Doctor of Science in Oriental Medicine

NUNM’s Doctor of Science in Oriental Medicine (DSOM) degree is a life-changing journey on the path of the acupuncture and Chinese medicine scholar-practitioner—one that helps our students cultivate the capacity to access the profound healing knowledge and ancient wisdom found in the classical medical texts.

The DSOM is a four-year program that also incorporates the Master of Science of Oriental Medicine (MSOM) program. Immersion within the ancient texts helps our students develop the required competencies to integrate classical wisdom, skills and values into today’s healthcare system through effective communication and collaboration—assuring enhanced clinical outcomes.

The College of Classical Chinese Medicine emphasizes education through a scholar-mentor approach and clinical practice designed to transmit the art, science and spirit of Chinese medicine. Our programs deliver the most comprehensive training in classical Chinese medicine offered within the U.S.

As a DSOM graduate, you’ll also receive an MSOM degree, which is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM) and qualifies you to apply for licensure, and to take all of the AOM examinations administered by NCCAOM—used in most states as the basis for licensure. The DSOM program is eligible for ACAOM accreditation and NUNM is currently in the process of seeking ACAOM candidacy/accreditation.

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We are now accepting applications to the program for the Fall 2018 term.

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Program Options

The Doctor of Science in Oriental Medicine program may be taken concurrently with the following programs.

  • DSOM

    Admissions Requirements for DSOM

    GPA

    A GPA of 3.0 or higher (strongly recommended)

    Prerequisite Courses

    Prerequisite courses are designed to ensure entering students are academically prepared for the curriculum of the program. Prerequisite courses may be substituted with comparable coursework if the learning objectives are met at the determination of the Admissions Committee, utilizing the evaluation procedures set by that committee. For programs within the College of Classical Chinese Medicine, the committee may allow a student to take physics as a corequisite with first-year coursework.

    General Biology * 1
    General Chemistry * 1
    Physics * 1 Must include mechanics.
    Social Sciences 1
    Humanities 1
    • General Biology * — 1 Course
    • General Chemistry * — 1 Course
    • Physics * — 1 Course
      Must include mechanics.
    • Social Sciences — 1 Course
    • Humanities — 1 Course

    A grade of C or better is required for all prerequisite coursework. Candidates may apply while in progress.
    * Catalog course descriptions for these prerequisites will need to be provided with your application.

    Documents & Essays

    Applicants are required to submit essays to be considered for admission. Essays provide applicants the opportunity to share their background, abilities, interests and experiences, and how these will make them a good candidate for the programs at NUNM. Applicants should share some personal experiences and genuine thoughts in their essays. Explaining why you are applying to NUNM and how you would enrich that community is also helpful. The Admissions Committee will look for writing ability, as well as content when reading the essays.

    Required Documents and Essays for the DSOM Program

    • Resume

      A chronological resume of work, educational, and volunteer experience. Include work experience, internships, research, activities, publications, community service, and any honors/awards received.

    • Personal Statement

      Please write a 2—3 page personal statement, which should include: the development of your decision to become a naturopathic physician or CCM practitioner; recent steps taken to further explore this career path; qualities and/or attributes you might bring to NUNM that might distinguish you from other applicants. (double spaced)

    • DSOM #1

      Please discuss the specific factors that drew you to apply to the DSOM Classical Chinese Medicine program at NUNM.

    Estimated Program Cost

    First-Year Tuition & Fees for DSOM*
    Credits 56.75
    Cost/Credit $422
    Tuition $23,949
    Fees** $1,567
    Total $25,516

    * The prices listed above reflect an estimate based on the 2017-2018 academic year. Tuition is subject to change.

    ** Click the dollar amount to see an itemized list of fees for the DSOM program.

    Total DSOM Degree Credits

    • Core program credits

      255

    • Elective credits

      10

    • Total required credits

      265

  • DSOM/MScA

    Admissions Requirements for DSOM/MScA

    GPA

    A GPA of 3.0 or higher (strongly recommended)

    Prerequisite Courses

    Prerequisite courses are designed to ensure entering students are academically prepared for the curriculum of the program. Prerequisite courses may be substituted with comparable coursework if the learning objectives are met at the determination of the Admissions Committee, utilizing the evaluation procedures set by that committee. For programs within the College of Classical Chinese Medicine, the committee may allow a student to take physics as a corequisite with first-year coursework.

