Frequently Asked Questions
Why choose the East West College of Natural Medicine?
- Our small friendly campus community embraces students and their individuality.
- Low faculty-to-student ratio allows for individualized attention and guidance.
- Focus on the traditional roots of Chinese Medicine while supporting its integration into today's healthcare systems.
- Our outstanding faculty and Clinic facilities.
- You will earn both a Bachelors and a Masters degree.
- High NCCAOM pass rates.
- Sarasota. A great place to live and work!
What degrees do you award?
East West College of Natural Medicine awards two degrees. The "Bachelor of Professional Heath Sciences" and the "Master of Science in Oriental Medicine" are exclusively conferred concurrently upon successful completion of all academic, clinic, and administrative requirements listed in the Master of Science Degree in Oriental Medicine Program section of this catalog.
Students are awarded the Massage Therapy Diploma upon successful completion of all academic, clinic, and administrative requirements listed in the Massage Therapy Diploma Program section of this catalog.
Where is the East West College of Natural Medicine located?
The College is centrally located in beautiful Sarasota, Florida. For more information about our campus and its location please the About and Living in Sarasota sections fo the website. Driving directions to the campus here.
How long is the program?
If a student attends full time, the Master of Science in Oriental Medicine program takes three years and four months to complete the required 3,048 hours. The program runs year round with three terms each year.
The Massage Therapy program takes 10 months to complete.
What are the program entrance requirements?
Students must have at least 60 credits to enroll in the Master of Science in Oriental Medicine, including general education requirements from an accredited, degree awarding College or University. Additionally, students must meet EWCNM's Essential Standard requirements. Full details of all requirements may be viewed here.
Being 18 years old and having a high school diploma or GED are the only requirements for the Massage Therapy progam.
When do classes begin?
Classes begin in January, May and September.
Where will I complete my clinical internship?
East West College of Natural Medicine operates a full service Student Clinic on the campus. In addition to practicum hours in our campus Clinic, senior students may complete an externship with one of our approved partners.
Massage Therapy students complete an internship at the EWCNM Student Clinic.
Will the program prepare me for the NCCAOM certification exams?
Yes. All graduates of the Master of Science in Oriental Medicine are eligible to sit for the NCCAOM certification exams to obtain certification as a Diplomate of Oriental Medicine (Dipl. O.M.) which includes acupuncture and herbology or the Diplomate of Acupuncture (Dipl. Ac.).
Will I learn about herbal therapies at the East West College?
Yes, students of the Master of Science in Oriental Medicine complete Herbal Pharmacy in the East West College Medical Clinic. Students are schooled in the use of raw herbal formulas as well as patent herbs. Upon the completion of the EWCNM program, students are eligible to sit for the NCCAOM certification exam for herbology.
Am I able to transfer from another OM school to the East West College of Natural Medicine?
Yes, EWCNM accepts transfer students. For requirements and more information please visit the Master of Science in Oriental Medicine, Transfer page.
Do you offer financial aid?
Yes, the East West College of Natural Medicine offers federal financial aid to those students who qualify. Additional scholarships and grants may also be available. For more information regarding financial aid and how to apply, please visit the FINANCIAL AID section of this website, or call the Financial Aid Department at (800) 883-5528.