Admission Procedure:

Jan – Sept 2025 cohort

Participation in the Medical Acupuncture for Physicians course is open to civilian and military physicians (MDs and DOs) licensed to practice in their state or province of work. DDS/DMDs may apply with verification that acupuncture is included in the scope of practice of their state license. Clinically experienced midlevel providers (NPs, PAs) may be considered as applicants with verification that acupuncture is included in the scope of practice of their state license; working in collaboration with physician acupuncturists is encouraged, and in some state required.

Acceptance into the HMI acupuncture training program is not automatic upon application. It is based upon professional training and current practice environment, intended use of this specialty, clinical medical experience, and timely receipt of the application and required documents.

Your complete enrollment package should contain, in addition to the online application:

  • Resume of formal training, including acupuncture background, if any
  • A thoughtful statement of plans (at least two paragraphs) regarding your interest and expected use of acupuncture
  • A copy of your current, active medical license

Please do not send links to online documents. PDFs are preferred.

A letter of recommendation from a course graduate is welcomed but not required.

Residents and fellows should have their program director/advisor complete the Applicant Endorsement document. Please reach out to HMI to receive a copy of this document.  Resident and fellows must serve full-time in this capacity through the conclusion of the course AND pay tuition out-of-pocket in order to be eligible for discounted tuition. 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 first module. Course tuition increases six weeks before the start of the course. Each course will be filled to capacity on a first-come, first-served basis.

Enrollment in the program is not finalized until HMI has received your tuition payment. The HMI program typically fills to capacity with every cohort. Until your enrollment is completed and tuition is paid, your spot can be filled by another applicant. We strongly recommend finalizing your enrollment early to ensure a spot in the class.


Course tuition includes all required materials, including four textbooks, the course syllabus and other reference materials, clinical equipment, and access to the video library. All acupuncture needles for live course modules are supplied by HMI, and each course participant takes home a starter kit of needles after the first live course module.


Early Bird Tuition: Through Jul 31, 2024*
Early Bird course tuition – paid by ACH/check (preferred) or credit card $13,600


Standard Tuition:
Through Dec 3, 2024*
Standard course tuition – paid by credit card $14,000
Standard course tuition – paid in full by ACH/check** $13,850


Resident/Fellow Self-Pay Tuition:
(Applicant must be a full-time resident or fellow through the conclusion of the course and pay his/her own tuition.)
Through Dec 3, 2024*
Resident/Fellow course tuition – paid by credit card $12,500
Resident/Fellow course tuition – paid in full by ACH/check** $12,350


Late Application Fee: $500
A $500 late application fee is applied to all enrollments after December 3, 2024
After Dec 3, 2024

* All application materials and full credit card/ACH payment or postmark of mailed check must be received by 5:00pm PT on these deadlines. HMI administration cannot make exceptions to these deadlines.

** ACH/check discount applicable only when tuition is paid in full by a single ACH payment or single check.


Payment Methods

  • Credit card payments can be made by calling 510-649-8488 OR online at
  • A link for ACH payments will be provided after the initial application is received.
  • Checks should be made payable to “Helms Medical Institute” and mailed to: Helms Medical Institue, 2001 Addison Street, Suite 300, Berkeley, CA 94704

If requested, payment plans are available. Contact HMI for more details.



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. A full refund can be given if the course is canceled, discontinued, or rescheduled prior to commencement. If a course unit is canceled or rescheduled, you must be available to attend an alternate unit. A minimum service charge of $500 is withheld from all other refunds. Requests for refund must be in writing and postmarked by December 3, 2024, after which time tuition is not refundable.



The primary course modules of the Winter – Fall 2025 class will be held at:

  • (Modules 1 & 2) Tempe Mission Palms Hotel & Conference Center in Tempe, Arizona
  • (Module 3) The Bolger Center in Potomac, Maryland (just outside of Washington D.C.; newly renovated!).

Applicants are requested to lodge at the conference hotels where a group rate for guest rooms has been arranged (per night: $249 / $219 / $210 + tax + [AZ only] $12.95 resort fee).  A conference fee of $89 per day is required of participants who choose to stay elsewhere, make reservations outside of the HMI block, or room with another course participant.

Travel and lodging costs are not included in course tuition. Details of the accommodations are provided upon acceptance.