It is the Midwest College’s mission to provide an education that is rooted in the historical context and teachings of traditional Chinese Medicine and combine it with modern clinical applications to create a practitioner of Acupuncture or Oriental Medicine that embraces the spirit of “ancient medicine for modern times”.
The combination of Eastern and Western science, together with an appreciation of the natural healing philosophies of Asia, leads to the development of the qualities that are the “Heart of Chinese Medicine”. With this foundation, graduates will become true practitioners of Oriental healing. The subtle balance of clinical science and compassion is the key to a successful practice.
The Acupuncture Program is modeled on the modern eight-principle style, currently taught at TCM Universities in China. Combined with the biomedicine courses, it prepares graduates to practice “Classic Chinese Medicine” using acupuncture, moxibustion, and other accessory modalities. The curriculum in the Oriental Medicine program includes a distinctive course of study in areas of food and herb therapy that are fundamental to traditional Oriental Medicine. Baccalaureate study in nutrition within the Oriental Medicine program leads to a simultaneously granted Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition and a Master of Science degree in Oriental Medicine.
To meet the needs of students, the Midwest College affirms its commitment to educate broadly informed, ethically responsible, and scientifically competent professionals by offering the highest accredited entry-level degree in the field. To meet the needs of a community that is increasingly aware of the importance of nutrition and herb therapy, the Oriental Medicine program combines TCM theory with principles of nutrition.
Students from across the U.S. and several foreign countries have entered our programs. The average age of students is 36 years old, and students have a wide range of educational backgrounds and work experience. The Midwest College seeks a diverse student population and encourages anyone interested in Oriental Medicine, with the appropriate prerequisites, to consider a career in Traditional Chinese Medicine.
After completing their program, graduates have the full range of knowledge, competencies, and skills necessary to begin a successful practice and meet the health care demands of the 21st century. These demands will result in new advances in TCM and new ways that traditional medicine can be used to meet today’s health care problems.