Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Oriental Medicine-Acupuncture 2014

Master of Science in Oriental Medicine or Master of Acupuncture

PCC endeavors to create accurate transfer guides for students; however, requirements and equivalencies may change without notice. Students are responsible for working with PCC advisors and advisors at their transfer institution to ensure that their academic plan will meet requirements and timelines.

This is a graduate program, a Bachelor's degree is required. No specific major is advised.

Prerequisite Courses

University Requirement PCC Equivalent Credits
1 course of General Biology BI 101 Biology or BI 211 Principles of Biology w/lab 4-5
1 course of General Chemistry (with lab) CH 104 General Chemistry or CH 221 General Chemistry w/lab 5
1 course of Physics for Science Majors PHY 201 General Physics 4
2 courses in Social Science or Humanities 2 courses from: Art, Music, English Literature, Philosophy, or Psychology


Strongly Recommended courses: Systems Science, Mythology, Quantum Physics, Philosophy of Science, Biochemistry, Cellular Biology, Chinese Language

Recommended course work:

ENG 250 Intro to Folklore & Mythology

CH 211 Intro. to Biochemistry

BI 112 Cell Biology for Health Professions

BI 231, 232, 233 Anatomy & Physiology

CHN 101-203

Take other recommended courses at a 4-year institution




In addition to a strong preparation in the sciences, a broad background in the humanities and liberal arts is encouraged. Prerequisite coursework is used to determine a student's preparation for the MSOM program. Credit will only be given for prerequisite coursework earning a C or better.

While no minimum GPA is specified, only a small percentage of admitted applicants have below 3.0 cumulative GPA.

NCNM's Classical Chinese Medicine school offers a four-year program to train practitioners in Classical Chinese Medicine. NCNM has one of the few oriental medicine schools offering a degree in Classical (as opposed to traditional) Chinese Medicine. Graduates of the Master of Science in Oriental Medicine (MSOM) program are eligible to apply for acupuncture licensure in the state of Oregon and to take both the herb and acupuncture exams administered by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, which many states use as a basis for licensure.


Last updated: November 2014