Admission Procedure

Please note: the Spring-Summer 2021 class is at capacity and registration has closed. Contact HMI (mafp@hmieducation) to be put on the notification list for future course dates.

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 – as .doc, .docx, or .pdf
  • A thoughtful statement of plans (at least two paragraphs) for your use of acupuncture – as .pdf, .png, or .jpg
  • A copy of your current, active professional license – as .doc, .docx, or .pdf

Please do not send links to online documents.

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 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 introductory session. Tuition increases one month before the start of the course. Each course will be filled to capacity on a first-come, first-served basis.

Due to COVID-19, the live units in 2020 and 2021 will be conducted as distance learning. For further details on Remote Teaching, see our COVID-19 Considerations page.


Fees for Spring – Summer 2021 Course *Through 
12 Jan.
12 Jan.
300-hour course tuition for the Introductory Session, Clinical 1, and Clinical 2 – paid by credit card
$12,000 $12,500
300-hour course tuition for the 3 sessions –  paid by check $11,750 $12,250
Discounts for partner referral
300-hour course tuition by referring another local participant to the course and partnering together for remote teaching – paid by credit card
$10,500 $11,000
300-hour course tuition with a partner referral – paid by check $10,250 $10,750
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.) 300-hour course tuition for residents – paid by credit card
Cannot be combined with partner referral discount.
$10,000 $10,300
300-hour course tuition for residents – paid by check
Cannot be combined with partner referral discount.
$9,750 $10,050

*All application materials and full credit card payment must be received by 5:00pm PST on 12 January 2021. Checks must be postmarked 12 January 2021 or earlier.  HMI administration cannot make exceptions to these deadlines.  Credit card payments can be made by calling 510-649-8488 OR faxing credit card number to 510-649-8692 OR online at


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 by two weeks before the start of the introductory weekend after which time tuition is not refundable.

Distance Learning Format

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and health considerations, all live activities for the Spring – Summer 2021 course are being planned as Distance Learning Zoom meetings with HMI clinical preceptors to guide your hands-on work.