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College of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine

Welcome to the College of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine (CAOM) at the Southern California University of Health Sciences (SCU). The College is committed to excellence in teaching, research, and patient care in the field of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine. SCU-CAOM is pioneering a fundamentally new and integrated way of educating Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine practitioners for the 21st century.

The Mission of CAOM is:

 Provide students with a quality education in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, emphasizing health promotion and integrative health care”.

And our Goals are:

  • Provide outstanding education in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.
  • Train students to become knowledgeable, competent, conscientious, and committed health care providers emphasizing holistic and integrative approaches.
  • Promote and encourage Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine research activities among faculty and students.
  • Foster evidence-based practices and life-long learning skills.

Our curriculum focuses on the Student Learning Outcomes. We always emphasize on how students learn, not how we teach. Thus the design of our curriculum integrates the knowledge, diagnosis and skills of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine with Western Medicine and evaluates the patient as whole person, not just individual symptoms. Our students may test their educational training in a hands-on environment with laboratory, standardized patients, and comprehensive practical examinations honing their skills before interacting with a true patient.

Our clinical education develops the essential knowledge, skills and competencies in our students to become excellent AOM practitioners. Students start their clinical observation as early as 3rd term, thus they can integrate what they learn in the classroom with real clinical cases. Our clinic, the University Health Center, sets and maintains the highest of quality assurance standards, and provides a broad spectrum of treatment options including Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine, Chiropractic, Sports Medicine, Ayurvedic Medicine, Diagnostic Imaging, and Rehabilitation. Thus, our students have the opportunity to work in a multidisciplinary setting clinic and enhance their experiences with other healthcare providers.

We have strong and innovative partnerships with other AOM or Traditional Chinese Medicine schools in China, Korea, and Taiwan. We are working to further promote these ties and expand this collaborative spirit in our effort to prevent and treat human diseases through the healing art of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.

We are confident that the College of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine (CAOM) is uniquely well-positioned to produce the rigorously trained AOM practitioners that possess the skills, knowledge, and leadership to form the essential bridges from discovery to clinical innovation as we enter the next phase of the world’s healthcare system.