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MSOM Program Objectives

Students  graduating from the MSOM program at Kingston University will be able to:

  • Competently apply state-of-art medical practices developed and based on Traditional Oriental Medicine philosophy and thousands of years of successful and modern clinical applications within the scope of practice for a Licensed Acupuncturist in California.

  • Determine an appropriate diagnosis by employing theories and principles of Traditional Oriental Medicine and promptly formulate an effective treatment program.

  • Understand and communicate with other healthcare professionals so that an appropriate and informed referral for  patients to other healthcare professionals can be made promptly when necessary.

  • Perform to the highest ethical standards and professional conduct.

  • Treat patients with respect, compassion and dignity and observe strict patient confidentiality at all time.

  • Explain and educate patients and the public in a professional and friendly language and gesture manner in order to effectively enhance community wellbeing with a high standard of quality and care services.

  • Continuing professional  education development and practice enhancement as a lifelong career commitment

MSOM Curriculum
A. Basic Science - Total 37 Quarter Units / 370 Credit Hours
Course No. Course Title Units Hour Prerequisite
BS1111 Human Biology 3 30 -
BS1131 Chemistry/Organic and Biochemistry 3* 30 -
BS3151 Introductory Microbiology/Immunology 3 30 BS1111
BS2121 General Physics 3* 30 -
BS5161 Psychology in Primary Care 3 30  
BS1171 Topographic Anatomy 2 20 -
BS2181 Anatomy and Physiology I 3 30 BS1111, BS1171
BS3182 Anatomy and Physiology II 3 30 BS2181
BS4183 Anatomy and Physiology III 3 30 BS3182
BS6191 Patho-physiology I 3 30 BS3182
BS7192 Patho-physiology II 3 30 BS6191
BS8193 Patho-physiology III 3 30 BS7192
BS8141 Nutrition in Primary Care 2 20 BS1111, BS1131
         
* Basic Science course, maybe taken at other institutions for transfer credit
 
B. Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Principles, Theories and Treatment - Total 132 Quarter Units / 1,320 Credit Hours
i) Department of Acupuncture - 36 Quarter Units / 360 Credit Hours

Course No.

Course Title Units Hour Prerequisite
AC1221 Introduction to Acupuncture I 3 30 BS1111
AC2222 Introduction to Acupuncture II 3 30 BS1111
AC1223 Acupuncture Anatomy/Physiology 3 30 -
AC3231 Dynamics of Acupuncture Points 3 30 AC1221
AC4281 Acupuncture Techniques I 3 30 AC1221&AC2222
AC5282 Acupuncture Techniques II 3 30 AC1221&AC2222
AC6261 Acupuncture Therapeutics I 3 30 AC4281&AC5282
AC7262 Acupuncture Therapeutics II 3 30 AC4281&AC5282
AC7272 Microsystems of Acupuncture/Auricular & Scalp Therapy 3 30 AC4281
AC8211 Acupuncture Meridian Theories 2 20 -
AC8291 Public Hygiene/ Clean Needle Technique 1 10 -
AC8284 Acupuncture Orthopedics/Traumatology 3 30 AC5282
AC0291 Acupressure & Tuina Therapy 3 30 -
 
ii) Department of Oriental Medicine - 50 Quarter Units / 500 Credit Hours

Course No

Course Title Units Hour Prerequisite
OM1351 Fundamental Theories of Chinese Medicine I 3 30 -
OM2352 Fundamental Theories of Chinese Medicine II 2 20 -
OM2321 Qi Gong Theory and Technique 2 20 -
OM2341 Chinese Medical Terminology/Literature 2 20 -
OM2373 Chinese Medical Diagnosis 3 30 OM1351&OM2352
OM3311 History & Philosophy of Oriental Medicine 2 20 -
OM3322 Tai Chi Exercise 2 20 -
OM3371 Zangfu Syndromes I 3 30 OM2373
OM4372 Zangfu Syndromes II 3 30 OM2373
OM3381 Chinese Internal Medicine I 3 30 OM3371&OM4372
OM4382 Chinese Internal Medicine II 3 30 OM3371&OM4372
OM5383 Chinese Internal Medicine III 3 30 OM3371&OM4372
OM5352 Chinese Medical Classics I  Nei Jing 2 20 OM1351&OM2352
OM6381 Treatise of Shang Han Lun 3 30 HB5431~8434
OM7384 Family Medicine & Emergency Care in OM 2 20 HB5431~8434
OM7385 Gynecology / Obstetrics in OM 3 30 HB5431~8434
OM8283 Ophthalmology/Otolaryngology in OM 2 20 HB5431~8434
OM8286 Pediatrics in OM 2 20 HB5431~8434
OM8386 Syndromes of Wen Bing 2 20 HB5431~8434
OM9382 Synopsis of Jin Gui 3 30 HB5431~8434
 
iii) Department of Herbology - 46 Quarter Units / 460 Credit Hours

Course No

Course Title Units Hour Prerequisite
HB1411 Botany and Introduction to Herbology 3 30 -
HB2421 Chinese Herbology I 4 40 HB1411
HB3422 Chinese Herbology II 4 40 HB1411
HB4423 Chinese Herbology III 4 40 HB1411
HB5424 Chinese Herbology IV 4 40 HB1411
HB5431 Herbal Prescriptions I 4 40 HB2421&HB3422
HB6432 Herbal Prescriptions II 4 40 HB2421~5424
HB7433 Herbal Prescriptions III 4 40 HB2421~5424
HB8434 Herbal Prescriptions IV 4 40 HB2421~5424
HB9431 Herbal Nutrition & Geriatrics 4 40 HB1411
HB9435 Herbal Formulas Compound and Synthesis 2 20 HB2421~5424
HB9461 Herbal Pharmacy 3 30 HB2421~5424
HB0535 Herbal Dermatology & Topical Formulae 2 20 HB5431&HB6432
 
