Master of Oriental Medicine
Doctor of Oriental Medicine
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 Master of Oriental Medicine Program

 (270 Quarter Units/3,300 hours)

The Master of Oriental Medicine degree program is designed to provide highly-motivated students with an opportunity to pursue a career in this rapidly growing field.  While the program stresses the traditional Chinese approach to Oriental medicine, students are exposed to the influence that Korea, Japan, and India have contributed to the discipline.

The Master of Oriental Medicine Program subscribes to an educational philosophy that is a marriage of Oriental and Occidental philosophies of teaching and learning where each student is viewed as being gifted. With humanistic understanding each student’s gifts will find their full expression and the use of intellect to discover what we may become is the essence of humanistic study.  To release one’s gifts is to adopt a holistic view, acknowledging the individual’s capacity for self-actualization, choice, growth and spirituality.  The implementation of such a teaching-learning model demands that individuals be considered in their many inseparable dimensions: body, mind and spirit and in their social, cultural and environmental contexts.

As a mode of education, this approach combines cognitive and methodological skills with affective and intuitive skills.  It recognizes maturity and effectiveness are manifestations of perspective, experience and knowledge.

Focusing on the cultivation of professional expertise and personal development, the fundamental purpose of the Master of Oriental Medicine program is to promote excellence in Oriental Medicine.  The expectations we have for students in the Master of Oriental Medicine program are high and students must be self-disciplined, willing to dedicate themselves to rigorous academic study, and resolve to attain complete development spiritually, as well as, intellectually.

Graduates of the Master of Oriental Medicine program will have the intellectual skills to understand allopathic, biomedical, evidence-based, and complimentary care practices and will be able to fulfill leadership roles in establishing new systems to disseminate research findings to health-care practitioners and consumers of health and healing.

Admission Requirements for Master of Oriental Medicine Program

•  Official transcript showing the completion of at least 90 quarter units (60 semester units) of undergraduate level study with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00
•  Two letters of recommendation.

Graduation Requirements for Master of Oriental Medicine Program

•  Successfully complete a minimum of 270 quarter units of the following coursework with a cumulative Grade Point average of 2.0.
•  Successfully pass the MOM comprehensive examination.

Time Limit

The MOM program must be completed within 6 years from the time the student commenced the first course, as a regular student, which applies to the degree requirements.  This time limit, at the option of the university, may be extended due to special extenuating circumstances.

Professional Liability and Malpractice Insurance

All students enrolled in the MOM program must maintain professional liability and malpractice insurance throughout the time they are officially enrolled in the program’s internship courses.

Total Curriculum of Master of Oriental Medicine Program (270 units/3,300 hours) 

Western Sciences and Medicine

Course No.

Course Title

Units/Hours

GS 500

General Biology I

3/30

GS 501

General Biology II

3/30

GS 510

General Chemistry

3/30

GS 511

Organic and Biochemistry

4/40

GS 520

General Physics

4/40

GS 525

General Psychology

3/30

GS 530

Human Anatomy & Physiology I

4/40

GS 531

Human Anatomy & Physiology II

4/40

GS 532

Human Anatomy & Physiology III

4/40

GS 540

Nutrition

4/40

GS 550

Pathology I

4/40

GS 551

Pathology II

4/40

HT 500

Ancient Writings and the History of Medicine

2/20

HT 510

Western and Oriental Medical Terminology

4/40

PME  500

Laws, Ethics, and Professional Issues

3/30

PME  501

Practice Management: Visiting and Planning

6/60

WM 595

Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and First Aid

1/10

WM 596

Public Hygiene

3/30

WM 621

Pharmacology I

4/40

WM 622

Pharmacology II

4/40

WM 651

Western Internal Medicine I

4/40

WM 652

Western Internal Medicine II

4/40

WM 653

Western Internal Medicine III

4/40

 

 Oriental Medicine of Acupuncture and Herbs

Course No.

