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Emperor's College of Traditional Oriental Medicine

Mission Statement

The mission of Emperor's College is to cultivate brilliant healers, teachers, and leaders who create the future of healthcare by word, deed, and through partnerships.

The use of "brilliant" conveys an intellectual and spiritual intent, as well as the expectations Emperor's College has for its graduates. It is a bold, audacious word with connotations of light and enlightenment, which reflect the Taoist origins of the medicine, and convey the vision of shining this medicine throughout the world.

Emperor's focuses its institutional purpose to support students in their journey to become practitioners, teachers, and leaders in the field of Oriental Medicine. The college's distinguished alumni are academic and clinical leaders of several other TOM colleges, and the pioneering political leaders in the profession. Emperor's prepares its graduates to effectively integrate into the modern health care system through a busy on-campus clinic and off-campus externships that pioneer collaboration with western health care institutions.


Emperor's College of Traditional Oriental Medicine was founded in 1983, making it one of the oldest continuous acupuncture schools in the country. Its program achieved candidacy status in 1988 from the forerunner organization to the current ACAOM, and was accredited in 1989. It has since been re-accredited in 1994, 1998 and 2001.

Programs Offered: Master's

The Master's of Traditional Oriental Medicine program is a comprehensive four-year program encompassing acupuncture, herbal medicine, Chinese internal medicine, Western medical sciences and therapeutic exercises Qi Gong and Tai Qi. The MTOM is awarded upon completion of 2,220 hours of classroom instruction and 950 hours of clinical practice. A prerequisite for clinical internship is passing the mid-curriculum exam. Student interns are required to treat 350 patients during Clinic.

Programs Offered: Doctoral

In 2004, Emperor's College became one of the first schools in the country to offer a Doctoral program, and has already graduated two cohorts. The Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (DAOM) is two years of monthly intensives designed for working acupuncturists. Class meets one weekend per month on Thursday through Sunday, approximately 8 hours each day, for 24 consecutive months.

The Program features core classroom coursework in foundations of Oriental medicine and professional development; specialty classroom coursework in pain management, including some orthopedics; and clinical coursework in healthcare settings that cover the spectrum of integrative medicine. Specialty courses provide an in-depth understanding of the diagnostic and treatment issues affecting those with acute and chronic pain, and the most effective modalities in providing relief of these conditions.

Clinical Internship and Externship experiences include Good Samaritan Hospital and Venice Family Clinic (UCLA affiliated). Good Samaritan Hospital provides Doctorate candidates the opportunity to direct patient care through the Inpatient Acute Rehabilitation Unit. In addition, doctoral students have the potential to participate in a cutting edge research project that includes acupuncture in conjunction with western medicine practitioners in treating acute care cases.

Contact Information

Emperor's College
1807 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 200
Santa Monica, California 90403
Telephone: 310.453.8300 x 111
Fax: 310.829.3838
Website: www.emperors.edua

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