Discover The Exciting Opportunities in Acupuncture & Integrative Medicine

In this webinar you'll learn about the exciting programs and career opportunities in acupuncture that VUIM offers. This includes:

  • - Why Consider a Career in Acupuncture?
  • - Admission Requirements & Application Process
  • - Financial Aid Options, Tuition and Fees
  • - Master's Program Overview (MSA, MSOM, CEAN)
  • - Doctoral Program Overview (DAc, DOM, DAOM)

Fall enrollment is open.

Upcoming dates of live webinar

  • Oct 7th - 12:30-1:30 pm (Wed)
  • Oct 24th - 10-11 am (Sat)
  • Financial Aid Info Session: Oct 28th - 5:30 pm (Wed) 
  • Nov 4th - 5:30-6:30 pm (Wed)
  • Nov 24th - 12:30-1:30 pm (Tue)
  • Dec 12th - 10-11 am (Sat)

All times are Eastern Standard Time

After the presentation, we will provide time for individual questions and answers. You can also access the recording any time after the live session. Just sign up to receive the link!


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Programs VUIM Offers

Entry-Level Degrees

  • First Professional Doctor of Acupuncture (DAc.)
  • First Professional Doctor of Oriental Medicine (DOM)
  • Master of Science in Acupuncture (MSA)
  • Master of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (MSOM)

Advanced Training Degrees

  • Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (DAOM)
  • Certificate in East Asian Nutrition (CEAN)
  • First Professional Doctoral Degree Completion Program

VUIM Students Will Enjoy

  • Small class sizes
  • Direct access to clinic
  • World class teaching from renowned faculty
  • Convenient location
  • Access to an Alumni Community
  • Career counseling that provides results
  • Flexible programs that work around your timeline
  • Simplified application process

What Current Students Are Saying About the Programs


"I am glad I choose VUIM – it’s affordable and a good value for the money. I like the flexibility of the school – you can progress as fast as you can or as slow as you need. In fact, next year I may be taking the NCCAOM certification exam a year ahead of my graduation with several of my classmates. I especially liked the good Foundations and Oriental Diagnosis classes I’ve taken. My dream is to offer acupuncture as a service on a mission to a poor country."


"My long-time dream of becoming an Oriental Medicine Practitioner has gotten closer to a reality ever since I have joined VUIM. I am very impressed with all the changes and improvements the school has made in the last year and is continuously making. Sure, the program can be very rigorous and challenging but it sure makes the education we are receiving worthwhile. So far, my decision to be a student at VUIM has been a very positive one!"

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Dr. Lixing Lao

President of VUIM

Dr. Lao is a world-renowned researcher in the field of integrative medicine, having conducted numerous clinical trials. He is credited with helping persuade the FDA to recognize the acupuncture needle as a medical device.  Before returning to VUIM in October 2019, he held the position of Director of the School of Chinese Medicine at The University of Hong Kong. Dr. Lao founded the Traditional Chinese Medicine Research Program at the Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Maryland.


Jeff Millison

Academic Dean

Jeff brings over two decades of experience in Academia within the field of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. He is also the Chair of the CCAOM (Council of Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine) Curriculum Committee and was a member of the ACAOM (Accreditation Commission of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine) First Professional Doctorate Task Force. 

VUIM at a glance:

  • Small student to faculty ratio of 14:1
  • Since 2004
  • Large and diverse faculty of more than 30+ professionals across multiple disciplines
  • Lower cost of attendance versus the average accredited acupuncture program in the US

VUIM is a pioneer in the field of acupuncture and integrative medicine. Our president, Dr. Lixing Lao’s research on acupuncture is credited with helping persuade the FDA to recognize the acupuncture needle as a medical device in 1996.

Our mission is to produce educated health care practitioners who are highly skilled in acupuncture and oriental medicine while ensuring the growth of the community at large.

Virginia University of Integrative Medicine is institutionally accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM), which is the recognized accrediting agency for freestanding institutions and colleges of acupuncture or Integrative medicine that offer such programs.

