Midwest College of Oriental Medicine4334 N. Hazel Suite #206
Chicago, IL 60613
Program of Study
The Midwest College of Oriental Medicine has campuses in Racine, Wisconsin and Chicago, Illinois. Both campuses offer a 27 month master's level Acupuncture Certificate Program and a 36 month Bachelor of Science Degree in Nutrition, combined with the Master of Science Degree in Oriental Medicine. The Midwest College is the only school of Oriental Medicine in America to offer these combined degrees. Both the Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine programs qualify graduates to sit for the National Boards and thus become licensed acupuncturists.
Education at the Midwest College focuses on the classical teachings of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM); the "Eight Principle" system of physiology, pathology, pulse and tongue diagnosis and treatment strategy. Students complete practicum courses that cover advanced needle technique, and traditional accessory modalities. In addition, students in the Master of Science Degree program in Oriental Medicine study the herbal theories and traditions of the Shang Han Lun and Wen Bing, and are introduced to new developments combining nutrition and Chinese herbal medicine. Oriental Medicine students acquire the skills necessary to compound and recommend herbal formulas based upon the principles of TCM, and to make food recommendations based upon a nutrition profile.
Coursework includes traditional Chinese medical theory, practical "hands on" classes, bioscience, internship, clinic review and a foreign internship option in China. Additionally, the Oriental Medicine program includes lecture and internship focusing on herbs and nutrition. Classes meet all day on Saturday and one or two evenings per week.
The Midwest College's student clinics, together with its off-campus internship sites, provide the opportunity to rotate through a variety of unique clinical settings and allow interns to experience the styles of many different practitioners. Interns at the Midwest College treat a wide range of medical conditions. Internship includes hands-on experience in; acupuncture, moxibustion, tui-na massage, herbs, other accessory modalities of Oriental healing, and experience with TCM nutritional consultation.
The Midwest College is affiliated with the Guangzhou University of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Through student and teacher exchange our colleges cooperate in academic development and with research projects. A unique part of the Midwest College's curriculum is the academic or research paper required just prior to graduation. Interns explore an area of their own interest and present a paper worthy of scholarly publication, preparing them for future work at the doctoral level.
The Midwest College participates in Federal Family Education loans including, Pell Grants and the Stafford Loan program. The College is also approved for Veterans benefits.
Cost of Study
The total cost of the 27 month Acupuncture Program including all mandatory fees is $36,565.00. The total cost of the 36 month Master of Science degree in Oriental Medicine program including all mandatory fees is $$48,197.00. The cost of books for the acupuncture program is $1,200 and $1,750 for the Oriental Medicine program. Supplies needed for both programs are $500.
Living and Housing Costs
Rents in Racine, Wisconsin are typically $400 to $600 per month and other costs of living are typical of a small midwestern town. Rents in Chicago are typically $700 per month or more depending on size and especially location. Chicago does not have the apartment hunting trouble found in cities like New York or San Francisco.
The Midwest College of Oriental Medicine is interested in candidates who have a strong humanitarian commitment and past accomplishments show evidence of originality, creativity, and a capacity for independent, critical thinking. Students from across the U.S. and several foreign countries have entered the programs. The average age is 38 with a wide range of educational backgrounds and work experience. The Midwest College has students from many counties creating a vibrant and diverse student population.
Graduates of the Midwest College choose to work independently in private practice, affiliate with others in a "holistic health clinic" setting or find employment in medical clinics and hospitals. Graduates of the Midwest College are on the faculty of other schools, the Boards of professional associations, state and national agencies, and hold positions in hospitals across the country.
The picturesque lakefront harbor and beautiful State Parks give Racine, Wisconsin its outdoor recreational environment. All four seasons offer nature at its best with great golfing, biking, hiking, canoeing, fishing, skiing and snowmobiling. Chicago is a city of neighborhoods each with its own character. From theater to performance art, from classical music to rock; the number of entertainment venues in Chicago may be unsurpassed in the country.
The Midwest College was founded in 1979, making it one of the oldest schools of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in America. Over the last fifteen years, the College has collaborated with leaders of Chinese medical education to create a rigorous academic program with broad clinical experiences. In 1996, to celebrate our affiliation, the Guangzhou University presented the Midwest College with a scroll that describes the philosophy of both schools: "Developing Traditional Chinese Medicine, Combining with Modern Scientific Advances."
The Midwest College is on a quarter system. While the academic year begins in the fall, students can also begin in the winter, spring and summer. All applicants must have a minimum of two years of college (sixty semester credits) from an accredited college. The Midwest College highly encourages applicants to sit in on classes and visit the student clinic before making a final decision on pursuing the application and admissions interview process.
Correspondence and Information
All correspondence should be sent to the main campus in Racine, Wisconsin.
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