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College of Eastern Medicine

Welcome to the College of Eastern Medicine (CEM) formerly known as the College of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine, at the Southern California University of Health Sciences (SCU). The College is committed to excellence in teaching, research, and patient care in the field of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine. SCU-CEM is pioneering a fundamentally new and integrated way of educating Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine practitioners for the 21st century.

The Mission of CEM is:

 Provide students with a quality education in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, emphasizing health promotion and integrative healthcare”.

And our Goals are:

  • Provide outstanding education in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.
  • Train students to become knowledgeable, competent, conscientious, and committed healthcare providers emphasizing holistic and integrative approaches.
  • Promote and encourage Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine research activities among faculty and students.
  • Foster evidence-based practices and life-long learning skills.

 

Masters of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (MAOM) Program

Program Leaning Outcomes

Oriental Medicine Pattern Differentiation
Graduates will evaluate and analyze the pathogenesis of syndromes through the application of Oriental Medicine theories and diagnostic methods

Acupuncture & Moxibustion Therapies
Graduates will evaluate the patient in order to prescribe and perform acupuncture and related Oriental Medicine therapies.

Herbal Therapy
Graduates will evaluate patients, perform and prescribe herbal formulas and modifications.

Biomedical Diagnosis & Treatment
Graduates will integrate biomedicine and diagnostic studies into clinical practices and referrals.

Information Literacy
Graduates will appraise and apply historical and scientific information into clinical practice.

Business & Clinical Practice
Graduates will apply business principles to develop a clinical practice.

Communication
Graduates will effectively communicate verbally, non-verbally, and in written form.

Professionalism
Graduates will demonstrate leadership, integrity, and respect for all, and actively engage in ethical, moral, and legal standards of the profession.

Inter-Professional Integration
Graduates will integrate and collaborate with other health care professionals to improve patient outcomes.

 

Doctorate of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (DAOM) Program

Program Leaning Outcomes

Oriental Medicine Diagnosis
Graduates will synthesize etiology and clinical manifestations to construct Oriental Medicine differential diagnoses.

Acupuncture and Moxibustion Therapies
Graduates will prescribe and formulate acupuncture, moxibustion, and related Oriental Medicine therapies.

Herbal Therapy
Graduates will plan and prescribe herbal formulas and modifications.

Biomedical Diagnosis
Graduates will synthesize pathogenesis and clinical manifestations to construct Western Medicine differential diagnoses.

Evidence-based Practice
Graduates will synthesize and apply historical and scientific evidence in clinical practice.

Business & Clinical Practice
Graduates will assess business principles to develop a clinical practice.

Communication
Graduates will effectively communicate verbally, non-verbally, and in written form.

Professionalism
Graduates will demonstrate leadership, integrity, and respect for all, and actively engage in ethical, moral, and legal standards of the profession.

Inter-professional Collaboration
Graduates will collaborate with appropriate professionals to plan and manage patient-centered care.

Our curriculum emphasize on how students learn, not how we teach. Thus the design of our curriculum integrates the knowledge, diagnosis and skills of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine with Western Medicine and evaluates the patient as whole person, not just individual symptoms. Our students may test their educational training in a hands-on environment with laboratory, standardized patients, and comprehensive practical examinations honing their skills before interacting with a true patient.

Our clinical education develops the essential knowledge, skills and competencies in our students to become excellent AOM practitioners. Students start their clinical observation as early as 3rd term, thus they can integrate what they learn in the classroom with real clinical cases. Our clinic, the University Health Center, sets and maintains the highest of quality assurance standards, and provides a broad spectrum of treatment options including Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine, Chiropractic, Sports Medicine, Ayurvedic Medicine, Diagnostic Imaging, and Rehabilitation. Thus, our students have the opportunity to work in a multidisciplinary setting clinic and enhance their experiences with other health care providers.

We have strong and innovative partnerships with other AOM or Traditional Chinese Medicine schools in China, Korea, and Taiwan. We are working to further promote these ties and expand this collaborative spirit in our effort to prevent and treat human diseases through the healing art of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.

We are confident that the College of Eastern Medicine (CEM) is uniquely well-positioned to produce the rigorously trained AOM practitioners that possess the skills, knowledge, and leadership to form the essential bridges from discovery to clinical innovation as we enter the next phase of the world’s healthcare system.