Acupuncture Institute expands graduate degree program, new courses meet growing demand for professionals trained in Traditional Chinese Medicine

The University of Bridgeport Acupuncture Institute announced today that it has expanded its curriculum with the addition of master degree programs in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Chinese Herbology.

The two degree programs will enhance the curriculum by giving students the opportunity to receive training in herbology, said Dr. Jennifer Brett, who is director of the Institute. She added that the curriculum was expanded in respond to demands for more expansive care from patients and various government agencies.

“There are a number of states that require herbal training for licensure and the number of practitioners graduating with acupuncture-only degrees is declining, while demand is growing for acupuncturists to have training in both acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine.”

The Acupuncture Institute has offered a three-year Master of Science in Acupuncture since August 2002, when the program was founded as the only university-based acupuncture school in Connecticut.

The new Master of Science in Chinese Medicine and Master of Science in Chinese Herbology will launch in August 2013. Students who receive their degrees will then be eligible to be licensed in a number of additional states as the Chinese Medicine master’s program has been granted candidacy status from Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM), Brett said.

Jim Fitzpatrick, L.Ac., will be the program director of the two-year Chinese Herbology program. Fitzpatrick is currently the clinic director of the University of Bridgeport Acupuncture Institute. A 2002 graduate of Mercy College’s Oriental Medicine Master’s Program, he has experience in both private practice and hospital-based acupuncture.

Charles Ford, L.Ac., has been named program director of the four-year Traditional Chinese Medicine program. Currently the associate director of the Acupuncture Institute, Ford is a licensed acupuncturist living in Beacon, NY, where he also maintains his private practice, Beacon Traditional Chinese Medicine. He also specializes in sports medicine in his private practice using acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine.

In addition to its graduate programs, the Institute runs a clinic on campus, where student clinicians and faculty treat some 3,500 patients annually.

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