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Oriental Medicine Program

Kingston University currently offers Oriental Medicine, which confers graduates with a Master of Science in Oriental Medicine.

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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.

Graduation Requirement

Students must fulfill the following graduation requirements prior to graduation:

(1) complete the didactic courses and clinical internship hours prescribed by the curriculum by either ONE of the following:

(i) 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 4 academic years (12 quarters), or

(ii) as a student who have completed and transferred previous course works in acupuncture/Oriental Medicine programs at another approved educational institution, satisfying the Residency Requirement for MSOM Program, which requires the completion of a minimum of 45 quarter units within three quarters or one academic year, as described below

(2) complete the program with a minimum CGPA 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.

Residency Requirement for MSOM Program
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.
Attendance Requirement for Clinical Training Courses

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. 

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 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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