Master’s Program

Master’s Overview

DULA’s Master’s of Science in Oriental Medicine (MSOM) program is fully accredited and thoroughly prepares students to sit for licensing examinations. The Master’s Degree program focuses both on didactic and clinical training, consisting of 2,130 hours (213 quarter units) of academic coursework and 960 hours (48 units) of clinical internship at the Oriental Medical Center. Full-time students may complete the program in three years.

The estimated cost of tuition is $36, 500.
For more information, please call or email:
Admissions Office
Dongguk University Los Angeles
440 Shatto Place (2nd Floor)
Los Angeles, California 90020
Phone: 213-487-0110


The didactic portion of the program centers primarily around both Eastern and Western Medical training. Course work includes studies in Oriental medical theory, acupuncture, herbology and herbal formulas, Western medicine and science, and adjunctive therapies (eg. tuina, cupping, moxibustion, guasha). Courses in practice management and ethics round out students’ education and prepare them to be successful practitioners. 
Acupuncturists licensed in California are considered primary care providers. As such, there is a strong emphasis on a Western medical education, in addition to coursework in Eastern Medicine. The program is broken down as follows:
  • Basic Sciences and Western Medicine: 740 hours
  • Oriental Medicine and Acupuncture: 760 hours
  • Herbal Medicine: 450 hours
  • Case Management: 90 hours
  • Professional Development: 30 hours
  • Electives: 60 hours

Clinical training:

Clinical training is aimed at preparing the students for a career in Oriental medicine by enabling them to implement and refine knowledge gained in the academic program in a clinical setting with real patients presenting with a variety of health disorders. This practice will enable the students to develop the personal and professional skills, abilities and competencies necessary to succeed in the integrated practice of Western and Oriental medicine, thereby evolving into knowledgeable and proficient primary care practitioners prepared for independent practice.
All students complete 960 hours of clinical internship. Clinical internship is divided into three levels. In the first level, student interns first observe and then perform patient intakes, take vital signs, become familiar with dispensary operations and assist in filling herbal formulas, learn clinic procedures and observe actual treatments. Level II interns begin to get more hands-on experience and may assist in diagnosing and treating patients with senior interns, under the direction of supervisory clinic staff. Level III interns assume primary responsibility for treating patients after consultation with supervisory clinic staff. Senior interns are required to demonstrate a thorough understanding of clinical differential diagnosis and treatment, herbal prescription writing and the core competencies of medicine. 
The Master’s degree program is offered in three languages: English, Chinese and Korean. Upon the successful completion of the program, students in all three language tracks are eligible to sit for the licensing examination given by the California Acupuncture Board, as well as the examination given by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). Students in these programs must have completed two years of baccalaureate education in these their respective language as a requirement for admission to DULA.

Requirements for Graduation

Oriental Medicine 13 39/390
Acupuncture & Moxibustion 10 30/300
Herbology 15 45/450
Massage, Qi Gong, OM Exercise 3 7/70
Western Medicine & Basic Sciences 13 39/390
Clinical Medicine & Public Health 11 30/300
Practice Management 2 5/50
Professional Development 1 3/30
Case Management 3 9/90
Electives 2 6/60
Coursework Totals 73 213/2130
Clinic Level I 5 10/200
Clinic Level II 8 16/320
Clinic Level III 11 22/440
Clinic Totals 24 48/960
Comprehensive Graduation Exam Passing Grade