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KINGSTON UNIVERSITY AT A GLANCE
 

Kingston University is established to motivate and metamorphose interested students to assume effective leadership roles in organizations or related professional activities, to be quality practitioners and disciples in alternative medical healing arts.

Kingston University houses two divisions of degree programs studies, the School of Business and the School of Health Science. Both Schools offer three levels of academic training, the Associate, Bachelor's and Master's degree programs. The School of Business programs focus on training students with Business Administration and Management skills and knowledge while students enrolled in the School of Health Science programs may concentrate on Oriental Medicine and/or massage therapy training.

In addition, the University provides certificate trainings in English as Second Language to help non-English speakers improve their English skill, and Massage Therapy Programs that prepare students become competent massage therapists.

All programs at the University are taught by highly educated and experienced faculty members, many of whom are recognized in their professional fields. The classrooms and labs are equipped with resources designed to support the various learning and training needs of programs offered.

Kingston University embraces global cultural dynamics and value each student, faculty and staff as a life-long member of the Kingston University family.

 
Mission Statement

Our Mission

Kingston University fosters a career establishing and supporting quality education for local and global students alike. From the studies of Health Science programs through Business programs, our mission focuses on cultivating business professionals who play crucial roles in their chosen fields, with high ethical and professional standards. Ultimately, Kingston University education provides the keys to the door upon which opportunity knocks!

LEAD * HEAL * EXCEL

Kingston University Catalog 2023-2024 (PDF)

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Educational Objectives

Kingston University is committed to the following objectives:

KINGSTON UNIVERSITY's foundationaltional objectives are based on the university's mission and are measurable. The University aims to develop students who are capable of increased intellectural activity and career competency to become able to:
  • Apply career-focused skills acquired from the training programs to the field of practice.
  • Determine prompt and appropriate solutions through critical thinking.
  • Communicate with others in professional language and gesture.
  • Practice in the field with respect to professional conduct and ethical standards.
  • Enhance the wellbeing of the community with leadership skills.
 
Approvals and Recognitions
Institutional Accreditation  
Kingston University is accredited by Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC), an accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. ACCSC is located at 2101 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 302, Arlington, VA 22201, Phone: 703-247-4212, website is www.accsc.org.
www.accsc.org
Institutional Approval  
Kingston University is a private institution approved to operate by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE). Apporval to operate means the institution is compliant with the minimum standards contained in teh California Private Postsecondary Edcuation Act of 2009 (as amended) adn Divsion 7.5 of Title 5 of the California Code of Regulations. Student may access the Bureau's internet Web site for Kingston University's approval at BPPE School Directory's page for Kingston University.
www.bppe.ca.gov"
Program Approvals and Recognitions  
MASSAGE THERAPY PROGRAM
Kingston University is an Assigned School (Code: 490019-05) by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodyworks (NCBTMB). Graduates of all Massage training Program will be eligible to sit for the Board Certification Exam.
The University is affiliated with American Massage Association (AMTA) as a member of its Council of Schools (COS) and adheres to AMTA's national standards for Massage Therapists established by the association.
Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP)
 
STUDENT AND EXCHANGE VISITOR PROGRAM (SEVP) Kingston University is authorized under the Federal Law to enroll nonimmigrant students and issue Certificate of Eligibility (Form I-20) to international students under F-1 or M-1 visa status.
 
President's Message

Thank you for your interest in Kingston University, and on behalf of Kingston University, welcome.

Kingston University is a student-centered university, with a campus in the culturally vibrant city of southern California, Pasadena. Our campus is created for all students with a spirit of fostering a strong sense of friendly community for every one and lifelong connections with other learners and faculty.

As a “student-first” university, Kingston University values the role we play in bridging you to your future and career goal. Our faculty and staff are about student success in education and in life. We are dedicated to providing you with the values, knowledge, and expertise that will allow you to advance professionally for your entire career. You will experience the liberating power of higher education and possess the skills to build a strong foundation, one that can serve you for the rest of your life.

At Kingston University, students’ learning experience is extended beyond classroom. We offer different learning opportunities such as internships, education through experience, and service-learning projects to enrich your search for knowledge and enhance your readiness for the career you determine. We partner with prominent businesses and health leaders who provide real-world guidance for the University and its learners.

Your ability to show care and concern for others will increase along with your intellectual growth as you learn to internalize ethical and moral healthcare and business values into your world view. In short, you will become a better person, with the increased confidence that comes from possessing a higher education credential.

