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  • Southeast Wisconsin
  • February 2015
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Midwest College of Oriental Medicine

The Midwest College of Oriental Medicine was founded in 1979 to provide a quality program of study in the Chinese art of acupuncture, which was just then becoming recognized in the United States. Since its inception, the college has been a reflection of the community and its people, and has played a significant role in the growth and development of Oriental medicine throughout the country.

It is the college’s mission to provide an education that is rooted in the historical context and teachings of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) 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.”

Environment and accreditation

The college’s main campus is in Racine on Old Greenbay Road, only minutes from the University of Wisconsin–Parkside campus. The college also has a branch campus on the north side of Chicago, located just off Lakeshore Drive. It was a founding member of the Council of Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, which now has 50 member colleges in the U.S. and Canada. The Midwest College provides a challenging educational environment where creativity, innovation and diversity are welcomed and encouraged.

The Midwest College offers a three-academic-year program leading to master’s level certification in acupuncture and a four-academic-year program that offers the combined degrees upon graduation: a Bachelor of Science degree in nutrition and a Master of Science degree in Oriental medicine. Programs and credentials are approved by the Wisconsin Educational Approval Board and the Illinois Board of Higher Education. The Midwest College Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine programs are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM), an agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education. The Midwest College offers Title IV federal financial aid through the Stafford student loan program and undergraduate Pell grants to qualified students.

The current institutional enrollment is 200 students and has a faculty and staff of 30. The field of acupuncture and Oriental medicine has become a rewarding career choice and graduation from the college allows graduates to obtain a license to practice in over 46 states. Pass rates on the national board examination, required for licensure, is over 92 percent.

Exchange program

The college is an affiliate of the Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine, an institution of over 5,000 students. This University is located in mainland China about two hours north of Hong Kong. It is recognized by the World Health Organization, and is one of the most prestigious Chinese medical universities in China and the world. An exchange program between the Midwest College and the Guangzhou University has proved very rewarding, with students from America gaining residency internship hours at the university’s teaching hospitals. Professors from Guangzhou participate in this teaching exchange program by spending extended periods of time at the Midwest College to consult with academic officers, lecture in class and provide interns with the most current clinical approaches being developed in China.

Students from across the U.S. and several foreign countries have entered the Midwest College’s programs. The average age of students is 36 years old with 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 TCM.

Midwest College of Oriental Medicine

6232 Bankers Road, Racine, Wisconsin

4334 N. Hazel Ave., Chicago, Illinois


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