Master of Science in Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine (MSAOM)

  • 12.01.2015

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The School of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine at Georgia Central University offers a specialized degree program: Master of Science in Oriental Medicine (MSOM). The purpose of these degree programs is to prepare graduates to practice as independent healthcare providers capable of working in multidisciplinary healthcare settings, with a solid foundation in acupuncture, traditional Chinese medicine, and qi cultivation; and a collaboration between traditional Chinese medicine and Western biomedicine. The programs are a combination of instruction and hands-on clinical experience in a Christian learning environment, giving graduates the tools and knowledge to offer both care for general wellness and advanced specialty care for their patients.

The primary objectives of the School of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine are to enable graduates to

  • acquire professional competency in acupuncture and other treatments of traditional Oriental medicine, and pass the licensing examination administered by NCCAOM.
  • acquire competent diagnostic and treatment skills in traditional Acupuncture and Oriental medicine.
  • communicate, cooperate, and collaborate with other healthcare professionals.
  • acquire practical experience and knowledge essential for setting up and managing an acupuncture and Oriental medicine practice.
  • serve their communities by providing competent health care to the public.

Upon successful completion of the four-year programs at GCU, graduates will receive a Master of Science degree in Oriental Medicine, with which they may qualify to apply for Certification by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM).
The State of Georgia requires NCCAOM Certification of anyone who wishes to become an Acupuncturist or Oriental Medicine practitioner in the state. Students are strongly encouraged to familiarize themselves with the State's Licensure requirements. Information about licensure and entry into the profession in Georgia can be found on NCCAOM's website ( NCCAOM Certification Examinations are given three times a year in February, July, and November.

NOTE: The admission to the School requires, BA/BS degree from an accredited
postsecondary institution.

Generally, students are expected to finish this program within the prescribed 4-year/12-trimester period, and within a maximum of six years. In extraordinary situations, extensions to this period may be granted on a case-by-case basis, but only after consultation with and the approval of the Dean of the School of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, the Office of Academic Affairs.



Main Campus

6789 Peachtree Industrial Blvd. Atlanta GA 30360
Admission (770)279-0507
Monday ~ Friday / 9:00AM~6:00PM


GCU Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Clinic

Our GCU Acupuncture and Oriental Clinic offers Acupuncture and Massage treatments as well as herbal consultation services. Our most affordable services are provided

Clinic Hours: Monday ~Friday 9:30 am ~6:30 pm
Treatment Appointment call (470)299-4520,
5390 Peachtree Ind. Blvd Norcross GA 30071
student who are advancing their study and practice of Chinese medicine.
For patient seeking practitioners with a greater degree of experience, we also offer treatments by faculty, all of whom have years of practice experience.

GCU Herbal Medicinary
In Conjunction with GCU'S Clinics, our herbal 
medicinary serves both patients and practitioners by providing high quality herbal and nutritional supplements. Custom herbal formulas are individually tailored to address our patient's health challenges. We also carry a wide variety of patent formulas, in pill, gradual and tincture forms.


Principle, Acupuncture and Herb Dept.

Seung Hoon, Choi, OMD, PhDProfessor and Vice President, Dankook
WHO Pacific Region Advisor
Chief Advisor, Member of GCU Board of Trustees
. (Korea)
Former President, Kyung Hee University, School of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in Korea


Kevin Soohyun Hong L.Ac (NY) MSOM
Professor and Dean, GCU, School of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
Pacificcollege of Oriental Medicine, MSOM
Rutgers State University, Montclair StateUniversity, BS Accounting


Brandon Youngjo Lee L.Ac ( GA, MD,VASouthern California University,
Clinic Director, Professor GCU Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Clinic


acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, MSAOM
Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine


Max Fried L.Ac(GA) DSOM, MSAOM
The American College of 
Chinese, DOM
Medicine SouthWest Acupuncture College, MSOM
The Military College of South Carolina, The Citadel, Master's 

of Educational Psychology

Michelle Lee L.Ac (GA) MSAOM,

Donggook University, School of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in California
Georgia Institute of Technology, BS International 
and Spanish Minor

Sharron Limscob. L.Ac ( GA Candidacy) DAOM, MSOM ,
Pacificcollege of Oriental Medicine Candidate of Doctor of AOM, MSOM
Emperor's Traditional College of Oriental Medicine 
Marist College, BA Communication


Shereen Amria L.Ac
Clinic Supervisor
Texas College of Chinese Medicine, MSAOM
College of Charleston, BS Biology


Biomedicine Dept. 

