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University of East-West Medicine

Mission Statement

The mission of the University of East-West Medicine is to improve the quality of health care by providing graduate education for training practitioners using courses of traditional Chinese medicine integrated with Western medical technology. UEWM has dedicated itself to enhancing the standard of professionalism in practice and theory in traditional Chinese medicine.

The objectives of the University are as follows:

  • To expose students to Chinese medicine, its origins, concepts, applications and philosophy as well as Western medical sciences and technology, leading to the award of the Master of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine degree.
  • To enable every student to play a vital role in improving health and extending the life of people all over the world.
  • To provide affordable day-to-day health care at a community clinic while students complete their studies.
  • To conduct research that benefits the acupuncture profession and that addresses the interrelationships between Eastern and Western medicine. To provide students with the proficiency necessary to sit for and pass the California state acupuncture licensing examination and the licensing examination of the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.
  • To enable its graduates to enter the next century with confidence and a sense of purpose so that they, as trained Eastern medicine practitioners, will play a vital role in trying to improve the life span of all people.

History

The University of East-West Medicine was founded in 1994, and was originally called the International Institute for Health and Healing. In October 1997, the institute changed its name to the University of East-West Medicine. Its goal is to serve and educate people about Eastern and Western medicine.

The university's acupuncture and Oriental medicine program is currently a candidate for accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. It was granted candidate status in May 2003, and became accredited in May 2005. It will be reviewed for reaccreditation in May 2008.

Programs Offered

The University of East-West Medicine offers a Master of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine degree. The program consists of 1785 hours of lecture and 900 hours clinical courses, for a total of 2685 hours. Most of the courses are devoted to the study and practice of acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, acupressure, herb formulas, and diagnosis, balanced with courses in Western clinical science.

The three-year course of study at UEWM is equivalent to four academic years. The university operates year-round on a trimester system, with the majority of students enrolled full-time. The curriculum is arranged sequentially such that information learned in one trimester is fundamental to the information in courses of the following trimester. The courses are designed to present TCM theory, acupuncture, Chinese herbology and Western clinical science in conjunction with each other to provide a more comprehensive understanding of Oriental medicine.

Students may enroll at UEWM on a part-time basis if financial burdens or other responsibilities prevent full-time study. Part-time students must be available to attend classes on the schedule, but will have a lighter course load. In all cases, the course of study must be completed within eight years of entry into the program.

Contact Information

For more information on the University of East-West Medicine, contact:

University of East-West Medicine
970 West El Camino Real
Sunnyvale, CA 94087
Tel: (408) 733-1878
Fax: (408) 992-0448
E-mail:
Web site: www.uewm.edu

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