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The Associate in Science program in Oriental Medicine option provides students with introductory knowledge of basic medical science, acupuncture, Oriental Medicine and herbology theories, and the practice of breathing exercise, Qi Gong, and Chinese hand manipulation therapy technique, Tuina, and acupressure.

Upon completion of the Associate in Science in Oriental Medicine program, students are prepared for an entry level of career at an Acupuncture clinic and practice Tuina and acupressure to help patients relieve pains and discomfort. Students are also prepared to advance their education to the bachelor level of the Oriental medicine or to the Master of Science in Oriental Medicine which will qualify students upon completion to sit for California Acupuncture License Exam (CALE). Students should note that performing acupuncture or the needling on human body is only permitted with a valid acupuncturist license which is only issued to practitioners who successfully pass CALE. Students may refer to the section on the academic program information of the “Master of Science in Oriental Medicine” in this Catalog and the website of California Acupuncture Board, www.acupuncture.ca.gov for further detail on licensing and requirements.

 

Program Objectives

This curriculum is designed to prepare students to:

  1. Demonstrate basic skills needed as an assistant in acupuncture and Oriental medicine and herbal business organizations
  2. Understand subjects related to basic theories in medical science, acupuncture, Oriental medicine and herbology required for critical thinking applications
  3. Recognize how Oriental medicine organizations work in synergy to enhance the community wellbeing with high standard of quality and care service
  4. Understand and communicate with other healthcare professionals with professional language and gesture
  5. Competent for continuing advance studies in acupuncture, Oriental medicine and herbology leading to the higher level of academic degrees and/or licensure
Curriculum

The ASOM curriculum includes 32 quarter units (21 semester units) in General Education Courses, and 61 quarter units in Oriental Medicine concentration courses as listed below.

Oriental Medicine Concentration Courses Required: 60 quarter Units

Department

Course No.

Course Title

Units

Acupuncture

AC 1221

Introduction to Acupuncture I

3

AC 2222

Introduction to Acupuncture II

3

AC 4281

Acupuncture Techniques I

3

AC 5282

Acupuncture Techniques II

3

AC 8211

Acupuncture Meridian Theory

2

AC 0291

Acupressure and Tuina Therapy

3

 

 

Total

17

Basic Science

BS 1171

Topographic Anatomy

2

BS 2181

Anatomy and Physiology I

3

BS 3182

Anatomy and Physiology II

3

BS 4183

Anatomy and Physiology III

3

 

 

Total

11

Herbology

HB 1411

Botany and Introduction to Herbology

3

HB 2421

Chinese Herbology I

4

HB 3422

Chinese Herbology II

4

 

 

Total

11

Oriental Medicine

OM 1351

Fundamental Theories of Chinese Medicine I

3

OM 2352

Fundamental Theories of Chinese Medicine II

2

OM 2341

Chinese Medical Terminology/Literature

2

OM 2373

Chinese Medical Diagnosis

3

OM 3311

History & Philosophy of Oriental Medicine

2

OM 2321

Qi Gong Theory and Technique

2

 

 

Total

14

Clinical Science

CS 1511

Western Medical Terminology

2

 

 

Total

2

Practice Management

PM 1911

World History of Medicine & Prof Development

3

 

PM 9723

Ethics and Legal Professional Issues

2

 

 

Total

5

Graduation Requirements

To receive the Associate in Science, Oriental Medicine degree, students must meet the following academic requirements:

  • completed 32 quarter units (21 semester units) in General Education Courses
  • completed 61 quarter units in Acupuncture, Basic Science, Oriental Medicine, Herbology and other related Courses
  • maintained a minimum G.P.A. of 2.0 or better
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