Master of Science Degree in Oriental Medicine Program

Master of Science Degree in Oriental Medicine

Our Master of Science Degree in Oriental Medicine (MSOM) program enables you to complete a Master’s and concurrently earn a Bachelors of Professional Health Sciences.

Over the course of this program, students are exposed to the theories of Traditional Chinese Medicine while integrating Western medical studies, preparing students to become acupuncture physicians, as well as other holistic healing practitioners.

Our program combines the classroom and practical study of the philosophy, theory and clinical application of Eastern and Western medicine. Oriental Medicine courses include Classical Diagnosis, Acupuncture, Herbal Medicine, Nutrition, Tui Na medical massage and Chinese exercise therapies such as Tai Qi & Qi Gong. Western Biomedicine courses prepare the student with the relevant tools needed to accurately execute a complementary approach to healthcare.

Program length – 40 months

*This program is not offered online.

Read More: Why MSOM at East West College of Natural Medicine?


East meets West in this program. We instruct in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) including, acupuncture techniques, cupping, Gua Sha, Qi Gong, Tui Na Medical Massage and herbology, alongside Western medical practices. Courses included in the biomedical portion of the program include, biological sciences, anatomy and physiology, diagnostic skills (laboratory image testing, physical exams, etc.), pharmacology and nutrition.

Students complete their practicum hours in the Student Clinic and have the option to do an off-site externship at an approved extern partner. Study abroad opportunities are available.

Upon completion of the didactic and clinical portions of the program, graduates are prepared to sit for the NCCAOM certification exams to obtain certification as a Diplomate of Oriental Medicine (Dipl. O.M.).

These conditions must be met before applying for admission to the MSOM program. The Application Process Tab has all application requirements.

1.    Must be at least 18 years of age

2.    Must have at least an associate degree or equivalent from an accredited college or university; and have earned a 2.0 ("C") grade point average. (60 semester credits or 90 quarter credits of courses with a "C" or higher grade).

  • Official transcripts documenting the above credits and all work at the college level must be sent from each college/university attended to EWCNM.
  • At least 28 (37 quarter hours) of those 60 credits must be taken in the four general education and liberal arts areas listed below with a minimum of at least 3.0 credits in each of the respective areas: Humanities/Fine Arts; Social Behavioral Sciences; English/Communications; Science

3.    Must complete an application for admission and return to EWCNM with applicable fee ($100 fee for most students, $150 for transfer, returning and foreign students)

4.    Must participate in an interview with the Administrative Department and a second interview with the Academic Department. Out-of-state prospective students may conduct these interviews by phone.

5.    Must submit all application materials two weeks prior to the start of classes.

6.    Must sign enrollment form upon receipt of the acceptance letter

East West College of Natural Medicine does not discriminate based on race, color, national or ethnic origin, or disability in the administration of its educational policies, admissions practices, scholarship and loan programs.

Upon licensure, MSOM graduates can:

  • Open their own acupuncture practice (go into business for themselves)
  • Work for an existing acupuncture clinic
  • Work for a western medical clinic/integrative medicine center
  • Concentrate on VA or insurance billing
  • Enter the research field

According to the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, there are 27,835 certified acupuncturists in the United States and demand for them continues to grow as Baby Boomers age and Millenials search for alternative health and wellness options.1

Demand for acupuncturists in the U.S. is expected to grow by 9-13% with 17,700 new job openings between 2014 and 2024.2

1NCCAOM via CTV America, retrieved 5/26/2016. 
2U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-2017 Edition, Job Outlook, retrieved 5/26/16.

East West College of Natural Medicine is required by the Federal Department of Education to provide the following disclosures to educate consumers on information such as completion rates, median loan debt, and placement rates. Reporting timeframes vary by program length – please refer to the disclosure form for dates of the reported data. The information is based off annual reports provided to the institutional accreditor during the previous reporting year. If you have any questions regarding any disclosure information, please reach out to our admissions department for clarification.