I am proud to be associated with Kingston University. I promise that you will find your experience here both challenging and gratifying. I look forward to the time when I can personally congratulate you on the day you graduate from Kingston University.

Sincerely,

Dr. Dwight Layton
President

 
University History

In 2002, Kingston University was established in Los Angeles County after receiving conditional approval from the Bureau for Private Postsecondary and Vocational Education as a degree granting postsecondary educational institution.

In 2006, the University received full institutional approval from the Bureau for Private Postsecondary and Vocational Education. Programs approved included Masters of Science in Oriental Medicine, Massage Therapy training programs and English as Second Language. The University subsequently expanded its educational programs to include the Masters of Business Administration and Bachelor of Science in Business Administration program, both of which were approved by the Bureau in 2007 and 2011.

Kingston University was incorporated as a for-profit private corporation under the laws of the State of California in October, 2008.

The Master of Science in Oriental Medicine program was approved by the Acupuncture Board, State of California in 2009. It is a major milestone to qualify graduates of Kingston University’s Master of Science in Oriental Medicine to become licensed acupuncturists in the state of California.

Kingston University attained its first institutional accreditation by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools in 2014. Following the relocation of the University’s campus to its current location in Pasadena in 2017, Kingston University received BPPE’s approval to offer additional programs and received institutional accreditation by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges in May 2023.

From our inception, we have worked to improve our programs and instructors to further enhance the learning experience for our students. The commitment to grow our school under a methodical and well thought out plan allows Kingston to keep our mission statement promise of providing our students with the keys to the door upon which opportunity knocks.

 
Campus Information
Environment
The University main campus is located in the historical city of Pasadena which is renowned for its dynamic cultural, educational and research, and recreational activities. The campus is approximately 18 miles northeast of downtown Los Angeles and easily accessible by driving or through public transportation. Students may inquire at the Student Affairs Office for public transportation information and assistance.
The community environment is rich in both western and eastern culture. Shops, restaurants, US post office, and banks are all within short walking distance to aid student’s living convenience. Students may enjoy the beautiful landscape of adjacent Los Angeles Arboretum and Botanic Garden just minutes away from the campus during the break and leisure time.

 
Administration

Administrators/ Staff Directory

Dr. Dwight Layton
President / Dean of Academic Affairs
 d.layton@kingstonuniversity.edu
Gilbert Sanchez
Vice Chancellor / Student Affairs / ESL Coordinator
 g.sanchez@kingston-edu.org
Rosalia Hsieh, MPH
Chief Operation Officer / Student Affairs
 r.hsieh@kingston-edu.org
Seong Soo Han
Dean, School of Health Sciences
 s.han@kingston-edu.org
 
