Mission and Program Educational Objectives

Mission of Dongguk University Los Angeles is:

  • To explore and embody the principles and practices of traditional East Asian medicine;
  • To develop a community of skilled medical practitioners; and
  • To provide accessible health care services to the local community.


Master's Program Educational Objectives:

To train healers who are able to:
  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the theoretical and historical contexts of Oriental Medicine;
  2. Apply this understanding to accurately diagnose patients;
  3. Utilize bio-medical diagnostic methods and refer to other practitioners as appropriate;
  4. Competently plan, perform, assess and adjust acupuncture treatments for common conditions and patterns;
  5. Competently prescribe and modify herbal formulas for common conditions and patterns;
  6. Embody and advise on healthy lifestyle choices; and
  7. Identify, define and model best practices for professional success. 


Doctoral Program Educational Objectives:

To create leading scholars and doctors of Oriental Medicine through an advanced specialized academic and clinical program that will produce the following competencies: 
  1. Competently apply the advanced diagnosis and treatment skills of the program's core Oriental Medicine curriculum and clinical specialties; 
  2. Exhibit deepened understanding of the foundational text and traditions of Oriental Medicine in order to produce respected scholarship; 
  3. Demonstrate sufficient competency in integrative medical practices to advance Oriental Medicine and effectively collaborate on patient care within the current US healthcare system and internationally; 
  4. Develop and engage “best practices” in patient-centered clinical management; 
  5. Critically evaluate and creatively contribute to clinical research in Oriental Medicine and Integrative Medicine; and 
  6. Engage practices of life-long learning through scholarship and advanced clinical practice.