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Master of Science in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (MSAOM)

The Master of Science in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (MSAOM) degree program is designed to provide a comprehensive professional education in acupuncture and Oriental medicine that prepares graduates to practice in clinical settings. This program is combined with instruction in biomedicine and emphasizes an integrative and holistic approach to healthcare. Graduates of the MSAOM program become eligible to take the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) licensure examination and the California Acupuncture Board (CAB) licensure examination.

Passers of the national or state licensure examinations are expected to acquire the following job titles: acupuncturists, oriental medicine practitioners (CIP Code: 51.3301, USDOE CIP-to-SOC Crosswalk, Standard Occupational Classification).

Program Outcomes

The program outcomes for the MSAOM degree program are listed as follows:

1. Graduates apply the knowledge of conventional medicine in the practice of AOM.

1.1 Graduates will be able to understand the basic theories of biomedical science and apply the knowledge of conventional medicine in the practice of AOM.

1.2 Graduates will be able to have diagnostic knowledge and awareness of treatment protocols of conventional medicine.

2. Graduates demonstrate competency in the practice of Acupuncture and Oriental medicine.

2.1 Graduates will be able to explain the major concepts and theories of Acupuncture and Oriental medicine.

2.2 Graduates will be able to perform AOM diagnostic methods and assessment criteria, and formulate, implement, monitor, and adapt treatment plans.

2.3 Graduates will be able to perform Acupuncture treatments.

2.4 Graduates will be able to practice herbal medicine and provide advisement on nutritional and dietary supplements.

3. Graduates demonstrate competencies in inpatient care in compliance with ethical, legal, and safety guidelines and communicate effectively in diverse settings.

3.1 Graduates will be able to identify medical emergency situations and conduct standardized procedures, including referrals to other primary healthcare professionals, emergency actions, and compliance with legal regulations.

3.2 Graduates will be able to adapt to multicultural environments and practice in diverse community contexts. 

4. Graduates can develop and implement effective treatment plans, maintain standardized medical records, conduct case reviews, and manage their clinical practice.

4.1 Graduates will be able to develop treatment protocols for individual patients and record patient medical information and treatment according to standardized guidelines.

4.2 Graduates will be able to present case reviews and communicate with other primary healthcare professionals, write medical/legal reports, as well as bill for services using appropriate codes.

5. Graduates understand basic research concepts and utilize scientific methods related to the AOM clinical practice.

5.1 Graduates will be able to critically review research data and studies, and relate findings to their clinical practice.

5.2. Graduates will be able to interpret clinical research protocols

Graduation Requirements

The Master of Science in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (MSAOM) degree is awarded to those who have fulfilled the following requirements:

1. Complete didactic courses and internship hours in the curriculum (or their equivalent) and have completed a minimum of four (4) academic years (12 quarters) of full-time residency as a matriculated student at SBU. The thesis, dissertation, or project is not applicable to this degree program.

2. Achieve a minimum of 2.3 Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) for all courses taken at SBU.

3. Pass all sections of the Comprehensive Competency Examination II (CCE II).

4. Clear all indebtedness and other obligations to the University.

5. Complete an exit interview conducted by the Finance Officer, if applicable.

Curriculum
COURSE # / TITLE Units Hours
Biomedic Sciences
BS 101 Biology 3 30
BS 102 Chemistry 2 20
BS 103 Organic/Biochemistry 2 20
BS 104 Physics 3 30
BS 105 Psychology 3 30
BS 110 Research Methodology 3 30
BS 301 Medical Terminology 3 30
BS 302 History of Medicine 1 10
BS 321 Anatomy/Physiology A 4 40
BS 322 Anatomy/Physiology B 4 40
BS 323 Neurosciences/Endocrinology 4 40
BS 331 Acupuncture Anatomy* 1 20
BS 341 Nutrition & Diets 3 30
Oriental Medicine
OM 301 OM Principles
4 40
OM 321 OM Diagnosis A
4 40
OM 322 OM Diagnosis B
4 40
OM 323 OM Diagnosis C
4 40
OM 346 Tai Chi Chuan / Qi Gong*
3 40
OM 511 OM Classical Theory A
4 40
OM 512 OM Classical Theory B
4 40
OM 521 Internal Medicine A
4 40
OM 522 Internal Medicine B
4 40
OM 523 Internal Medicine C 4 40
OM 524 Internal Medicine D 4 40
Herbal Medicine
HM 301 Herbal Principles 4 40
HM 321 Herbology A 4 40
HM 322 Herbology B 4 40
HM 323 Herbology C 4 40
HM 324 Herbology D 4 40
HM 431 Herbal Prescription A 4 40
HM 432 Herbal Prescription B 4 40
HM 433 Herbal Prescription C 4 40
HM 434 Herbal Prescription D 4 40
HM 531 Herbal Practice A 3 30
HM 532 Herbal Practice B 3 30
HM 533 Herbal Practice C 3 30
Acupuncture
AC 301 Acupuncture Principles 4 40
AC 321 Acupuncture A 4 40
AC 322 Acupuncture B 4 40
AC 323 Acupuncture C 4 40
AC 344 Special Acupuncture Modalities 3 30
AC 345 Acupressure / Tui Na* 3 40
AC 421 Acupuncture Techniques A* 4 50
AC 422 Acupuncture Techniques B* 4 50
AC 521 Acupuncture Theory/Therapy A 4 40
AC 522 Acupuncture Theory/Therapy B 4 40
Clinical Medicine
CM 301 CPR & First Aid 1 10
CM 321 Physical Diagnosis* 4 50
CM 322 General Pathology 4 40
CM 331 Pharmacology 4 40
CM 341 Systemic Pathology 4 40
CM 501 Practice Management 3 30
CM 502 Ethics
2 20
CM 504 Public Health 3 30
CM 521 Clinical Medicine A 4 40
CM 522 Clinical Medicine B 4 40
CM 523 Clinical Medicine C 4 40
CM 531 Differential Diagnosis 4 40
CM 601 Case Management A 3 30
CM 602 Case Management B 3 30
CM 603 Case Management C 3 30
Total didactic 212  2180