Life University, School of
, DC, DCCN, DCBCNRudy Scarfolloto

Ph.D, MS
Brooklyn Colledge, BA Science in Biology



National Physical
International Judge Course Organized by International Wushu-Kungfu Federation, Beijing China
Master of Tai Chi, Qi Gong
Florin Szondi 
andSport Performance Academy, BAEducation



170 credits (3000 hours) of academic work for the MS in Oriental Medicine. GCU'sInstutional Requirement for each semester enrolled is also required for graduation.

Oriental Medicine/Acupuncture Theory (59 Credits; 885 Hours)

OM500 Foundation of Oriental Medicine  2/30
OM501Principle of Oriental Medicine 1  3/45
OM502 Principle Oriental Medicine 2  3/45
OM506 Principle Oriental Medicine 3  3/45
OM514 Principle Oriental Medicine 4  3/45

ACT510 Acupuncture Channel and Point 1  3/45
ACT512 Acupuncture Channel and Point 2  3/45
ACT513 Acupuncture Channel and Point 3  3/45
ACT514 Acupuncture Channel and Point 4 (Articular Acupuncture)    2/30
ACT516 Acupuncture Channel and Point 4.L 1/15
ACT515 Acupuncture Channel and Point 5   2/30
ACT517 Acupuncture Channel and Point 5.L 1/15

ACT500Introduction to Clinical Technique   2/30
ACT501 Acupuncture Technique1   2/30
ACT502Acupuncture Technique 2   2/30
ACT503 Acupuncture Treatment-Orthopaedics   2/30
ACT504 Acupuncture Treatment-Facial Rejuvenation  2/30

OM601 Diagnosis and Treatment of Disease 1 (Dermatology, Gastroenterology)    3/45
OM602 Diagnosis and Treatment of Disease 2 (Rheumatology, Endocrinology, Urology) 3/45
OM603 Diagnosis and Treatment of Disease 3 (Gynaecology, Paediatrics)   3/45
OM604 Diagnosis and Treatment of Disease 4 (Oncology, Psychology)   3/45
OM605 Diagnosis and Treatment of Disease 5 (Gerontology, Subspecialties)   3/45

BT500 Body Work 1 - Tai Chi    3/45
BT510 Body Work 2 - Medical Qi Gong   2/30


Didactic Oriental Herbal Studies (30 Credits/450 Hours)

HB501Oriental Herbology 1 (Single Herbs)    3/45
HB502Oriental Herbology 2 (Single Herbs)    3/45
HB503 Oriental Herbology 3 (Single Herbs)   3/45
HB504 Oriental Herbology 4 (Formulas)        3/45
HB505 Oriental Herbology 5 (Formulas)        3/45
HB506 Oriental Herbology 6 (Formulas)        3/45
HB601Oriental Herbs & Internal Medicine 1   3/45
HB602Oriental Herbs & Internal Medicine 2   3/45
HB603 Oriental Herbs & Internal Medicine 3  3/45
HB700Shang Han Lun (Six Stages of Disease) /Won Bin   3/45


Acupuncture/Oriental Herbology Clinical Internship (30 Credits/900 Hours)

INT500 Clinical Observation 2/60
INT510 Clinical Assistantship 1 2/60
INT520 Clinical Assistantship 2 2/60
INT530 Clinical Assistantship 3 2/60 INT601Associate Internship 1 2/60
INT602 Associate Internship2 2/60
INT603 Associate Internship/Externship 3 2/60

INT701Senior Internship 1 2/60
INT702Senior Internship 2 2/60
INT703Senior Internship3 2/60
INT704 Senior Internship / Externship 4 2/60
INT705 Senior Internship 5 (Herbal Training) 2/60
INT706 Senior Internship 6 (Herbal Training) 2/60
INT707 Senior Internship 7 (Herbal Training) 2/60
INT708 Senior Internship 8 (Herbal Training) 2/60


Biomedicine (41 Credits/615 Hours)

