Pacific College of Oriental Medicine was founded in 1986 to provide Oriental medical and Asian bodywork therapy education to students from around the world.
Since its inception, the College has been at the forefront of educating students and working in conjunction with lawmakers and medical professionals to advance the standards of both the holistic medicine profession and the College's curriculum.
Pacific College has received awards for its acupuncture and Oriental medicine curriculum and clinical training, as well as research grants from the National Institutes of Health and Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, among others. Our alumni have gone on to be successful in the field and are currently sought after as both teachers and practitioners in the U.S. and abroad today.
We invite you to learn more about each of Pacific College's campuses. Once you have decided which campus interests you, contact us to get in touch with one of our admissions representatives.
Why Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM)?
1. Educational Excellence
As a Pacific College of Oriental Medicine student, you receive training in an integrative medicine approach, learning the best from both Eastern and Western medicine theories and practices. At our Oriental medicine school, your education is enhanced with hands-on training and in-class exercises that will prepare you for a career after graduation. At Pacific College, student feedback is welcomed; many advancements within the college are the result of suggestions.
2. Professional Degrees from Associate's to Doctorate
Achieve your educational goals and cultivate your professional skills within our school's setting. From an Associate’s degree to a Doctorate, you learn the basics of Oriental medicine and continue to grow your skills all in one place.
3. Hands-on Training
As a treating intern, you gain first-hand knowledge of working in a clinical environment. You have the opportunity to work at both our campus clinic as well as our off-site externships, located at hospitals, clinics, and designated treatment sites. Working alongside acupuncturists, medical doctors, physical therapists, counselors, and fellow students, you have the opportunity to treat different types of patients and put your classroom knowledge into practice.
4. Experienced Faculty
Benefit by learning from our varied academic community, which includes practicing acupuncturists, medical doctors, massage therapists, herbalists, chiropractors, homeopaths, and Taoist practitioners. Dialogue with our expert team on everything from the fundamentals of massage education (including traditional Chinese massage) and traditional Oriental medicine to the problems that affect patients in today’s modern culture.
5. Community Involvement
Get involved in our community outreach events. Throughout the year you have the opportunity to treat the general public during various health and wellness events including Chinese New Year, Vietnam Veterans Stand Down, Great American Smoke-out, and various expos. Additionally, students partake in the school’s on and off campus free clinics and other events. In the past our students have treated survivors of 9/11 and evacuees of the San Diego fires of 2003 and 2007 among other underserved clientele.
6. Personal Growth Opportunities
Our free and donation-based yoga, tai ji, tai ji push hands, meditation, and martial arts classes enhance your professional and personal life. Each term you have the opportunity to try something new as our class choices change term to term.
7. Many Scheduling Options
Attend either full or part-time with day, evening, and weekend courses offered to help balance your work and academic schedule.
8. Financial Aid & Scholarships
Financial aid is available for those who qualify. As a student, you may apply for various outside scholarships based both on financial need and academic merit.
9. Career Development
Graduates can benefit from our alumni career services, continuing education opportunities, and job placement assistance.
10. Alumni Networking
After graduation, you connect to our alumni network and forums. By interacting with fellow alumni, you have the opportunity to share treatment protocols, business advice, case studies, and job opportunities while building a true community of healers.