    General Biology * 1
    General Chemistry * 1
    Physics * 1 Must include mechanics.
    Social Sciences 1
    Humanities 1
    • General Biology * — 1 Course
    • General Chemistry * — 1 Course
    • Physics * — 1 Course
      Must include mechanics.
    • Social Sciences — 1 Course
    • Humanities — 1 Course

    A grade of C or better is required for all prerequisite coursework. Candidates may apply while in progress.
    * Catalog course descriptions for these prerequisites will need to be provided with your application.

    Documents & Essays

    Applicants are required to submit essays to be considered for admission. Essays provide applicants the opportunity to share their background, abilities, interests and experiences, and how these will make them a good candidate for the programs at NUNM. Applicants should share some personal experiences and genuine thoughts in their essays. Explaining why you are applying to NUNM and how you would enrich that community is also helpful. The Admissions Committee will look for writing ability, as well as content when reading the essays.

    Required Documents and Essays for the DSOM/MScA Program

    • Resume

      A chronological resume of work, educational, and volunteer experience. Include work experience, internships, research, activities, publications, community service, and any honors/awards received.

    • Personal Statement

      Please write a 2—3 page personal statement, which should include: the development of your decision to become a naturopathic physician or CCM practitioner; recent steps taken to further explore this career path; qualities and/or attributes you might bring to NUNM that might distinguish you from other applicants. (double spaced)

    • DSOM #1

      Please discuss the specific factors that drew you to apply to the DSOM Classical Chinese Medicine program at NUNM.

    • MScA Essay #1

      Please share what draws you to NUNM's Ayurveda program and how you see this enhancing your practice. (Approximately 800 words)

    Estimated Program Cost

    First-Year Tuition & Fees for DSOM*
    Credits 56.75
    Cost/Credit $422
    Tuition $23,949
    Fees** $1,567
    Total $25,516

    * The prices listed above reflect an estimate based on the 2017-2018 academic year. Tuition is subject to change.

    ** Click the dollar amount to see an itemized list of fees for the DSOM program.

    The above tuition numbers reflect only the cost of the primary program (Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine). Concurrent degree plans are established individually and each term is priced accordingly. The credit hour fee is consistent across all graduate programs.

    Total DSOM Degree Credits

    • Core program credits

      255

    • Elective credits

      10

    • Total required credits

      265

    Total MScA Degree Credits

    • Core program credits

      95

    • Elective credits

      6

    • Total required credits

      101

  • DSOM/MScGH

    Admissions Requirements for DSOM/MScGH

    GPA

    A GPA of 3.0 or higher (strongly recommended)

    Prerequisite Courses

    Prerequisite courses are designed to ensure entering students are academically prepared for the curriculum of the program. Prerequisite courses may be substituted with comparable coursework if the learning objectives are met at the determination of the Admissions Committee, utilizing the evaluation procedures set by that committee. For programs within the College of Classical Chinese Medicine, the committee may allow a student to take physics as a corequisite with first-year coursework.

    General Biology * 1
    General Chemistry * 1
    Physics * 1 Must include mechanics.
    Mathematics 1 Must be algebra or statistics.
    Psychology 1 Human psychology covering the life span.
    Social Sciences 1
    Humanities 1
    • General Biology * — 1 Course
    • General Chemistry * — 1 Course
    • Physics * — 1 Course
      Must include mechanics.
    • Mathematics — 1 Course
      Must be algebra or statistics.
    • Psychology — 1 Course
      Human psychology covering the life span.
    • Social Sciences — 1 Course
    • Humanities — 1 Course

    A grade of C or better is required for all prerequisite coursework. Candidates may apply while in progress.
    * Catalog course descriptions for these prerequisites will need to be provided with your application.

    Documents & Essays

    Applicants are required to submit essays to be considered for admission. Essays provide applicants the opportunity to share their background, abilities, interests and experiences, and how these will make them a good candidate for the programs at NUNM. Applicants should share some personal experiences and genuine thoughts in their essays. Explaining why you are applying to NUNM and how you would enrich that community is also helpful. The Admissions Committee will look for writing ability, as well as content when reading the essays.

