1. OCOM is ranked #1 Acupuncture School in the United States. We were also recently honored as the reader's choice for favorite holistic medicine school by Natural Awakenings, an award reflecting our commitment to excellence, innovation and a holistic student experience.

2. The college's strong alumni network of more than 1,300 graduates allows students to connect with practitioners across the country.

3. Our clinical education program provides the opportunity for students to practice in OCOM's clinics or one of our community clinics.

4. Oregon's focus on integrative medicine makes our Portland location an ideal place to study and collaborate.

5. OCOM's curriculum is designed to provide a wide knowledge of holistic health practices. Our training provides foundation knowledge in not just acupuncture and Chinese medicine theory, but also herbal medicine, biomedicine, therapeutic bodywork and qi cultivation.  

6. Graduates of OCOM's master's program demonstrate a consistently high average pass rate (currently, 92 percent) on the national licensing exam.

7. As one of only two stand-alone AOM schools that have a funded research program, research literacy is infused into OCOM's curriculum.

8. Portland is a great place for study and balance. Our centrally located campus is within walking distance of more than 100 food carts, and miles of biking and walking trails along the Willamette River.

9. Our online Virtual Seminars are a great way to learn about OCOM from a distance. Better yet, come see the campus, get a tour, and receive a treatment at our next on-campus Admissions SeminarRegister today!

10. OCOM values strong connections with the broader community through wide-ranging educational and awareness-building events. Staff, alumni and faculty members support our work to engage, from helping students to navigate the application process (OCOM Socials) to leading illuminating public presentations on the history and practical application of Chinese medicine (OCOM's Lan Su Lectures).

After serving as president of Oregon College of Oriental Medicine for nearly a decade, Dr. Michael Gaeta has announced his retirement, effective July 24, 2015.

“After much thought, reflection and careful consideration, I have decided to take the next step in my life,” said Dr. Gaeta. “OCOM has experienced steady growth and development as an institution of higher education, and I’m confident it will continue to flourish as a leader in our field. I look forward to my own opportunity to spend more time with family and to explore our world.”

Since arriving at the college in March 2005, Dr. Gaeta has overseen an impressive list of accomplishments, including:

  • Completion of the college’s move to its current home in Portland’s Old Town Chinatown neighborhood;
  • A doubling in the number of full-time faculty members;
  • Success in the Research Department procuring large grants from the National Institutes of Health.

“Dr. Gaeta’s work over the past nine years leaves the college poised for a strong future,” said Peter Martin, OCOM’s Board Chair. “His successor will take the helm of an institution with a state-of-the-art facility, increasing enrollment, and a stellar reputation in the acupuncture and Oriental medicine community.”

The college’s Board of Trustees has established a succession planning committee, which is working in close cooperation with Helen Smith, Chief of Staff, in a national search for OCOM’s next president.


OCOM Clinic in Old Town Chinatown now offers acupuncture services each Saturday. The new Saturday hours, along with the Weekend Specialty Clinic once a month on Sundays, ensure that OCOM patients can receive treatment nearly every day of the month.

Both the clinic and the OCOM Herbal Medicinary will now be open each Saturday between 8:30 AM and 2:00 PM. All acupuncture services — including Group Acupuncture, which starts at $10 — are available on Saturdays.

“Over the past year, many of our patients have indicated an interest in weekend appointments. We hope that additional hours on Saturdays will serve patients who may not otherwise be able to make it in to the OCOM Clinic. An acupuncture treatment is a great way to relax into the weekend!” said Director of Clinical Operations, Miles Sledd.

The doctoral program’s Weekend Specialty Clinic is held one Sunday a month, and provides patients the opportunity to visit with a team of experienced clinicians focusing on specific conditions. The focus this fall is on women’s health, with clinic offerings on October 19, November 16 and December 14. View the Weekend Specialty Clinic schedule for 2014-2015.

For more information about OCOM's clinic, including hours and fees, visit our Clinics page. Contact the OCOM Clinic front desk at 503-445-0951 to schedule your appointment.

OCOM Clinic is on the 4th floor of the college campus at 75 NW Couch, Portland, OR 97209.

OCOM will award a $2,000 Golden Flower Scholarship to an incoming doctoral student for the 2015-2016 academic year.

Eligibility: To apply for the scholarship, you must be an applicant to the doctoral (DAOM) degree program for Fall 2015 and have completed your online Admissions application by 5:00 PM, November 21, 2014. Contact Judy Gjesdal, Director of Financial Aid for more information.


OCOM is happy to announce new scholarships for applicants to the next incoming class — Fall 2015 — for both our master's and doctoral studies programs.

Master of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (MAcOM) Scholarships

Community and Service Scholarships — OCOM will award four $1,500 Community and Service Scholarships for the 2015-2016 academic year. Submissions are due April 30Learn more and download the application.

Regional Awards — OCOM will award up to 20 regional awards of up to $10,000 each to incoming Fall 2015 students in the master's program who meet geographic residency requirements. View more information

Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (DAOM) Scholarships

Board of Trustees Doctoral Scholarship — OCOM's Board of Trustees has authorized scholarships for Fall 2015's incoming DAOM students. Every student who qualifies for and is accepted into the DAOM program will be eligible to receive up to $5,000 in Board of Trustees Scholarship awards.

Standard Process Scholarship — Apply now for the Standard Process Scholarship in the amount of $2,500 available for incoming and current first year doctoral students. To apply for this scholarship, you must be an applicant to the doctoral program for Fall 2015 and have completed your online Admissions application by March 31. Learn more and download the application.

*All applicants are considered for merit-based scholarships in the application process. Contact the Office of Admissions with any questions: 503-253-3443 x175