The purpose of the Masters of Science in Oriental Medicine is to train future practitioners of acupuncture and Integrative Medicine through empowering them through practice and knowledge in functioning as primary, complementary, independent, or integrative healthcare providers. The MSOM program enables our graduates to sit for the national acupuncture and Integrative Medicine licensing exam (NCCAOM) as well as apply the principles of Integrative Medicine to diagnosis, treatment, and prognosis of patients while integrating into the modern healthcare system.
Our educational process involves three levels or stages of learning. The first level is knowledge acquisition. While we understand the challenge of this level with the intensive amount of information that must be learned and memorized, this stage provides the foundation of the next two levels. Stage two is the grounding and application stage of learning. At this stage, the foundational knowledge has been acquired and students are able to question to further their understanding of key concepts. This stage also emphasizes how the acquired knowledge is applied in practice. The third stage is the critical thinking stage. This stage emphasizes the synthesis of the first two stages where students begin to learn how to make judgments and decisions based on acquired and applied knowledge. It is during this stage where students transition from the role of student to practitioner.