Acupuncture Institute Overview
Traditional Chinese Medicine, encompassing acupuncture and Oriental medicine (“AOM”) is one of the most respected healing professions around the globe. It serves a quarter of the world’s population and has increased in public acceptance in the United States and Europe as the fastest growing complementary health care field. AOM has gained this respect by being both the most ancient written form of medical therapy known and a form of medicine with excellent clinical results.
Integrative Health Care Preparation
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), which encompasses acupuncture, herbal therapy, manual therapy, diet counseling, exercise and breathing techniques has been in use for thousands of years. Over the millennia, the Asian community has continuously refined this ancient healing art. During the last century, this refinement has included integration of Western medical sciences within the paradigm of TCM.
Having an opportunity to work alone and in conjunction with other health care practitioners in the Health Sciences Center, the students will be able to integrate the care of patients with other health care providers. Thus, the student gains a “real world” advantage before entering private practice.
Acupuncture Institute Programs:
The University of Bridgeport Acupuncture Institute (UBAI) currently offers one doctorate-level and three different masters-level degree programs in Traditional Chinese Medicine modalities:
The master’s degree program in Acupuncture offers comprehensive training in acupuncture, moxabustion, tuina, qigong and adjunctive therapies. It is a 3-year, 118 credit masters-level program including 850 hours of clinical training both at the UB Clinics and off site at a hospital and other outreach settings.
The master’s degree program in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a 4-year 145.5 credit program. MS-TCM students are instructed in Chinese Herbology during three (3) of the four (4) years of training, after a first year of basic sciences, theory and diagnosis classes which lay the foundation for understanding the art and science of a full range of TCM modalities. The UB MS-TCM degree includes training in all the modalities included in the MS-Acup degree and adds training in Chinese materia medica, formulations and dispensary practices.
The MS-CH degree program: is a two-year, 36.5 credit/882 hour masters-level program focusing on the art and science of Chinese Herbology including both classroom instruction and hands-on clinical training. Admission to the program is limited to those who currently hold licensure or registration as healthcare professionals. The MS-CH program will not expand graduates’ scope of practice. There is no independent licensing for Chinese herbal practitioners in the U.S.
The Clinical Doctoral Program in Traditional Chinese Medicine (D-TCM) offers comprehensive training in Chinese Herbal Medicine, acupuncture, adjunctive therapies, and biomedicine at the graduate level to provide the full range of benefits of Traditional Chinese Medicine and clinical assessment to your patients, including in those states where TCM practitioners act as primary care providers. Expanded clinical training and integrative medicine training prepare you for multiple practice opportunities. The D-TCM program is a 4-year program comprised of 167 credits, including 1,400 hours of clinical training (150 observation hours; 460 acupuncture clinic hours; 360 TCM herb hours; 430 Integrative clinic hours) both at the UB Clinics and at off-site locations.
Health Sciences at UB
The University of Bridgeport Acupuncture Institute is the only Traditional Chinese Medicine college in a multi-purpose university that includes a wide variety of both graduate and undergraduate degree programs. Located between NYC and Boston, the UB clinics attract patients from a diversity of backgrounds and health conditions. UB offers a unique combination of biomedical programs and an opportunity to learn with and about a number of traditional forms of medicine.
The Acupuncture Institute is part of the larger Health Sciences division at the University of Bridgeport. The University’s professionally accredited health sciences programs are housed in the Fones School of Dental Hygiene, the College of Chiropractic, the College of Naturopathic Medicine, the Acupuncture Institute, Nutrition Institute, and the Physician Assistant Institute. Several offer clinics and resources to the public.
Jennifer Brett, ND, LAc – UBAI Director
MS-Acupuncture program contact
60 Lafayette Street, Bridgeport, CT 06604
or 1-800-EXCEL-UB (1-800-392-3582), ext. 4122
Charles Ford, LAc – UBAI Associate Director
MS-Traditional Chinese Medicine program contact
60 Lafayette Street, Bridgeport, CT 06604