Graduate Programs Emperor's College of Traditional Oriental Medicine

Graduate Programs Emperor's College of Traditional Oriental Medicine

Santa Monica, CA
student ratio
total students
Not Reported
average amount to complete degree
September 1
fall application deadline
acceptance rate
2 Degrees Offered
degrees offered


Emperor's College: -- The Future of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine is Here!

Emperor's College is a leading academic health center in the field of acupuncture, traditional Chinese medicine, Oriental medicine, and integrative healthcare. One of the oldest acupuncture schools in North America, Emperor's College is dedicated to improving individual and community health and well-being through leadership, collaboration and innovation in education, research and clinical care.

Founded in 1983, Emperor's College of Traditional Oriental Medicine in Santa Monica, California is one of the oldest and most highly-regarded acupuncture schools in the nation and among the top schools in the world.

Emperor's College graduates have gone on to have thriving six-figure practices, written important books in the field, direct acupuncture programs in medical centers, become editors at widely read publications like the Huffington Post, and head other colleges.

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 fully 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.) at Emperor's College 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 clinical externship sites like the Roy and Patricia Disney Cancer Center at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center, and The Venice Family Clinic, the largest free clinic in the United States.

The Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

The Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (DAOM) Program at Emperor's College offers a dual-specialization in Internal Medicine & Physical Medicine. Our dual-specialty approach focuses on key areas of modern healthcare while implementing cutting-edge best practices grounded in tradition.

The program is widely regarded as the gold standard of DAOM programs, constructed to advance clinical and professional skills needed to accelerate the student's careers and expertly address the needs of today's diverse patient population.

An Illustrious Faculty with Western and Oriental Experience

The faculty members at Emperor's College of Traditional Oriental Medicine are generally regarded as amng the most accomplished in the world and many of them have backgrounds in both oriental and Western medicine, including:

Dr. Sergei Shaginyan, graduated from Moscow Medical School, specializing in neurology; Dr. Cathy Lang received her Ph.D. in public health from the University of California at Los Angeles; and Dr. Charles Hong Beng Ang graduated from the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh and the Singapore Academy of Medicine.

Other examples of our illustrius faculty include longtime student of the Daoist Master Jeffrey Yuen, Dr. David Chan; Dr. Christine Chang who works with the International Organization for Standards (ISO) to help integrate Oriental medicine into mainstream healthcare programs; tai chi masters Terence Dunn, Ming Dong Lee, Jacques MoraMarco, and Tim O'Connor ; and Dr. Tiande Yang, one of China's most celebrated medical doctors.

Student Life

Medical school is not something you can or want to do alone. The students at Emperor's College are very supportive of each other and accepting of new students. It is easy to find help with just about anything from your student colleagues. Life-long friendships among Emperor's College students evolve into business partnerships and professional referral networks which is furthered by our active department of Alumni Relations.

Opportunities: Additional unique opportunities are frequently made available to Emperor's students, including providing services in the local and global community. Emperor's students have opportunities to travel and learn abroad, including with international organizations like the One World Health Project, which was originally founded by and Emperor's alum. Emperor's College is also very proud to be a sponsor of the 2015 World Special Olympics and will be providing wellness medical services to the 7,000 athletes and 3,000 coaches representing 177 countries who will be participating in the games.

Emperor's College additionally hosts the popular Qi blog, a news and information source on acupuncture and Oriental medicine which its students and alumni are given the opportunity to write for.

Emperor's College also has an active student council that organizes lectures, meetings, and educational support. 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 *
    • Tuition & FeesNot Reported
    • *Average dollar amount (tuition & fees) required to complete the degree
  • 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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