Master of Science in Oriental Medicine
The MSOM program is the most comprehensive training in classical Chinese medicine offered in the US. In this four–year, 3,474 hour/226 credit program, 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 Chinese medicine—herbal formulation, acupuncture, moxibustion, bodywork, qigong and nutrition. The curriculum has a strong focus on personal and professional cultivation in order to support the health of the students as they progress through school, as well as to optimize their proficiency as practitioners.
The ideal MSOM student wants:
A solid foundation in classical theory, including grounding in the classical texts of the medicine.
Training in the broadest spectrum of modalities within the scope of CCM, including classical herbal prescription.
A strong emphasis on cultivation, including weekly practica and nine weekend qigong retreats held in natural settings.
Mentorship training in CCM.
Access to an extensive set of elective courses designed to connect the serious student of classical Chinese medicine with the authentic milieu of the ancient scholar–practitioner.
Graduates of the MSOM program are eligible to apply for acupuncture licensure in the state of Oregon and to take both the herb and acupuncture exams administered by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, which many states use as a basis for licensure.
Students who are concurrently enrolled in the MSOM and ND programs complete a six–year course of study. Many hours of coursework from the ND program are transferable to the MSOM program.