About the Chicago College of Oriental Medicine

Mission Statement

The mission of the Chicago College of Oriental Medicine (CCOM) is to equip its students with the necessary knowledge and clinical skills of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine which transforms them into accomplished practitioners who have adopted the core disciplines of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and integrated them into the Western healthcare system.

Statement of Purpose

The purpose of the Chicago College of Oriental Medicine is to instill into its students and equip them with the knowledge and skills necessary to become component practitioners of acupuncture and Oriental Medicine with the ability to participate as independent health care providers in a variety of settings. This will be done through classroom instructions, clinical practices, research and specialization opportunities.

Our Philosophy

The philosophy of CCOM is to unify the educational forces between the medical traditions of the East and the West. CCOM strives to help students understand the culture from where Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine originated. Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine must also be studied, learned, and practiced in a way that blends it into modern Western approaches to healthcare. CCOM transforms students into healers who treat the whole person as an energetic system and promotes wellbeing that establishes balance and harmony in a person’s body, mind, and spirit.


CCOM aspires to be a leader in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine education in the United States. This will be achieved through superior academic programs, extensive clinical research, advanced professional collaboration, and continuing community outreach.

Institutional Goals

To realize the Chicago College of Oriental Medicine’s mission and vision, our administration and faculty have established the following institutional goals:

  • Recruit students that possess the skill sets, maturity, and personal commitment to become competent and caring practitioners.
  • Structure a portion of the curricular framework anchored on scientific research of the evidence-based practice in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.
  • Educate students to conduct clinical research and to keep up with the scientific literature in the profession.
  • Provide a supportive educational environment that nurtures students’ personal and professional growth.
  • Develop clinical training sites in diverse environments that promote deep learning and develop the real-world experience in clinical applications of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.
  • Maintain the highest levels of effective and compassionate healthcare services for patients in the school’s clinics.
  • Graduate exceptional health care practitioners who serve their respective communities with the ability to practice as independent health care practioners in a variety of settings.
  • Expand the scope, definition, and treatment of health & wellness options.
  • Improve the wellbeing of the Chicagoland communities through CCOM’s outreach programs.
  • Foster an atmosphere that encourages cross-cultural cooperation by creating opportunities for open dialogue with other members of the healthcare community in metropolitan Chicago.

Educational Objectives

In addition to meeting the college’s goals as outlined above, CCOM graduates will also be able to:

  • Demonstrate a solid understanding of the philosophy, theories, and systems of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine;
  • Demonstrate a fundamental understanding of Western medical science and incorporate those principles into patient care;
  • Demonstrate the ability to perform clinical research including accessing healthcare information, utilizing general medical resources, analyzing and interpreting scientific data, and critically appraising medical literature;
  • Effectively combine the skills and knowledge of the two medical approaches in the clinical setting;
  • Meet all the requirements for licensure and practices in Illinois and the National Commission for Certification of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) and pass the State and national board certification examinations.

Core Values

  • Compassion and Service
  • Harmony and Balance
  • Flexibility and Openness
  • Diversity and Inclusiveness
  • Excellence and Integrity
  • Integration and Innovation
  • Accountability and Transparency


Whenever eminent physicians treat an illness, they must quiet the spirit and settle the will, they must be free of wants and desires, and they must first develop a heart full of great compassion and empathy. They must pledge to devote themselves completely to relieving the suffering of all sentient beings.”

– SUN SIMIAO, King of Medicinals (Translated by Sabine Wilms)

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