The Masters of Traditional Oriental Medicine at Emperor’s College is one of the oldest and most sought after acupuncture school programs in the nation. We provide students with the education necessary to function as primary healthcare providers in today’s demanding medical landscape.
Emperor’s four year master’s program in traditional Oriental medicine is one of the most comprehensive in the nation, consisting of 3,210 instructional hours or 224 didactic units and 970 hours of clinic training.
The curriculum is taught year round on the quarter system. Each quarter is eleven weeks in length with an average two week break between quarters.
Part-time coursework is available for those who are unable to attend acupuncture school as a full-time student. A maximum of 8 years is allowed for completion of the master’s program, though 4-6 years is recommended, which allows students to continue working while pursuing their acupuncture and Oriental medicine education.
Western physicians, nurses, chiropractors, non-California acupuncturists and other medical professionals are able to complete the master’s in traditional Oriental medicine and obtain a California acupuncture license in two-and-a-half to three years of full time coursework. Emperor’s College is accustomed to transferring in previously completed bio medicine and Chinese medicine training and is happy to conduct a Pre-Enrollment Evaluation for students desiring a curriculum assessment prior to applying for admission.
Acupuncture School at a Glance
Year 1 – 2
The curriculum opens with the ABC’s of acupuncture, Oriental medicine and bio medicine. You will be introduced to theories and philosophies such as qi, yin and yang, constitutional make ups, zang fu (internal medicine), acupuncture points and meridians, tongue and pulse diagnosis and Chinese herbal medicine, including lab time in the herbal dispensary. You will also start an extensive study of Western medicine, beginning with biology, chemistry, biochemistry, medical terminology, anatomy, physiology, western nutrition and pathophysiology.
To prepare you for your clinical training, you will begin a 9 month study of acupuncture points and techniques as well as 150 hours of immersion into the clinical setting in observation theater and rounds.
We encourage students to develop a daily tai chi and/or qi gong practice at the onset of their acupuncture school studies so they can begin experiencing the value of these therapies early on. As such, many students enroll in at least one of the two required tai chi and qi gong classes within their first two years. Emperor’s College offers three of the four internationally-recognized styles of tai chi for students to choose from: Yang, Chen and Sun.
To conclude the first half of the program, students sit for a comprehensive Pre-Clinical or Mid Curriculum exam which tests their comprehension of the first two years of coursework and successful completion gains them access to their clinical training.
Year 3 – 4
In the second half of the program, master’s students focus on integrating and synthesizing the information they learned in their first two years. Classes take a more clinical approach and students spend approximately 5-15 hours a week honing their clinical skills while treating patients under the supervision of specialized faculty in Emperor’s College Acupuncture Clinic and various externship sites.
Clinical interns choose their faculty supervision based on the faculty’s medical specialty. Emperor’s College boasts a wide array of highly trained specialists, many of whom are dual-trained in eastern and western medicine, in areas such as auricular acupuncture, blood disorders, cardiology, dermatology, gerontology, internal medicine, mental health, orthopedics, pediatrics and woman’s health, to name just a few. Because of the high patient volume at Emperor’s College Acupuncture Clinic, all clinical interns treat their own patients affording real-life experience of what it is like to be an acupuncturist.
At externship sites such as Roy and Patricia Disney Cancer Center and Venice Family Clinic’s Simms/Mann Health and Wellness Center where integrative medicine is the focus, clinical interns work alongside MDs, nurses and chiropractic interns in patient treatment and round-table presentations.
Students also begin preparing for their acupuncture board exams and entering the professional world with review seminars, practice management and marketing classes.
One of the unique attributes of Emperor’s College is its broad range of elective classes, a feature not common to most acupuncture schools. Throughout the curriculum, students at Emperor’s College are encouraged to select elective classes in specialties that most interest them such as Korean acupuncture, Japanese acupuncture, five element theory, advanced herbal medicine, classical Chinese medicine, acupressure, shiatsu, meditation, advanced tai chi, advanced qi gong or even a weekend-long team building retreat at Big Bear Mountain.