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 Traditional Chinese Medicine (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 of the patient.
Education focuses on the “Zang Fu” system of physiology, pathology, diagnosis, and treatment strategy. Traditional pulse and tongue diagnosis aid the graduate in formulating a comprehensive treatment plan. This is the style taught and practiced in China today at Universities of Chinese Medicine and their affiliated teaching hospitals.
MCOM’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 MCOM 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.
Interns also gain clinical experience making healthy eating recommendations and suggesting specific healing foods based upon their TCM energetic characteristics. The nutrition component in the program is fully integrated into the Oriental Medicine courses. Clinical Internship is designed to build knowledge and skills, and also to fine-tune patient/healer sensitivities. MCOM delivered over 14,000 individual treatments in 2014. Internship begins in the very first fall quarter you are enrolled and continues throughout the entirety of the program. After completing the program, graduates are confident in their ability as Oriental Medical Practitioners to address the full spectrum of conditions seen in practice.
Hours of Training/ Length of Education
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, graduates are qualified for licensure in the Midwest.
Minimum completion time for the Oriental Medicine program is 36 months). To complete the program in the minimum time frame, students attend classes on Saturdays 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. For more information on a typical schedule, click here.
What You Earn
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 for all examinations given by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, NCCAOM, and meet the requirements for licensure in Illinois, Wisconsin and many other states.