There are close to 60 ACAOM-accredited and candidate schools of Chinese medicine in North America all with the same common core curriculum.

  • Students are expected to practice Qigong and T'ai chi every day as an essential component of becoming a competent practitioner.


  • This school profile has been compiled and updated by The CollegeBound Network. The school is not affiliated with The CollegeBound Network and shall not be considered a sponsor of this program.

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