Master of Science in Oriental Medicine

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The Master of Science in Oriental Medicine (MSOM) degree is a four-year program in which students are immersed in the classical foundations of the medicine, receive a holistic education in Western biomedical sciences, and are trained in the clinical application of the major modalities of herbal formulation, acupuncture, moxibustion, Asian bodywork, qigong and nutrition. The curriculum has a strong focus on personal and professional cultivation to optimize students’ proficiency as practitioners, and to support their health as they progress through school.

The MSOM program provides:

  • One of the most comprehensive classical Chinese medicine degrees in the world
  • A solid foundation in classical theory, including conceptual grounding in the classical texts of the medicine
  • Training in the broadest spectrum of modalities within the scope of classical Chinese medicine, including classical acupuncture, herbal prescription and bodywork
  • Strong training in biomedicine, with an emphasis on how to apply biomedical knowledge within the more expansive framework of whole-systems science
  • A strong emphasis on personal and professional cultivation, including weekend qigong retreats held at hot springs in ancient forest and mountain locales
  • Lineage-style mentorship opportunities
  • Access to an extensive set of elective courses designed to connect the serious student of classical Chinese medicine with the authentic milieu of the ancient scholar-practitioner

The MSOM degree is accredited under Master’s Degree standards by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM), the recognized accrediting agency for programs preparing acupuncture and Oriental medicine practitioners. ACAOM is located at 8941 Aztec Drive, Eden Prairie, Minnesota 55347; phone 952.212.2434; fax 952.657.7068. This accreditation qualifies graduates to apply for acupuncture licensure in Oregon and other states, and to take all of the AOM examinations administered by NCCAOM, used in most states as a basis for licensure.

Graduates of the MSOM program are eligible to apply for acupuncture licensure in the state of Oregon and to take both the herb and acupuncture exams administered by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, which many states use as a basis for licensure.

Students who are concurrently enrolled in the MSOM and ND programs complete a six–year course of study. Many hours of coursework from the ND program are transferable to the MSOM program.

Estimated Program Cost

Current tuition rates. Tuition is subject to change. Please contact the Office of Admissions for current information.

Click here to fill out our application form to begin the journey toward your Master of Science in Oriental Medicine degree. We look forward to receiving your application!

Career Opportunities

  • Private practice in the field of acupuncture and Chinese medicine
  • Practice in integrative care centers with conventional providers
  • Research, publishing and teaching in the AOM profession
  • Specialties in oncology care, fertility treatment, pain management and more