C. Department of Clinical Medicine and Patient Assessment – 26 Quarter Units / 260 Credit hours
Course No. Course Title Units Hour Prerequisite
CS1511 Western Medical Terminology 2 20 -
CS1531 Pharmacology 3 30 BS1131, Herbology I~IV
CS3541 Survey of Clinical Medicine 3 30 BS1111
CS4521 Medical Assessment/Physical Examination 3 30 BS1111,CS1511
CS5561 Clinical Aspects of Western Medicine I 3 30 BS6191,CS3541
CS6562 Clinical Aspects of Western Medicine II 3 30 BS6191,CS3541
CS7563 Clinical Aspects of Western Medicine III 3 30 BS6191,CS3541
CS8564 Clinical Aspects of Western Medicine IV 3 30 BS6191,CS3541
CS0571 Diagnostic Imaging & Laboratory Data 3 30 BS8193
 
D. Case Management – 9 Quarter Units – 90 Credit hours
Course No Course Title Units Hour Prerequisite
PM2631 Evaluation of Signs and Symptoms /ICD-9 Coding 3 30 CS5561~8564
PM0611 Case Management I 3 30
PM0612 Case Management II 3 30 PM0611
 
E. Practice Management - 6 Quarter Units / 60 Credit Hours
Course No Course Title Units Hour Prerequisite
PM9721 Management for Clinic Practice I 2 20 -
PM0722 Management for Clinic Practice II 2 20 PM9721
PM9723 Ethics and Legal Professional Issues 2 20 -
 
F. Public Health - 4 Quarter Units / 40 Credit Hours
Course No Course Title Units Hour Prerequisite
PM1811 Public Health 3 30 -
PM1821 CPR 1 10 -
 
G. Professional Development - 3 Quarter Units / 30 Credit Units
Course No Course Title Units Hour Prerequisite
PM1911 World History of Medicine and Professional Development 3 30 -
 
H. Department of Clinical Practice – 51 Quarter Units / 950 Credit hours
Course No Course Title Units Hour Prerequisite
CT1011 Herbal Pharmacy Lab. 2 40 HB2421-5424,Conc. with HB9461
CT6021 Clinical Observation I 2 40
Passing COQT*I
CT7022 Clinical Observation I:  Procedure 2 40 CT6021
CT8031 Clinical Observation IIA 2 40 CT7022
Passing COQT*II
CT9032 Clinical Observation IIB 2 40 CT8031
CT9041 Clinical Internship:  Phase IA 4 80 CT9032, AC5282
Passing CIQT**I
CT0042 Clinical Internship: Phase IB 4 80 CT9041
CT0043 Clinical Seminar: Phase I 2 20 CT9041
CT1151 Clinical Internship:  Phase IIA 4 80 CT0042,CT0043 Passing CIQT**II
CT2252 Clinical Internship:  Phase IIB  4 80 CT1151
CT2253 Clinical Seminar:  Phase II 2 20 CT1151
CT3061 Supervised Practice:  Phase IIIA 4 80 CT2252,CT2253 Passing SPQT***
CT3062 Supervised Practice:  Phase IIIB 4 80 CT3061
CT3063 Clinical Seminar: Phase III 3 30 CT3061
CT4071 Supervised Practice: Phase IVA 4 80 CT3063
CT4072 Supervised Practice:  Phase IVB 4 80 CT4071
CT4081 Supervised Practice Evaluation 2 40 CT4071
* Clinical Observation Qualification Test
** Clinical Internship Qualification Test
*** Supervised Practice Qualification Test
 
Graduation Requirements
The student must satisfy the following graduation requirements in order to be awarded the Master of Science in Oriental Medicine degree: (1) Complete the didactic courses and clinical internship hours prescribed by the curriculum by either ONE of the following:
  • as a full-time residency student, completed full curriculum of 268 Quarter Units, which includes 2170 hours of didactic course works and 950 hours of clinical training, within a minimum of four academic years (12 quarters), or
  • as a student who have completed and transferred previous course works in acupuncture/Oriental Medicine programs at another approved educational institution, satisfy the Residency Requirement for the MSOM program, which requires the completion of a minimum of 45 quarter units within three quarters or one academic year
(2) complete the program with a minimum GPA of 3.0

(3) pass the Comprehensive Examination with a minimum score of 70%, and

(4) satisfy all tuition obligations prior to graduation. 
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