Pacific College of Oriental Medicine

Introduction

Pacific College of Oriental Medicine was founded in 1986 to provide Oriental medical and Asian bodywork therapy education to students from around the world.

Since its inception, the College has been at the forefront of educating students and working in conjunction with lawmakers and medical professionals to advance the standards of both the holistic medicine profession and the College's curriculum.

Pacific College has received awards for its acupuncture and Oriental medicine curriculum and clinical training, as well as research grants from the National Institutes of Health and Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, among others. Our alumni have gone on to be successful in the field and are currently sought after as both teachers and practitioners in the U.S. and abroad today.

We invite you to learn more about each of Pacific College's campuses. Once you have decided which campus interests you, contact us to get in touch with one of our admissions representatives.

Why Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM)?

1. Educational Excellence

As a Pacific College of Oriental Medicine student, you receive training in an integrative medicine approach, learning the best from both Eastern and Western medicine theories and practices. At our Oriental medicine school, your education is enhanced with hands-on training and in-class exercises that will prepare you for a career after graduation. At Pacific College, student feedback is welcomed; many advancements within the college are the result of suggestions.

2. Professional Degrees from Associate's to Doctorate

Achieve your educational goals and cultivate your professional skills within our school's setting. From an Associate’s degree to a Doctorate, you learn the basics of Oriental medicine and continue to grow your skills all in one place.

3. Hands-on Training

As a treating intern, you gain first-hand knowledge of working in a clinical environment. You have the opportunity to work at both our campus clinic as well as our off-site externships, located at hospitals, clinics, and designated treatment sites. Working alongside acupuncturists, medical doctors, physical therapists, counselors, and fellow students, you have the opportunity to treat different types of patients and put your classroom knowledge into practice.

4. Experienced Faculty

Benefit by learning from our varied academic community, which includes practicing acupuncturists, medical doctors, massage therapists, herbalists, chiropractors, homeopaths, and Taoist practitioners. Dialogue with our expert team on everything from the fundamentals of massage education (including traditional Chinese massage) and traditional Oriental medicine to the problems that affect patients in today’s modern culture.

5. Community Involvement

Get involved in our community outreach events. Throughout the year you have the opportunity to treat the general public during various health and wellness events including Chinese New Year, Vietnam Veterans Stand Down, Great American Smoke-out, and various expos. Additionally, students partake in the school’s on and off campus free clinics and other events. In the past our students have treated survivors of 9/11 and evacuees of the San Diego fires of 2003 and 2007 among other underserved clientele.

6. Personal Growth Opportunities

Our free and donation-based yoga, tai ji, tai ji push hands, meditation, and martial arts classes enhance your professional and personal life. Each term you have the opportunity to try something new as our class choices change term to term.

7. Many Scheduling Options

Attend either full or part-time with day, evening, and weekend courses offered to help balance your work and academic schedule.

8. Financial Aid & Scholarships

Financial aid is available for those who qualify. As a student, you may apply for various outside scholarships based both on financial need and academic merit.

9. Career Development

Graduates can benefit from our alumni career services, continuing education opportunities, and job placement assistance.

10. Alumni Networking

After graduation, you connect to our alumni network and forums. By interacting with fellow alumni, you have the opportunity to share treatment protocols, business advice, case studies, and job opportunities while building a true community of healers.

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PhD

Doctorate of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (Post-Graduate)

Online & Campus Combined Full time Part time 48 months September 2017 USA San Diego + 1 more

You know each patient needs something different. Strengthening your skill-set and enhancing your traditional Chinese medicine training in our program will help you deliver the right treatment to each person that walks through your door. You've always been a healer – continue on your journey as one with us. If you've been looking for a post-graduate doctoral program in San Diego, particularly a post-graduate acupuncture programs, then your search ends here at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine. [+]

