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Graduate Programs Emperor's College of Traditional Oriental Medicine

  • Santa Monica, CA
  • Public
  • Urban
  • 70%30%
    student ratio
  • 433
    total students
  • Not Reported
    in-state tuition | out-of-state tuition
  • September 1
    fall application deadline
  • 95%
    acceptance rate
  • 2 Degrees
    degrees/awards offered


Emperor's College -- A Leader in Acupuncture Instruction

Founded in 1983, Emperor's College of Traditional Oriental Medicine in Santa Monica, California is one of the oldest and most highly-regarded school of acupuncture in the nation. Emperor's College alumni have gone on to write best-selling books, such as the "DeTox Solution," and served as wellness editors for popular online sites such as "Huffington Post" or They have founded cancer centers, worked at clinics and hospitals, and received grants to study the effectiveness of acupuncture. In short, they have helped establish the groundwork for integrating the benefits of Oriental medicine into Western practices.

Both the Master of Traditional Oriental Medicine (M.T.O.M.) degree program and the Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (D.A.O.M.) degree program are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Graduates of the Emperor's College of Traditional Oriental Medicine's M.T.O.M. program are eligible to take the California Acupuncture Licensing Examination.

The Prominent Master of Traditional Oriental Medicine

The Master of Traditional Oriental Medicine (M.T.O.M.) is the most sought after acupuncture program in the country. More than 250 students from all over the world are enrolled in the program. On graduating, they have recently achieved a 100% pass rate on the California Acupuncture Licensing Examination.

M.T.O.M. students complete 224 hours of didactic instructional units and 970 hours of clinical training. Students may complete the program in 4 years of full-time study, although part-time students may have up to 8 years to complete the program.

The M.T.O.M. Curriculum

In the first half of the program, students explore both Oriental and Western medical approaches. Coursework covers theories such as qi, yin and yang, and constitutional make ups, as well as extensive study of biology, chemistry, anatomy and physiology, and western nutrition. Students also gain experience with acupuncture points and meridians, Chinese herbal medicine, and tongue and pulse diagnosis.

In the second half of the program, students spend between 5 and 15 hours a week working under the supervision of specialized faculty members within the Emperor's College Acupuncture Clinic or at externship sites such as the Roy and Patricia Disney Cancer Center. At this time, students may also take electives in areas not offered in most acupuncture schools, such as Japanese acupuncture or shiatsu.

The Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

The Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (D.A.O.M.) degree program offers specializations in internal medicine and physical medicine. The classes meet on one 4-day weekend per month over a 2-year period. Students accumulate a total of 600 hours of didactic course-based instruction and 650 hours of advanced clinical rotations.

Students specializing in internal medicine receive training in cardiology, reproductive medicine, oncology, and immunology.

Students specializing in physical medicine receive training in 2 of the following areas: orthopedics, sports medicine, or stroke rehabilitation and prevention.

An Illustrious Faculty with Western and Oriental Experience

The faculty members at Emperor's College of Traditional Oriental Medicine have backgrounds in both oriental and Western medicine.

Dr. Sergei Shaginyan, for example, graduated from Moscow Medical School, specializing in neurology. Dr. Cathy Lang, for example, received her Ph.D. in public health from the University of California at Los Angeles. Dr. Charles Hong Beng Ang graduated from the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh and the Singapore Academy of Medicine. His work has focused on the efficacy of acupuncture to control the secretion of bile in liver disease.

Other faculty members include distinguished Oriental Medical Doctors (O.M.D.). Dr. David Chan, for example, has been in practice since 1985 integrating the teachings of Daoist Master Jeffrey Yuen into his approach to acupuncture and Chinese medicine. Dr. Christine Chang works with the International Organization for Standards (ISO) to help integrate Oriental medicine into mainstream healthcare programs.

Student Life

Life-long friendships among Emperor's College students evolve into business partnerships and professional referral networks. Students work together not only through instruction and clinical practice but through advocacy in advancing the acceptance and use of acupuncture and Oriental medicine with such groups as the One World Health Project.

Emperor's College also has an active student council that organizes lectures, meetings, educational support, and community outreach. The student council also hosts movie nights, beach bonfires, surfing lessons, weekend camping trips, and other fun activities.

Financial Aid Emperor's College

Students at Emperor's College of Traditional Oriental Medicine are eligible for federal financial aid. In addition, Emperor's College offers a Founder's Scholarship, a Dean's Scholarship, and an Alumni Scholarship. Students may visit the college's website to obtain a scholarship application.

Location & Contact

Graduate Programs

Emperor's College of Traditional Oriental Medicine

1807 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 200
Santa Monica, CA 90403
United States

Rochelle Kern

Yun Kim

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Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Acupuncture And Oriental Medicine Doctorate in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (DAOM)
      Master of Traditional Oriental Medicine (MTOM)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 50
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? Yes
    • Evening/weekend programs available? Yes
    • Distance learning programs available? No
    • Terminal master's degree available? Not reported
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees Not reported
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


95% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 63
    • Accepted 60
    • Acceptance Rate 95
    • Enrolled Not Reported
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $50
    • Application Fee - International $150
    • Electronic applications accepted? No
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Yes
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline September 1st Not Reported Yes
    • Winter deadline December 1st Not Reported Yes
    • Spring deadline March 1st Not Reported Yes
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's Degreesminimum 2 years of undergraduate course work, interview
    • Doctoral's DegreesCA acupuncture licensure
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesNot Reported

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees
    • In-state tuition *Not Reported
    • Out-of-state tuition *Not Reported
    • International student tuitionNot Reported
    • *Typical tuition for this institution for full-time graduate students per academic year
  • Fees
    • Per-academic year fees$200.00
    • Per-term feesNot Reported
    • One-time feeNot Reported
    • *Typical fees for this institution for full-time graduate students per academic year
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitFAFSA
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsNot Reported
    • Types of financial support availableCareer or Field-Related Internships

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students433
    • Female Percentage70%
    • Male Percentage30%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students433
    • Part-time Percentage39%
    • Full-time Percentage61%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino5%
    • Black / African American1%
    • White / Caucasian62%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native1%
    • Asian31%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races0%
    • Unknown0%


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty40
    • Full-time Percentage8%
    • Part-time Percentage92%
    • Female Percentage62%
    • Male Percentage38%


  • Existing Research
    • Focus of faculty researchMenopause, dysmenorrhea
    • Externally sponsored research expenditures last year$1,000




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