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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 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 assistant skills needed in acupuncture and Oriental medicine and herbal business organizations
  2. Display competency in 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. Demonstrate basic skills for managing acupuncture and Oriental medicine clinic
  5. Understand and communicate with patients and other healthcare professionals with professional language and gesture
  6. Competent for continuing advance studies in acupuncture, Oriental medicine and herbology leading to higher level of academic degrees and/or licensure
Curriculum

The BSOM curriculum includes 68 quarter units (45 semester units) in General Education Courses, and 103 quarter units in Oriental Medicine concentration courses are listed below.

 

General Education Courses Required: 45 Semester Units (68 Quarter Units)
Category Minimum Requirement Example of Subject Area
English & Communication 2 courses or 6 semester units College English *
Communication
Speech
Humanities 2 courses or 6 semester units History *
Critical Thinking
Foreign Languages
Mathematics 2 course or 6 semester units College Algebra
Statistics
Calculus
Social Science 2 course or 6 semester units Sociology
Political Science
Psychology
Science & Technology 2 course or 6 semester units Biology *
Chemistry
General 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 Hour
AC 1221 Introduction to Acupuncture I
30
3
AC 2222 Introduction to Acupuncture II
30
3
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 Hour
BS 1111 Human Biology
30
3
BS 1171 Topographic Anatomy 20 2
BS 2181 Anatomy and Physiology I
30
3
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 Hour
HB 1411 Botany and Introduction to Herbology
30
3
HB 2421 Chinese Herbology I
40
4
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 Hour
OM 1351 Fundamental Theories of Chinese Medicine I
30
3
OM 2352 Fundamental Theories of Chinese Medicine II
20
2
OM 2341 Chinese Medical Terminology / Literature 20 2
OM 2373 Chinese Medical Diagnosis 30 3
OM 3311 History & Philosophy of Oriental Medicine 20 2
OM 2321 Qi Gong Theory and Technique 20 2
OM 3322 Tai Chi Exercise 20 2
OM 3371 Zangfu Syndromes I 30 3
OM 4372 Zangfu Syndromes II 30 3
  TOTAL 220 22
Clinical Science Courses: 8 Quarter Units
Course No. Course Title Total Contact Hours Total Credit Hour
CS 1511 Western Medical Terminology
20
2
CS 1521 Survey of Clinical Medicine
30
3
CS 3521 Medical Assessment/ Physical Examination 30 3
  TOTAL 80 8
Practice Management Courses: 10 Quartr Units
Course No. Course Title Total Contact Hours Total Credit Hour
PM 1921 CPR
10
1
PM 1911 World History of Medicine & Prof Development
30
3
PM 4721 Management for Clinic Practice I
20
2
PM 4722 Management for Clinic Practice II
20
2
PM 4723 Ethics and Legal Professional Issues
20
2
 
TOTAL
100
10
Clinical Training Courses: 6 Quarter Units
Course No. Course Title Total Contact Hours Total Credit Hour
CT 3461 Herbal Pharmacy Lab
40
2
CT 4021 Clinical Obervation I 40 2
CT 4022 Clinical Observation I: Procedure
40
2
  TOTAL 120 6


Elective Course Required: 9 Quarter Units
Elective Courses
Course No. Course Title   Total Credit Hour
  Choose from General Education, Acupuncture, Basic Science, Herbology, Oriental Medicine, Clinical Science or Prf. Develop
9
  TOTAL   9
Graduation Requirement

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

  • completed at least 68 quarter units (45 semester 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
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