    Required Documents and Essays for the DSOM/MScGH Program

    • Resume

      A chronological resume of work, educational, and volunteer experience. Include work experience, internships, research, activities, publications, community service, and any honors/awards received.

    • Personal Statement

      Please write a 2—3 page personal statement, which should include: the development of your decision to become a naturopathic physician or CCM practitioner; recent steps taken to further explore this career path; qualities and/or attributes you might bring to NUNM that might distinguish you from other applicants. (double spaced)

    • DSOM #1

      Please discuss the specific factors that drew you to apply to the DSOM Classical Chinese Medicine program at NUNM.

    • MScGH #1

      How do you intend to use global health in your career? (approximately 800 words, double spaced)

    • MScGH #2

      Describe your background in health, social justice, international studies, or other background information that you think is relevant to your interest in the MScGH program. (approximately 800 words, double spaced)

    • MScGH #3

      What is the most interesting thing that you (individually) or the U.S. (collectively) could do to improve global health in the next 10 years? Name the problem and solve it. (approximately 800 words, double spaced)

    Estimated Program Cost

    First-Year Tuition & Fees for DSOM*
    Credits 56.75
    Cost/Credit $422
    Tuition $23,949
    Fees** $1,567
    Total $25,516

    * The prices listed above reflect an estimate based on the 2017-2018 academic year. Tuition is subject to change.

    ** Click the dollar amount to see an itemized list of fees for the DSOM program.

    The above tuition numbers reflect only the cost of the primary program (Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine). Concurrent degree plans are established individually and each term is priced accordingly. The credit hour fee is consistent across all graduate programs.

    Total DSOM Degree Credits

    • Core program credits

      255

    • Elective credits

      10

    • Total required credits

      265

    Total MScGH Degree Credits

    • Core program credits

      50

    • Elective credits

      12

    • Total required credits

      62

  • DSOM/MScN

    Admissions Requirements for DSOM/MScN

    GPA

    A GPA of 3.0 or higher (strongly recommended)

    Prerequisite Courses

    Prerequisite courses are designed to ensure entering students are academically prepared for the curriculum of the program. Prerequisite courses may be substituted with comparable coursework if the learning objectives are met at the determination of the Admissions Committee, utilizing the evaluation procedures set by that committee. For programs within the College of Classical Chinese Medicine, the committee may allow a student to take physics as a corequisite with first-year coursework.

    General Biology * 1
    General Chemistry * 1
    Physics * 1 Must include mechanics.
    Mathematics 1 Must be algebra or statistics.
    Psychology 1 Human psychology covering the life span.
    Social Sciences 1
    Humanities 1
    • General Biology * — 1 Course
    • General Chemistry * — 1 Course
    • Physics * — 1 Course
      Must include mechanics.
    • Mathematics — 1 Course
      Must be algebra or statistics.
    • Psychology — 1 Course
      Human psychology covering the life span.
    • Social Sciences — 1 Course
    • Humanities — 1 Course

    A grade of C or better is required for all prerequisite coursework. Candidates may apply while in progress.
    * Catalog course descriptions for these prerequisites will need to be provided with your application.

    Documents & Essays

    Applicants are required to submit essays to be considered for admission. Essays provide applicants the opportunity to share their background, abilities, interests and experiences, and how these will make them a good candidate for the programs at NUNM. Applicants should share some personal experiences and genuine thoughts in their essays. Explaining why you are applying to NUNM and how you would enrich that community is also helpful. The Admissions Committee will look for writing ability, as well as content when reading the essays.

    Required Documents and Essays for the DSOM/MScN Program

    • Resume

      A chronological resume of work, educational, and volunteer experience. Include work experience, internships, research, activities, publications, community service, and any honors/awards received.

    • Personal Statement

      Please write a 2—3 page personal statement, which should include: the development of your decision to become a naturopathic physician or CCM practitioner; recent steps taken to further explore this career path; qualities and/or attributes you might bring to NUNM that might distinguish you from other applicants. (double spaced)

    • DSOM #1

      Please discuss the specific factors that drew you to apply to the DSOM Classical Chinese Medicine program at NUNM.

