Southern California University School of Oriental Medicine and Acupuncture


The faculty, administration, and staff welcome you to Southern California University School of Oriental Medicine and Acupuncture (“SCUSOMA”).

This page will help you learn about the school and its’ polices and procedures. It may not contain the answers to all of your questions, but it will serve to orient each student to the available services, activities, and individual responsibilities during your time at SCUSOMA.

While every effort is made to keep the student body informed of any changes, the policies, procedures, academic and non-academic requirements, and fees of SCUSOMA are subject to change without advance notice.

The information contained in this site is accurate at the time of printing, but may change as deemed appropriate by the requirements of state boards, federal or state governing bodies, or other regulatory agencies.

These changes may also be implemented without prior notice or obligation. Additionally, unless specified otherwise, the changes are effective when made.

Changes will be communicated to the students via bulletin board posts or written notices, on-campus publications, verbal announcements at school assemblies, or registration information packets distributed at the beginning of each quarter.

It is the responsibility of students of SCUSOMA to be well acquainted with the rules, regulations, requirements, and responsibilities provided in this handbook, as well as various updates posted throughout the year.


Southern California University School of Oriental Medicine and Acupuncture (“SCUSOMA”) is committed to the highest ideals in oriental medical education.

Not only will our graduates be amongst the most professional and competent healthcare providers in the medical field, but they will also exemplify the virtues of a mature and compassionate human being.

SCUSOMA endows its graduates with the values, knowledge and skills to address the needs of a dynamic world. SCUSOMA also prepares its graduates for leadership in Oriental medical education and in public service.

We promote:

  • Excellence in teaching and learning;
  • Fellowship and collaboration with colleagues, the community, and other health professions;
  • Diversity in people, ideas, and experiences;
  • Effective and compassionate communication;
  • Respectful and ethical behavior; and
  • Commitment to health and well being of society.

Educational Objectives

Graduates will be able to pass the California State license exam required of all primary care providers in Oriental medicine.

Graduates will be able to prepare business plans to make successful transitions from students to healthcare providers.

Graduates will be able to demonstrate:

  • Knowledge and clinical application of theories, principles and therapeutic approaches of Oriental medicine. They include but are not limited to, acupuncture, herbology, tui-na, cupping, moxibustion, and qi gong.
  • Knowledge of the various causes of diseases from both biomedical and Oriental medical perspectives, and the ways in which they operate on the body.
  • Knowledge of the normal and pathological structures and functions of the body and its major organ systems from both biomedical and Oriental medical perspectives.

Graduates will be able to provide the highest quality patient care in Oriental medicine with the ability to:

  • Obtain accurate medical history, formulate a diagnosis, and design appropriate treatment plans.
  • Perform appropriate physical and Oriental medical assessments.
  • Develop patient management protocols and maintain accurate medical records.
  • Communicate effectively with, and make a referral to, other healthcare providers or emergency care services when necessary or emergency care services when necessary.

We look forward to working with you as you begin your education!


Los Angeles

3460 Wilshire Blvs. Suite 500
90010 Los Angeles, California, USA