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Welcome to PCOM

Welcome to Pacific College of Oriental Medicine

A School for Acupuncture, Massage Therapy and Nursing (RN to BS) with a Holistic Focus

Welcome to Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, one of the nation's leading schools for acupuncture, massage, Chinese herbal medicine, holistic nursing, and integrative medicine located in California, New York and Illinois.

Here, you will earn your certificate or degree in one of three dynamic cities: San Diego, CA, New York, NY or Chicago, IL.

Our programs cover an array of courses including acupuncture, shiatsu, tui na, Thai massage, and the principles of natural nutrition. Practice qi gong, tai ji, and meditation with like-minded students and expert faculty as you prepare for a rewarding career in this emerging integrative medical field. Additionally, PCOM New York offers a unique Bachelor of Science (RN to BS) completion program with holistic focus.

We are pleased you have chosen to learn more about Pacific College and invite you to explore our website or contact us directly to learn which of our programs is right for you.


Here is a compilation of PCOM's ongoing presence in the news. Check back here to see the most recent media outlets that are picking up the college, PCOM faculty, clinicians, students, and alumni.

Pacific College Alumna Featured on Dr. Oz

Watch Pacific College Alumna Jill Blakeway, LAc, presenting auricular acupuncture on Dr. Oz! Watch here.

Pacific College NY Grad Published in The Journal of Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Read about Ken Andes' NIH funded, "Pilot Study of Qi Gong for Reducing Cocaine Craving Early in Recovery" HERE.

Pop-up Acupuncture Clinic in Newtown, Conn., Treats Post-Traumatic Stress in a Novel Way

The New York Daily News highlights some of the Acupuncture service work being done by Pacific College graduates Alise Beccaria, Michelle Ladue, and Christy Sica after Hurricane Sandy and currently in Newtown, Connecticut after the SandyHook massacre. Read more here.

Pacific College Wins National Institute of Health (NIH) Contract For Disaster Health Information Outreach

Naomi Broering, dean of libraries, along with the Pacific College library will be collaborating with the Public Health Services, Health & Human Services Agency, of the County of San Diego (SDPHS) to share disaster health information and increase awareness of the National Library of Medicine (NLM) resources available to first responders and health workers in times of crisis. Learn more!

Pacific College Alumnus Featured on Katie Couric's online show: Katie's Take

Pacific College Alumnus Jill Blakeway, LAc shares all about acupuncture with Katie Couric and even gives Katie her very first acupuncture treatment! Check it out!

NBC Features Pacific College Faculty Member in Alzheimer's Article

Jo Douat, Pacific College San Diego faculty member says about preventing Alheimer's, "Good food, no excessive drinking and good mental perspectives help..." Read more here.

NextAvenue.org Features PCOM New York Academic Dean on the Topic of Acupuncture

Check out the article featuring Academic Dean Beau Anderson, LAc on why acupuncture deserves a closer look and the wide array of conditions it can treat HERE.

PCOM San Diego Faculty Member Featured in Men's Fitness Magazine

Do you have sore muscles? See how to treat them using Chinese medicine herbal remedies with Faculty Member Thomas Kouo, LAc HERE.

PCOM New York Faculty Member Featured in Max Sports and Fitness

Strokes are one of America's top 5 killers. Faculty Member Max Kalkstein, LAc explains how Chinese medicine can help in the prevention of a stroke. See how!

PCOM New York's Relief Efforts for Superstorm Sandy Survivors Featured in Well & Good NYC

In the aftermarth of Superstorm Sandy, Pacific College New York has teamed up with acupuncturists throughout the tri-state area to lend a helping hand by offering free acupuncture, massage, and more. Check out the article here!

PCOM Chicago Alumnus Collin Campbell Featured on Living Healthy Chicago

PCOM Grad Collin Campbell, LAc, discusses the benefits of acupuncture and Chinese medicine. Check out the video segment here!

PCOM NY Student Julie Cho Featured in Korean Times

PCOM Student and Korean Student Association (KSA) President Julie Cho headed up Free Acupuncture Outreach, an event put on by PCOM-KSA, where acupuncture students and supervisors provided free treatments for patients throughout the day. Check it out!

PCOM Experts Talk Ayurveda on Dr. OZ

The Dr. Oz episode featured on February 29, 2012 features two of Pacific College's experts, PCOM NY alumnus Daniel Hsu and PCOM NY faculty member Janet Tsai, discussing Ayurvedic and TCM principles for health and weight loss. Check it out!

PCOM New York Grad Opens Community Acupuncture Clinic

Pat Studley is excited to open doors to his new acupuncture clinic offering free treatments. Check it out! 

PCOM New York Alumnus Phyllis Shapiro Appears on ABC Health Segment

Phyllis Shapior, L.Ac explains how acupuncture works and some basics of Oriental medicine. Check it out!

PCOM San Diego Alumnus Featured on Better Show as "Fertility Goddess"

Jill Blakeway, L.Ac discusses how she helps women defy the odds using TCM. Check it Out!

PCOM New York Alumnus Noah Rubenstein featured in Well & Good NYC

Noah Rubenstein, L.Ac runs the YinOva Center in NYC and has developed a recovery program for injured athletes. Check it out!

PCOM San Diego Alumnus Demonstrates Acupuncture on San Diego Living

Bertram Furman, L.Ac., director of The Wellness Source, Shows San Diego Living How Acupuncture Can Help Pain Management. Check it out!

