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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Programs

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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 Chicago East New York + 3 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... [-]

Entry-level Doctor of Acupuncture (DAc)

Online & Campus Combined Part time September 2017 USA San Diego Chicago East New York + 1 more

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... [-]

Certificate

Certificate in Massage Therapy/Asian Bodywork

Online & Campus Combined Full time 18 months September 2017 USA San Diego Chicago East New York + 2 more

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... [-]

Associate of Science

Associate of Science in Massage Therapy/Asian Bodywork

Online & Campus Combined Part time 30 months September 2017 USA San Diego Chicago East New York + 2 more

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... [-]

Associate of Applied Science

Associate of Applied Science in Holistic Health Science

Online & Campus Combined Full time September 2017 USA San Diego Chicago East New York + 1 more

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... [-]

MSc

Master of Science in Traditional Oriental Medicine

Campus Full time 4 years September 2017 USA San Diego Chicago East New York + 2 more

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... [-]

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