You know each patient needs something different. Strengthening your skill-set and enhancing your traditional Chinese medicine training in our program will help you deliver the right treatment to each person that walks through your door. You've always been a healer – continue on your journey as one with us. If you've been looking for a post-graduate doctoral program in San Diego, particularly a post-graduate acupuncture programs, then your search ends here at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine. The purpose of the doctor of Oriental medicine and acupuncture education program is to foster self-directed learning and critical thinking skills within the framework of traditional Chinese medicine to the point at which they become defining characteristics of the graduate's professionalism, striving to broaden and deepen the practitioner's knowledge and skills in patient care. Since the post-graduate doctorate in acupuncture is not required for licensure, this program provides advanced education, cultivating students into leaders of the profession. Graduates use the post-graduate doctorate to enhance their careers as experts in the field as they contribute to the advancement of the medicine. Pacific College has assembled an expert faculty to present an inspiring curriculum based on the integration of biomedicine with the modern and classical application of Chinese medicine. These topics are supported by Chinese medical language studies, research, and advanced clinical training. The Post-Graduate Doctorate program offers a six-semester, 1,282.5 hour, 63.5 credit program of study. It is composed of a series of courses in five tracks in which each post-graduate doctor of acupuncture completes 41.5 units of didactic coursework and 22 units of clinical courses. The five tracks are: Track 1: Family Medicine (2 credits each) Mental Health (Semester 1) Geriatrics (Semester 2) Orthopedics (Semester 3) Neurology (Semester 4) Women's Health (Semester 5) Preventive Medicine (Semester 5) Pediatrics (Semester 6) Post-graduate doctoral fellows receive an advanced course of study in the following medical concentrations: pediatrics, neurology, mental health, orthopedics, geriatrics, women’s health, and preventative medicine. Each of these areas focuses on the realistic and relevant integration of biomedical diagnosis and treatment with differentiation and treatment from the traditional Oriental medical perspective. While studying biomedical and modern TCM approaches to disease, the student is challenged to consider the ways in which classical Chinese texts are still relevant today. Track 2: Application of Chinese Classics (1.5 credits each) Nei Jing (Semester 1) Nan Jing (Semester 2) Shang Han Lun (Semester 3) Jin Gui Yao Lue (Semester 4) Wen Bing (Semester 5) Post-graduate doctoral fellows compare and contrast classical Chinese medicine with modern treatment techniques, and critically examine both, with the ability to discriminate among various translations of classical texts. Emphasis in on understanding the foundations of the medicine represented by classical texts, and the maturation of those theories into their modern form, so as to achieve original thought regarding the future evolution of Oriental medicine theory. Track 3: Chinese Medical Chinese Language 1-6 (1.5 credits each) This track enables the post-graduate doctoral fellow to understand the basic features of the literary language of Chinese medicine and its relationship to the language of various classical periods and the modern vernacular of China. The aim of this track is to develop a broader intellectual perspective in Chinese medicine through exposure to the philosophical and cultural foundations of the medicine in its source language. Excerpts from source texts of Chinese medicine are translated to expand knowledge base and enhance research abilities to continue self-directed learning and contribute to the profession by way of translation and commentary. Track 4: Evidence-Based Medicine Clinical Research Methods 1(1.5 credits) Clinical Research Methods 2 (1.5 credits) Clinical Research Methods 3 (1.5 credits) Clinical Research Proposal (1 credit) Clinical Capstone Project 1 (1 credit) Clinical Capstone Project 2 (1 credit) Clinical Capstone Presentation (.5 credit) This track presents clinical research methodology, design, and biostatistics along with problem-solving methodologies, to expand clinical reasoning and research abilities. Courses enable the post-graduate doctoral fellows to validate their individual clinical conclusions, as well as the general principles of Chinese medicine, and to complete a clinical capstone project worthy of addition to the profession’s knowledge base. Track 5: Clinical Training The Clinical Training track is a comprehensive curriculum that allows post-graduate doctoral fellows to strengthen the necessary skills used in clinical practice. The track is made up of five components including hands-on training in the Family Medicine Clinic, analysis and collaboration in the Case Review & Mentorship experience, detailed case discussions in the Grand Rounds, supervisory training in the Supervision & Teaching Skills experience, and clinical observation in the Integrative Medicine Practicum. The purpose of the post-graduate doctoral program is to foster self-directed learning and critical thinking skills within the framework of traditional Chinese medicine to where it becomes a defining characteristic of the graduate's professionalism. It further strives to broaden and deepen the practitioner's knowledge and skills in patient care. Since a doctorate is not required for licensure, this program provides advanced education, cultivating students into leaders of the profession. Graduates use the post-graduate doctorate to enhance their careers as experts in the field as they contribute to the advancement of the medicine. To accomplish this and its specific educational objectives, Pacific College has assembled an expert faculty to present an inspiring curriculum based on the integration of biomedicine with the modern and classical application of Chinese medicine. These topics are supported by Chinese medical language studies, research, and advanced clinical training. Federal Consumer Disclosure Information About This Program ​Pacific College of Oriental Medicine is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. The college and all its programs in San Diego are approved by BPPE. The college’s MSTOM, MSAc (CH and NY), and Post-Graduate Doctorate (SD) programs are accredited by ACAOM. Degree Title Awarded Why do the DAOM (EL) and the DAOM (PG) have the same title? How will people in the field know which program we have completed? There is still much discussion in the Oriental medicine community as to whether there should be one title or two and what those titles should be. Until there is an acceptable, different consensus title suggested by the profession, a graduate from Pacific College’s entry-level DAOM will receive a Doctorate of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (or Doctorate of Acupuncture if you graduated from the MSAc). The post-gradate doctor’s degree will be the same but also carry the designation Post Graduate. We expect a resolution to this issue soon. What is the difference between the Post Graduate DAOM and the DAc/DAOM (EL)? The DAOM (PG) is a post-graduate program designed to develop advanced skills in family and integrative medicine, research, Chinese classics, Chinese language, teaching, leadership and clinical supervision skills. Graduates will make significant contribution to the knowledge base of the AOM profession through their capstone projects. How is the school accredited? PCOM is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC). [-]