Course Title

 Units/Hours

OH 550

Botany

4/40

OH 551

Herb Making

1/10

OH 601

Oriental Herbal Pharmacopeia I: Herbology I

4/40

OH 602

Oriental Herbal Pharmacopeia II: Herbology II

4/40

OH 603

Oriental Herbal Pharmacopeia III: Herbology III

4/40

OH 604

Oriental Herbal Pharmacopeia IV: Herbology IV

4/40

OH 605

Oriental Herbal Pharmacopeia V: Herbology V

4/40

OH 606

Herbs of North America

4/40

OH 607

Oriental Herbal Prescription I: Formula I

4/40

OH 608

Oriental Herbal Prescription II: Formula II

4/40

OH 609

Oriental Herbal Prescription III: Formula III

4/40

OH 610

Oriental Herbal Prescription IV: Formula IV

4/40

OM 550

Breathing Techniques and Oriental Exercise

2/20

OM 555

Acupressure

2/20

OM 560

Tui-Na I

3/30

OM 561

Tui-Na II

3/30

OM 585

Fundamentals of OM I: Introduction to OM

4/40

OM 586

Fundamentals of OM II: Meridian Theory

4/40

OM 587

Fundamentals of OM III: General Pathology in OM

4/40

OM 611

Traditional Oriental Diagnosis I

4/40

OM 612

Traditional Oriental Diagnosis II

4/40

OM 613

Traditional Oriental Diagnosis III

4/40

OM 615

Oriental Internal Medicine I

4/40

OM 616

Oriental Internal Medicine II

4/40

OM 617

Oriental Internal Medicine III

4/40

OM 618

Oriental Internal Medicine IV

3/30

OM 619

Oriental Internal Medicine V

3/30

OM 636

Acupuncture I: Point Locations I

4/40

OM 637

Acupuncture II: Point Locations II

4/40

OM 638

Acupuncture III: Acupuncture Therapeutics

4/40

OM 639

Acupuncture IV: Acupuncture Techniques I

4/40

OM 640

Acupuncture V: Acupuncture Techniques II

4/40

 

Clinical Practice:

Course No.

Course Title

Units/Hours

CIT  641

Clinical Practice: Observation Internship I: Phase IA

4/80

CIT  642

Clinical Practice: Observation Internship II: Phase IB

4/80

CIT  643

Clinical Training: Internship Diagnosis/ Evaluation I: Phase IIA

4/80

CIT  644

Clinical Training: Internship Diagnosis/ Evaluation II: Phase IIB

4/80

CIT  645

Clinical Training: Internship Guided Practice Diagnosis/ Evaluation III: Phase IIIA

8/160

CIT  646

Clinical Training: Internship Partial Supervision: Phase IIIB

8/160

CIT  647

Clinical Training: Internship Proximal Supervision I: Phase IV

12/240

CIT  648

Clinical Training: Internship Proximal Supervision II: Phase V

12/240

CIT  649

Case Review I  5/50

 

CIT  650

Case Review II 5/50

 

CIT  651

Advanced Patient Diagnosis, Evaluation and Treatment

4/80

 

*All students are required to successfully pass a pre-internship test prior to entering a clinical phase.

MOM Comprehensive Examination

The final step in qualifying for the MOM is to pass the MOM Comprehensive Examination. The MOM Comprehensive Examination is administered by a special examination committee appointed by the Dean of the School of Oriental Medicine.  The exam is a written theory based exam approximately Five (5) hours in length and is evaluated on a pass/fail basis. Students are given three opportunities to pass the exam. Failure to pass the exam on the third attempt automatically disqualifies the student from further attempts until he/she has successfully completed additional prescribed coursework.

Elective Courses

Master of Oriental Medicine Degree students may optionally select courses from the following elective courses:

Course No.

Course Title

Units/Hours

GS 644

Application of Computers to Health Care Practice

3/30

GS 646

Medical Literature/Review

2/20

OM 562

Tui-Na III

3/30

OM 563

Tui-Na IV

3/30

OM 650

Auricular Acupuncture

3/30

OM 651

Scalp Acupuncture

3/30

OM 652

Korean Hand Acupuncture

3/30

OM 653

Sa-Sang Constitutional Medicine I

3/30

OM 654

Sa-Sang Constitutional Medicine II

3/30

 

Doctor of Oriental Medicine

in Research Advancement Program

(120 Quarter Units/1,200 hours)

The Doctor of Oriental Medical in Research Advancement program is a professional graduate program that builds on the specialized knowledge and expertise acquired at the master’s level in Oriental medicine. The program augments the master’s level education by providing additional course work that meets California standard of primary care education as described in California acupuncture code AB 1943, and puts OM education on parity with all other primary care professions.

The study of clinical OM requires critical thinking, broad knowledge on current medical practice, dedication to patient care and the ability to bring OM into the medical main stream.  Candidates are expected to pursue a career that is dedicated to improving healthcare by integrating OM into the American healthcare lexicon.

The program emphasizes the scientific basis of Oriental Medicine, clinical practice, research methodologies, and leadership skills and is designed to bring recognition of OM as a medical system that will be a significant part of the solution for today’s healthcare problems.

