Emperor's College of Traditional Oriental Medicine


Our Mission

The mission of Emperor’s College of acupuncture is to help you become the healer you dream of being. We have a long and distinguished history of cultivating brilliant healers, teachers, and leaders in Oriental medicine who create the future of healthcare by word, deed, and through partnerships.

The use of the word brilliant conveys the intellectual and spiritual intent of our institution, as well as our expectations for our masters and doctoral graduates. It is a bold, audacious word, with connotations of light and enlightenment, reflecting the Taoist origins of the medicine, and conveying our vision of shining this medicine throughout the world.

Educational Objectives

Students will be:

  • Knowledgeable in primary and secondary meridian pathways, point locations and their clinical applications, therapeutics, acupuncture, and moxibustion. Student will have knowledge of other adjunct techniques and be able to incorporate a variety of systems such as auricular, scalp, and extraordinary points.
  • Knowledgeable in the historical traditions of herbal medicine and knowledgeable and familiar with the safe and appropriate usage of herbs and formulas, as well as how to educate patients on their appropriate preparation and usage.
  • Knowledgeable in the diversity, theory, history and philosophy of Oriental Medicine, including tuina, tai chi and qi gong. Able to create effective and appropriate treatment plans based on OM diagnostic criteria.
  • Knowledgeable in Western biomedical foundation and theories, skilled in basic physical assessment, and be able to recognize red flags and make appropriate referrals.
  • Competent in the safe, ethical, and effective clinical practice of Oriental medicine, including the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of patients in a variety of practice settings according to state and federal regulations.

Beliefs and Values

Emperor’s College is dedicated to providing a top quality Oriental medicine education to its students and leading the way for the integration of Oriental medicine in the modern healthcare system. To that end the master’s and doctoral degree programs focus on exposing students to the myriad of schools of thought within Oriental medicine, integrating eastern and western medical knowledge, fostering cohesive relationships within the totality of the medical community and developing the nurturing quality of the practitioner.

Emperor’s also holds a strong belief in supporting the local and global community. Free public lectures are hosted on a quarterly basis to increase awareness and benefits of Oriental medicine. Outreach events such as wellness fairs, community health events and graduate school fairs are attended annually and Emperor’s faculty and staff are regularly invited to present at a variety of corporate, university and professional functions. Emperor’s College Acupuncture Clinic serves over 15,000 patients each year and Emperor’s Library is a resource for students and public alike.

As an appreciation of nature is an integral component of the philosophy of Oriental medicine, a respect for its natural resources is a fundamental principle at Emperor’s College. Green values have guided a reduction in paper waste with most course materials, academic calendars and class schedules now available online. Blue bins are present throughout campus and recycled materials are used when possible.


1 Acupuncture and Oriental medicine school in Los Angeles, #1 in California, #2 nationally

This school offers programs in:
  • English

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Masters of Traditional Oriental Medicine (MTOM)

Campus Full time 4 years September 2017 USA Santa Monica

Emperor’s College master’s program is the most comprehensive acupuncture and Oriental Medicine program in the nation, consisting of 2,240 classroom hours and 970 hours of clinic training. [+]

Master's of Traditional Oriental Medicine Ranked #1 in California and #2 nationally, the Emperor’s College master’s program is the most comprehensive acupuncture and Oriental Medicine program in the nation, consisting of 2,240 classroom hours and 970 hours of clinic training. As a result, we have one of the highest pass rates on the national and California board exams. Year-in and year-out, we rate among the top schools and our students are widely recognized to be the most prepared. There is no other oriental medicine school in the country that makes available more opportunities for their students to learn and master their skills than Emperor’s College. Not only will you be working with an internationally trained faculty that is generally recognized to be the finest in the U.S. and among the top 5 in the world, you will have ample opportunity to get hands-on training outside the classroom and clinic through amazing externships, supervised volunteer actions, and even traveling abroad with faculty members bringing acupuncture and Oriental Medicine to underserved communities. At Emperor’s, you will get an unparalleled education in Oriental Medicine as well as robust western medical instruction, but unlike most acupuncture schools, Emperor’s College students are offered a broad range of elective classes to select from. Throughout the curriculum, students at Emperor’s College are encouraged to take electives in nutrition, advanced herbal medicine, nutrition, Korean acupuncture, Japanese acupuncture, five element theory, classical Chinese medicine, acupressure, shiatsu, meditation, advanced tai chi, and advanced qi gong. When you sit for your... [-]

Location address
1807 Wilshire Blvd #200,
Santa Monica, California, 90403 US