Admission – Master of Science in Oriental Medicine

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All candidates must possess a bachelor’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited college or university, or the equivalent (as determined by NCNM) from an institution outside the United States. No specific major is advised though we require a strong preparation in the sciences, and encourage a broad background in the humanities and liberal arts. Prerequisite coursework is used to determine a student’s preparation for the MSOM program. Credit will only be given for prerequisite coursework earning a C or better. There is no advantage to holding a BS rather than a BA, as long as you have completed the program’s prerequisites.

The following coursework is the minimum required preparation for the study of classical Chinese medicine. Applicants may apply with coursework still in progress, however, prerequisites must be completed prior to matriculation.

General Chemistry1 course
General Biology1 course
Physics1 course
Social Science and Humanities
Selected from the disciplines of art, music, literature, philosophy and psychology,
2 courses

Strongly recommended courses

  • Anatomy
  • Physiology
  • Chinese Language (old Mandarin; complex characters)
  • Systems Science
  • Mythology
  • Quantum Physics
  • Philosophy of Science
  • Biochemistry
  • Cellular Biology
  • Chinese History/Culture