Faculty - School of Business
> Avila, Kat
M.A in Communication, University of California, San Diego, CA
M.A in Interdisciplinary Studies, California State University, Fullerton, CA
B.A. in Communicative Disorders, California State University, Fullerton, CA
Teaching Area:
Communication, English as Second Language, TOEFL
> Chen, Helen
BBA University of Phoenix
Teaching Area:
Accounting
> Chiu, Chun Kit K
EMBA, University of the West, Rosemead, CA
Post MBA – Marketing, University of the West, Rosemead, CA
MBA, Kingston University, Norwalk, CA
Teaching Area:
Business Communication, Marketing
> Deng, Yuwen
Master of Computer Science, California State University, San Bernardino, CA
BS in Botany, National Taiwan University, Taipei Taiwan
Teaching Area:
Computer and Management Information System
> Ebersold, Deborah
M.A. Education, Ashford University
M.A in TESOL, California State University, Los Angeles, CA
B.A. in Liberal Studies, California State University, Los Angeles, CA
Teaching Area:
Education, College English, English as Second Language, TOEFL
> Gayer, Richard, Ph.D.
Ph.D. in Organization and Management, Capella University, Minneapolis, MN,
MBA in Financial Management, National University, La Jolla, CA
MPA in Planning and Pub Admin, Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA
Bachelor, General Studies/History, Chaminade College of Honolulu, Honolulu, Hawaii,
Dip., Dept of Defense, Defense Systems Management College, Ft. Belvoir, VA
Dip., US Marine Corps Command and Staff College, Quantico, VA
Teaching Area:
Business Management, Finance and Financial Management, Financial Institutions, Hospitality Management, International Business Management, Investments, Money and Banking, Managerial Accounting, Leadership Organizational Behavior and Management
> Langvardt, Guy, Ph.D.
Ph.D. in Organization and Management, Minneapolis, MN
MBA International Management, School of Global Management, Thunderbird, Glendale, AZ
BA in Psychology, Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, IN
Teaching Area:
Business Administration, Business Management, Marketing, Business Research, Business Communication, Entrepreneurship, International Business Management, Management Information System, Leadership, Operations Management
> Layton, Dwight, DBA
DBA. in Computer Sciences/MIS, California Southern University, Irvine,  CA
MBA, Southern California University of Professional Studies, Santa Ana, AZ
BBA, Southern California University of Professional Studies, Santa Ana, AZ
Teaching Area:
Business Administration, Business Management, Marketing, Business Research, Hospitality Management, Management Information System, Leadership, Organizational Behavior, Operations Management
> Layton, Tammy
M.S., Counseling and Guidance, Fort Hays University, Hays, Kansas
B.A., Psychology and Business Administration, Fort Hays University, Hays, Kansas
Teaching Area:
Business Administration, Business Management, Marketing, Business Research, Hospitality Management, Leadership
> Natividad, Lee
MBA, Global Management, University of Phoenix, Phoenix, AZ
BS in Business Administration, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA
Teaching Area:
Business Administration, Business Management, Marketing, Business Research, Healthcare Management, Healthcare Policy, Human Resource Management, Human Relationship, International Business Management, Management Information System, Organizational Behavior, Operations Management
> Sanchez, G. Anthony Jr.
Juris Doctorate, Irvine University College of Law, Cerritos, CA
Bachelor in Law, Irvine University College of Law, Westminster, CA
United States Army Volunteer Award in support of service men and women - legal issues.
Teaching Area:
Business Administration, Business Management, Business Communication, Business Law, Business Contract, Ethics, Decision Making, Legal Issues, Business Policy and Strategy Entrepreneurship, Healthcare Ethics and Law, Human Resources Management, Leadership, Organizational Behavior and Management, Operations Management, Small Business Management
> Sheh, Chi
Ph.D., University of Houston, Texas
MBA, University of Texas at Austin, Texas
BA, University of Texas at Austin, Texas
Teaching Area:
Business Administration, Business Management, Finance, Accounting
> Teo, Leng Jack
Post MBA Certificate in International Business, University of the West, Rosemead, CA
MBA, Kingston University, Norwalk, CA
B.A., Economics, Winona State University, Winona, MN
Teaching Area:
Health insurance
> Young, Stephen, Ph.D.
Ph.D. in Applied Management and Decision Sciences, Walden University, Minneapolis, MN
MBA, West Coast University, Los Angeles, CA
BS Engineering, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI
Teaching Area:
Business Administration, Business Management, Business Research, Entrepreneurship, Organizational Behavior and Management, Business Policy and Strategy Decision Making, Human Resources Management, Leadership, Healthcare Management and Leadership, Healthcare Policy and Managed Care, Healthcare Strategic Management and Policy
 
 
 
 
 
