The Master of Science in Oriental Medicine is a four-year program consisting of 3,372 hours and 219 credits. Students are immersed in the classical foundations of the medicine, receive a holistic education in Western medical sciences, and are trained in the clinical application of the major modalities of acupuncture, moxibustion, herbal formulation, bodywork, qigong and nutrition.
The curriculum emphasizes personal and professional cultivation in order to support the health of students as they progress through school, and to optimize their proficiency as practitioners. Many elective courses are available, including those providing advanced study in the areas of qigong and shiatsu.
MSOM Program Outcomes
- Apply the fundamental principles of classical Chinese medicine to patient care
- Craft and perform individualized Chinese medicine treatments in which the component parts (e.g., acupuncture, herbal prescription, bodywork, lifestyle recommendations) are applied according to consistent treatment principles
- Teach patients how to incorporate traditional Chinese “nourishing life” practices into a regular routine
- Design a plan for establishing a sustainable career rooted in classical Chinese medicine education
- Integrate evidence-based biomedical analysis into the practice of Chinese medicine
- Discuss the role of the AOM practitioner in patient-centered care within the healthcare system
- Describe the theory and practices of Chinese medicine to patients and the public
MSOM students are required to complete six elective credits for the purpose of rounding out their education. Students are encouraged to take electives through the College of Classical Chinese Medicine, which deepen the student’s connection with the classical roots of the medicine. In addition, students may also take elective courses through the College of Naturopathic Medicine and School of Graduate Studies (as long as course prerequisites are met).
Students enrolled in concurrent programs are required to complete the number of elective credit hours of the program that has the greater number of electives between the two programs. In addition, students can elect to take up to the total number of elective credits of both programs.
Clinical Training Overview
The clinical training objectives of the CCM programs are aligned with the overall mission of training competent practitioners in the art and science of classical Chinese medicine. The clinical aspect is expected to be a refinement of the knowledge base acquired in the academic portion of the program, with the implicit understanding that many important skills can only be attained in the applied context of a practical learning situation. These skills include, but are not limited to:
- Development of foundational knowledge and understanding of classical Chinese medical concepts and techniques
- Evolution of interpersonal communication abilities
- Refinement of problem-solving capacities and clinical judgment
- Proficiency in executing the technical skills required to effectively apply treatments in Chinese medicine
To begin the Observation component, students must complete the first year of study and pass Herbs I-III, Acu-Moxa Points and Techniques I-III, Palpation and Perception I-II, Chinese Diagnostic Techniques I-II, Evidence-Informed Practice, and Introduction to Clinic. To begin the Clinical Mentoring Rotations in the following year, students must complete the second year of study and pass Chinese Pathology I-III, Herbs I-VI, Acu-Moxa Points and Techniques I-VI, Biomedicine I-III, and Practitioner Cultivation I. Before undertaking the Clinical Pre-Internship Rotation, students must complete Biomedicine IV, Clinical Medicine I, Clinical Case Presentation I, and a minimum of two Clinical Mentoring Rotations.
To advance into Clinical Internship, students must complete the third year of study and pass Biomedicine VI, Clinical Medicine III, Clinical Case Presentation III, Clinical and Physical Diagnosis, and six Clinical Mentoring Rotations. In addition, students must pass all components of the Clinic Entrance Examination. An Internship orientation is required before beginning the Internship rotations.
Students are gradually led through the clinical experience in a sequential fashion, from active observation to being able to conduct a comprehensive patient intake and treatment protocol. In the spirit of the classics, emphasis is placed on recognition of Chinese syndrome pattern differentiation (rather than symptomatic prescribing), with the goal of creating individual treatment plans designed to assist patients in returning to a more harmonious and balanced state.
Training in how to write a case report (using the CARE Guidelines) is woven through all four years of the clinical education. In order to complete the clinical portion of their program, students must pass the Clinic Exit Examination.
The components of the clinical portion of the program are Introduction to Clinic, Clinical Observation, Clinical Mentoring, Clinical Pre-Internship, Clinical Case Presentation, Clinical Internship, and Internship Case Presentation. These are organized as follows:
|Year of Study
||Introduction to Clinic: Students learn the fundamentals of working in the NUNM clinics
||Clinical Observation Rotation I-III: Students observe experienced practitioners treat patients
||Clinical Mentoring Rotation I-VI: Students become involved in patient diagnosis and treatment under direct clinical supervision
||Clinical Case Presentation I-III: Discussion of clinical case studies; clinical theater
||Clinical Internship Rotation I-III: Students (under supervision) assume primary responsibility for diagnosis and treatment of patients; all needle insertions are observed
||Clinical Internship Rotation IV-IX: Students (under supervision) assume primary responsibility for diagnosis and treatment of patients
||Clinical Internship Holiday Requirement (24 hrs): Students (under supervision) assume primary responsibility for diagnosis and treatment of patients
||Internship Case Presentation I-III: Presentation and discussion of internship cases with peers and supervisors
Classical Chinese Medicine Certificate Programs
Students in the CCM programs, who meet the prerequisites and are in good academic standing, are eligible to apply for admission into the Qigong and Shiatsu Certificate programs. Due to space constraints, admission is limited. These are not degree programs and do not lead to eligibility to sit for licensure exams. Contact the Office of Admissions for further information.
Qigong Teaching Certificate Program
The Qigong Teaching Certificate program is taught once the student has completed all of the required Qigong Practicum and Retreat courses in the core program. Over the subsequent year, the student completes the Qigong I-III Teaching Practicums, during which they are mentored in the process of teaching their own qigong classes.
Shiatsu Certificate Program
The Shiatsu Certificate program consists of six courses (204 hours) taken over two years, and the completion of two terms of performing shiatsu treatments in one of the NUNM Health Centers. This certificate program is designed to be pursued concurrently with the DSOM or MSOM programs. At the end of the certificate program, students will be fully prepared to use shiatsu as an independent treatment modality.