The Eastern School of Acupuncture and Traditional Medicine Hosts Career Day in Montclair

Founded in 1997, the Eastern School of Acupuncture and Traditional Medicine, located at 427 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair, is New Jersey's first and only school of acupuncture. On May 16, the school held an Acupuncture Career Day for prospective students to meet with the school’s alumni and staff. Credits: Carolyne Volpe Curley


MONTCLAIR, NJ - Founded in 1997, the Eastern School of Acupuncture and Traditional Medicine, located at 427 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair, is New Jersey's first and only accredited school of acupuncture. On May 16, the school held an Acupuncture Career Day for prospective students to meet with the school’s alumni and staff. Amidst a relaxing atmosphere, visitors enjoyed refreshments and took the time to get to know more about how the school runs. 

On hand for the event were the school’s Chief Executive Officer Aida Morales along with the school’s Admissions Director Kelly Williams and Academic Dean Jeffrey Ariola. “It’s a really great opportunity for prospective students to meet with faculty and students, take a tour of the school, and find out more about a future career in acupuncture," expressed Williams as she welcomed new visitors to the school.

From left: Academic Dean Jeffrey Ariola, Admissions Director Kelly Williams and
Chief Executive Officer Aida Morales   Credit: Carolyne Volpe Curley

The Eastern School’s purpose is to offer professional training, education and services in acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. According to their website, the school is committed to “maintaining the highest standards of educational excellence” with the intent of “harmoniously utilizing modern educational techniques along with the traditional methods that have been used to train acupuncturists for millennia.”

A collection of traditional Oriental Medicine tools and decor greets guests as they
enter the administrative offices.  Credit: Carolyne Volpe Curley 

The Eastern School offers programs in both Acupuncture and Traditional Herbal Medicine. The faculty is made up of about twenty highly qualified instructors and practitioners from diverse backgrounds in the field of acupuncture.

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The Eastern School's Diploma in Acupuncture program takes three years to complete and graduates of the program receive a Masters level diploma. Classes meet one afternoon/evening per week and weekends in years one and two. Year three students work in the student intern clinic and take additional classes. The program meets the highest standards in Oriental Medicine Acupuncture Education along with a solid foundation in the western biosciences.  
  • First Year Course Curriculum offerings include:
    • Oriental Bodywork
    • Point Location / Oriental Practical
    • Psychology and Physiology of Stress
    • Tai Chi / QiGong
    • Theory Five Element
    • Tongue and Pulse 
    • Palpatory Anatomy for Acupuncturists

      Dean Jeffrey Ariola in one of the school’s classrooms.   
      Credit: Carolyne Volpe Curley
  • Second Year Course Curriculum offerings include:
    • Auricular
    • Orthopedics
    • Pathophysiology
  • Third Year Course Curriculum offerings include:
    • Gynecology / Andrology 
    • Medical Pharmacology 
    • Supplementary Meridian Systems  

      Students take part in the third year Clinical Internship program.  
      Credit: Carolyne Volpe Curley
  • Acupuncture Applicants to the Eastern School are required to have at least 60 college credits. Most students come to the school with a background in Biology, Nutrition, Chemistry, Psychology, Physics, Anatomy and Physiology. For those who need further study in those fields, additional training is provided by the school. In addition, the laws primarily governing the practice of acupuncture in the State of NJ are covered, however NY and PA are taught as well. If students intend to practice in New Jersey, a Bachelor’s Degree is required before taking the New Jersey state exam.

    A faculty members prepares for students to enter his second floor classroom Credit: Carolyne Volpe Curley

“We’ve learned through research that adult learners absorb information best through hands-on learning activities,” explained the Academic Dean Jeffrey Ariola. “During clinical work and independent projects, we reinforce again and again what we are teaching the students in our theory classes.”

The School's educational priority is to produce highly qualified acupuncturists, who are completely set to go to work in clinics, hospitals and private practices. Class sizes are kept small in order to ensure individual attention.

The herbal program is a continuous twenty-two month program; students meet twice per week to learn didactically by memorizing formulas and herbs. During the second year, students begin their clinical internship and take additional classes. Second year herbal education consists of practical clinical applications with hands-on herbal treatment.
  • First Year Course Curriculum offerings include:
    • Medicinal Medica 
    • Herbal Theory 
    • Formulae 
    • Chinese Dietary Therapy and Macrobiotics

      Traditional medicines are displayed in the school's pharmaceutical center. Credit: Carolyne Volpe Curley
  • Second Year Course Curriculum offerings include:
    • Advanced Clinical Thinking
    • Patent Formulas 

Student Intern Clinic
One way the Eastern School serves the community is by providing a low cost student clinic, supervised by a licensed acupuncturist, which is open to the public. 

An Eastern wellness tapestry is displayed outside of the patient clinic area.  
Credit: Carolyne Volpe Curley

Acupuncture is meant to treat a wide variety of disorders. The National Institutes of Health lists many conditions for which acupuncture is appropriate:
  • Mental and Emotional
    • Addictions to food, tobacco, alcohol or drugs  
    • Anxiety, Depression, Insomnia, Stress
  • Musculo-Skeletal and Neurological
    • Arthritis, Back Pain 
    • Bell's Palsy, Bursitis, Fibromyalgia, Neuralgia 
    • Headache, Pain Management, Stiff Neck, Carpal-Tunnel Syndrome 
    • Sciatica, Sprains, Tendonitis
  • Infectious
    • Bronchitis, Colds and Flu
  • Dermatological
    • Acne, Eczema
  • Genito-Urinary and Reproductive
    • Impotence, Infertility
    • Irregular periods or cramps, PMS
    • Morning sickness
  • Internal
    • Asthma
    • Chemotherapy Nausea 
    • Chronic Fatigue, Decreased Immunity 
    • Colitis, Constipation, Diarrhea, Indigestion, Irritable-Bowel Syndrome, Ulcers
    • Hemorrhoids 
    • High Blood Pressure
  • Eyes / Ears / Nose / Throat
    • Allergies, Sinus Infection, Sore Throat
    • Dizziness 
    • Earache, Ringing in the ears 
    • Poor Eye Sight

The Julie Puretz Library 
Located on the second floor, the library at the Eastern School is used as valued resource for students and faculty. It contains books, journals and multimedia resources on Oriental and Western Medicine along with information about other healing methods. 

Acupuncture books are featured in the school's library.  
Credit: Carolyne Volpe Curley

Book Store
The school keeps a book store fully stocked with books, herbal remedies and decor. 

The Eastern School Gift Store   Credit: Carolyne Volpe Curley

The Eastern School of Acupuncture and Traditional Medicine is fully approved by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM) , the recognized accrediting agency for the approval of programs preparing acupuncture and Oriental medicine practitioners. The agency is located in Laurel, Maryland.

A view from the school’s second floor looking below in the atrium, and through the windows, into the library.  Credit: Carolyne Volpe Curley

For more information:
Eastern School of Acupuncture 
427 Bloomfield Avenue
Montclair, NJ 07042 
973-746-8717 Ext. 11 

Eastern School Intern Clinic 
427 Bloomfield Ave., Suite 306 
Montclair, NJ 07042 

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