    • MScN #1

      Describe your background in nutrition, nutrition-related interests, and your philosophy around nutrition. (approximately 800 words, double spaced)

    • MScN #2

      How do you intend to use nutrition in your career? (approximately 800 words, double spaced)

    Estimated Program Cost

    First-Year Tuition & Fees for DSOM*
    Credits 56.75
    Cost/Credit $422
    Tuition $23,949
    Fees** $1,567
    Total $25,516

    * The prices listed above reflect an estimate based on the 2017-2018 academic year. Tuition is subject to change.

    ** Click the dollar amount to see an itemized list of fees for the DSOM program.

    The above tuition numbers reflect only the cost of the primary program (Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine). Concurrent degree plans are established individually and each term is priced accordingly. The credit hour fee is consistent across all graduate programs.

    Total DSOM Degree Credits

    • Core program credits

      255

    • Elective credits

      10

    • Total required credits

      265

    Total MScN Degree Credits

    • Core program credits

      49

    • Elective credits

      15

    • Total required credits

      64

  • DSOM/MSiMH

    Admissions Requirements for DSOM/MSiMH

    GPA

    A GPA of 3.0 or higher (strongly recommended)

    Prerequisite Courses

    Prerequisite courses are designed to ensure entering students are academically prepared for the curriculum of the program. Prerequisite courses may be substituted with comparable coursework if the learning objectives are met at the determination of the Admissions Committee, utilizing the evaluation procedures set by that committee. For programs within the College of Classical Chinese Medicine, the committee may allow a student to take physics as a corequisite with first-year coursework.

    General Biology * 1
    General Chemistry * 1
    Physics * 1 Must include mechanics.
    Social Sciences 1
    Humanities 1
    • General Biology * — 1 Course
    • General Chemistry * — 1 Course
    • Physics * — 1 Course
      Must include mechanics.
    • Social Sciences — 1 Course
    • Humanities — 1 Course

    A grade of C or better is required for all prerequisite coursework. Candidates may apply while in progress.
    * Catalog course descriptions for these prerequisites will need to be provided with your application.

    Documents & Essays

    Applicants are required to submit essays to be considered for admission. Essays provide applicants the opportunity to share their background, abilities, interests and experiences, and how these will make them a good candidate for the programs at NUNM. Applicants should share some personal experiences and genuine thoughts in their essays. Explaining why you are applying to NUNM and how you would enrich that community is also helpful. The Admissions Committee will look for writing ability, as well as content when reading the essays.

    Required Documents and Essays for the DSOM/MSiMH Program

    • Resume

      A chronological resume of work, educational, and volunteer experience. Include work experience, internships, research, activities, publications, community service, and any honors/awards received.

    • Personal Statement

      Please write a 2—3 page personal statement, which should include: the development of your decision to become a naturopathic physician or CCM practitioner; recent steps taken to further explore this career path; qualities and/or attributes you might bring to NUNM that might distinguish you from other applicants. (double spaced)

    • DSOM #1

      Please discuss the specific factors that drew you to apply to the DSOM Classical Chinese Medicine program at NUNM.

    • MSiMH #1

      Tell us about your prior professional experience with mental health. Describe any relevant work experience, trainings, licensures, or other credentials that will help us understand your previous exposure to this kind of work. Please be frank, minimal experience in this area is not a preclusion to the program, we simply want to understand your background. (450 words or less)

    • MSiMH #2

      Briefly, how does the Master of Science in Integrative Mental Health fit into your career and life goals? What is your vision for applying what you will learn in this program, personally and professionally? (450 words or less)

    • MSiMH #3

      This is an experiential program in which students are expected to participate in self-reflection and their own psychological exploration. Thus, the success of this program is highly dependent upon a safe and supportive group dynamic. Tell us about your experiences and style as a group member, how you resolve interpersonal conflicts, and how you see yourself adding to the richness and preservation of the group. Please include challenges you experience in group settings and where you may need help with this. (450 words or less)

    • MSiMH #4

      In a paragraph or two, how would you describe yourself? (450 words or less)

