Starting in the Fall of 2015, the National College of Natural Medicine (NCNM) will be providing a Doctor of Science in Oriental Medicine (DSOM) program for students wishing to learn about ancient Chinese medicine. This accredited, four-year degree combines modern biomedical with centuries-old Oriental medicine to help future practitioners provide unique treatment options for their patients. NCNM’s doctoral program is the first of its kind in North America, indicating an increased demand for Oriental medical philosophies in the states. This could prove to be a game-changer for future medical professionals.
A Look Into The Past
One of the core features of the DSOM program is an extensive look into “Traditional Chinese Medicine,” stemmed from thousands of years of cultural innovation. Classical Chinese medicine presents is highly complex, and it involves an understanding of how the body, mind, and spirit must work in perfect harmony to promote overall health and happiness. NCNM refers to this as “whole-systems science,” something that is unlike any other degree program in America at this time.
How The Degree Came About
NCNM has a dedicated School of Classical Chinese Medicine, which includes two undergraduate programs and a Master of Science in Oriental Medicine (MSOM) program that has been around since 1995. Enrollment in this program has increased by 33% since 2007. The new doctoral degree will include the entire MSOM program, so students can go directly from bachelor’s to doctorate in one seamless transition. Vice President of Academic Affairs Andrea C. Smith, EdD, commented on the new degree boasting that “NCNM’s School of Classical Chinese Medicine was founded to cultivate Chinese medicine clinicians and scholars steeped in the deep wisdom and knowledge codified in ancient medical texts of revered physicians, such as Sun Simiao and Huangdi—knowledge that was nearly lost to the practitioners of today.”
The Doctorate Of Science Of Oriental Medicine at NCNM
The DSOM provides students with a solid foundation in Chinese medicine theory through the use of classical Chinese medical texts taught by world-renowned experts in the field of Oriental medicine. Courses will cover a wide range of medical practices, including acupuncture and herbal medicine. The doctoral degree infuses ancient practices with modern biomedicine so practitioners are able to collaborate with other workers in the healthcare system as a whole.
The program is expected to cost $394 per credit. The school is currently accepting applicants for the first DSOM class this fall. If you are interested in becoming a doctoral graduate in Oriental medicine, you may apply online or contact NCNM for more information.