National University Of Health Sciences

National University Of Health Sciences

Master of Science in Oriental Medicine


200 E. Roosevelt Road

Lombard, IL 60148

United States

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Master of Science in Oriental Medicine

Format: Campus

Program Description:

Schedule an individual visit, or attend a Student-for-a-Day or Campus Visit Day event and receive a $500 tuition credit toward your first trimester! 

National University's Master of Science in Oriental Medicine program offers you a comprehensive classical curriculum in both acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine coupled with training in how to balance an eastern medicine approach with western science.

What is Oriental Medicine?

Oriental medicine is the oldest codified system of medicine in the world. It restores health and balance by treating illness and disease through the Five Major Branches of Oriental Medicine, which include: acupuncture; Chinese herbal medicine; oriental nutrition and dietary therapy; tuina or oriental bodywork; as well as tai chi and qi gong.

Oriental Medicine Philosophy

Oriental Medicine relies on a highly comprehensive and individualized diagnosis of a patient's Qi (or chi) energy. The weakness, excess or imbalance of Qi affects key organ systems in oriental medicine and is the underlying cause of disease and disharmony. The oriental medicine practitioner uses a broad scope of therapies to restore balance to a patient's Qi, thereby encouraging health and healing.

Oriental Medicine Treatments

In addition to acupuncture, tai chi, tuina (meridian bodywork therapy) and qi gong (mind, breath and physiological exercises) a practitioner of oriental medicine will employ Chinese dietary therapy as well as the full range of traditional Chinese herbal medicine. Chinese herbal medicine encompasses the prescription of single herbs, complex herbal formulas, tinctures and patent herbal medicines in pill form.

Oriental Medicine Careers

Acupuncture and oriental medicine are being recognized as effective treatments for a variety of conditions. Oriental medicine practitioners enjoy the full range of career opportunities available to acupuncturists. Additionally, those with an MSOM degree are able to prescribe traditional herbal medicine to their patients. This broader scope of practice gives the practitioner maximum flexibility in their career options.

Our Curriculum

You can earn your Master of Science in Oriental Medicine degree in as little as 9 trimesters. Courses are primarily offered in the evening. The 167.5-credit hour program provides comprehensive training in the five branches of oriental medicine. The program covers the history, theory and philosophy of oriental medicine as well as rigorous training in diagnosis and treatment planning. Students will also graduate with a solid foundation in the basic sciences of western medicine, having developed skills necessary for integrative and collaborative practice in health care settings of their choosing. 


National University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools: 230 S. LaSalle St., Suite 7-500; Chicago, IL 60604-1413; 800-621-7440; 312-263-0456. The Master of Science in Oriental Medicine Program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM): 14502 Greenview Drive, Suite 300B, Laurel, MD 20708; 301-313-0855; fax 310-313-0912

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Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

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