Faculty - School of Health Science
> Avila, Kat
M.A in Communication, University of California, San Diego, CA
M.A in Interdisciplinary Studies, California State University, Fullerton, CA
B.A. in Communicative Disorders, California State University, Fullerton, CA
Teaching Area:
Communication, English as Second Language, TOEFL
> Bang, Sunil, L.Ac.
M.S. in Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine, South Baylo University, Anaheim, CA
Bachelor of Medicine, Nanjing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Nanjing, China
Teaching Area:
Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Principles, Theories and Treatment, Chinese Herbology, Herbal Prescription, Clinical Training
> Eom, Miwha, RN., MSN.
M.S. Nursing, Shepherd University, Glendale CA
B.S. Nursing, Seoul National University, Seoul, South Korea
Teaching Area:
Nursing related courses
> Han, Seong Soo, Dipl. O.M., L.Ac.
MBA, Kingston University, Norwalk, CA
Certified Massage Therapist, California Massage Therapy Council
Certificate of Completion, Massage Therapy 1000-Hour Program, Kingston University, Norwalk, CA
M.S. in Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine, South Baylo University of Oriental Medicine, Anaheim, CA
Bachelor in Medicine, Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Shanghai, China
BS, Dae-gu Traditional Korean Medicine University, Dae-Gu, Korea
Teaching Area:
Anatomy and Physiology, Pathophysiology, Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Principles, Theories and Treatment, Tuina, Acupressure, Chinese Herbology, Herbal Prescription, Clinical Training, Healthcare Management, Healthcare Ethics, Healthcare Professional Development, History of Medicine, Case Management, Professional Development; Introduction to Massage Therapy, Business Management for Massage Professionals, Massage Profession and Ethics, Myology and Kinesiology for Healthcare Professionals, Assessment for Bodywork, Sports Massage, Massage for Sports Injury and Therapeutic Stretching, Pre-natal Massage and Baby Massage, Massage for Palliative Care, Hygiene and Nutrition, Hydrotherapy and Heat/Cold Therapy, Massage Practicum, Integrated Therapeutic Massage and Self-Care..
> Hsiao, Ming Hua, CMT
Certified Massage Therapist, California Massage Therapy Council
Certificate of Completion, Massage Therapy 600-hour Program, Kingston University, CA
Certificate of Completion, Massage Therapy 1000-hour Program, Kingston University, CA
Technician Certificate, Class C in Beauty Therapy, Republic of China
B.S. in Agriculture, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan
A.A. in Nursing & Midwifery, Meiho Institute of Technology, Pingtung, Taiwan
Teaching Area:
Introduction to Massage Therapy, Massage Profession and Ethics, Swedish massage, Deep Tissue massage, Lymph Drainage Technique, Reflexology, Chair massage, Facial massage, Thai massage, Aromatherapy, Stone Massage, Chakra, Lomi Lomi, Thai, Massage, , Pre-natal Massage and Baby Massage, Massage for Palliative Care, Basic Hygiene and Nutrition, Massage Practicum, Integrated Therapeutic Massage and Self-Care.
> Hsieh, Emily Lin-Lan
MPH, Epidemiology, School of Public Health, University of California
B.S. in Biology, California State University, Los Angeles
Teaching Area:
Public Health and Hygiene, healthcare research, healthcare policy.
> Hsieh, Hui Hong, Diplo. Acup., L.Ac.
Doctor of Acupuncture Medicine, Asian American Acupuncture Medical University, San Diego, CA
Doctor in Medicine, Universidad Central del Este, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Bachelor in Medicine, Taipei Medical University, Taiwan
Military Surgeon, Military Health Service College, Taiwan
Teaching Area:
Human Biology, Anatomy and Physiology, Pathophysiology, Clinical Science in Western Medicine, Pharmacology, Microbiology and Immunology, Nutrition, Chemistry, Healthcare Management, Healthcare Ethics, Healthcare Professional Development, History of Medicine, Case Management, Professional Development, Clinical Internship, Tai Chi, Qigong Exercise, Clinical Training.
> Kim, Myoungsu, L.Ac.
M.S. in Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine, South Baylo University, Anaheim, CA
Bachelor in Medicine, Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Shanghai, China
Teaching Area:
Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Principles, Theories and Treatment, Chinese Herbology, Herbal Prescription, Clinical Training
> Lee, Jung Hee, L.Ac.
Candidate, Doctoral Degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, South Baylo University, CA
M.S. in Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine, South Baylo University, Anaheim, CA
Bachelor of Medicine, Nanjing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Nanjing, China
Teaching Area:
Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Principles, Theories and Treatment, Chinese Herbology, Herbal Prescription.
> Liu, Ju Ping, L.Ac.
MSOM, Kingston University, Norwalk, CA
AA, Overseas Chinese University, Taichung, Taiwan
Teaching Area:
Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Principles, Theories and Treatment, Chinese Herbology, Herbal Prescription, Hydrotherapy and Heat/Cold Therapy, Human Body System, Topographic Anatomy, Assessment for Bodywork.
> Sanchez, G. Anthony Jr.
Juris Doctorate, Irvine University College of Law, Cerritos, CA
Bachelor in Law, Irvine University College of Law, Westminster, CA
United States Army Volunteer Award in support of service men and women - legal issues.
Teaching Area:
Business Administration, Business Management, Business Communication, Business Law, Business Contract, Ethics, Decision Making, Legal Issues, Business Policy and Strategy Entrepreneurship, Healthcare Ethics and Law, Human Resources Management, Leadership, Organizational Behavior and Management, Operations Management, Small Business Management
> Setter, Suzanne, Dipl. Acup., L.Ac.
MSOM, New York College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Mineola, NY
M.A. Library Science, LIU-Palmer School of Library and Information Science, Brookville, NY
B.S. - Career and Technical Education/Visual Arts, New York Institute of Technology, Old Westbury, NY
Teaching Area:
Anatomy and Physiology, Pathophysiology, Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Principles, Theories and Treatment, Chinese Herbology, Herbal Prescription, Clinical Training, Healthcare Management, Healthcare Ethics, Healthcare Professional Development, History of Medicine, Case Management, Hygiene and Nutrition, Hydrotherapy and Heat/Cold Therapy.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Faculty - English as Second Language
> Avila, Kat
M.A in Communication, University of California, San Diego, CA
M.A in Interdisciplinary Studies, California State University, Fullerton, CA
B.A. in Communicative Disorders, California State University, Fullerton, CA
Teaching Area:
English as Second Language, TOEFL, Communication
> Ebersold, Deborah
M.A. in Education, Ashton University
M.A in TESOL, California State University, Los Angeles, CA
B.A. in Liberal Studies, California State University, Los Angeles, CA
Teaching Area:
English as Second Language, TOEFL, College English
> Sanchez Jr. G. Anthony
TESOL Instructor Certification, Irvine University College of Liberal Arts, Cerritos, California
Juris Doctorate, Irvine University College of Law, Cerritos, CA
BS in Laws, Irvine University College of Law, Westminster, CA
Teaching Area:
English as Second Language, TOEFL, College Writing, Speech
 