Entry-level Doctor of Acupuncture (DAc)

Online & Campus Combined Part time September 2017 USA San Diego

Pacific College has designed an online pathway for PCOM MSAc and MSTOM alumni to upgrade to the entry-level Doctor of Acupuncture (DAc) or Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (DAOM). [+]

Pacific College has designed an online pathway for PCOM MSAc and MSTOM alumni to upgrade to the entry-level Doctor of Acupuncture (DAc) or Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (DAOM). PCOM master’s alumni, in large part, already meet the requirements for a doctorate, but do need some additional training in these areas to establish equivalency to the entry-level doctorate. These are the required additional courses: Evidence-informed practice Systems-based medicine Collaborative care Advanced integrative diagnostics Practice-based learning Who Can Apply? I’m currently in the MSAc/MSTOM program. If I take the additional 15 credits of the DAc/DAOM (EL) program now, will I have completed the DAc/DAOM (EL)? If you are a Pacific College MSAc/MSTOM student near the end of your program, you should meet with your advisor to discuss the upgrade plan. If you are a master’s student with more than one year to complete at another school, you are eligible to transfer to Pacific College to earn your MSAc/MSTOM, after which you could enter the DAc/DAOM (EL) upgrade path. Is the DAc/DAOM (EL) for alumni and faculty available to all PCOM MSAc/MSTOM alumni and faculty, even though the program is at PCOM-San Diego? Yes, the program and all the courses are available to all qualified PCOM MSAc/MSTOM alumni and qualified faculty, regardless of the campus from which they graduated. If I did not attend Pacific College, how and when can I enroll at Pacific College for the DAc/DAOM (EL)? At this time, you must hold either a PCOM MSAc or MSTOM to qualify for the DAc/DAOM (EL) upgrade path. However, for graduates of other schools, Pacific College’s post-graduate DAOM (PG) is a rewarding doctoral program focused on integrative medicine, Chinese classics, Chinese language, clinical specialization, and the development of a capstone research project. When is the DAc/DAOM (EL) going to be offered to non-Pacific College alumni? The Council of Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (CCAOM) has developed a task force to recommend standards for this program. These standards will then be passed to ACAOM for consideration. Because space is limited, what happens if an applicant does not get into the term for which they apply? Will the application and fee roll over to the next term? Will the tuition remain the same for subsequent terms? If an applicant is not admitted for the term for which they applied, the application and fee will be rolled over to the next term. The admissions committee will notify all accepted and wait-listed students as soon as possible of the term for which they have been accepted. Fees and tuition are subject to change. Admissions Requirements What is the process for admissions decisions? Normally, an application is due two months prior to the start of the desired term. However, applicants may submit an application at any time and may be accepted on a space available basis. What are the program prerequisites? If I entered the MSAc/MSTOM with between 60 and 90 units, what are my options for preparing for the DAOM/DAc (EL) program? The following are the entry-level DAc/DAOM pre- and co-requisites: 90 semester units of previous undergraduate coursework, a general psychology course, and a general chemistry course (co-requisite). General biology is also a requirement but credit is given for the biology taken in your master’s. If you have not completed the above or need more credits to total 90, you should contact a student advisor for information about the many convenient options available to earn more undergraduate credits. Some options require no additional coursework or class time. All alumni who entered before Fall 1996 must transfer, take, or test out of Treatment of Orthopedic Disorders, Clinical Science 1, and Clinical Science 2. All alumni who entered the program before Fall 1993 should see a student advisor. What qualifies as a general chemistry or psychology course to meet the prerequisite requirement? Do the survey of biochemical principles/biochemistry and clinical counseling courses from the PCOM MSAc/MSTOM program apply? No, the survey of biochemical principles/biochemistry and clinical counseling courses courses from the PCOM MSAc/MSTOM programs do not apply. To show completion of general chemistry and psychology courses, there are three options: Submit an official transcript showing the completion of a general or introductory psychology course at the undergraduate level from a school that is accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. It is the responsibility of the applicant to contact the educational institution at which they completed this course and have them send an official transcript to Pacific College, San Diego. Transcripts previously submitted for admission to the MSAc/MSTOM program will not be considered for the DAc/DAOM (EL). A new transcript will need to be ordered. Submit official documentation of successful completion of the College Level Examination Program (CLEP)’s Introductory Chemistry and Psychology exams. Scores of 50 are required for successful completion, in accordance with the American Council on Education (ACE). Register for general/introductory chemistry and psychology courses at your local PCOM campus, if available. Once completed, request that the registrar’s department (if not completed at the SD campus) send the transcripts to the SD registrar’s department. Will transfer credit be available for any of these courses? No, these are unique courses to fulfill the competencies required for the DAc/DAOM (EL) degree. Do official transcripts from Pacific College (New York, Chicago, or San Diego campus) need to be ordered as proof of MSAc/MSTOM degree completion and coursework? No. Pacific College – San Diego campus’ admissions staff will acquire PCOM official transcripts from the respective registrars. Is state licensure a prerequisite to either doctoral program? No. Value and Benefits of Degree and Courses What is the value of a DAc/DAOM (EL) as a credential when the LAc is the industry standard? An entry-level doctorate demonstrates the highest level of licensure-qualifying training in the profession. The entry-level doctorate adds evidence-informed practice, advanced integrative diagnosis, inter-professional communication, practice-based learning, and healthcare systems training to the previous master’s level training. These are important skills and knowledge for acupuncturists to possess in today’s team-based medical model. The doctoral title and degree will provide the licensed acupuncturist well-deserved recognition and respect from their biomedical peers. All other factors being equal, we believe integrative medical settings will prioritize hiring doctors of acupuncture. Medical doctors, and other allied health providers may be more likely to refer to a doctor of acupuncture. While licensed acupuncturist is a common descriptor in our field today, it is a license title, not a degree. We believe that as colleges award many new DAc or DAOM degrees, doctor of acupuncture will become the most common way to refer to an acupuncturist. When considering an entry-level doctorate, remember that regional accreditation is the gold standard of accreditation and degrees from such institutions carry tremendous respect and credibility. What are the benefits of the six courses that make up the DAc/DAOM (EL) program? These courses have been carefully designed to teach integrative medicine-focused skills that were not completely covered in the MSAc/MSTOM program: Foundations of Evidence-Informed Practice (FEIP) Advanced Integrative Diagnostics Healthcare Systems Interprofessional Communication Practice-Based Learning Application of Inter-Professional Communication [-]

Certificate

Certificate in Massage Therapy/Asian Bodywork

Online & Campus Combined Full time 18 months September 2017 USA San Diego

The Massage Therapist/Asian Bodywork certificate demonstrates significant training to clients and prospective employers. This program at Pacific College emphasizes Oriental medical theory, tui na, and the development of the student’s ability to understand the causes and symptoms of disease. [+]

