Dongguk Mission Statement

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.
  • Provide accessible health care services to the local community.

Purpose and Goals

The Statement of Purpose and Goals for the Master of Science in Oriental Medicine (MSOM) Program are:

  • To develop competent traditional medicine practitioners through academic and clinical programs.
  • To develop healthcare professionals with clinical competencies, including collaborative care.
  • To develop healthcare professionals with skills and competencies to contribute to the community and to the field.

The Statement of Purpose and Goals for the Doctor of Acupuncture and Traditional Medicine (DATM) Program are:

  • To develop competent traditional medicine practitioners through academic and clinical programs.
  • To develop healthcare professionals with clinical competencies, including collaborative care.
  • To develop healthcare professionals with skills and competencies to contribute to the community and to the field.
  • To train leading scholars through advanced research.
  • To develop specialized practitioners with training in the application of traditional medicine clinical modalities.

Master’s Program Educational Objectives

To train healers who are able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the theoretical and historical contexts of oriental medicine.
  • Apply this understanding to accurately diagnose patients.
  • Utilize bio-medical diagnostic methods and refer to other practitioners as appropriate.
  • Competently plan, perform, assess, and adjust acupuncture treatments for common conditions and patterns.
  • Competently prescribe and modify herbal formulas for common conditions and patterns.
  • Embody and advise on healthy lifestyle choices, and
  • Identify, define, and model best practices for professional success.

Doctor of Acupuncture and Traditional Medicine (DATM) 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 biomedical 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.
  8. Apply integrative diagnostic skills to provide effective patient care
  9. Obtain familiarity with contemporary community healthcare systems
  10. Conduct collaborative care with other healthcare professionals
  11. Develop and implement systems and plans for professional development
  12. Assess and integrate scholarship, research, and evidence-based medicine, or evidence-informed practice to enhance patient care