Throughout their educational arc, OCOM students are supported by a strong network of staff, services and resources.
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Student Services guides and supports all students through their transformational journey in achieving their educational and professional goals. A continuum of services is offered for prospective students, current students and OCOM graduates:
Academic Advising – Discuss elective options, curriculum enrollment plans, and transfer credit requests.
Academic Coaching – Receive help with study strategies, time management, and handling your academic load.
Tutoring – OCOM graduates and teaching assistants are available to tutor students. Students often hire tutors for one-on-one assistance or share expenses by creating “group” tutoring sessions. Subsidies are available to assist those with limited finances, when faculty require or recommend tutoring. Free drop-in tutoring sessions are available most weekdays during the lunch hour for asking questions, practicing hands-on skills, or requesting direct feedback.
General Support/Lifestyle Counseling or Coaching – Visit the Director of Counseling for support or assistance with personal, family, or school issues.
Referrals for Off-site Professional Counseling – When students prefer professional counseling off-site, the Director of Counseling can assist in identifying counseling resources in the community.
Disability Services – Student Services can assist in accessing accommodations; the process is outlined in your program's Student Handbook, found in the college's Publications Archive.
Mentoring – Prior to enrollment, incoming students interested in a mentor are matched with a continuing student who has volunteered to help answer questions and offer guidance.
OCOM Student Association (OSA) – The OSA represents the interests of students in their relationship with all elements of the OCOM community (students, faculty, administration, trustees, patients) and, at times, the external community of health practitioners.
OSA members serve as direct liaisons with academic and clinical education, and help to plan social activities and events to enrich student life. Students can apply to the OSA for conference funding and other project-oriented funds. All students are members of the OSA by virtue of their enrollment; funding for the body's activities come from the quarterly Student Activity Fee.
Some clubs are longstanding, while others are newly formed each year. Clubs can be social, educational, cultural, fitness, self-care — they are driven by student interest and active participation. Examples of popular student clubs:
Garden Club – For those interested in all things gardening. We care for some of the plants on campus to make it lush and inviting!
OCOM Nutrition – A club focused on exploring nutrition from a Chinese perspective and incorporating it into real life practice.
Yoga Club – A weekly one-hour, slow-flow yoga class. It is a great chance to center yourself during the school week with movement, stretching, breathing, meditation and relaxation.
Pride and Allies Club – An ongoing exploration of health concerns related to LGBTQIA people as well as educating on LBGTQIA concerns and appropriateness. The Pride and Allies Club welcomes LGBTQIA students, staff, faculty and all straight allies.
Welcome Party – A fun, catered social highlighting student clubs, the OSA and an opportunity for new and returning students to get information about these organizations and socialize with staff and faculty. A great start to the school year!
No Talent Show – A chance for members of the OCOM community to show off their unique talent or lack thereof in celebration of the Chinese New Year. Bring your music, poetry, martial arts, comedy or skit performances!
“Things I Wish I Had Known” luncheon – This catered event provides an opportunity for students to ask those “who have been there” about what to expect in the next phase of their OCOM experience.
• OCOM students can find detailed information about classes, programs, resources, and student activities via Populi, the college's cloud-based Student Information System.
• Professional Development Center – Are you wondering how you can become an acupuncturist, make a difference in the world and make a healthy living for yourself? OCOM’s Professional Development Center (PDC) can help you find the tools you’ll need to succeed in your acupuncture and Chinese medicine career. Whether you want to start your own small business, become an independent contractor, or find the perfect employer, the PDC is here to support you. Please visit the online PDC Resource Center at alumni.ocom.edu to learn more.
• Health Insurance and the Affordable Care Act – Low-cost acupuncture and Chinese medicine health care is available to students in OCOM’s clinics. The Affordable Care Act, which went into effect in January 2014, allows individuals to apply for health care through each state’s exchange system. More information on coverage in Oregon is available at healthcare.oregon.gov.
• CARE Team – The CARE team is designed to assist students who are showing signs of being in crisis or distress; this report will be sent to CARE team members who can reach out to the person to offer support and resources. Access the reporting form.
• Title IX – This policy details and explicitly prohibits specific forms of harassment and encourages the prevention and reporting of these prohibited behaviors. Learn more about Title IX Resources.
• Campus Security and Safety Information – 2021 Clery Report
• Student Handbooks for OCOM's degree programs are found in the college's Publications Archive.
• National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM)
• Oregon Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (OAAOM) is the professional organization representing the state's acupuncturists.