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The Bachelor of Science program in Oriental Medicine provides students with complete training in medical science, acupuncture, Oriental Medicine and herbology theories foundation necessary for studying the Master of Science in Oriental Medicine which prepare students to become qualified practitioners in Acupuncture, Herbologist or Oriental Medicine. Students will practice of breathing exercise, Qi Gong, and Chinese hand manipulation therapy technique, Tuina, and acupressure. Upon completion of the Bachelor of Science in Oriental Medicine, students are prepared for assistant or management careers 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. 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 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. Understand basic theories, concept and knowledge in medical science, acupuncture, Oriental medicine and Chinese herbology and ethics
  2. Demonstrate basic skills required for a competent assistant in complementary medical facilities such as acupuncture, chiropractor and pain management offices and herbal pharmacy or business organizations
  3. Become knowledgeable in health and well-being practice and capable of performing hygiene routines with respect to OSHA compliance
  4. Perform Oriental therapeutic treatments by employing Tuina, acupressure, Taichi and Qi Gong technique in a clinic setting and treat patients with respect, compassion and dignity and observe strict HIPPA and patient confidentiality at all time
  5. Recognize how the practice of Oriental medicine work in synergy to enhance the community wellbeing with quality care service
  6. Understand and communicate with other healthcare professionals with professional terminology
  7. Demonstrate basic skills for managing acupuncture clinic or facilities alike and herbal dispensary 
  8. Become competent for continuing advance studies in acupuncture, Oriental medicine and herbology leading to a higher level of academic degrees and/or professional licensure qualification

Students may be admitted to the BS program after they have completed General Education courses or be enrolled, concurrently, in General Education courses, which must be completed prior to completion of the BS program, and with a minimum G.P.A. attained must be of 2.0 or better. General Education courses are designed to give each student a breadth of experience in various academic disciplines. These learning experiences provide an introductory base to different fields of study and discuss how each disciple conducts its research, thus adding to general knowledge. GE courses are offered at community/city colleges.

To meet the graduation unit requirements, students are required to complete 68 quarter units (45 semester units) in General Education Courses, 112 quarter units in Oriental Medicine concentration courses. Students must pass the Clinical Observation Qualification Test I prior to enrolling in Clinical Observation I course.
General Education Courses Required: 68 Quarter Units (45 Semester Units)
Category Minimum Requirement Example of Subject Area
English & Communication 2 courses College English *
Humanities 2 courses History *
Critical Thinking
Foreign Languages
Mathematics 2 course College Algebra
Social Science 2 course Sociology
Political Science
Science & Technology 2 course Biology
Chemistry, Physics, Nutrition,
Computer Science
* Required course    
Oriental Medicine Concentration Course Required: 103 Quarter Units
Acupuncture Courses: 17 Quarter Units
Course No. Course Title Total Contact Hours Total Credit Hours
AC 1221 Introduction to Acupuncture I
AC 1222 Introduction to Acupuncture II
AC 1211 Acupuncture Meridian Theory 20 2
AC 1241 Acupressure and Tuina Therapy 30 3
AC 2231 Dynamics of Acupuncture Points 30 3
AC 3231 Microtherapy of Acupuncture / Auricular & Scalp Therapy 30 3
  TOTAL 170 17
Basic Science Courses: 16 Quarter Units
Course No. Course Title Total Contact Hours Total Credit Hours
BS 1111 Human Biology
BS 1171 Topographic Anatomy 20 2
BS 2181 Anatomy and Physiology I
BS 2182 Anatomy and Physiology II 30 3
BS 2183 Anatomy and Physiology III 30 3
BS 3141
Nutrition in Primary Care
20 2
  TOTAL 160 16
Herbology Courses: 24 Quarter Units
Course No. Course Title Total Contact Hours Total Credit Hours
HB 1411 Botany and Introduction to Herbology
HB 2421 Chinese Herbology I
HB 2422 Chinese Herbology II 40 4
HB 2423 Chinese Herbology III 40 4
HB 2424 Chinese Herbology IV 40 4
HB 3431
Herbal Formulas Compound and Synthesis
20 2
HB 3460
Herbal Pharmacy
30 3
  TOTAL 240 24
Oriental Medicine Courses: 22 Quarter Units
Course No. Course Title Total Contact Hours Total Credit Hours
OM 1311 History & Philosophy of Oriental Medicine
OM 1321 Qi Gong Theory and Technique 20 2
OM 1322 Tai Chi Ex2ercise
OM 1312 Chinese Medical Terminology / Literature 20 2
OM 2351 Fundamental Theories of Chinese Medicine I 30 3
OM 2352 Fundamental Theories of Chinese Medicine II 20 2
OM 3321 Chinese Medical Diagnosis 30 3
OM 4321 Zangfu Syndromes I 30 3
OM 4322 Zangfu Syndromes II 30 3
  TOTAL 220 22
Clinical Science and Professional Development Courses: 18 Quarter Units
Course No. Course Title Total Contact Hours Total Credit Hours
CS 1511 Western Medical Terminology
CS 1521 Survey of Clinical Medicine
CS 3521 Medical Assessment/ Physical Examination 30 3
PM 1821 CPR
PM 1911 World History of Medicine & Prof Development
PM 4721 Management for Clinic Practice I
PM 4722 Management for Clinic Practice II
PM 3723 Ethics and Legal Professional Issues
Clinical Training Courses: 6 Quarter Units
Course No. Course Title Total Contact Hours Total Credit Hour
CT 3461 Herbal Pharmacy Lab
CT 4021* Clinical Obervation I 40 2
CT 4022 Clinical Observation I: Procedure
  TOTAL 120 6
Additional courses selected from General Education, or other undergraduate program: 9 Quarter Units upon prior approval by the Academic Dean

Quarterly Curriculumm Structure for BS Oriental Medicine Program - Normal Progress Sample under a Full-time Study Scheme.

Graduation Requirement

Students must meet the following academic requirements prior to graduation:

  • completed at least 68 quarter units or equivalent in General Education Courses
  • completed 103 quarter units in Acupuncture, Basic Science, Oriental Medicine, Herbology and other related Courses prescribed by the program
  • complete at least additional 9 quarter units in general education or advance studies in Acupuncture, Basic Science, Herbology, Oriental Medicine, Clinical Science or Professional Development
  • maintained a minimum G.P.A. of 2.0 or better

Upon completing the academic requirements for graduation and fulfilling financial obligation for the program, students will be awarded the Bachelor of Science in Oriental Medicine degree.

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