Admission Procedure

Admission Procedure

Participation in Medical Acupuncture for Physicians is open to civilian and military physicians (MDs and DOs) licensed to practice in their state or province of work. DDSs, DPMs, and DMDs may apply with verification that acupuncture is included in the scope of practice of their state license. Certain clinically experienced military midlevel providers working with physician acupuncturists may be considered as applicants.

Acceptance into the program is not automatic upon application. It is based upon professional training and current practice environment, intended use of this specialty, administrative support for acupuncture, geographic location, and timely receipt of the application and required documents.

Your application should contain, in addition to the attached form:

  • Resume of formal training, including acupuncture background, if any;
  • A thoughtful statement of plans (at least two paragraphs) for your use of acupuncture;
  • Photocopy of your current, active professional license.

A letter of recommendation from a course graduate is encouraged but not required. The completed application form and documentation should be submitted along with the full tuition fee. Military applicants must provide confirmation of central or base funding. Residents and fellows applying to the course must serve full-time in this capacity through the conclusion of the course AND pay tuition out-of-pocket. If a clinic, hospital, or other organization is paying for the course, the full amount of tuition will be charged.

Please apply early in order to receive the preparatory reading and viewing material well in advance of the introductory weekend. Tuition increases one month before the start of the course. Each scheduled clinical unit will be filled to capacity on a first-come, first-served basis.



Fees for Fall 2016 - Spring 2017 Course *Through
31 Oct
31 Oct 
300-hour course tuition for the Introductory Weekend, Clinical 1,
and Clinical 2

$11,000 $11,500
Discounts for residents and fellows

(Applicant must be a full-time resident or fellow through the conclusion of the course and pay his/her own tuition.)

*Tuition must be paid in full by this date.
$9,000 $9,300
Fees for Spring - Summer 2017 Course
This information will be posted when available.


Helms Medical Institute reserves the right to cancel the course or any of its clinical units, and to change the dates or venue of the units. If you are not accepted into the course a full refund of the tuition is given. If a clinical unit is canceled or rescheduled, you must be available to attend an alternate unit. A full refund can be given if the course is canceled, discontinued, or rescheduled. A minimum service charge of $300 is withheld from all other refunds. Requests for refund must be in writing and postmarked two weeks before the introductory weekend, after which time tuition is not refundable.


The venue for the Fall 2016 - Spring 2017 course is Tempe Mission Palms in Tempe, AZ.  The venue for the Spring - Summer 2017 course will be Bolger Center in Potomac, MD. 

Applicants are requested to lodge at the hotel where a group rate for guest rooms has been arranged.  A conference fee of $75 per day is required of participants who choose to stay elsewhere or room with another course participant.

Details of the accommodations are provided upon acceptance.

Application Form - Fall 2016 to Spring 2017

If you submitted an application between 8 AM CDT on 9/6/16 and 12 PM CDT on 9/8/16, please submit the application again.  Thank you.

top of page