Clinic
Internship

CI 410 Observation(OB) 8 160
CI 510 Supervised Practice (SP) 20 400
CI 610 Independent Practice (IP) 20 400
Total clinic internship 48 960

Master’s Degree Requirements Total:

260 Units or 3140 Hours

Note:

  1. Clean Needle Techniques is required for Clinic Internship, the California Acupuncture Licensing Examination (CALE), and NCCAOM examinations.
  2. CPR & First-Aid certificate is required for all students. The iBT(Internet Based Test) is required for students in Chinese and Korean programs prior to entering clinic internship.
  3. Passing of CCE 1 is required for starting Observation Phase of Clinical Internship and passing of CCE 2 is required for graduation.
  4. One quarter unit is equal to ten (10) didactic hours of instruction and a minimum of twenty (20) hours of out-of class student work per quarter; or twenty (20) clinical internship hours per quarter.
  5. * – Course with laboratory hours

 

Residency Requirements

To receive the Master of Science in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine degree, at least sixty-five (65) quarter units of graduate-level courses with one (1) year residency are required for students who graduated from foreign AOM institutions with an overall GPA of 2.3 or higher.

More than 30% of quarter units at the graduate level earned by another institution may not be accepted as transfer credits toward the Master’s degree program.

Licensure Requirements

The Master of Science in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (MSAOM) program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM). South Baylo University School of Oriental Medicine prepares its students to meet the professional requirements for California Licensure. A graduate of this program is eligible to sit for the Licensure Examination conducted by the California Acupuncture Board (CAB), provided the graduate has met all requirements. For other states, a graduate is recommended to contact the appropriate state licensing agency for specific licensing requirements. MSAOM graduates of SBU are also qualified to sit for the National Commission for the Certification of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) examinations.

In California, a Licensed Acupuncturist (L.Ac.) is a primary care practitioner who is able to practice independently acupuncture, herbal medicine, nutrition, oriental massage, acupressure, and breathing techniques within the scope of this practice. Licensure is regulated by the California Acupuncture Board (CAB), 1747 N. Market Blvd., Suite 180, Sacramento, CA 95835, Tel: (916) 525-5200.

Students taking the California Acupuncture Licensing Exam must complete an Exam Application and evidence of completion of Adult/Child CPR and First Aid. Students wanting to obtain licensure must complete a Live Scan Fingerprints. If the student has a criminal history record, the California Department of Justice or the Federal Bureau of Investigation will send the information to the Board. The Board will review the documents on a case-by-case basis to determine if there is any cause to pursue administrative action against the license.

Students taking the California Acupuncture Licensing Exam must complete an Exam Application and evidence of completion of Adult/Child CPR and First Aid. Students wanting to obtain licensure must complete a Live Scan Fingerprints. If the student has a criminal history record, the California Department of Justice or the Federal Bureau of Investigation will send the information to the Board. The Board will review the documents on a case-by-case basis to determine if there is any cause to pursue administrative action against the license.

Other States

Laws regulating acupuncture vary from state to state and are constantly being revised. While the University does its best to keep current on licensure requirements, it does not guarantee that accurate current information is on file. Each student is responsible for obtaining licensure information and for the interpretation of such information.

Other Countries

The University continues to strive towards recognition by the licensing agencies of other countries. For this reason, students and faculty are kept informed as information becomes available.

 

National Certification Commission for the Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM)

The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) was organized to promote nationally recognized standards of excellence to ensure public safety. There are separate examination and certificate programs for acupuncture and herbology. The NCCAOM certificate testifies that an individual has been recognized by colleagues to have the knowledge and skills necessary for safe and effective acupuncture and herbology practice. The NCCAOM examinations are used by the majority of state agencies as a part of the licensing requirement.
Additional information is available from the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine,
76 South Laura Street, Suite 1290, Jacksonville, Florida 32202. (904) 598-1005, Fax (904) 598-5001, email: info@nccaom.org.

Oriental Medicine Courses

The MSAOM program offers 126 quarter units in Acupuncture, Herbology, and Oriental Medicine principles, Theories and Treatment to prepare students for clinic internship and patient management.

Download Prerequisites Table for Oriental Medicine Courses

 

Biomedicine Courses

The MSAOM program offers 86 quarter units in Biomedicine and Clinical Medicine courses to prepare students for specialty practice, clinic internship, and patient management.

Download Prerequisite table for Biomedicine Courses

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