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The Associate in Science program in Oriental Medicine option 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 which will qualify students upon completion to sit for California Acupuncture License Exam (CALE).
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 CALE. Students may refer to the section on the academic program information of the “Master of Science in Oriental Medicine” in this Catalog and 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. Demonstrate basic skills needed as an assistant in acupuncture and Oriental medicine and herbal business organizations
  2. Understand subjects related to basic theories in medical science, acupuncture, Oriental medicine and herbology required for critical thinking applications
  3. Recognize how Oriental medicine organizations work in synergy to enhance the community wellbeing with high standard of quality and care service
  4. Understand and communicate with other healthcare professionals with professional language and gesture
  5. Competent for continuing advance studies in acupuncture, Oriental medicine and herbology leading to the higher level of academic degrees and/or licensure

The ASOM curriculum includes 25 quarter units (17 semester units) in General Education Courses, and 65 quarter units in Oriental Medicine concentration courses as listed below.


Oriental Medicine Concentration Courses Required: 65 Quarter Units
Department Course No. Course Title Units
Acupuncture AC 1211 Acupuncture Meridian Theory 2
AC 1221 Introduction to Acupuncture I 3
AC 1222 Introduction to Acupuncture II 3
AC 1241 Acupressure and Tuina Therapy 3
    Total 11
Basic Science BS 1111 Human Biology 3
BS 1171 Topographic Anatomy 2
BS 2181 Anatomy and Physiology I 3
BS 3182 Anatomy and Physiology II 3
BS 4183 Anatomy and Physiology III 3
    Total 14
Herbology HB 1411 Botany and Introduction to Herbology 3
HB 2421 Chinese Herbology I 4
HB 2422 Chinese Herbology II 4
HB 2423
Chinese Herbology III
HB 2424
Chinese Herbology IV
    Total 19
Oriental Medicine OM 1351 Fundamental Theories of Chinese Medicine I 3
OM 2352 Fundamental Theories of Chinese Medicine II 2
OM 2341 Chinese Medical Terminology/Literature 2
OM 2373 Chinese Medical Diagnosis 3
OM 3311 History & Philosophy of Oriental Medicine 2
OM 2321 Qi Gong Theory and Technique 2
    Total 14
Clinical Science CS 1511 Western Medical Terminology 2
    Total 2
Practice Management PM 1911 World History of Medicine & Prof Development 3
  PM 9723 Ethics and Legal Professional Issues 2
    Total 5
Graduation Requirement

To receive the Associate in Science, Oriental Medicine degree, students must meet the following academic requirements:

  • completed 25 quarter units (17 semester units) in General Education Courses
  • completed 65 quarter units in Acupuncture, Basic Science, Oriental Medicine, Herbology and other related Courses
  • maintained a minimum G.P.A. of 2.0 or better
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