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Concurrent Degree Pathway

Graduates of Sonoran’s ND program can practice acupuncture in the state of Arizona, without additional training. You are required to complete a master’s level program and sit for the acupuncture licensing board exam to become a licensed acupuncturist (LAc) in most states that license acupuncture.

We’ve partnered with Phoenix’s oldest and most recognized college of Chinese medicine and acupuncture, Phoenix Institute of Herbal Medicine and Acupuncture (PIHMA), to offer students the opportunity to concurrently earn a naturopathic medical degree and a master’s degree in acupuncture or Chinese medicine. PIHMA’s acupuncture program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine (ACAHM).

How You Earn Your Degrees Is up to You

The program can be customized to fit your needs and goals. Most students find that the program adds 12 to 18 months to their time at Sonoran. We recommend you spend at least the first two quarters doing Sonoran coursework to assess your course load, time management and finances before you consider joining the dual-degree program. Some students wait until they have completed the basic sciences at Sonoran as that knowledge helps with the classes at PIHMA. However, students have also started as soon as they arrived at Sonoran.

You will need to complete the equivalent Chinese medicine courses at PIHMA before graduating from Sonoran if you choose to participate in this program.

Approximately 10 percent of Sonoran students enroll in the concurrent degree program. Both programs allow you to sit for the acupuncture licensing board exam.

Sonoran accepts the following PIHMA credits (grade of C or better) toward completion of the ND program’s oriental medicine credits:

  • OMT 500: Oriental Medical Theory I
  • OMT 510: Oriental Medical Theory II
  • OMT 530p: Oriental Medical Diagnosis & Practicum
  • OMT 520p: Point Location & Meridians I
  • OMT 525p: Point Energetics I
  • OMT 550p: Point Location & Meridians II
  • OMT 555p: Point Energetics II
  • OMT 540: Oriental Medical Theory III
  • ACU 515p: Acupuncture Practicum I
  • OMP 508: Materials & Methods
  • OMT 605: Oriental Medical Pathology I
  • OMT 625: Oriental Medical Pathology II

PIHMA accepts the following credits (grade of C or higher) toward completion of the M. Acup. program at PIHMA:

  • ANAT 5014/L Regional Anatomy, Embryology and Histology I/Lab
  • ANAT 5024/L Regional Anatomy, Embryology and Histology II/Lab
  • ANAT 5034/L Regional Anatomy, Embryology and Histology III/Lab
  • BIOC 5014 Biochemistry I
  • BIOC 5024 Biochemistry II
  • BOTM 6010 Botanical Med I: Intro to Botanical Medicine
  • BOTM 6020L Botanical Med Lab II: Pharmacy of Botanical
  • CLPR 5030/L Intro to Clinical Practice III /Lab
  • CLPR 6050/L Clinical Practice II /Lab
  • GNMD 6014 Gen Med Diagnosis I
  • GNMD 6024 Gen Med Diagnosis II
  • GNMD 6034 Gen Med Diagnosis II
  • HMEO 6010 Homeopathy I
  • IMMU 5024 Immunology
  • MGEN 5034 Medical Genetics
  • MICR 5024/L Microbiology I/Lab
  • MICR 5034 Microbiology II
  • MNGT 6010 Practice Management I Operations
  • NTMD 5010 Philosophical and Historical Foundations of Nat Med I
  • NUTR 6014 Nutrition I
  • NUTR 6024 Nutrition II
  • NUTR 6034 Nutrition III
  • OMND 6010 Oriental Med I: Theory Fundamentals of Oriental Med
  • OMND 6020 Oriental Med II: TCM Diagnosis
  • OMND 6030/L Oriental Med III: Meridians & Points I/Lab
  • OMND 6040/L Oriental Med IV: Meridians & Points I/Lab
  • OMND 7054 Oriental Med V: TCM Pathology I
  • OMND 7055 Oriental Med V: TCM Pathology II
  • OMND 7060/L Oriental Med VI: Acupuncture Techniques/Lab
  • OMND 7070 Oriental Med VII: Case Analysis and Management I
  • OMND 7080 Oriental Med VIII: Case Analysis and Management II
  • PHAR 6010 Pharmacology and Pharmacotherapeutics I
  • PHAR 6020 Pharmacology and Pharmacotherapeutics II
  • PHYS 5014/L Human Physiology and Endocrinology I/Lab
  • PHYS 5024/L Human Physiology and Endocrinology II/Lab
  • PHYS 5034/L Human Physiology and Endocrinology III/Lab
  • RSCH 5016 Research I
  • RSCH 5026 Research II

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