Doctor of Science in Oriental Medicine

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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.

NUNM’s College of Classical Chinese Medicine believes that the brilliance of biomedicine is most powerfully applied within the context of whole-systems science, and that Chinese medicine can only truly flourish when understood and applied according to its own precepts and tenets. This approach is in conscious contrast to the modern trend of interpreting Chinese medicine from the biomedical perspective.

Student Experience

“I started looking for schools in China, but I realized there are no real schools that teach CCM. They all teach the modernized version. This is the place that really has the origin of Chinese medicine and this is definitely the dream school that I’m so happy about.”

Sze Kai Paau
Doctor of Science in Oriental Medicine, Class of 2021

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Faculty Highlight

Heiner Fruehauf, PhD, LAc

Dr. Fruehauf is the founding professor of the Classical Chinese Medicine program, and has been researching Eastern Asian civilizations and Chinese medicine for over 30 years.

“NUNM gave me the opportunity to design a Classical Chinese Medicine program when there were no such programs in the U.S. I especially value the high quality of our students and faculty. Our classical orientation requires that we look for faculty with a high level of training as well as knowledge of the language, culture and history of China. Teaching medicine from a profound place like this makes the learning process more exciting and, practically speaking, produces better clinical results. Chinese medicine, after more than four decades of development in the West, is still a pioneering profession. Much foundational work remains to be done—almost any topic is a worthwhile research subject. I feel very privileged to be part of a profession that is so interesting, to share exciting information with students who are so enthusiastic, and see how it all benefits others in a very real sense.”

Dr. Heiner Fruehauf has taught at NUNM since 1992. Internationally renowned as a scholar and lecturer, he has published widely on both the theoretical and clinical aspects of Chinese medicine. In his private practice he focuses on the treatment and prevention of difficult and recalcitrant diseases. He holds a PhD in East Asian Languages and Civilizations from the University of Chicago.

Program Options

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

  • DSOM

    Admissions Requirements for DSOM

    Completion of a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college/university or its foreign equivalent

    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.

    General Biology 1 Science-major level preferred with lab; cellular biology recommended.
    General Chemistry 1 Science-major level preferred with lab.
    Physics 1 Must include mechanics.
    Social Sciences 1 Courses in the areas of anthropology, archaeology, economics, geography, history, law, linguistics, politics, psychology and sociology will satisfy this requirement.
    Humanities 1 Courses in the areas of art, religion, philosophy, literature, music and other related fields will satisfy this requirement.
    • General Biology — 1 Course
      Science-major level preferred with lab; cellular biology recommended.
    • General Chemistry — 1 Course
      Science-major level preferred with lab.
    • Physics — 1 Course
      Must include mechanics.
    • Social Sciences — 1 Course
      Courses in the areas of anthropology, archaeology, economics, geography, history, law, linguistics, politics, psychology and sociology will satisfy this requirement.
    • Humanities — 1 Course
      Courses in the areas of art, religion, philosophy, literature, music and other related fields will satisfy this requirement.

    A grade of C or better is required for all prerequisite coursework. Candidates may apply while in progress.

    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 $435
    Tuition $24,686
    Fees** $1,567
    Total $26,253

    * The prices listed above reflect an estimate based on the 2018-2019 academic year. Tuition and fees are 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

      257

    • Elective credits

      10

    • Total required credits

      267

    • DSOM/MScGH

      Admissions Requirements for DSOM/MScGH

      Completion of a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college/university or its foreign equivalent

      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.

      General Biology 1 Science-major level preferred with lab; cellular biology recommended.
      General Chemistry 1 Science-major level preferred with lab.
      Physics 1 Must include mechanics.
      Mathematics 1 Must be statistics (preferred) or college algebra.
      Psychology 1 Human psychology covering the life span.
      Social Sciences 1 Courses in the areas of anthropology, archaeology, economics, geography, history, law, linguistics, politics, psychology and sociology will satisfy this requirement.
      Humanities 1 Courses in the areas of art, religion, philosophy, literature, music and other related fields will satisfy this requirement.
      • General Biology — 1 Course
        Science-major level preferred with lab; cellular biology recommended.
      • General Chemistry — 1 Course
        Science-major level preferred with lab.
      • Physics — 1 Course
        Must include mechanics.
      • Mathematics — 1 Course
        Must be statistics (preferred) or college algebra.
      • Psychology — 1 Course
        Human psychology covering the life span.
      • Social Sciences — 1 Course
        Courses in the areas of anthropology, archaeology, economics, geography, history, law, linguistics, politics, psychology and sociology will satisfy this requirement.
      • Humanities — 1 Course
        Courses in the areas of art, religion, philosophy, literature, music and other related fields will satisfy this requirement.

      A grade of C or better is required for all prerequisite coursework. Candidates may apply while in progress.