BM200 General Biology 3/45
BM201Survey of Biochemical Principle 3/45
BM301 Biological Aspect of Physics 2/30
WM600 Western Medicine Terminology 2/30
BM500 Anatomy and Physiology 1 2/30
BM505 Anatomy and Physiology Lab 1 1/15
BM502 Anatomy and Physiology 2 3/45
BM503 Anatomy and Physiology 3 3/45
BM504 Anatomy and Physiology 4 3/45
WM601 Orth-Neuro Evaluation 1 2/30
WM602 Orth-Neuro Evaluation 2 2/30
WM704 Physical Exam 3/45
WM701 Pathophysiology 1 3/45
WM702 Pathophysiology 2 3/45
PM700 Western Pharmacology 3/45
CND800 Clinical Nutrition and Diet Counselling 3/45


Others (10 Credits/150 Hours)

CC400 General Psychology- Clinical Aspect 2/30
CC520Clinical Counselling and Communication 2/30
CC501 Clinical Ethics and Practice Management 2/30
OM606 Licensure Exam Prep. 2/30
COR600 Clinical Spiritual Outreach-Mission 2/30


GCU requires all students to attend WS501 Institutional Requirement (chapel) every semester through graduation. Students will receive a Pass/Fail grade on Institutional Requirement.


The Georgia Central University's office


Financial Aid Office ,  Laura Perrone  (770) 220-7930


The Georgia Central University's office of Sudent Financial Aid is committed to assisting students and their families in their efforts to obtain sufficient financial resources in making attendance GCU an academic and financial reality. There are many different sources of financial assistance available to qualified students. Financial aid awards are based on economic need, merit, scholastic achievement, and extracurricular activities. In order to establish an equitable basis for determining the family contribution, GCU uses the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). By completing the FAFSA, a student applies for federal and institutional need-based funds. GCU reserves the right to make revisions to a student's award package depending on the receipt of additional scholarships and/or information relating to need. The GCU Office of Student Financial Aid awards aids to qualified applicants regardless of race, place of national origin, ethnic group, or physical disability

How to Apply for Financial Assistance

  1. Apply for admission to Georgia Central University.
  2. Obtain and submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid(FAFSA). www.fafsa.ed.govof
  3. For early estimator, go to
  4. Secure a Personal Identification Number (PIN) from the Department of
  5. Visit Virtual Financial Aid Office (VFAO) and Submit Interviews (
  6. Apply for any state, local, and/or institutional scholarships.
  7. Investigate sources of assistance related to your major or career choice.

Note: Financial aid award packages are issued only after a student has been accepted for admission to GCU


Eligibility for Federal Need-Based Assistance


Applicants for all federal need-based programs must meet the following criteria:

  1. Students must be U.S. citizens or eligible non-citizens enrolled in a degree- seeking program.
  2. Students must maintain satisfactory academic progress (SAP) to be eligible for financial assistance.
  3. Students must not be in default on a student loan or obligated to pay are fund on a previous federal program.
  4. Students must demonstrate financial need by filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid(FAFSA).
  5. Male students must be registered with Selective Service (if required).

Please be aware that many types of financial assistance can be awarded only to students who are classified as full-time. The federal definition of a full-time student requires 12 credit hours, and GCU requires 13 credit hours (12 for music major and 10 for Doctorate students) per semester.




I-20 Admissions - International Students:  
Admissions office  Mihee Lee  (770)220-7905





The cost of tuition covers only a portion of the student's education and institutional operation: therefore, Georgia Central University depends upon the generosity of its supporters to make up the difference. In our endeavor to keep the cost low as possible, the following fees have been determined for any applicant for enrolment. (Approved on May 13, 2017 by the GCU Board of Trustees)

GA Student  and  Out of Sate Student  :

Tuition $350 per credit
Application Fee $100  Non-Refundable
Orientation Fee First-trimester student only $100 Non-Refundable
Enrollment Fee/each trimester** $300-$350 (FAFSA) Non-Refundable
Clinic Fee $500 Non-Refundable
Graduation Fee $300 Non-Refundable

International students

Security Tuition Deposit $5,000
International Student Tuition $350/per credit (minimum 12 credits)
Application Fee $100 Non-Refundable
Orientation Fee First-trimester student only $100 Non-Refundable
SEVIS I-20 Application Fee $100 Non-Refundable
SEVIS I-901 Fee (if applicable) $200 Non-Refundable
Enrollment Fee/each trimester** $300 Non-Refundable
Clinic Fee $500 Non-Refundable
Graduation Fee $300 Non-Refundable
International Student Fee $500 Non-Refundable

Course Audit  $350/per Course    (no credit granting)

More Detail Academic Information and Consultation - 

School of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine & Dean's Office #226 (470)299-4516
Academic Consultation: Dean, Kevin Soohyun Hong