Oriental Medicine Program
The College’s Oriental Medicine program combines rigorous academic course work with broad clinical experiences, leading to a Master of Science degree in Oriental Medicine combined with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition (TCM).
Students in the Oriental Medicine program study various forms of acupuncture, traditional herbs and formulas, as well as, nutrition and Chinese food therapy. They are introduced to new clinical protocols, based firmly upon the principles of TCM that combine nutritional supplements with herbal formulas. Students also learn which foods to recommend and which to avoid based upon the TCM pattern and presenting complaint and traditional constitutions.
Education focuses on the “Zang Fu” system of physiology, pathology, diagnosis, and treatment strategy. Traditional pulse and tongue diagnosis aid the graduate in formulating and comprehensive treatment plan. This is the style taught today, in China, at Universities of Chinese Medicine and practiced in their affiliated teaching hospitals.
MWC’s clinics provide the opportunity to rotate through a variety of unique clinical settings where interns experience the approach of many different practitioners. Interns at MWC treat a wide range of conditions and gain thorough, hands-on experience in acupuncture and the other physical modalities of Oriental healing, such as, Tui Na massage, moxibustion, and cupping. They also gain clinical experience making healthy eating recommendations and suggesting specific healing foods based upon their energetic characteristics and recommending nutrition supplements base on TCM concepts. The nutrition component in the program is integrated in the Oriental Medicine courses. Internship is designed to build knowledge and skills and to fine-tune patient/healer sensitivities. MWC delivered over 14,000 individual treatments in 2011. Internship begins in the very beginning of the education at the college and continues during the entire enrollment. After completing the program, graduates are confident in their ability as Oriental Medical Practitioners to address the full spectrum of conditions seen in practice.
The total hours in the Oriental Medicine program are 199.8 quarter credit hours, or 2,826 clock hours. Additional internship hours and courses may be needed for licensure in some states. However graduate are qualified for licensure in the Midwest.
Minimum completion time for the Oriental Medicine program is 36 months (4 academic years). To complete in the minimum time frame, students attend classes on Saturday and a minimum of two evenings per week. Students have up to six and a half years to complete the program on a part-time basis.
Graduates of the Midwest College’s Oriental Medicine Program earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition (TCM) granted simultaneously with the Master of Science degree in Oriental Medicine. Graduates are qualified to sit all examinations given by the NCCAOM, and meet the requirements for a license in Illinois, Wisconsin and many other states.
Graduates of the Midwest College’s Acupuncture program receive Master’s level certification. They are qualified to sit for the examinations given by the National Commission for the Certification of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) which lead to Acupuncture Certification and meet the requirements for a license in Illinois, Wisconsin and many other states.
ORIENTAL MEDICINE PROGRAM (CIP 51.3102 and 51.3302)
Students enrolled in the Oriental Medicine program are first year or continuing graduate students for Title IV funding purposes. They are eligible for up to $20,500 per year (9 academic months) of Direct Loans. Students in the Oriental Medicine program are also eligible for the Grad PLUS loan. PLUS loans have no annual or aggregate borrowing limits (other than cost of attendance less other financial aid received). Interest rates are higher for PLUS loans than Direct Loans and require a credit check. Student must exhaust Direct Loan eligibility before applying for PLUS loans.
Oriental Medicine Program Costs
$2,250.00 Typical program costs for books and supplies
$58,608.00 Total program academic tuition (twelve quarters)
$265.00 Mandatory fees (Application and Graduation Fees)
$58,873.00 Total minimum program cost including mandatory fees for completing within normal time
$82,000.00 Federal guaranteed loans available for those who qualify
$68,893 Median Title IV loan debt incurred by students who completed the program (based on 2006-2009 graduates).
$0 Median Private loan debt incurred by students who completed the program (based on 2006-2009 graduates).
$0 Median Institutional loan debt incurred by students who completed the program (based on 2006-2009 graduates).
Oriental Medicine/B.S. Nutrition Graduates
Seventy-seven percent (77%) of our graduates are in practice*. Another 4% have active license, and the remaining 19% we have not been able to contact to confirm their status. Graduates of our programs work in hospitals, medical groups and in private practice. They are on the faculty of other schools, the Boards of professional associations, state and national agencies, and are on the staff of hospitals across the country.
Graduation Rates % Within 2.5 years % Within 3.0 years % Within 3.5 years % Within 4.0 years
2006-2007 39.68% 65.08% 87.30% 93.65%
2007-2008 47.54% 65.57% 72.13% 81.97%
2008-2009 49.30% 67.61% 83.10% 88.73%
2009-2010 52.83% 71.70% 83.02% 90.57%
Oriental Medicine/B.S. Nutrition Career Outlook
The demand for acupuncturists will grow well into the future. The US Department of Labor- Bureau of Labor Statistics projections show that many health care, including acupuncturist, professions will increase much faster than the average for all occupations.
According to O*NET Online Acupuncturists (SOC Code 29-1199.01) have a 7%-13% projected growth rate with a mean hourly wage of $31.36 and a mean annual wage of $65,220. Currently 49,000 persons are employed as acupuncturists. NOTE: Although the US Department of Labor lists the mean annual wage at $65,220, we would like to caution students that as a self employed individual it takes time to build a practice and they may earn up to that annual wage.
*In practice means, the college through phone surveys, web searches, and personal contact have determined that the graduates are practicing Acupuncture or Oriental Medicine.