Master of Science (Traditional Oriental Medicine) (MSTOM)
With us, you can learn from experts and hone your craft in something ancient and also on the cutting edge of modern-day healthcare. You can do something that has a positive impact personally and professionally. Explore what being a practitioner of Chinese medicine means to you. You’ve always been a healer at heart--let us show you the path to becoming one in practice.
The purpose of the Master’s program is to train practitioners of Oriental medicine and to enable them to function as primary, independent healthcare providers, and most importantly, to become an integral part of the modern healthcare system. Following the vision of an “East meets West” environment, students learn and apply the best of Asian medicine with a firm foundation in Western medicine. The program consists of three academic phases that emphasize practicality in both theory and clinical practice.
The Master of Science (Traditional Oriental Medicine) is a four-year graduate program. With 191 units and over 3,500 credit hours of theory and clinical practice, graduates are eligible for the California, Illinois, and New York state licensure exams, as well as the national certification examinations, which enables students to become licensed in the remaining states that regulate acupuncture and Oriental medicine. Students of the Master’s program are also eligible to enroll in Pacific College’s massage programs, allowing them to earn a massage license and work in the field while completing their Master’s degree.
Some of these courses include:
- Anatomy and Physiology
- Acupuncture Points
- Tui Na Structural Techniques
- Needle Technique
- Diagnosis and Treatment of Disease
- Auricular Acupuncture
- Eastern Nutrition
Graduates of the Master of Science of Traditional Oriental Medicine will be able to:
- Understand and demonstrate personal and professional ethical standards.
- Understand the etiology of disease from a traditional Oriental and biomedical perspective, and apply this understanding by recommending disease prevention strategies.
- Evaluate patients exhibiting complaints commonly seen and treated by Oriental medicine, and in a manner that indicates cognizance of all relevant Oriental medical diagnostic paradigms.
- Recognize signs and symptoms necessitating referral to appropriate complementary healthcare providers.
- Formulate treatment principles in a manner that prioritizes treatment procedures for patients that follow logically from the diagnosis.
- Formulate acupuncture, herbal (MSTOM graduates) and supplemental treatment plans, while providing a logical rationale for such plans.
- Personally administer the designated treatment plan, or use the appropriate support personnel.
- Demonstrate knowledge of clinical sciences from a traditional Oriental and bio-medical perspective.
- Communicate in a professional and knowledgeable manner about Oriental medicine and biomedicine with relevant health care professionals.
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How can I find out more about this career?
For more information about a career in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine, please visit theU.S. Department of Labor’s O*NET website. The Standard Occupational Code (SOC) for the career is 29-1199.01 (Acupuncturists) and the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP)code for this program is 51.3301 (Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine).
What is the total cost of the MSTOM degree program?
The total current tuition and fees for a student completing the program in normal time is $63,496 and the total additional cost for books and supplies is $4,500.
What percentage of graduates complete the program in the normal time frame as published in the catalog?
For students who graduated between July 1, 2011 and June 30, 2012, a total of 31 students completed the program, 15 (48%) of them finished in the published normal time frame of 44 months. However, an additional 7 (23%) finished within 48 months and additional 4 (13%) finished within 52 months. Therefore, 26 (84%) out of the 31 students completed the program within 52 months. Extension of the program by one to two terms is common.
Of the 31 students completing the MSTOM program between July 1, 2011 and June 30, 2012, 30 students graduated with student loan debt.
How much student loan debt does a typical graduate have to repay after graduation?
The median loan debt for students who graduated between July 1, 2011 and June 30, 2012 was $110,508 for public debt (Title IV loans) and $0 for private debt.
What percentage of graduates found employment related to their field of study?
The most recent annual report to our accrediting agency (Fall 2012), the Accrediting Commission of Career Colleges and Schools (ACCSC), shows that 85% of graduates found employment related to their field of study. This sample of graduates included students who started their programs in the Winter 2006, Spring 2006, and Fall 2006 semesters. Of 26 graduates available for employment, 22 are employed in the field. These graduates were tracked using Alumni Department Tracking Forms.