Mission & Purpose

The Mission of Dongguk University Los Angeles is to:

  • explore and embody the principles and practices of traditional East Asian medicine;
  • develop a community of skilled medical practitioners; and
  • 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. 
 

Purpose of the Doctoral program:

To create leading scholars and doctors of Oriental Medicine through an advanced specialized academic and clinical program that will produce the following competencies: 
  • Competently apply the advanced diagnosis and treatment skills of the program's core Oriental medicine curriculum and clinical specialties; 
  • Exhibit deepened understanding of the foundational text and traditions of Oriental Medicine in order to produce respected scholarship; 
  • 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; 
  • Develop and engage “best practices” in patient-centered clinical management; 
  • Critically evaluate and creatively contribute to clinical research in Oriental Medicine and integrative medicine; and 
  • Engage practices of life-long learning through scholarship and advanced clinical practice.