The Pacific College of Oriental Medicine Massage Therapist/Asian Bodywork Certificate program has been specially designed to merge our quality education with convenience. A blend of expertly instructed classroom and online courses in Asian Bodywork and Massage Therapy offers the opportunity to practice hands-on training on campus with our distinguished faculty, some of the best teaching at massage schools in California, while doing some of your coursework on your own time and in your own space. The Massage Therapist/Asian Bodywork certificate demonstrates significant training to clients and prospective employers. This program at Pacific College emphasizes Oriental medical theory, tui na, and the development of the student’s ability to understand the causes and symptoms of disease. This ability will allow Pacific massage practitioners to customize their massage therapy to their client’s individual needs. This is critical in achieving the optimum therapeutic effect. Asian Bodywork Therapy has grown into a recognized specialty supported by the American Organization of Bodywork Therapies of Asia and certified by the National Commission for the Certification of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Students in this program receive an introduction to the valuable theories of Chinese medicine and specialize in a multitude of Asian bodywork therapies, including tui na, shiatsu, Thai massage, and others. The Asian bodywork therapy certification is a 33.5 unit program of theory and clinical practice that meets the requirements for certification by the National Commission for the Certification of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) as well as the requirements for California certification and the Massage Board License Exam. Graduates are also eligible for membership in the American Organization of Bodywork Therapies of Asia (AOBTA) and can go on to massage therapy degrees. Graduates of the Massage Therapist/Asian Bodywork certificate will: Discuss and demonstrate professional ethics. Demonstrate fundamental body therapy skills. Know and demonstrate essential, hygienic considerations in the performance of massage. Know and respect conditions contraindicating massage. The Pacific College Certificate in Massage Therapy program combines PCOM’s standard of excellence in quality education with the convenience of online activities and courses that are fully integrated with on-location hands-on massage therapy courses and clinical rotations. As a student in our eLearning program, you will be taught under the same rigorous academic standards as our traditional classroom programs. Pacific College offers students one-click access to college resources and support. One click and you’re starting a class. One click and the world is your campus. One click and you will receive one-on-one attention from distinguished and dedicated faculty members, and an open invitation to on- and off-campus programs and activities that can be tailored to each student’s preferred schedule. One click and you will start your new career. Federal Consumer Disclosure Information About This Program Pacific College of Oriental Medicine is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. The college and all its programs in San Diego are approved by BPPE. The college’s MSTOM, MSAc (CH and NY), and DAOM (SD) programs are accredited by ACAOM. [-]

Associate of Science

Associate of Science in Massage Therapy/Asian Bodywork

Online & Campus Combined Part time 30 months September 2017 USA San Diego

PCOM’s Associate of Science program offers unparalleled opportunities to advance your career in Asian holistic medicine with a blend of classroom and online learning at one of the best massage therapy schools in California. Led by our expert faculty, online activities and in-class sessions have now merged to give students flexibility in addition to the distinguished hands-on instruction for which Pacific College is known. [+]

