Admission Procedure

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.

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 professional medical license

Please do not send links to online documents.

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.

Fees for Spring – Fall 2024 Course *Through 
Feb 6
Feb 6
Full course tuition (300-hours: Modules One, Two, and Three) – paid by credit card
$12,650 $13,150
Full course tuition (300-hours: Modules One, Two, and Three) –  paid in full by check** $12,350 $12,850
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.) Full 300-hour course tuition for residents – paid by credit card
$10,550 $11,050
Full 300-hour course tuition for residents – paid in full by check** $10,250 $10,750

Credit card payments can be made by calling 510-649-8488 OR faxing credit card number to 510-649-8692 OR online at

*All application materials and full credit card payment must be received by 5:00pm PT on February 6, 2024. Checks must be postmarked February 6, 2024 or earlier.  HMI administration cannot make exceptions to these deadlines.

** Check discount applicable only when tuition is paid in full by a single check.


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 $300 is withheld from all other refunds. Requests for refund must be in writing and postmarked by February 6, 2024, after which time tuition is not refundable.


The primary course modules of the Spring – Fall 2024 class will be held at the Bolger Center in Potomac, Maryland (just outside of Washington D.C.).

Applicants are requested to lodge at this hotel where a group rate for guest rooms has been arranged ($182 – $222 per night + tax).  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.