Master of Science in Oriental Medicine

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NUNM’s innovative Master of Science in Oriental Medicine (MSOM) degree is a four-year immersion in the classical foundations of acupuncture and Chinese medicine, a highly sophisticated and effective form of medicine. Our curriculum emphasizes scholarship and practice designed to transmit the art, science and spirit of Chinese medicine to develop clinical practitioners rooted in the ancient tradition of the medical scholar.

Our students develop a deep understanding of the wisdom of the ancient healers. They also receive a holistic education in Western biomedical sciences during their training in the clinical application of major modalities (e.g., herbal formulation, acupuncture, moxibustion, Asian bodywork, qigong and nutrition).

Our curriculum emphasizes personal and professional cultivation to optimize our students’ proficiency as practitioners, and to support their health as they progress through their clinical training.

Our programs are the most comprehensive training in classical Chinese medicine offered in the U.S. The MSOM degree is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM) and qualifies graduates to apply for licensure and to take all of the AOM examinations administered by NCCAOM—used in most states as the basis for licensure.

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Student Experience

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Faculty Highlight

Xiaoli Chen, LAc

“As a teacher, I want to pass along to my students classical Chinese medicine theories and practices, starting where Chinese medicine begins: at the roots. When you go to the roots, you really understand; you have a better way to absorb the essence of our work.” Dr. Chen’s practice is, for her, a calling. “Using Chinese medicine to heal wounds, treat illness, and prevent diseases is my holy mission. My intention is to always practice with a kind heart.”

Dr. Chen earned her Doctor of Medicine degree in Acupuncture at China’s Chengdu University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and teaching hospital, where she taught and practiced for many years. At NUNM, she teaches acupuncture and moxibustion, and supervises observers and interns on teaching shifts at the NUNM Clinic. Dr. Chen treats a wide variety of conditions at NUNM’s clinics and in her private practice at Kwan-Yin Healing Arts Center using acupuncture, moxibustion, herbs, diet, qigong and Chinese massage.

An award-winning researcher, Dr. Chen has written three books and published extensively in professional journals. Her research has included a case series on depression associated with menopause and an NUNM Helfgott Research Institute project on the effects of adjunctive acupuncture in the treatment of spasmodic dysphonia (a voice disorder).

Program Options

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

  • MSOM

    Admissions Requirements for MSOM

    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 MSOM 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)

    • MSOM #2

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

    Estimated Program Cost

    First-Year Tuition & Fees for MSOM*
    Credits 43.25
    Cost/Credit $448
    Tuition $19,376
    Fees** $1,567
    Total $20,943

    * The prices listed above reflect an estimate based on the 2019-2020 academic year. Tuition and fees are subject to change.

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

    Total MSOM Degree Credits

    • Core program credits

      213

    • Elective credits

      6

    • Total required credits

      219

    • ND/MSOM

      Admissions Requirements for ND/MSOM

      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 2 Science-major level. Must include cellular biology. Competencies may be met through other courses, such as: anatomy, physiology, microbiology, genetics, botany, etc. Lab work required.
      General Chemistry 4 Science-major level. Two sequential courses in both general and organic chemistry; biochemistry may serve as a substitute for one organic chemistry course. Lab work required for the general chemistry series.
      General Physics 1 Must include mechanics.
      Mathematics 1 Must be in algebra, calculus, 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 — 2 Courses
        Science-major level. Must include cellular biology. Competencies may be met through other courses, such as: anatomy, physiology, microbiology, genetics, botany, etc. Lab work required.
      • General Chemistry — 4 Courses
        Science-major level. Two sequential courses in both general and organic chemistry; biochemistry may serve as a substitute for one organic chemistry course. Lab work required for the general chemistry series.
      • General Physics — 1 Course
        Must include mechanics.
      • Mathematics — 1 Course
        Must be in algebra, calculus, 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 ND/MSOM 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)

      • ND: Primary Care

        While you might not choose to ultimately practice as a primary care physician, you will be trained as such at NUNM and will be expected to work with all patients without bias or discrimination. Please discuss how you anticipate dealing with the following situations while you are a student at NUNM: a) Providing healthcare to patients who may differ from you in terms of gender identity, religion, political viewpoints, race, sexual orientation, etc. b) Providing treatments that you may have conflicting personal beliefs around but are necessary parts of your naturopathic education, including but not limited to administration of immunizations, pharmaceutical drugs, homeopathy, hormone therapies for patients undergoing gender transitions, etc. (maximum 1,000 words, double spaced)

      • MSOM #2

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

      Estimated Program Cost

      First-Year Tuition & Fees for ND*
      Credits 82.75
      Cost/Credit $448
      Tuition $37,072
      Fees** $777
      Total $37,849

      * The prices listed above reflect an estimate based on the 2019-2020 academic year. Tuition and fees are subject to change.

      ** Click the dollar amount to see an itemized list of fees for the ND 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 ND Degree Credits

      • Core program credits

        286

      • Elective credits

        16

      • Total required credits

        302

        Total MSOM Degree Credits

        • Core program credits

          213

        • Elective credits

          6

        • Total required credits

          219

        • MSOM/MScGH

          Admissions Requirements for MSOM/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 MSOM/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)

          • MSOM #2

            Please discuss the specific factors that drew you to apply to the 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 MSOM*
          Credits 43.25
          Cost/Credit $448
          Tuition $19,376
          Fees** $1,567
          Total $20,943

          * The prices listed above reflect an estimate based on the 2019-2020 academic year. Tuition and fees are subject to change.

          ** Click the dollar amount to see an itemized list of fees for the MSOM 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 MSOM Degree Credits

          • Core program credits

            213

          • Elective credits

            6

          • Total required credits

            219

            Total MScGH Degree Credits

            • Core program credits

              50

            • Elective credits

              12

            • Total required credits

              62

            • MSOM/MScN

              Admissions Requirements for MSOM/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 MSOM/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)

              • MSOM #2

                Please discuss the specific factors that drew you to apply to the 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 MSOM*
              Credits 43.25
              Cost/Credit $448
              Tuition $19,376
              Fees** $1,567
              Total $20,943

              * The prices listed above reflect an estimate based on the 2019-2020 academic year. Tuition and fees are subject to change.

              ** Click the dollar amount to see an itemized list of fees for the MSOM 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 MSOM Degree Credits

              • Core program credits

                213

              • Elective credits

                6

              • Total required credits

                219

                Total MScN Degree Credits

                • Core program credits

                  49

                • Elective credits

                  15

                • Total required credits

                  64

                • MSOM/MSiMR

                  Admissions Requirements for MSOM/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 MSOM/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)

                  • MSOM #2

                    Please discuss the specific factors that drew you to apply to the 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 MSOM*
                  Credits 43.25
                  Cost/Credit $448
                  Tuition $19,376
                  Fees** $1,567
                  Total $20,943

                  * The prices listed above reflect an estimate based on the 2019-2020 academic year. Tuition and fees are subject to change.

                  ** Click the dollar amount to see an itemized list of fees for the MSOM 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 MSOM Degree Credits

                  • Core program credits

                    213

                  • Elective credits

                    6

                  • Total required credits

                    219

                    Total MSiMR Degree Credits

                    • Core program credits

                      60

                    • Elective credits

                      8

                    • Total required credits

                      68

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