College of Professional Studies

Master of Science in Oriental Medicine

National University offers a nine-trimester program leading to the master of science in oriental medicine degree (MSOM). Our traditional apprentice-style learning environment immerses students in the five branches of oriental medicine:

  • Acupuncture
  • Herbal Medicine
  • Nutrition and Dietary Therapy
  • Tui Na Oriental Bodywork and Therapeutic Massage
  • Qi Gong and Tai Chi

National University's program provides a solid foundation in both western and Chinese medical science, so that the graduate can design integrative treatment plans for their future patients. Students learn fundamental biomedical science and modern medical diagnostics including coursework in radiology, pathology, physiology, microbiology, and public health. 

This backbone of western medical science is critical for today's oriental medical physician. In fact, the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine has implemented a biomedicine component in its certification exam (view NUHS performance). Acupuncture and oriental medicine graduates from National University will be at a unique advantage, not only in certification exams, but also in meeting the challenges of integrative care positions in hospitals and managed care settings.

Accreditation

The Master of Science Degree in Acupuncture and the Master of Science Degree in Oriental Medicine of the National University of Health Sciences are accredited under the Master's Degree standards by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM), the recognized accrediting agency for programs preparing acupuncture and oriental medicine practitioners. ACAOM is located at 8941 Aztec Drive, Eden Prairie, Minnesota 55347; phone, 952-212-2434; fax, 952-657-7068.

This full accreditation assures that NUHS graduates are eligible to sit for the licensing examinations conducted by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). Learn more »