    • MSiMH #5

      While most program applications ask you to demonstrate how adept, skilled or advanced you are—here we are looking to get a sense of your curiosity, humility and self-awareness. Please tell us about your growing edges, issues you have worked on or are working on, or challenges you experience in just “being human.” Discuss your ability to receive feedback and reflection regarding these edges, and include examples of when this has worked well and not so well for you. (450 words or less)

    • MSiMH #6

      Because this is a training and not a group therapy program, we expect students to be able to adequately manage their psychological and physical processes, be self-aware, and able to access medical and psychological support as needed. Please describe your current support network, available resources, and how you choose to manage challenging experiences. (450 words or less)

    Estimated Program Cost

    First-Year Tuition & Fees for DSOM*
    Credits 56.75
    Cost/Credit $422
    Tuition $23,949
    Fees** $1,567
    Total $25,516

    * The prices listed above reflect an estimate based on the 2017-2018 academic year. Tuition is subject to change.

    ** Click the dollar amount to see an itemized list of fees for the DSOM program.

    The above tuition numbers reflect only the cost of the primary program (Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine). Concurrent degree plans are established individually and each term is priced accordingly. The credit hour fee is consistent across all graduate programs.

    Total DSOM Degree Credits

    • Core program credits

      255

    • Elective credits

      10

    • Total required credits

      265

    Total MSiMH Degree Credits

    • Core program credits

      58

    • Elective credits

      8

    • Total required credits

      66

  • DSOM/MSiMR

    Admissions Requirements for DSOM/MSiMR

    GPA

    A GPA of 3.0 or higher (strongly recommended)

    Prerequisite Courses

    Prerequisite courses are designed to ensure entering students are academically prepared for the curriculum of the program. Prerequisite courses may be substituted with comparable coursework if the learning objectives are met at the determination of the Admissions Committee, utilizing the evaluation procedures set by that committee. For programs within the College of Classical Chinese Medicine, the committee may allow a student to take physics as a corequisite with first-year coursework.

    General Biology * 1 Lab work required.
    General Chemistry * 2
    Physics * 1 Must include mechanics.
    Mathematics 2 Must be pre-calculus, calculus 1, or math-based statistics.
    English Composition 1
    Psychology 1 Human psychology covering the life span.
    Social Sciences 1
    Humanities 1
    • General Biology * — 1 Course
      Lab work required.
    • General Chemistry * — 2 Courses
    • Physics * — 1 Course
      Must include mechanics.
    • Mathematics — 2 Courses
      Must be pre-calculus, calculus 1, or math-based statistics.
    • English Composition — 1 Course
    • Psychology — 1 Course
      Human psychology covering the life span.
    • Social Sciences — 1 Course
    • Humanities — 1 Course

    A grade of C or better is required for all prerequisite coursework. Candidates may apply while in progress.
    * Catalog course descriptions for these prerequisites will need to be provided with your application.

    Documents & Essays

    Applicants are required to submit essays to be considered for admission. Essays provide applicants the opportunity to share their background, abilities, interests and experiences, and how these will make them a good candidate for the programs at NUNM. Applicants should share some personal experiences and genuine thoughts in their essays. Explaining why you are applying to NUNM and how you would enrich that community is also helpful. The Admissions Committee will look for writing ability, as well as content when reading the essays.

    Required Documents and Essays for the DSOM/MSiMR Program

    • Resume

      A chronological resume of work, educational, and volunteer experience. Include work experience, internships, research, activities, publications, community service, and any honors/awards received.

    • Personal Statement

      Please write a 2—3 page personal statement, which should include: the development of your decision to become a naturopathic physician or CCM practitioner; recent steps taken to further explore this career path; qualities and/or attributes you might bring to NUNM that might distinguish you from other applicants. (double spaced)

    • DSOM #1

      Please discuss the specific factors that drew you to apply to the DSOM Classical Chinese Medicine program at NUNM.

    • MSiMR #1

      What interests you about integrative medicine research? (approximately 800 words, double spaced)

    • MSiMR #2

      Describe your background in research, research-related interests or career goals. (approximately 800 words, double spaced)

    Estimated Program Cost

    First-Year Tuition & Fees for DSOM*
    Credits 56.75
    Cost/Credit $422
    Tuition $23,949
    Fees** $1,567
    Total $25,516

    * The prices listed above reflect an estimate based on the 2017-2018 academic year. Tuition is subject to change.

