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The Associate in Science program in Oriental Medicine option provides students with introductory knowledge of basic medical science, acupuncture, Oriental Medicine and herbology theories, and the practice of breathing exercise, Qi Gong, and Chinese hand manipulation therapy technique, Tuina, and acupressure. Upon completion of the Associate in Science in Oriental Medicine program, students are prepared for an entry level of career at an Acupuncture clinic and practice Tuina and acupressure to help patients relieve pains and discomfort. Students are also prepared to advance their education to the bachelor level of the Oriental medicine or to the Master of Science in Oriental Medicine.
Students should note that performing acupuncture or the needling on human body is only permitted with a valid acupuncturist license which is only issued to practitioners who successfully pass CALE. Students may refer to the website of California Acupuncture Board, www.acupuncture.ca.gov for further detail on licensing and requirements.



This curriculum is designed to prepare students to:

  1. Understand subjects related to basic theories, concept and knowledge in medical science, acupuncture, Oriental medicine and Chinese herbology and ethics
  2. Demonstrate basic knowledge and skills required for an competent assistant in complementary medical facilities such as acupuncture, chiropractor and pain management offices and herbal pharmacy or business organizations
  3. Become knowledgeable in health and well-being practice and capable of performing hygiene routines with respect to OSHA compliance
  4. Perform Oriental therapeutic treatments by employing Tuina, acupressure, Taichi and Qi Gong technique in a clinic setting and treat patients with respect, compassion and dignity and observe strict HIPPA and patient confidentiality at all time
  5. Recognize how the practice of Oriental medicine work in synergy to enhance the community wellbeing with quality care service
  6. Understand and communicate with other healthcare professionals with professional terminology
  7. Become competent for continuing advance studies in acupuncture, Oriental medicine and herbology leading to a higher level of academic degrees and/or professional licensure qualification

Students may be admitted to the AS program after they have completed General Education courses or be enrolled, concurrently, in General Education courses, which must be completed prior to completion of the AS program, and with a minimum G.P.A. attained must be of 2.0 or better. General Education courses are designed to give each student a breadth of experience in various academic disciplines. These learning experiences provide an introductory base to different fields of study and discuss how each disciple conducts its research, thus adding to general knowledge. GE courses are offered at community/city colleges.

To meet the graduation unit requirements, students are required to complete at least 90 quarter units which include a minimum of 25 quarter units or the equivalent in General Education Courses and 65 quarter units in Oriental Medicine concentration courses.

The courses are listed below:

General Education Courses Required: 25 Quarter Units or equivalent

Category Minimum Requirement Example of Subject Area
English & Communication 2 courses College English *
Humanities 1 course History
Critical Thinking
Foreign Languages
Mathematics 1 course College Algebra
Social Science 1 course Sociology
Political Science
Science & Technology 2 courses Chemistry
General Physics
Computer Science
* Required course    
Oriental Medicine Concentration Courses Required: 65 Quarter Units

Acupuncture Courses: 11 Quarter Units

Course No. Course Title Total Contact Hours Total Credit Hours
AC 1211 Acupuncture Meridian Theory 20 2
AC 1221 Introduction to Acupuncture I 30 3
AC 1222 Introduction to Acupuncture II 30 3
AC 1241 Acupressure and Tuina Therapy 30 3
  TOTAL 110 11

Basic Science Courses: 14 Quarter Units

Course No. Course Title Total Contact Hours Total Credit Hours
BS 1111 Human Biology 30 3
BS 1171 Topographic Anatomy 20 2
BS 2181 Anatomy and Physiology I 30 3
BS 2182 Anatomy and Physiology II 30 3
BS 2183 Anatomy and Physiology III 30 3
140 14

Oriental Medicine Courses: 13 Quarter Units

Course No. Course Title Total Contact Hours Total Credit Hours
OM 1311 History & Philosophy of Oriental Medicine 20 2
OM 1312 Chiinese Medical Terminology / Literature 20 2
OM 1321 Qi Gong Theory and Technique 20 2
OM 1322 Tai Chi Exercise 20 2
OM 2311 Fundamental Theories of Chinese Medicine I 30 3
OM 2312 Fundamental Theories of Chinese Medicine II 20 2
  TOTAL 130 13

Herbology Courses: 19 Quarter Units

Course No. Course Title Total Contact Hours Total Credit Hours
HB 1411 Botany and Introduction to Herbology 30 3
HB 2421 Chinese Herbology I 40 4
HB 2422 Chinese Herbology II 40 4
HB 2423
Chinese Herbology III
40 4
HB 2424
Chinese Herbology IV
40 4
  TOTAL 190 19

Clinical Science and Practice Management Courses: 8 Quarter Units

Course No. Course Title Total Cotact Hours Total Credit Hours
CS 1511 Western Medical Terminology 20 2
PM 1821 CPR and First Aid 10 1
PM 1921 World History of Medicine and Professional Development 30 3
PM 3723 Ethics and Legal Professional Issues 20 2
  TOTAL 80 8
Graduation Requirement

Students must meet the following academic requirements prior to graduation:

  • completed 25 quarter units or the equivalent in General Education Courses
  • completed 65 quarter units in Acupuncture, Basic Science, Oriental Medicine, Herbology and other related Courses
  • maintained a minimum G.P.A. of 2.0 or better

Upon completing the academic requirements for graduation and fulfilling the financial obligation for the program, students will be awarded the Associate in Science, Oriental Medicine degree.

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