  1. Is VUIM accredited?
    Yes, VUIM is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM), recognized by the Department of Education and certified to operate by the State Council of Higher Education in Virginia (SCHEV). 
  2. Can I work full time and attend VUIM classes?
    Yes, you can work full time and attend classes at VUIM. Our schedule is designed to provide as much flexibility a possible. As with all advice on this subject, the answer to this question will be more nuanced when we learn the details of your full-time employment. For example, is full time a standard 40-hour workweek or is it 50-60. And what additional responsibilities do you have? 
  3. Can I work part-time and complete the Master of Acupuncture in the expected three (3) year time frame? 
    Yes, you can work part-time and complete our programs within the expected time frame. 
  4. Approximately how many students are in each class session?
    Current class sizes average around 14 students. Some are as low as 8-9 students per class and as large as 30 students per class. 
  5. What type of schedule/calendar system do you operate on?
    VUIM operates on a 10-week quarter-based calendar system – where courses are offered, Monday through Sunday in blocks; 9:00 am – 1:00 pm, 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, and 6:30 pm – 10:30 pm
  6. Can I transfer credits previously earned at other colleges or universities?
    Yes, you may transfer credits under the transfer or credit, exemption, and advanced standing policy. The policy is guided by ACAOM’s standards. You can find information on those details in the Academic Catalog, page 35. 
  7. How long does the review take and is there a fee?
    The review of transfer of credit typically takes about 7 business days but may take up to 14 business days, depending on the complexity of your request, as well as other factors such as staff availability, proximity to the start of your entrance term and others. The fee for the evaluation is $400.
  8. When are students eligible to begin taking national board exams (NCCAOM) exams? 
    Students may begin taking national board exams (NCCAOM) after the completion of their Master of Science in Acupuncture degree, which includes the completion of all courses, clinical work and VUIM graduation exams. A student will need an official transcript stating the conferral of their degree to begin taking NCCAOM exams.
  9. Is there a time limit to complete the degree?
    Yes, ACAOM requires students to have completed their degree within 200% of the expected time frame. For example, the MSA degree’s expected time frame is 3 years, and its maximum time to completion would be 6 years.
  10. If I’m a licensed medical professional, how much transfer credit can I get?
    As a licensed medical professional (Medical Doctors, Naturopathic Doctors, Physicians Assistants, Registered Nurses [including Associates, Bachelor, and Masters level], Nurse Practitioners, Chiropractors, Physical Therapists, Physical Therapy Assistants, Internists, and Osteopathic Doctors), you will automatically earn 40 credits of advanced standing by providing a copy of your active medical license. You can request an additional transfer of credit, up to the limitations expressed in the Transfer, Exemption, and Advanced Standing policy. 
  11. How many students are actively enrolled at this time?
    VUIM enrolls approximately 400 active students at this time. 
  12. Can I use Federal Financial aid at VUIM?
    Yes, VUIM master’s program students are eligible to apply for Federal Financial aid by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) – enter the school code 

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Fairfax, Virginia

(Main Campus)

  • 9401 Mathy Drive #100
  • Fairfax, Virginia 22031
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Ridgefield, New Jersey

(Classroom Site)

  • 725 Grand Avenue
  • Ridgefield, NJ 07657
  • Just across the Hudson River and a couple miles away from New York City
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Virginia University of Integrative Medicine is certified to operate in the state of Virginia by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV).

Virginia University of Integrative Medicine is institutionally accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM), which is the recognized accrediting agency for freestanding institutions and colleges of acupuncture or Integrative medicine that offer such programs. ACAOM is located at 8941 Aztec Drive, Eden Prairie, Minnesota 55347; phone 952/212-2434; fax 952/657-7068. The Virginia University of Integrative Medicine (“VUIM”) Master of Science in Acupuncture (MSA), Master of Science in Oriental Medicine (MSOM) and Certificate in East Asian Nutrition (CEAN) programs are all accredited by ACAOM.

The VUIM Professional Doctorate(s) (DAc. and DOM) programs, approved to begin enrolling students, are not yet accredited or pre-accredited by ACAOM. During this time, graduates of these programs are not considered to have graduated from an ACAOM-accredited or pre-accredited program and may not rely on ACAOM accreditation or pre-accreditation for professional licensure or other purposes. This program is eligible for ACAOM accreditation, and VUIM is currently in the process of seeking ACAOM pre-accreditation/accreditation for the program. However, VUIM can provide no assurance that pre-accreditation or accreditation will be granted by ACAOM. Students enrolled in this program are not currently eligible to participate in the Federal grant and loan programs.