It is the Midwest College’s
mission to provide an education that is rooted in the historical context and
teachings of traditional Chinese Medicine and combine it with modern clinical
applications to create a practitioner of Acupuncture or Oriental Medicine that
embraces the spirit of “ancient medicine for modern times”.
The combination of Eastern and Western science, together
with an appreciation of the natural healing philosophies of Asia, leads to the
development of the qualities that are the “Heart of Chinese
Medicine”. With this foundation, graduates will become true practitioners
of Oriental healing. The subtle balance of clinical science and compassion is
the key to a successful practice.
The Acupuncture Program is modeled on
the modern eight-principle style, currently taught at TCM Universities in China.
Combined with the biomedicine courses, it prepares graduates to practice
“Classic Chinese Medicine” using acupuncture, moxibustion, and other
accessory modalities. The curriculum in the Oriental Medicine program includes a
distinctive course of study in areas of food and herb therapy that are
fundamental to traditional Oriental Medicine. Baccalaureate study in nutrition
within the Oriental Medicine program leads to a simultaneously granted Bachelor
of Science degree in Nutrition and a Master of Science degree in Oriental
To meet the needs of students, the Midwest College affirms its
commitment to educate broadly informed, ethically responsible, and
scientifically competent professionals by offering the highest accredited
entry-level degree in the field. To meet the needs of a community that is
increasingly aware of the importance of nutrition and herb therapy, the Oriental
Medicine program combines TCM theory with principles of nutrition.
Students from across the U.S. and several foreign countries have entered our
programs. The average age of students is 36 years old, and students have a wide
range of educational backgrounds and work experience. The Midwest College seeks
a diverse student population and encourages anyone interested in Oriental
Medicine, with the appropriate prerequisites, to consider a career in
Traditional Chinese Medicine.
After completing their program, graduates
have the full range of knowledge, competencies, and skills necessary to begin a
successful practice and meet the health care demands of the 21st century. These
demands will result in new advances in TCM and new ways that traditional
medicine can be used to meet today’s health care problems.