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The mission of Kingston University's Master of Science in Oriental Medicine (MSOM) program is to cultivate acupuncture and Oriental Medicine professionals with high ethical and professional standards through quality education and training to benefit patients with the Traditional Chinese Medicine practice and ultimately promote the field of acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.

The purpose of the MSOM program is to provide students who plan to develop careers in acupuncture and Oriental medicine with a strong background in theories, applications and techniques of acupuncture, Oriental Medicine and herbology, biomedicine sciences, and management skills with high ethics and professional standards; and build the foundation for students advancing to a doctoral degree program in acupuncture and Oriental medicine.



MSOM Program Objectives

Students  graduating from the MSOM program at Kingston University will be able to:

  • Articulate theories, concepts and knowledge in medical science, acupuncture, Oriental medicine and Chinese herbology;

  • Design appropriate treatment programs by integrating knowledge and skills in biomedicine science, acupuncture, Oriental Medicine adn herbal medicine;

  • Perform appropriate treatments utilizing acupucnture, Oriental Medicine and herbal medicine pracctice ethically and within professional and legal boundaries;

  • Communicate with patients, healthcare professionals and the public by utilizing appropriate western medical and Oriental medicine languages;

  • Model and promote the practice of Oriental medicine as a synergy to the enhancement of the community wellbeing;

  • Evaluate and manage clinical cases and acupuncture and herb practice

  • Sit for standardized certification or licensure examination which covers contents similar to the curriculum completed.

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
* 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
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
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
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
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
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
PM2723 Ethics and Legal Professional Issues 2 20 -
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 -
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 -
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 Conc with HB3460
CT4021 Clinical Observation I 2 40
Passing COQT*I
CT4022 Clinical Observation I:  Procedure 2 40 CT4021
CT4031 Clinical Observation IIA 2 40 CT4022
Passing COQT*II
CT4032 Clinical Observation IIB 2 40 CT4031
CT5041 Clinical Internship:  Phase IA 4 80 CT4032, AC3222
Passing CIQT**I
CT5042 Clinical Internship: Phase IB 4 80 CT5041
CT5043 Clinical Seminar: Phase I 2 20 CT5041
CT5151 Clinical Internship:  Phase IIA 4 80 CT5042,CT5043 Passing CIQT**II
CT5252 Clinical Internship:  Phase IIB  4 80 CT5151
CT5253 Clinical Seminar:  Phase II 2 20 CT5151
CT6061 Supervised Practice:  Phase IIIA 4 80 CT5252,CT5253 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
* Clinical Observation Qualification Test
** Clinical Internship Qualification Test
*** Supervised Practice Qualification Test
Graduation Requirements
Students 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. 

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

Attendance Requirement for Clinic Training

Students enrolled in clinical training courses must attend all training hours. Absences may be excused for childbirth, documented illness, injury, death in the family, or other emergency situations acceptable to the Academic Standards Committee. Students should call the Registrar or a Dean as soon as possible when they are certain of imminent absence, and give an estimate of the duration of the absence.

Unexcused absence from, or lateness to, a scheduled clinic observation session or a scheduled internship session is considered to be a serious breach of professionalism.

  1. Trainees must be aware that patients come to our clinic expecting to be examined and treated in a timely and courteous manner.  Lateness and absence are discourtesies to patients,fellow trainees, and the clinic staff.  All students with unexcused clinic absences will be required to meet with the Academic Dean or with the Program Director before returning to clinic duty.  The clinic office should be notified as soon as possible after a student realizes that she/he will not be at the clinic at the scheduled time.  A telephone answering machine will take calls before the office opens.
  2. Students are reminded that all clinical training is enrolled by specific course registration, for a specific number of academic units, and not, as in some trade and technical schools, by the clock hour.
  3. Time missed due to an excused absence may be rescheduled at the convenience of the clinic by the Dean of Clinical Education.  No tuition penalty shall be applied.
  4. Time missed due to unexcused absences up to 10% of the hours assigned to that course may be rescheduled at the convenience and availability of the clinic by the Dean of Clinical Education.  No tuition penalty shall be applied, but the faculty will consider the absences in assigning a final grade to the course.
  5. Time missed due to unexcused absences in excess of 10% of the hours assigned to the course may be rescheduled with the approval of the Academic Standards Committee, and at the convenience of the clinic by the Academic Dean.  The Committee may take those same actions as are provided for as stated above excessive classroom course absences or late arrivals.
  6. Excessive late arrival to the clinic, whether at the beginning of the day or after a break, shall be dealt with the same as unexcused absences.  The third unexcused lateness shall be considered to be excessive.
  7. All make-up time must be completed before the first day of the following quarter, unless another date has been set by the Academic Standards Committee.  Make-ups may be scheduled during the week of final examinations and recess.
Failure to complete the make-up clinic hours as scheduled may result in the following penalties to be determined by the Academic Standards Committee:

A. Credit towards licensure only for hours actually completed, with a grade of Incomplete for the course.

B.  No hours of clinic credit to be reported for that course, with a failing course grade.

Additional policies and procedures are covered in the CLINICAL TRAINING STUDENT MANUAL.  A copy is given to each student during CT6021 Clinical Observation.  Interim changes will be posted on the clinic bulletin boards and discussed during clinic registration period of each quarter.  All students are subject to all policies, regulations and procedures contained in the MANUAL.
Residency Requirement
To receive the MSOM degree from Kingston University, a student must fulfill the following residency requirements at the University:

1) Enroll for a minimum time period of three (3) quarters or one (1) academic year at the University

2) Successfully complete a minimum of forty-five (45) didactic quarter units at the University

Clinical internship hours and clinical qualitative and quantitative requirements may also be required in addition to didactic requirements.
Licensing Requirement
California Acupuncture Board Examination

California Acupuncture Board Examination
According to California Acupuncture Board requirements, individuals wishing to practice acupuncture in California must first obtain a state license, which requires qualifying for and passing California's written examination administered by the Acupuncture Board.

In order to obtain a license to practice acupuncture in California, one must qualify for and then take a written examination administered by the Board. Exam applicants may qualify to take the acupuncture examination by satisfying ONE of the following:

The Acupuncture Board administers the California Acupuncture Licensing Examination (CALE) and offers the examination in Mandarin, Korean and English. The CALE is based on and validated by an occupational analysis. The passing score on the examination is determined by subject matter experts (SMEs) who use a criterion-referenced scoring method.

Applications for examination must be received in the Sacramento office at least 120 days prior to the date of the examination for which the application is made. The application requires personal and demographic information, including relevant transcripts/diplomas, be submitted to the Board's office. Diplomas and transcripts must be original documents. All foreign language documents must be accompanied by an English translation certified by a translator who can attest to the accuracy. All original documents will be returned upon submitting a "Request for Return of Original Documents" and payment of the required fee.

California does not recognize out-of-state licensing for practice in this state. Licensees from out-of-state may not practice in California until they have taken and passed the California exam and received their California license. Therefore, licensees from other states or those individuals who have passed NCCAOM's examination (administered by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM)) may not practice in the state of California until they have qualified for, taken and passed the California examination.

Individuals may obtain further information by contacting California Acupuncture Board through the following means:

Acupuncture Board
1747 N. Market Blvd., Suite 180, Sacramento, CA 95834
Website: www.acupuncture.ca.gov
Email: acupuncture@dca.ca.gov
Main Phone: (916) 515-5200
Fax: (916) 928-2204
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