Programs at MCOM

The Midwest College of Oriental Medicine has 2 accredited programs, the Acupuncture Program and the Oriental Medicine Program.

Upon completion of the Acupuncture Program you will have earned a Masters Level Certification in Acupuncture. This Program takes a minimum of 30 months to complete. the total number of hours of training in the Acupuncture program is 2,088 (143.2 credits).

Upon completion of the Oriental Medicine Program you will have earned a Masters in Science of Oriental Medline and a Bachelors of Science in Nutrition. This program takes a minimum of 36 months to complete. In this program, you will learn the entire Acupuncture Program with an additional in depth knowledge of traditional Chinese herbs. the total number of hours of training in the Oriental Medicine program is 2, 826 (199.8 credits).

Successful completion of both programs will qualify you to sit for the examinations for Acupuncture certification given by the National Commission for Certification of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) and meet the requirements for license in Illinois, Wisconsin and many other states.

Student Clinic Experience

In our student clinics, interns learn to compound raw herbs in the traditional style; where formulas can be modified based upon a patient’s unique energetic profile. Interns also learn when to choose prepared medicines from China, as well as, tinctures, capsules or tablets of Oriental herb formulas made in the U.S. for the American diets and constitutions.

MCOM’s student clinics offer interns the opportunity to gain a unique experience that combines acupuncture, nutrition counseling and the principles of traditional Chinese herbal medicine.

MCOM can help you meet your expectations of delivering health care in a powerful and effective style that will reach your patient from the fundamental level of balanced nutrition to the subtle level of balanced Qi.

 Acupuncture and TCM Medical Education for the 21st Century

At MCOM, we believe that the best training for a career, whether in clinical practice, teaching, or research encourages students to develop an independent, critical and inquiring approach to the field. Instruction at MCOM is designed to foster such an approach and to encourage students to engage in independent study, as well as formal course work and clinical practice.

The faculty  is one of its major strengths. Faculty members are chosen for their ability to communicate the complex and subtle principles of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in a manner that encourages and motivates students. Their scholarly and investigative approach makes them stimulating teachers to whom a student responds by developing critical thinking skills and an attitude of clinical inquiry.

 

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This course is a practical study of the internal and external causes of disease within the Eastern medical model. A clear understanding of 'TCM pathologies' is needed in order to apply the sophisticated system of Oriental Medicine based on sign and symptom patterns.
This course consists of procedures of physical and neurological examination; providing an understanding of the methods used in making physical diagnosis.
Courses begin with a review of the normal physiological  processes and then discuss how these are altered by disease.  Students will be able to recognize pathological indicators and biochemical pathways to better correlate the basic science of pathology with physical diagnosis and disorders related to nutrition.
This course is a review of the basic sciences focusing on chemistry, microbiology and human biology. Includes an overview of the basic structures of organic molecules sufficient to understand the structure of chemical compounds studied in human chemistry. This course prepares students for courses in physiology, pathology and other western clinical sciences.
This directed learning paper develops additional competencies in basic sciences. Five pathological disorders from different systems are assigned.
This class concentrates on the processes involved with taking in and utilizing food substances by which growth, repair and maintenance of activities in the body as a whole or in any of its parts are accomplished. This includes ingestion, digestion, absorption and metabolism, as well as, basic nutritional needs and the use of vitamins, minerals and supplements.
This class includes topics in neuroanatomy and neurophysiology. Mechanisms of the nervous system are covered as related to the scientific basis of Acupuncture and its application to the treatment of disease. Students in this class gain the ability to explain the mechanisms of Acupuncture in modern medical terms. Communication skills between Acupuncturists and Medical professionals are stressed.
Students continue to practice needle insertion with combinations of points that would be used in treatment.  There is emphasis on safety with difficult points and more complex point prescriptions.
Students review the anatomical structures through which needles pass at progressive depths of the body.  This includes proper insertion, angle, depth, duration and withdrawl of needles.
At the beginning of the second year, students begin developing needle insertion skills. Students receive intensive instruction in techniques of clean needle insertion as approved by current national standards.
This course helps students develop their skills in organization and analysis of presenting symptoms.  The clinic review class includes evaluation of the physical and psychological components of an illness and specific treatment strategies.
This class covers the basis of treatment using the eight principle and secondary vessel pathology. Students learn to formulate a treatment using the information gathered from pulse and tongue diagnosis. Practical use of classical point categories such as antique points, influential points and windows of the sky points in the treatment of eight principle disease patterns will be covered.
It is in this class that the prior three quarter of TCM theory begin to flower and faculty can see the "light bulb go on", as students get a sense of how well the TCM theory fits together.  At this point, students are beginning their next phase of clinic and now have responsibility of using this information in a clinical setting.
A continuation of Anatomy 1, this course is an in-depth study of visceral structure and physiologic function of the human body.
This course is an in-depth study of the somatic structure of the human body: skeletal, muscular, ligamentous, and an introduction to the peripheral nerves. There is attention given to the palpatory anatomy that will be needed for Point Location and Needle Technique classes.
In this course, students are oriented to the procedures and protocol needed to successfully complete internship. Physical assessment skills needed in the practice of Oriental Medicine are covered including: vital signs, temperature, pulse, and blood pressure. Standards of history taking, SOAP noting and unique documentation found in TCM clinical records are part of this course.
This course includes discussion that brings up pertinent issues in healthcare practice and examines the approach taken by a counselor. It focuses on ethical decision-making and the patient practitioner relationship.
The directed learning paper traces the development of Chinese medicine including: the classics, historical figures and periods, and a discussion of important theoretical developments. It gives students a respect for the ancient traditions from which the modern, clinical practice of TCM developed.
The moral and ethical principles that are the core of the teachings of Confucius and Lao Tzu are taught in a manner that can be applied in present day. The influence of these schools on the development of Chinese medicine is stressed in this course.
This course continues massage techniques to regions of the body for local and systemic problem. Good Tui Na technique combined with accessory techniques is an important adjunct to an acupuncture practice.
Tui Na is a form of Chinese massage that includes different hand techniques applied to specific areas of the body. Students will gain proficiency in manipulation skill and sensitivity to energy balancing as they practice techniques in class and apply them in clinic.
Students will attend lectures, demonstrate and practice in the traditional and modern accessory techniques of Oriental Medicine: moxibustion, magnets, guasha, cupping and auricular techniques.
In this course, students will use charts, models and their fellow students as subjects to locate and mark the most important acupuncture points. Students will spend six quarters developing the sensitivity needed to achieve the Qi sensation required for effective treatment.
In this course, students will use charts, models and their fellow students as subjects to locate and mark the most important acupuncture points. Students will spend six quarters developing the sensitivity needed to achieve the Qi sensation required for effective treatment.
This course further studies the eight principle theory as it applies to the pathology of the five phases, the Zang Fu organs and the triple burner.
The rigorous clinic –based educational experience is designed to take classroom learning and first year theory so have students see the clinical application of concepts during their internship activities and experiences.
This is the first class in Chinese medical theory and introduces students to the language and refinement found in Midwest’s academic program. This class will also establish the foundation from which student’s understandings will grow.