PCOM’s Associate of Science program offers unparalleled opportunities to advance your career in Asian holistic medicine with a blend of classroom and online learning at one of the best massage therapy schools in California. Led by our expert faculty, online activities and in-class sessions have now merged to give students flexibility in addition to the distinguished hands-on instruction for which Pacific College is known. The Associate of Science (Massage Therapy/Asian Bodywork) degree program demonstrates significant training to massage clients and prospective employers. Graduates of the Associate of Science will be prepared to enter a career in massage therapy either in private practice, or in the employment of another qualified healthcare practitioner such as an acupuncturist, a health spa owner, or a chiropractor’s office. In addition the program offers general education courses to serve as a basis for lifelong learning. These classes will help prepare the student for higher education and careers that require the ability to think independently, critically evaluate and apply written and numerical information, present cogent written and oral communication, and think critically about the influences of art and philosophy. This program is built around the 600-hour core massage therapy curriculum, but also includes 30 units of General Education within the 64.5 units required to complete the program. The massage portion of the program emphasizes Oriental medical theory, tui na, and the development of the student’s ability to understand the causes and symptoms of disease. This ability will allow Pacific massage practitioners to customize their massage therapy to their client’s individual needs. Asian Bodywork Therapy has grown into a recognized specialty supported by the American Organization of Bodywork Therapies of Asia and certified by the National Commission for the Certification of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Students in this program receive an introduction to the valuable theories of Chinese medicine and specialize in a multitude of Asian bodywork therapies, including tui na, shiatsu, Thai massage and others. The Massage Therapy Associate Degree program prepares students for certification by the National Commission for the Certification of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) and by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (BCTMB), as well as the Massage Board License Exam and the requirements for California certification. Graduates are also eligible for membership in the American Organization of Bodywork Therapies of Asia if additional non-required courses in the Associate of Sciences degree program are taken for this purpose. Graduates of the program are also eligible to apply to the Master of Science (Traditional Oriental Medicine) program offered at PCOM. Graduates of the Associate of Science (Massage Therapist/Asian Bodywork) degree will: Discuss and demonstrate professional ethics Demonstrate fundamental body therapy skills Know and demonstrate essential, hygienic considerations in the performance of massage. Know and respect conditions contraindicating massage. Be eligible for the examination by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork and the National Commission for the Certification of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Demonstrate effective written and oral professional communication skills.Possess the knowledge and skill to run their own private practice massage businesses. Possess skills that may lead to management positions in their industry. Possess working knowledge and the ability to utilize information literacy skills to do further research and study. Demonstrate an informed awareness of the main strands of Western and Eastern thought in which Oriental Medicine is based. Be eligible to apply to the Bachelor’s and/or Master’s degree programs at Pacific College or other higher education institutions. The Pacific College Associate of Science (Massage Therapy/Asian Bodywork) program combines PCOM’s standard of excellence in quality education with the convenience of online activities and courses that are fully integrated with on-location hands-on training and clinical rotations. Pacific College offers students one-click access to college resources and support. One click and you are beginning a class. One click and you are receiving one-on-one attention from distinguished and dedicated faculty members, and an open invitation to on- and off-campus programs and activities that can be tailored to each student’s preferred schedule. Once click and you are starting your new career. Federal Consumer Disclosure Information About This Program Pacific College of Oriental Medicine is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. The college and all its programs in San Diego are approved by BPPE. The college’s MSTOM, MSAc (CH and NY), and DAOM (SD) programs are accredited by ACAOM. [-]

