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The Associate in Science program in Oriental Medicine provides students with introductory knowledge of basic medical science, acupuncture, Oriental Medicine and herbology theories, and the practice of breathing exercise, Qi Gong, and Chinese hand manipulation therapy technique, Tuina, and acupressure. Upon completion of the Associate in Science in Oriental Medicine program, students are prepared for an entry level of career 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.
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 California Acupuncture License Examination (CALE). Students may refer to the website of California Acupuncture Board, www.acupuncture.ca.gov for further detail on licensing and requirements.



This curriculum is designed to prepare students to:

  1. Acquire basic theories, concepts and knowledge in medical science, acupuncture, Oriental medicine and Chinese herbology
  2. Apply natural healing art techqnies in a clinic setting ethically adn within professional boundares
  3. Develop communication skills with the application of professional terminology
  4. Recognize how the practice of Oriental medicine work in synergy with the enhancement of community wellbeing
  5. Demonstrate basic knowledge and skills required for a competent assistant in complementary medicine facilities

Students may be admitted to the AS program after they have completed General Education courses or be enrolled, concurrently, in General Education courses, which must be completed prior to completion of the AS program, and with a minimum G.P.A. attained must be of 2.0 or better. General Education courses are designed to give each student a breadth of experience in various academic disciplines. These learning experiences provide an introductory base to different fields of study and discuss how each disciple conducts its research, thus adding to general knowledge. GE courses are offered at community/city colleges.

To meet the graduation unit requirements, students are required to complete at least 90 quarter units which include a minimum of 25 quarter units or the equivalent in General Education Courses and 65 quarter units in Oriental Medicine concentration courses.

The courses are listed below:

General Education Courses Required: 25 Quarter Units or equivalent

Category Minimum Requirement Example of Subject Area
English & Communication 2 courses College English *
Humanities and Fine Arts 1 course History
Critical Thinking
Foreign Languages
Mathematics 1 course College Algebra
Social and Behavrioral Sciences 1 course Sociology
Political Science
Natural and Physical Sciences 2 courses Chemistry, General Physics
Nutrition, Physical Education
Computer Science
* Required course    
Oriental Medicine Concentration Courses Required: 65 Quarter Units

Acupuncture Courses: 11 Quarter Units

Course No. Course Title Total Contact Hours Total Credit Hours
AC 1211 Acupuncture Meridian Theory 20 2
AC 1221 Introduction to Acupuncture I 30 3
AC 1222 Introduction to Acupuncture II 30 3
AC 1241 Acupressure and Tuina Therapy 30 3
  TOTAL 110 11

Basic Science Courses: 14 Quarter Units

Course No. Course Title Total Contact Hours Total Credit Hours
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
140 14

Oriental Medicine Courses: 13 Quarter Units

Course No. Course Title Total Contact Hours Total Credit Hours
OM 1311 History & Philosophy of Oriental Medicine 20 2
OM 1312 Chiinese Medical Terminology / Literature 20 2
OM 1321 Qi Gong Theory and Technique 20 2
OM 1322 Tai Chi Exercise 20 2
OM 2311 Fundamental Theories of Chinese Medicine I 30 3
OM 2312 Fundamental Theories of Chinese Medicine II 20 2
  TOTAL 130 13

Herbology Courses: 19 Quarter Units

Course No. Course Title Total Contact Hours Total Credit Hours
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
  TOTAL 190 19

Clinical Science and Practice Management Courses: 8 Quarter Units

Course No. Course Title Total Cotact Hours Total Credit Hours
CS 1511 Western Medical Terminology 20 2
PM 1821 CPR and First Aid 10 1
PM 1921 World History of Medicine and Professional Development 30 3
PM 2723 Ethics and Legal Professional Issues 20 2
  TOTAL 80 8
Graduation Requirement

Students must meet the following academic requirements prior to graduation:

  • completed 25 quarter units or the equivalent in General Education Courses
  • completed 65 quarter units in Acupuncture, Basic Science, Oriental Medicine, Herbology and other related Courses
  • complied with the Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) requirements including meeting the minimum C.G.P.A.and pace of progress, and completing the program within the maximum program time frame
  • Fulfilled all financial obligatiosn required by Kingston University prior to graduation

Upon completing the academic requirements for graduation and fulfilling the financial obligation for the program, students will be awarded the Associate in Science, Oriental Medicine degree.

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