Programs at Midwest College

The Midwest College of Oriental Medicine offers two programs accredited by ACAOM

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Oriental Medicine Program

Upon completion, you will have earned a Masters in Science of Oriental Medicine and a Bachelor’s of Science in Nutrition. This program takes a minimum of 36 months to complete. In this program, you will learn the entire Acupuncture Program with additional in-depth knowledge of traditional Chinese herbs. The total number of hours of training in the Oriental Medicine program is 2,898 (228.3credits).


Acupuncture Program

Upon completion, you will have earned a Masters Level Certification in Acupuncture. This Program takes a minimum of 30 months to complete. The total number of hours of training in the Acupuncture program is 2,148 (166.2 credits).

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Herbs & TCM Nutrition

Although this is not a standalone program we offer, after completing the OM program you will be able to augment your acupuncture and herbal treatment with the Chinese system of food therapy. In fact, students in the Masters program receive the concurrently-awarded degree B.S. in Nutrition with the M.S. degree in Oriental Medicine.

Successful completion of either program will qualify you to take the National Board Examinations for acupuncture certification given by the National Commission for Certification of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) and meet the requirements for licensure in IllinoisWisconsin and many other states. To learn more about licensing requirements in other states, click here.

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Student Clinic Experience

In our student clinics, interns learn to compound raw herbs in the traditional style, where formulas can be modified based upon a patient’s unique energetic profile. Interns also learn when to choose between prepared medicines from China and Oriental herb formulas made in the U.S. for American diets and constitutions. These medicines come in the form of tinctures, capsules, and tablets. 

MCOM’s student clinics offer interns the opportunity to gain a unique experience that combines acupuncture, nutritional counseling, and the principles of traditional Chinese herbal medicine.

MCOM can help you meet your expectations of delivering health care in a powerful and effective style that will reach your patient from the fundamental level of balanced nutrition to the subtle level of balanced Qi.


Acupuncture and TCM Medical Education for the 21st Century

Midwest College believes that the best training for a career (whether in clinical practice, teaching, or research) encourages students to develop an independent, critical, and inquisitive approach to the field. Instruction at MCOM is designed to foster such an approach. Encouraging students to engage in independent study, as well as formal course work and clinical practice, is what an education at Midwest College is all about.

Our talented faculty is one of MCOM’s major strengths. Faculty members are chosen for their ability to communicate the complex and subtle principles of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in a manner that encourages and motivates students. Their scholarly and investigative approach makes them stimulating teachers to whom a student responds by developing critical thinking skills and an attitude of clinical inquiry.

The Midwest College of Oriental Medicine, its Master’s-level program in Oriental Medicine (MSOM), and its Master’s-level program in acupuncture (MLA) are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM). Accreditation status and notes may be viewed on the ACAOM Directory. ACAOM is recognized by the United States Department of Education as the specialized accreditation agency for institutions/programs preparing acupuncture and Oriental medicine practitioners. ACAOM is located at 8941 Aztec Drive, Eden Prairie, Minnesota 55347; phone 952/212-2434; fax 952/657-7068;

The Midwest College of Oriental Medicine’s advanced practice doctoral (DAOM) program, approved to begin enrolling students, is not yet accredited or pre-accredited by ACAOM. Graduates of this program are not considered to have graduated from an ACAOM-accredited or pre-accredited program and may not rely on ACAOM accreditation or pre-accreditation for professional licensure or other purposes. The advanced practice doctoral program is eligible for ACAOM accreditation, and Midwest College of Oriental Medicine is currently in the process of seeking ACAOM pre-accreditation/accreditation for the program. However, Midwest College of Oriental Medicine can provide no assurance that pre-accreditation or accreditation will be granted by ACAOM.