Associate of Applied Science

Associate of Applied Science in Holistic Health Science

Online & Campus Combined Full time September 2017 USA San Diego

Pacific College’s Associate of Applied Science program is paramount among San Diego massage schools, offering unparalleled opportunities to advance your career in Asian holistic massage with a blend of classroom and online learning. Led by our expert faculty, online activities and in-class sessions have now merged to give students flexibility in addition to the distinguished hands-on instruction for which Pacific College is known. [+]

Pacific College’s Associate of Applied Science program is paramount among San Diego massage schools, offering unparalleled opportunities to advance your career in Asian holistic massage with a blend of classroom and online learning. Led by our expert faculty, online activities and in-class sessions have now merged to give students flexibility in addition to the distinguished hands-on instruction for which Pacific College is known. The purpose of the AAS degree program is to develop the student into an expertly trained body therapist. Focus is on Oriental medical theory with comprehensive practical and holistic massage training, including tui na, Chinese massage therapy, shiatsu, Thai massage, and a variety of other Asian bodywork therapies. A wide array of electives allows the student to study specific areas of interest, such as pediatrics, sports medicine, or reflexology. In China and Japan, therapeutic massage is one of the major branches of the traditional healing arts. Hospitals in China commonly have an entire department devoted to massage therapy, working with the acupuncture and herbal departments to create a comprehensive plan of treatment. Pacific College’s Associate of Applied Science degree curriculum reflects the college’s respect for this type of complete massage practitioner. Toward the valuable and important goal of becoming an expertly trained body therapist, the Pacific College Associate degree (Associate of Applied Science degree) program gives students an excellent introduction to Oriental medical theory and comprehensive training in practical massage skills. Students may select courses from a wide array of electives, for example, Japanese shiatsu massage and a unique derivative, seitai shiatsu; acupuncture point location and functions, movement therapies such as tai ji, qi gong, and more. The purpose of the Associate of Applied Science degree programs is to prepare students for employment nationally in the profession of body therapy and massage and for certification by the National Commission for the Certification of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) and the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (BCTMB), as well as the Massage Board License Exam and the requirements for California certification. Graduates are also eligible for membership in the American Organization of Bodywork Therapies of Asia. Graduates of this holistic medicine degree program will: Discuss and demonstrate professional ethics. Demonstrate a wide and well-practiced variety of body therapy skills. Know and demonstrate essential, hygienic considerations in the performance of massage. Know and respect conditions contraindicating massage. Be eligible for the examination by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork and the National Commission for the Certification of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Demonstrate competency in basic business skills related to the practice of massage. The Pacific College Associate of Applied Science (Holistic Health Science) (AAS) program combines PCOM’s standard of excellence in quality education with the convenience of online activities and courses that are fully integrated with on-location, hands-on training and clinical rotations. As a student in our hybrid program, you will be taught under the same rigorous academic standards as our traditional classroom programs. Pacific College offers students one-click access to college resources and support. One click and you’re beginning a class. One click and the world is your campus. One click and you receive one-on-one attention from distinguished and dedicated faculty members, and an open invitation to on- and off-campus programs and activities that can be tailored to each student’s preferred schedule. One click and you will start your new career. Federal Consumer Disclosure Information About This Program Pacific College of Oriental Medicine is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. The college and all its programs in San Diego are approved by BPPE. The college’s MSTOM, MSAc (CH and NY), and DAOM (SD) programs are accredited by ACAOM. [-]

