The mission of Oregon College of Oriental Medicine is to transform health care by educating highly skilled and compassionate practitioners, providing exemplary patient care, and engaging in innovative research within a community of service and healing.
In support of this mission, the college values:
Excellence – OCOM staff, faculty and students strive to set standards for and perform at the highest professional levels academically, clinically, and in the research program.
Leadership – OCOM leads Chinese medicine education in the United States by developing outstanding programs of education, clinic, research, outreach and collaboration. OCOM leads by working to enhance social justice through its commitment to inclusive and diverse access to education and health care.
Healing – OCOM staff, faculty and students, consistent with the principles of Chinese medicine, understand health to be harmony and balance in Body, Mind and Spirit, and attempt to live these principles by embodying compassion, humility, passion and synergy in their daily lives and work.
Innovation – OCOM staff, faculty and students use inquiry and discovery to support their individual creativity and inventiveness in the continuous improvement of the college and its clinical, academic and research programs.
Community – OCOM staff, faculty and students work together in a learning community that maintains traditions built upon supportive relationships, trust, heart, humor, and a commitment to lifelong learning.
Service – OCOM provides the highest levels of effective, efficient and practical service to its students and the public.
Board of Trustees
Lea Anne Doolittle, MBA
Margo A. McGehee-Kelly, MD
Leslie Monarch, DAOM, LAc (Faculty Representative)
Ariana Skye-Babbot (Student Representative)
Oregon College of Oriental Medicine’s master’s level program in acupuncture (MAc), master’s level program in Oriental medicine (MACM), and advanced practice doctoral program (DAOM) are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM). Institution/program accreditation history, notes, and dates of review may be viewed at: http://acaom.org/directory-menu/directory/
Oregon College of Oriental Medicine’s professional doctoral (DACM) program, approved to begin enrolling students, is not yet accredited or pre-accredited by ACAOM. Graduates of this program are not considered to have graduated from an ACAOM-accredited or pre-accredited program and may not rely on ACAOM
accreditation or pre-accreditation for professional licensure or other purposes.
This program is eligible for ACAOM accreditation and OCOM is currently in the process of seeking ACAOM pre-accreditation/accreditation for the program. However, OCOM can provide no assurance that preaccreditation or accreditation will be granted by ACAOM.
ACAOM is recognized by the United States Department of Education as the specialized accreditation agency for institutions/programs preparing acupuncture and Oriental medicine practitioners. ACAOM is located at 8941 Aztec Drive, Eden Prairie, Minnesota 55347; phone 952/212-2434; fax 952/657-7068; www.acaom.org
2014-2019 Strategic Roadmap: Leading the Way for Sustainable Transformation. View PDF
History of the College
Founded in 1983, Oregon College of Oriental Medicine (OCOM) is a single-purpose professional graduate school that offers specialized degree programs: Master of Acupuncture (MAc), Master of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine (MACM), Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine (DACM) and Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (DAOM). The college was founded by Satya Ambrose, LAc and Eric Stephens, DAOM, LAc, who first met in 1982 and discussed the need for a high-quality training program in acupuncture and Oriental medicine in Oregon.
In 1986, OCOM graduated our first class of 11 master's students and was admitted to candidacy status by the National Accreditation Commission for Schools and Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NACSCAOM). The college's first president was hired in 1988. In 1989, OCOM became only the third acupuncture and Chinese medicine college to be accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM).
OCOM purchased its first campus property in southeast Portland in 1991. The college built a stand-alone clinic in 1997. In 1999, OCOM established a Research Department, becoming one of the first AOM colleges to offer research. That same year, the college was awarded the first of a series of research grants from the National Institutes of Health.
In 2002, the college was granted permission by ACAOM to offer a Clinical Doctorate program, enrolling our first doctoral (DAOM) students in 2003. Throughout the 2000s, the college continued to build our patient base in its campus clinic and in a number of off-campus clinics and community health internship sites. The number of community partnerships in Portland and beyond continues to grow.
OCOM completed one of the most ambitious strategic goals in 2012 with the relocation of our campus from our former southeast Portland home to the historic Old Town Chinatown neighborhood. The current campus, an LEED Gold certified remodel of a historic hotel building, places at OCOM in the center of Portland, providing multiple opportunities for students, staff and faculty to partner with and explore the Portland community.
Since the college's inception, its MAcOM program has graduated more than 1,500 students, and currently has alumni practicing in 50 states. OCOM's DAOM program, with more than 130 alumni, has educated many leaders in the field of acupuncture and Chinese medicine, including a number of academic officers at other institutions.
Recently ranked the number one college in the nation for earning a degree in acupuncture (by thebestschools.org), OCOM's academic programs provide students with a solid foundation in acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, therapeutic massage, and qi cultivation, as well as a focus on collaboration between Chinese medicine and Western biomedicine.
Learn more about OCOM, acupuncture and Chinese medicine in the pages of our college publications. Browse the online Publications Archive containing our Viewbook, academic catalog, OCOM Bulletin (subscribe to our newsletter!), and annual reports.
The college’s campus was originally built in 1910 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Renovated in 2011, the LEED Gold certified project incorporates aspects of feng shui and energy efficient features to create a more intentional learning environment to support the well-being of our students, staff, faculty, and patients.
- OCOM Clinic is a 17-room teaching clinic in our Old Town Chinatown campus, serving patients who live and work in the downtown area, as well as individuals who commute into and through the central city.
- OCOM Herbal Medicinary is the largest traditional Chinese herbal medicinary in the Pacific Northwest and serves the college’s teaching clinics, practitioners and their patients, students and the public. Like the OCOM Clinic, it is conveniently located in our downtown campus building.
- OCOM Hollywood Clinic serves our Northeast Portland and eastside residents.
Oregon College of Oriental Medicine is an Equal Opportunity employer, dedicated to the science of medicine and the art of healing. Explore current employment opportunities available at the college.
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