 
 
 
 
Faculty - Massage Therapy Training Program
> Han, Seong Soo, L.Ac., CMT
MBA, Kingston University, Norwalk, CA
Certified Massage Therapist, California Massage Therapy Council
Certificate of Completion, Massage Therapy 1000-Hour Program, Kingston University, Norwalk, CA
M.S. in Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine, South Baylo University of Oriental Medicine, Anaheim, CA
Bachelor in Medicine, Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Shanghai, China
BS, Dae-gu Traditional Korean Medicine University, Dae-Gu, Korea
Teaching Area:
Introduction to Massage Therapy, Business Management for Massage Professionals, Massage Profession and Ethics, Acupuncture Meridian Theories, Tuina, Acupressure, Herbology, Assessment for Bodywork, Sports Massage, Massage for Sports Injury and Therapeutic Stretching, Pre-natal Massage and Baby Massage, Massage for Palliative Care, Hygiene and Nutrition, Hydrotherapy and Heat/Cold Therapy, Massage Practicum, Integrated Therapeutic Massage and Self-Care.
> Hsieh, Hui Hong, L.Ac.
Doctor of Acupuncture Medicine, Asian American Acupuncture Medical University, San Diego, CA
Doctor in Medicine, Universidad Central del Este, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Bachelor in Medicine, Taipei Medical University, Taiwan
Military Surgeon, Military Health Service College, Taiwan
Teaching Area:
Human Anatomy, Physiology, Physiology, Assessment for Bodywork, Massage Profession and Ethics, Hydrotherapy and Heat/Cold Therapy, Basic Hygiene and Nutrition, Acupuncture Meridian Theories, Energy Work for Massage Thera
> Hsiao, Ming Hua, CMT
Certified Massage Therapist, California Massage Therapy Council
Certificate of Completion, Massage Therapy 600-hour Program, Kingston University, CA
Certificate of Completion, Massage Therapy 1000-hour Program, Kingston University, CA
Technician Certificate, Class C in Beauty Therapy, Republic of China
B.S. in Agriculture, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan
A.A. in Nursing & Midwifery, Meiho Institute of Technology, Pingtung, Taiwan
Teaching Area:
Introduction to Massage Therapy, Massage Profession and Ethics, Swedish massage, Deep Tissue massage, Lymph Drainage Technique, Reflexology, Chair massage, Facial massage, Thai massage, Aromatherapy, Stone Massage, Chakra, Lomi Lomi, Thai, Massage, Pre-natal Massage and Baby Massage, Massage for Palliative Care, Basic Hygiene and Nutrition, Massage Practicum, Spa Management, Professional Boundary, Massage Practicum, Integrated Therapeutic Massage and Self-Care.
> Liu, Ju Ping, L.Ac.
MSOM, Kingston University, Norwalk, CA
A.A, International Trade, Overseas Chinese Institute of Technology, Taichung, Taiwan
Teaching Area:
Acupuncture Meridian Theory and Points, Assessment for Bodywork, Hydrotherapy and Heat/Cold Therapy, Hygiene, Human Body System, Topographic Anatomy.
 
 
 
 
Consumer Info Manadated by BPPE and Accreditor
> Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE)
> BPPE Annual Report

Read BPPE's Annual Report about Kingston University. BPPE Annual Report 2022

> Performance Fact Sheet 2021-2022 (PDF)
 
 
 
 
   

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