MSc

Master of Science in Traditional Oriental Medicine

Campus Full time 4 years September 2017 USA San Diego

Impacting others for the better has always been important to you. It’s not about leaving a mark, it’s about improving wellbeing. Explore what being a practitioner of Chinese medicine means to you. With us, you can learn from experts and hone your craft in something ancient and also on the cutting edge of modern-day healthcare. You’ve always been a healer at heart--let us show you the path to becoming one in practice. [+]

Impacting others for the better has always been important to you. It’s not about leaving a mark, it’s about improving wellbeing. Explore what being a practitioner of Chinese medicine means to you. With us, you can learn from experts and hone your craft in something ancient and also on the cutting edge of modern-day healthcare. You’ve always been a healer at heart--let us show you the path to becoming one in practice. The purpose of the Master’s degree in traditional Chinese medicine is to train practitioners of Oriental medicine and to enable them to function as primary, independent healthcare providers, and most importantly, to become an integral part of the modern healthcare system. Following the vision of an “East meets West” environment, students learn and apply the best of Asian Medicine with a firm foundation in Western medicine. The program consists of three academic phases that emphasize practicality in both theory and clinical practice. The Master's degree in Oriental medicine is a four-year graduate program. With 180.5 units and 3337.5 credit hours of theory and clinical practice, graduates are eligible for the California, Illinois, and New York state licensure exams, as well as the national certification examinations, which enables students to become licensed in the remaining states that regulate acupuncture and Oriental medicine schools. Students of the Master’s program are also eligible to enroll in Pacific College’s massage programs, allowing them to earn a massage license and work in the field while completing their Master’s degree. Some of these courses and topics include: Anatomy and Physiology Acupuncture Points Herbology Tui Na Hand and Structural Techniques Needle Technique Diagnosis and Treatment of Disease Auricular Acupuncture Eastern Nutrition Graduates of the Master of Science of Traditional Oriental Medicine will be able to: Understand and demonstrate personal and professional ethical standards. Understand the etiology of disease from a traditional Oriental and biomedical perspective, and apply this understanding by recommending disease prevention strategies. Evaluate patients exhibiting complaints commonly seen and treated by Oriental medicine, and in a manner that indicates cognizance of all relevant Oriental medical diagnostic paradigms. Recognize signs and symptoms necessitating referral to appropriate complementary healthcare providers. Formulate treatment principles in a manner that prioritizes treatment procedures for patients that follow logically from the diagnosis. Formulate acupuncture, herbal and supplemental treatment plans, while providing a logical rationale for such plans. Personally administer the designated treatment plan, or use the appropriate support personnel. Demonstrate knowledge of clinical sciences from a traditional Oriental and bio-medical perspective. Communicate in a professional and knowledgeable manner about Oriental medicine and biomedicine with relevant healthcare professionals. Federal Consumer Disclosure Information About This Program Pacific College of Oriental Medicine is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. The college and all its programs in San Diego are approved by BPPE. The college’s MSTOM, MSAc (CH and NY), and DAOM (SD) programs are accredited by ACAOM. [-]

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