Oriental Medicine Program and Degree
Oriental Medicine Program
FCIM offers a unique 3-year program that integrates the teachings and techniques of Oriental Medicine with a foundation of Western medical sciences. The purpose of this integration is to produce a balanced knowledge base that is appropriate for the practice of Oriental Medicine in America's evolving healthcare landscape, where our graduates can communicate and collaborate effectively with other healthcare professionals and properly assess how Oriental Medicine may interact with traditional Western medical treatment to achieve better, more holistic results for their patients.
As more patients seek out alternative medical solutions for chronic and life-threatening illnesses—relief from cancer treatment, muscular-skeletal injuries, arthritis, depression, chronic pain, exhaustion, colds, and much more—they are finding results in Oriental Medicine, which can be incorporated into their daily lives and therapies and enhance their healing processes.
FCIM's Oriental Medicine courses are taught by highly qualified faculty members who are duly licensed to practice Oriental Medicine in America. Each brings outstanding Oriental Medicine training, practice, and teaching experience to their classroom instruction. In our on-campus clinic, students have the opportunity to work under the masterful guidance of acupuncture physicians while treating patients with the modalities of acupuncture, moxibustion, herbology, Tui-Na (Chinese medical massage), nutritional counseling and lifestyle counseling.
Our Accreditation & Licensure
Accreditation: The professional Master’s Level Oriental Medicine Program of the Florida College of Integrative Medicine (FCIM) is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM), which is the recognized accrediting agency for the approval of programs preparing acupuncture and Oriental medicine practitioners. ACAOM is located at 8941 Aztec Drive, Eden Prairie, MN55347 Phone: (952) 212-2434 ~ Fax: (952) 657-7068
Licensure: The Florida College of Integrative Medicine is licensed by the Florida Commission for Independent Education, License No. 2621. Florida Commission for Independent Education is located at 2650 Apalachee Parkway, Suite A., Tallahassee, FL 32301. Tel: (850) 245-3200
Toll Free: 1-888-224-6684.
FCIM is unique in that we integrate teachings and techniques of Oriental Medicine with a foundation of Western medical sciences. Please see below some basic information about the core subjects we cover.
- Traditional Acupuncture
- Moxibustion and Adjunctive Therapies
- Five Element Theory
- Pulse Diagnosis
- Tongue Diagnosis
- Chinese Herbology
- Oriental Bodywork/ Tui-na
- NCCAOM Acupuncture/ Foundations Board Review
- NCCAOM Chinese Herbology Review
- Human Anatomy and Physiology
- Western Pathology
- Western Diagnostics
- Integrated Medicine and Clinical Psychiatry
- Medical Microbiology and Immunology
- Western Pharmacology
- Medical Red Flags
- NCCAOM Biomedicine Review
Accreditation Compliance and Ongoing Assessment
To ensure that our graduates get the full benefit of an accredited degree, we diligently review each course within our curriculum every semester with regard to course hours and content and make improvements on an ongoing basis to achieve the maximum educational benefit for our students.
FCIM uses ACAOM's clock-hour-to-credit-hour conversion formula: 15 hours of classroom instruction or 30 hours of supervised clinical training equal one credit hour.
The curriculum and training directly support the mission and objectives of the program. Classroom instruction and clinical training are broken down into specific categories as follows:
- Acupuncture & Oriental Medical Theory: 932 hours | 62.1333 credits
- Oriental Herbal Study: 556 hours | 37.0667 credits
- Western Biomedical Science: 544 hours | 36.2667 credits
- Clinical Training: 900 hours | 30.0000 credits
- Business & Counseling: 96 hours | 6.4000 credits
- Total: 3028 hours | 171.87 credits
To graduate, students must complete all coursework and clinical training (including at least 350 patient treatments). Training in the program is both challenging and rigorous, requiring students to demonstrate both breadth and depth of knowledge and skills.
FCIM courses with the same whole number designation are sequential courses—those with lower decimal numbers are prerequisites for those with higher decimal numbers. For example, 530.1H (Herbology I) is a prerequisite for 530.2H (Herbology II), which in turn is the prerequisite for 530.3H (Herbology III).
Course scheduling follows normal course sequencing from semester to semester. For example, students normally take Acupuncture Point Location I before taking Acupuncture Point Location II. However, the Dean may grant permission for a student to be scheduled in related courses concurrently. The Dean may also allow non sequential scheduling of courses for transfer students, licensed physicians and others with previous training.
The type of course is designated as follows:
- A = Acupuncture
- H = Herbology
- W = Western Science
- C = Clinical
- B = Business/Counseling
- Hour-to-credit conversion formula: 15 hours of class instruction = 1 semester credit
- 30 hours of clinic training = 1 semester credit
For more information, please click here to contact admissions to request a catalog, or download the catalog below.
Upon completion of our program, graduates receive both a Bachelor of Science Degree in Professional Health Studies and a Master of Science Degree in Oriental Medicine. These degrees qualify the graduate to take the national board exam administered by the National Certification Commission of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM), which then makes the graduate eligible to apply with the relevant state for licensure as an Acupuncture Physician. In the state of Florida, an Acupuncture Physician is a Primary Care Provider.