Admission Requirement for Doctor of Oriental Medicine in Research Advancement Program

•  Master of Oriental Medicine Degree with an official transcript showing the completion of  a minimum of 3,000 hours of oriental medicine study and a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00.
•  Two letters of recommendation.

Graduation Requirements for Doctor of Oriental Medicine in Research Advancement Program

•  Successfully complete a minimum of 120 quarter units of the following coursework with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale.
•  Successfully complete the Dissertation Project.

Time Limit

The DOMRA program must be completed within 4 years from the time the student commenced the first course, as a regular student, which applies to the degree requirements.  This time limit, at the option of the university, may be extended due to special extenuating circumstances.

Professional Liability and Malpractice Insurance

All students enrolled in the DOMRA program must maintain professional liability and malpractice insurance throughout the time they are officially enrolled in the program’s internship courses.

Awarding the Degree

When it is certified that the candidate has completed all required work and met all financial obligations for the Doctor of Oriental Medicine in Research Advancement degree course, the degree will be recommended by vote of the Doctoral Committee.  The degree is granted by Life University’s Board of Trustees and is conferred at the university’s commencement.

Total Curriculum of Doctor of Oriental Medicine in Research Advancement Program

(120 units/1,200 hours)

Course No.

Course Title

Units/Hours

GS 710

Applied Biostatistics

4/40

GS 712

Experimental Design, Statistical Sampling Methods and Research Methodology

4/40

GS 714

Science Laboratory

4/40

GS 716

Immunology

3/30

GS 718

Medical Microbiology

4/40

GS 720

Physiological Balance

3/30

GS 730

Health Care Economics and Public Health

3/30

GS 732

Health Services Financial Management

3/30

OM 712

Gross Anatomy

4/40

OM 714

Neurophysiology

4/40

OM 718

Advanced Oriental Internal Medicine I

4/40

OM 720

Advanced Oriental Internal Medicine II

4/40

OM 729

Advanced Herbs and Pharmaceutical Interactions

4/40

OM 730

Treatise on Exogenous Febrile Diseases

4/40

OM 731

Distribution Vessels and Nodes

4/40

OM 732

Vitality, Endocrine Glands and Emotions

4/40

OM 734

Science of Seasonal Febrile Diseases

4/40

OM 736

Synopsis of the Golden Chamber

4/40

OM 737

Patient Assessment and Diagnosis I

4/40

OM 738

Patient Assessment and Diagnosis II

4/40

OM 739

Patient Assessment and Diagnosis III

3/30

CIT  710

Advanced Diagnosis (Radiology)

4/40

CIT  715

Mechanisms of Needling Therapy

4/40

CIT  718

Oriental Orthopedics I

4/40

CIT  730

Oriental Orthopedics II

4/40

CIT  731

Oriental Orthopedics III

4/40

CIT  732

Evidence Based Research I

3/30

CIT  733

Evidence Based Research II

3/30

CIT  740

Evidence Based Research III

3/30

CIT  741

Doctoral Special Study I

2/20

CIT  742

Doctoral Special Study II

2/20

CIT  760

Supervised Teaching Internship I

2/20

CIT  761

Supervised Teaching Internship II

2/20

CIT  762

Supervised Teaching Internship III

2/20

CIT  780

OM Seminar

2/20

Dissertation Project

Students are required to complete a Dissertation Project.  Students are appointed a Doctoral Committee by the Dean of the school and students must submit a proposal of the Dissertation Project to the committee for approval. Once the Dissertation Project has been approved, the student must then write a dissertation, under the supervision of the Doctoral Committee, demonstrating an ability to do significant research and scholarly analysis and to present findings and conclusions with precision and clarity. An abstract of 350 words which clearly sets forth the content and conclusion of the dissertation is to be filed and signed by the Doctoral Committee Chair. Once approved by the Doctoral Committee, two copies of the dissertation, typographically perfect and bearing the signatures of the committee, must be filed with the School Dean before the given deadline. When the final copies are filed with the School Dean, the student is asked to sign a microfilming and copyright agreement.  The dissertation, including the abstract, bibliography and appendix, is not to exceed 500 pages.

Elective Courses

Doctor of Oriental Medicine in Research Advancement Degree students may optionally select courses from the following elective courses:

Course No.

Course Title

Units/Hours

OM 716

OM Otorhinolaryngology

4/40

OM 722

OM Osteology

4/40