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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 -
BS1121 General Physics 3* 30 -
BS1131 Chemistry/Organic and Biochemistry 3* 30 -
BS3141 Nutrition in Primary Care 2 20 BS1111, BS1131
BS3151 Introductory Microbiology/Immunology 3 30 BS1111
BS4161 Psychology in Primary Care 3 30 BS1111, BS2182 
BS1171 Topographic Anatomy 2 20 -
BS2181 Anatomy and Physiology I 3 30 BS1111, BS1171
BS2182 Anatomy and Physiology II 3 30 BS2181
BS2183 Anatomy and Physiology III 3 30 BS2182
BS3191 Patho-physiology I 3 30 BS2182
BS3192 Patho-physiology II 3 30 BS3191
BS3193 Patho-physiology III 3 30 BS3192
 
Subtotal
37    
* 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
AC1211 Acupuncture Meridian Theories 2 20 -
AC1221 Introduction to Acupuncture I 3 30 BS1111
AC1222 Introduction to Acupuncture II 3 30 BS1111
AC1241 Acupressure & Tuina Therapy 3 30 AC1211
AC2231 Dynamics of Acupuncture Points 3 30 AC1221
AC3221 Acupuncture Techniques I 3 30 AC1221&AC2222
AC3222 Acupuncture Techniques II 3 30 AC1221&AC2222
AC3231 Microsys of Acup/Auricular & Scalp Therapy 3 30 AC3221
AC4223 Acupuncture Anatomy/Physiology 3 30 BS1171
AC5211 Public Hygiene/ Clean Needle Technique 1 10 -
AC5221 Acupuncture Therapeutics I 3 30 AC1221, 1222
AC5222 Acupuncture Therapeutics II 3 30 AC1221, 1222
AC5241 Acupuncture Orthopedics/Traumatology 3 30 AC3222
 
Subtotal
36    
 
ii) Department of Oriental Medicine - 50 Quarter Units / 500 Credit Hours
 

Course No

Course Title Units Hour Prerequisite
OM1311 History & Philosophy of Oriental Medicine 2 20 -
OM1321 Qi Gong Theory and Technique 2 20 -
OM1322 Tai Chi Exercise 2 20 -
OM1312 Chinese Medical Terminology / Literature 2 20 -
OM2311 Fundamental Theories of Chinese Medicine I 3 30 -
OM2312 Fundamental Theories of Chinese Medicine II 2 20 -
OM3320 Chinese Medical Diagnosis 3 30 OM2311, 2312
OM4321 Zangfu Syndromes I 3 30 OM3320
OM4322 Zangfu Syndromes II 3 30 OM3320
OM5311 Chinese Internal Medicine I 3 30 OM4321, 4322
OM5312 Chinese Internal Medicine II 3 30 OM4321, 4322
OM5313 Chinese Internal Medicine III 3 30 OM4321, 4322
OM5321 Chinese Medical Classics I  Nei Jing 2 20 OM2311, 2312
OM5322 Treatise of Shang Han Lun 3 30 HB4431~4434
OM5323 Syndromes of Wen Bing 2 20 HB4431~4434
OM5324 Synopsis of Jin Gui 3 30 HB4431~4434
OM5331 Family Medicine & Emergency Care in OM 2 20 HB4431~4434
OM5332 Gynecology / Obstetrics in OM 3 30 HB4431~4434
OM5333 Ophthalmology/Otolaryngology in OM 2 20 HB4431~4434
OM5334 Pediatrics in OM 2 20 HB4431~4434
 
Subtotal
50    
 
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
HB2422 Chinese Herbology II 4 40 HB1411
HB2423 Chinese Herbology III 4 40 HB1411
HB2424 Chinese Herbology IV 4 40 HB1411
HB5431 Herbal Formulas Compound and Synthesis 2 20 HB2421~2424
HB3460 Herbal Pharmacy 3 30 HB1411
HB4431 Herbal Prescriptions I 4 40 HB2421, 2422
HB4432 Herbal Prescriptions II 4 40 C. Herbology
HB4433 Herbal Prescriptions III 4 40 C. Herbology
HB4434 Herbal Prescriptions IV 4 40 C. Herbology
HB3431 Herbal Nutrition & Geriatrics 4 40 HB1411
HB5432 Herbal Dermatology & Topical Formulae 2 20 HB4421, 4422
 
Subtotal
46    
 
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 -
CS1521 Survey of Clinical Medicine 3 30 BS1111
CS3521 Medical Assessment/Physical Examination 3 30 BS1111, CS1511, BS2181~2182
CS4531 Pharmacology 3 30 BS1111, BS2182, Herbology I~IV
CS5561 Clinical Aspects of Western Medicine I 3 30 BS3191, CS1511
CS5562 Clinical Aspects of Western Medicine II 3 30 BS3191, CS1521
CS5563 Clinical Aspects of Western Medicine III 3 30 BS3193, CS1521
CS5564 Clinical Aspects of Western Medicine IV 3 30 BS3193, CS1521
CS5571 Diagnostic Imaging & Laboratory Data 3 30 BS3193
 
Subtotal
26    
 
D. Case Management – 9 Quarter Units – 90 Credit hours
 
Course No Course Title Units Hour Prerequisite
PM5631 Evaluation of Signs and Symptoms /ICD-10 Coding 3 30 CS5561~5564
PM5611 Case Management I 3 30
PM5612 Case Management II 3 30 PM5611
 
Subtotal
9    
 
E. Practice Management - 6 Quarter Units / 60 Credit Hours
 
Course No Course Title Units Hour Prerequisite
PM4721 Management for Clinic Practice I 2 20 -
PM4722 Management for Clinic Practice II 2 20 PM4721
PM3723 Ethics and Legal Professional Issues 2 20 -
 
Subtotal
6    
 
F. Public Health - 4 Quarter Units / 40 Credit Hours
 
Course No Course Title Units Hour Prerequisite
PM5811 Public Health 3 30 -
PM1821 CPR 1 10 -
 
Subtotal
4    
 
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 -
 
Subtotal
3    
 
H. Department of Clinical Practice – 51 Quarter Units / 950 Credit hours
 
Course No Course Title Units Hour Prerequisite
CT3461 Herbal Pharmacy Lab. 2 40 HB2421-2424
CT4021 Clinical Observation I 2 40
Passing COQT*I
CT4022 Clinical Observation I:  Procedure 2 40 CT4021
CT6031 Clinical Observation IIA 2 40 CT4022
Passing COQT*II
CT6032 Clinical Observation IIB 2 40 CT6031
CT6041 Clinical Internship:  Phase IA 4 80 CT6032, AC3222
Passing CIQT**I
CT6042 Clinical Internship: Phase IB 4 80 CT6041
CT6043 Clinical Seminar: Phase I 2 20 CT6041
CT6051 Clinical Internship:  Phase IIA 4 80 CT6042,CT6043 Passing CIQT**II
CT6052 Clinical Internship:  Phase IIB  4 80 CT6051
CT6053 Clinical Seminar:  Phase II 2 20 CT6051
CT6061 Supervised Practice:  Phase IIIA 4 80 CT6052,CT6053 Passing SPQT***
CT6062 Supervised Practice:  Phase IIIB 4 80 CT6061
CT6063 Clinical Seminar: Phase III 3 30 CT6061
CT6071 Supervised Practice: Phase IVA 4 80 CT6063
CT6072 Supervised Practice:  Phase IVB 4 80 CT6071
CT6081 Supervised Practice Evaluation 2 40 CT6072
 
Subtotal
51    
* 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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