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Masters of Science in Oriental Medicine (MSOM) Program


The purpose of the Masters of Science in Oriental Medicine is to train future practitioners of acupuncture and Oriental 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 Oriental Medicine licensing exam (NCCAOM) as well as apply the principles of Oriental 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.

VUOM Catalog

Oriental Medicine

oriental-medicineVUOM is proud to offer a diverse and fascinating group of elective courses that students can take to supplement their education in TCM and provide other treatment options and alternative theoretical paradigms for both routine and difficult patient cases.

Acupuncture

acupunctureThe study of TCM anatomy and the application of the meridian and acupoint system comprises an 11 course series.  The first five courses teach the basics in meridian definition and function as well as point location and usages.  The next two courses focus on the many techniques that acupuncturists use to apply the knowledge learned in the first five courses.  The last four courses are specialty courses to set the future practitioner apart in terms of ability to have a diverse set of tools to treat a wide variety of disorders.

Herbology

herbologyVUOM honors the traditional past where the heart of traditional medicine was in the practice of herbal medicine.  We believe that the Chinese herbal tradition represents the most organized, consistent,effective, and accessible herbal system available today.  The MSOM equally partners the 12 course herbal series with the acupuncture series to create a very well rounded and rigorous TCM foundational curriculum.  The first phase of herbal education revolves around the learning of the single herbs and the study of the Chinese materia medica.  The second step is a four class series that puts the herbs together and introduces formulas and their modifications.  The third phase of herbal study presents advanced concepts and synthesizes previously learned materials into internal medicine and case study topics.

Western Medicine

western-medicineVUOM believes that confidence and informed practice comes through the understanding of western medicine and modern science.  To promote patient safety and an integrative approach that ultimately benefits patient wellness outcomes, our students are trained to understand the basics of western medicine and are encouraged to initiate and maintain communications with our western medical counterparts when appropriate.  Moreover, students learn in this 16 course track how to recognize ominous signs and medical emergencies as well as learn how the knowledge of western medicine can inform our practice of TCM.

Management & Ethics

management-ethicsThe courses in this section supplement and inform our students in their interactions with patients and with themselves.  Courses will instruct on best practice building activities and medical billing which is thought to be an important skill for those desiring to practice in the private sector.  Other topics covered are the ethics of medical practice, communication and self exploration.

Mind-Body Exercise

mind-bodyThe practice of TCM relies on the old adage of “strong mind, strong body”.  Self cultivation allows for our students to understand how to create and maintain focus and presence in their practice.  This two class series allows for students to experience and cultivate the energies necessary to practice with a focused presence and have strategies of stress-relief and meditation that can be passed on to their patients.

Electives

electivesVUOM is proud to offer a diverse and fascinating group of elective courses that students can take to supplement their education in TCM and provide other treatment options and alternative theoretical paradigms for both routine and difficult patient cases.