History

Emperor’s College is one of the oldest acupuncture schools in the nation. Our distinguished history started in 1983 with the mission of cultivating brilliant healers, teachers and leaders in Oriental medicine.  We have expanded on this mission over time and today we are known for specializing in an open minded approach to the art and science of integrated Oriental medicine.

We encourage independent thinking and expose students to a broad array of clinical skills and theories.

Our alumni are the pioneering leaders in academia,clinical practice, advocacy and research.

You can learn more about the achievements of our alumni here.

1983 Emperor’s College opens its doors to twelve students and seven faculty members. By the end of the year enrollment grew to one hundred twenty students.
1987Emperor's College graduates its first cohort of master's students with a class size of 40.
1989Emperor's College becomes one of the first four acupuncture and Oriental medicine master's degree program in the United States to receive national accreditation.
1997Partnership with Daniel Freeman Hospital in Los Angeles develops, positioning Emperor's College as the first acupuncture school in the United States to provide master's program interns an opportunity to treat acute care patients in the hospital setting.
1999 Emperor’s College and UCLA Arthur Ashe Student Health Center form partnership and bring acupuncture to one of the largest university health centers in the country.
1999Emperor's College partners with The Saban Free Clinic (formerly LA Free Clinic) to provide acupuncture to the underserved via an externship for master's program interns.
2000Faculty from Emperor’s College participate in acupuncture trials with Cedars Sinai Hospital post-cardiac surgical patients, and with USC Keck School of Medicine in stroke research.
2001Partnership with Cri-Help Drug and Alcohol Treatment Center begins, providing master's program interns externship opportunities in a substance abuse setting.
2003Curriculum development begins for two year, post-graduate doctoral program in acupuncture and Oriental medicine.
2004Partnership with Venice Family Clinic, the largest free medical clinic in the nation, launches and an externship for master's program interns in a pain management begins.
2004 Emperor’s College inaugurates a Doctorate in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine program, being among the first acupuncture schools in the nation to do so.
2006Doctoral program externship with Good Samaritan Hospital Acute Rehabilitation Unit is awarded grant to study effect of acupuncture on quality of care and cost of hospitalization.
2009Doctoral program is granted accreditation candidacy by ACAOM, one of just five schools nationwide to achieve candidacy or full accreditation.
2011Partnership with state-of-the-art Roy & Patricia Disney Family Cancer Center in Burbank, CA launches and an oncology-focused externship for master's program interns begins.
2011Qi Blog is launched with the mission of educating the public about the uses and benefits of Oriental medicine.
2011Emperor’s College is the first institution in the United States to introduce a Xing Nao Kai Qiao stroke rehabilitation & prevention module in its Doctorate of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine program, complete with clinical rounds.
2012Emperor's College graduates achieve 100% pass rate on the February 2012 California Acupuncture Licensing Exam.
2013Emperor's College celebrates its 30th anniversary with "Inspiring the future of medicine since 1983" and remains the third oldest acupuncture and Oriental medicine institution in the United States.