PCOM San Diego Alumnus Shows There's No Reason to Fear Acupuncture

Elijah Hawken, M.S., L.Ac helps alleviate a phobia of needles when it comes to acupuncture on Good Morning Texas. Check it out!

New York Press Discusses Natural Ways to Relieve Allergies

Tom Nash, head of the Herbal Department at our New York campus, shares his insight about Chinese herbal remedies for allergies. Check it out!

OneTouch Massage Interviews PCOM's Lynn Temenski 

Advice for massage students from our very own Lynn Temenski, head of our Massage Department at our New York campus. Check it out!

NBC San Diego Talks Acupuncture Rejuvination with PCOM Alum

Check out this news segment, featuring PCOM alum Julia Sanfilippo, on cosmetic acupuncture as an effective alternative to botox and surgery. Check it out!

Fertility Help With PCOM Alum

San Diego 6 Morning News interviews PCOM Alum Marc Sklar on his work using acupuncture to help couples conceive. Check it out!

BestofNewOrleans.com Gets the Scoop on Acupuncture

Check out this exclusive interview with PCOM-San Diego alum, Chris Tran, as he gives New Orleans the low-down on acupuncture and what to expect at his practice, NOLA Acupuncture & Wellness. CLICK HERE

San Diego City Beat Highlights Alum's Alternative Healing Network

In a special issue on Alternative Health, San Diego City Beat covers a story featuring PCOM Alum Ryan Altman and his non-profit organizations, the Alternative Healing Network and the Adams Avenue Integrative Health Clinic.
Check it out!

Nutrition & Diet News Online Newspaper

PCOM Alum Kyla Boles of Urban Acupuncture talks about the benefits of acupuncture in stress relief and weight loss. CLICK HERE

Television Interview with PCOM-CH Alum Angela Johnson

News Channel 5 in Chicago reported a story on a young female basketball player with daily persistant headache syndrome, who turned to acupuncture for treatment. Check out the interview with PCOM alum Angela Johnson ('02)!


Darryl Thuroff

Darryl Thuroff, one of our massage instructors at PCOM NY, gives advice to readers on NYDailyNews.com about the benefits of deep tissue massage before running a marathon.


Spry Magazine

Spry Magazine is one of the nation's newest health and wellness publications. Check out Dorothy Foltz-Gray's article on joint health, featuring PCOM alumnus and faculty member, Drew Taylor.


Pacific College at the U.S. Open Championship

At the 110th U.S. Open Championship in Pebble Beach, California, Pacific College of Oriental Medicine played an active role in helping golfers, caddies, and volunteers perform at their highest level. Delivering an impressive 1,446 treatments over the course of the event, Pacific College worked diligently to ensure everyone received the best care possible.


Recently graduated PCOM alumna, Nicole Murray

Recently graduated PCOM alumna, Nicole Murray, operates a highly successful community acupuncture clinic in San Diego, CA. Providing quality healthcare for patients at an affordable cost, Murray and her staff treat patients with ailments ranging from minor anxiety issues to life threatening gastrointestinal diseases.

Check out her amazing story.

Pacific College in the New York Times

Times are changing! Check out Lesley Alderman's article on acupuncture in the New York Times, featuring PCOM New York¹s Director of Clinical Services Angela Grasso. As acupuncture continues to gain recognition in America's healthcare system, PCOM remains at the forefront of integrating alternative forms of medicine into the mainstream.

Click here view video.

HealthWatch: Acupuncture to the Rescue

CBS 2: New York
HealthWatch: Acupuncture to the Rescue
"More than 250,000 American women will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year. But the death rate is actually going down. That is largely due to better treatments, but those treatments often have side-effects. CBS 2's Dr. Max Gomez explains."

Jillian Capodice, MS, MSAc, Lac

Jillian L Capodice is currently the Director of Acupuncture and Integrative Service at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. She has been at Columbia since 2003. She works under Aaron E Katz MD who holds the title as the Director of the Center for Holistic Urology, a Center which he established in 1998. The Center performs basic research and conducts clinical trials which investigate the role of natural therapies within urology and urologic oncology.

After graduating from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in 2003, she completed a 2-year fellowship at the Center for Holistic Urology and Molecular Urology Laboratory at Columbia University Medical Center. Jillian is currently on the faculty at Pacific College teaching courses such as Clinical Research and Design, Anatomy, and Human Physiology.

Read the full research paper published on Acupuncture for Aromatase Inhibitor Induced Joint Pain in Women with Breast Cancer (published 2010 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology ).

The Dr. Oz Show featuring PCOM-NY alumnus Daniel Hsu

Dr. Hsu received his D.A.O.M. from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in San Diego and his Masters degree from PCOM New York. He has been seen on The Oprah Winfrey Show as well as on many radio programs. His thriving practice, New York AcuHealth, is located in Midtown Manhattan.


CBS-The Early Show featuring PCOM-NY alumnus Daniel Hsu


Wall Street Journal Health and Wellness cover story, The Science of Acupuncture had an accompanying video featuring PCOM-NY faculty member and clinical supervisor Brian Kuo and the NY clinic.



The ChineseMedicineTools.com 'Best of TCM 2010 Results' are in. Pacific College has won Best School/College as well as Best Conference/Symposium.

Additionally, the Journal of Chinese Medicine took first place in the Best Journal/Magazine category.

Congratulations PCOM and JCM!