      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 Personal Statement

        Please prepare and submit a single Personal Statement that addresses the four following tasks: 1) Provide your definition of global health; 2) Explain your interest in the National University of Natural Medicine (NUNM) and the Master of Science in Global Health (MScGH) Program; 3) Describe your academic and/or professional preparation, thus far, for a career in global health; and 4) Identify how you intend to integrate training and practice in global health into your future career plans. Please note any relevant strengths or weaknesses in your background or in your ability to carry out your academic and/or professional responsibilities. (2000 words max, double spaced)

      Estimated Program Cost

      First-Year Tuition & Fees for DSOM*
      Credits 56.75
      Cost/Credit $435
      Tuition $24,686
      Fees** $1,567
      Total $26,253

      * The prices listed above reflect an estimate based on the 2018-2019 academic year. Tuition and fees are 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

        257

      • Elective credits

        10

      • Total required credits

        267

        Total MScGH Degree Credits

        • Core program credits

          50

        • Elective credits

          12

        • Total required credits

          62

        • DSOM/MScN

          Admissions Requirements for DSOM/MScN

          Completion of a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college/university or its foreign equivalent

          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.

          General Biology 1 Science-major level preferred with lab; cellular biology recommended.
          General Chemistry 1 Science-major level preferred with lab.
          Physics 1 Must include mechanics.
          Mathematics 1 Must be algebra or statistics.
          Psychology 1 Any general psychology course 100-level or higher
          Social Sciences 1 Courses in the areas of anthropology, archaeology, economics, geography, history, law, linguistics, politics, psychology and sociology will satisfy this requirement.
          Humanities 1 Courses in the areas of art, religion, philosophy, literature, music and other related fields will satisfy this requirement.
          • General Biology — 1 Course
            Science-major level preferred with lab; cellular biology recommended.
          • General Chemistry — 1 Course
            Science-major level preferred with lab.
          • Physics — 1 Course
            Must include mechanics.
          • Mathematics — 1 Course
            Must be algebra or statistics.
          • Psychology — 1 Course
            Any general psychology course 100-level or higher
          • Social Sciences — 1 Course
            Courses in the areas of anthropology, archaeology, economics, geography, history, law, linguistics, politics, psychology and sociology will satisfy this requirement.
          • Humanities — 1 Course
            Courses in the areas of art, religion, philosophy, literature, music and other related fields will satisfy this requirement.

          A grade of C or better is required for all prerequisite coursework. Candidates may apply while in progress.

          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: Career Goals

            Speaking to your background in nutrition, interests, and philosophy around nutrition, please share how you plan to use nutrition in your career. (maximum of 1,600 words, double spaced)

          Estimated Program Cost

          First-Year Tuition & Fees for DSOM*
          Credits 56.75
          Cost/Credit $435
          Tuition $24,686
          Fees** $1,567
          Total $26,253

          * The prices listed above reflect an estimate based on the 2018-2019 academic year. Tuition and fees are 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

            257

          • Elective credits

            10

          • Total required credits

            267

            Total MScN Degree Credits

            • Core program credits

              49

            • Elective credits

              15

            • Total required credits

              64

            • DSOM/MSiMR

              Admissions Requirements for DSOM/MSiMR

              Completion of a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college/university or its foreign equivalent

              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.

              General Biology 1 Science-major level with lab required.
              General Chemistry 2 Science-major level preferred with lab.
              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 Courses in the areas of anthropology, archaeology, economics, geography, history, law, linguistics, politics, psychology and sociology will satisfy this requirement.
              Humanities 1 Courses in the areas of art, religion, philosophy, literature, music and other related fields will satisfy this requirement.
              • General Biology — 1 Course
                Science-major level with lab required.
              • General Chemistry — 2 Courses
                Science-major level preferred with lab.
              • 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
                Courses in the areas of anthropology, archaeology, economics, geography, history, law, linguistics, politics, psychology and sociology will satisfy this requirement.
              • Humanities — 1 Course
                Courses in the areas of art, religion, philosophy, literature, music and other related fields will satisfy this requirement.

              A grade of C or better is required for all prerequisite coursework. Candidates may apply while in progress.

              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: Background and Goals

                Please speak to your career goals, background in research or research-related interests, and what interests you about integrative medicine research. (maximum of 1,600 words, double spaced)

              Estimated Program Cost

              First-Year Tuition & Fees for DSOM*
              Credits 56.75
              Cost/Credit $435
              Tuition $24,686
              Fees** $1,567
              Total $26,253

              * The prices listed above reflect an estimate based on the 2018-2019 academic year. Tuition and fees are 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

                257

              • Elective credits

                10

              • Total required credits

                267

                Total MSiMR Degree Credits

                • Core program credits

                  60

                • Elective credits

                  8

                • Total required credits

                  68

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