    ** Click the dollar amount to see an itemized list of fees for the DSOM program.

    The above tuition numbers reflect only the cost of the primary program (Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine). Concurrent degree plans are established individually and each term is priced accordingly. The credit hour fee is consistent across all graduate programs.

    Total DSOM Degree Credits

    • Core program credits

      255

    • Elective credits

      10

    • Total required credits

      265

    Total MSiMR Degree Credits

    • Core program credits

      60

    • Elective credits

      8

    • Total required credits

      68

  • DSOM/MScSM

    Admissions Requirements for DSOM/MScSM

    GPA

    A GPA of 3.0 or higher (strongly recommended)

    Prerequisite Courses

    Prerequisite courses are designed to ensure entering students are academically prepared for the curriculum of the program. Prerequisite courses may be substituted with comparable coursework if the learning objectives are met at the determination of the Admissions Committee, utilizing the evaluation procedures set by that committee. For programs within the College of Classical Chinese Medicine, the committee may allow a student to take physics as a corequisite with first-year coursework.

    Biology * 2 One course must be Anatomy and Physiology.
    Biochemistry * 1
    Physics * 1 Must include mechanics.
    Mathematics * 1 Must be in algebra or statistics.
    Social Sciences * 1 One course in Sociology, Psychology, or Human Behavior in the Social Environment.
    Humanities 1
    • Biology * — 2 Courses
      One course must be Anatomy and Physiology.
    • Biochemistry * — 1 Course
    • Physics * — 1 Course
      Must include mechanics.
    • Mathematics * — 1 Course
      Must be in algebra or statistics.
    • Social Sciences * — 1 Course
      One course in Sociology, Psychology, or Human Behavior in the Social Environment.
    • Humanities — 1 Course

    A grade of C or better is required for all prerequisite coursework. Candidates may apply while in progress.
    * Catalog course descriptions for these prerequisites will need to be provided with your application.

    Documents & Essays

    Applicants are required to submit essays to be considered for admission. Essays provide applicants the opportunity to share their background, abilities, interests and experiences, and how these will make them a good candidate for the programs at NUNM. Applicants should share some personal experiences and genuine thoughts in their essays. Explaining why you are applying to NUNM and how you would enrich that community is also helpful. The Admissions Committee will look for writing ability, as well as content when reading the essays.

    Required Documents and Essays for the DSOM/MScSM Program

    • Resume

      A chronological resume of work, educational, and volunteer experience. Include work experience, internships, research, activities, publications, community service, and any honors/awards received.

    • Personal Statement

      Please write a 2—3 page personal statement, which should include: the development of your decision to become a naturopathic physician or CCM practitioner; recent steps taken to further explore this career path; qualities and/or attributes you might bring to NUNM that might distinguish you from other applicants. (double spaced)

    • DSOM #1

      Please discuss the specific factors that drew you to apply to the DSOM Classical Chinese Medicine program at NUNM.

    • Sports Medicine #1

      If you have had a sports-related injury, how did the recovery process affect your view of sports medicine? Or, if you have not had a sport-related injury, describe how you have approached injury prevention in your exercise plan.

    • Sports Medicine #2

      Describe how sports or fitness plays a role in your life. How has your athletic practice/personal experience of sports or fitness influenced how you view sports medicine?

    Estimated Program Cost

    First-Year Tuition & Fees for DSOM*
    Credits 56.75
    Cost/Credit $422
    Tuition $23,949
    Fees** $1,567
    Total $25,516

    * The prices listed above reflect an estimate based on the 2017-2018 academic year. Tuition is subject to change.

    ** Click the dollar amount to see an itemized list of fees for the DSOM program.

    The above tuition numbers reflect only the cost of the primary program (Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine). Concurrent degree plans are established individually and each term is priced accordingly. The credit hour fee is consistent across all graduate programs.

    Total DSOM Degree Credits

    • Core program credits

      255

    • Elective credits

      10

    • Total required credits

      265

    Total MScSM Degree Credits

    • Core program credits

      48

    • Elective credits

      16

    • Total required credits

      64