Oregon College of Oriental Medicine

Oregon College of Oriental Medicine (OCOM) is a private college in Portland, Oregon focused on graduate degrees in acupuncture and Oriental medicine. OCOM's programs are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine[1] and authorized by the Oregon Student Assistance Commission's Office of Degree Authorization to award Master of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine degrees.[2]

Oregon College of Oriental Medicine
MottoThe science of medicine, the art of healing.
PresidentSherri Green
Academic staff
Location, ,
United States
MascotMOCO panda
The building that became OCOM's new location in fall 2012, seen in 2010, before the start of renovation


Oregon College of Oriental Medicine was founded in Portland, Oregon in 1983, and is one of the oldest Chinese medicine colleges in the United States.[citation needed] OCOM trains master's and doctoral students, conducts research and treats patients at its Old Town Chinatown campus (OCOM Clinic) and northeast Portland Hollywood Clinic. In July 2005, OCOM became the first college to graduate a cohort of Doctors of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.[3][4] The college announced plans in July 2009, to move from Portland's eastside to a historic building in downtown's Old Town Chinatown district.[5] The new LEED Gold certified facility was renovated[5] at a cost of $15.2 million.[6] In September 2012, the school moved into its new home in Portland's historic Old Town Chinatown neighborhood.[7]


Building on the Southeast Portland campus

OCOM operates two Portland clinics and an herbal medicinary. The OCOM Hollywood Clinic, with eight clinic rooms, serves residents of northeast Portland, including the neighborhoods of Hollywood, Grant Park, Irvington and Beaumont-Wilshire. OCOM Clinic, at the college's Old Town Chinatown campus, opened in September 2012 and serves downtown residents and workers. The OCOM Herbal Medicinary is located on the ground floor of the college's campus. More than 20,000 low-cost acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, tuina, and shiatsu patient treatments are offered annually by the clinics, which also serve as teaching facilities for the college. OCOM has an active research department, and has received substantial research grants from the National Institutes of Health/NCCAM.[8][9] OCOM research projects have included a collaborative grant with the University of Arizona to study temporomandibular joint disorder.[10]


  1. ^ Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine: Accredited Programs Archived 2010-07-07 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Oregon Student Assistance Commission, Office of Degree Authorization: ODA Approved Campus Based Degree Programs
  3. ^ Oregon Public Broadcasting: College of Oriental Medicine Graduates First Doctors, 11 July 2005.
  4. ^ Acupuncture Today, 2 May 2005, First Class of OCOM Doctoral Students to Graduate in July.
  5. ^ a b Hottle, Molly (June 28, 2011). "Ceremony Kicks off renovation of Globe Hotel for new Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in Portland's Old Town". The Oregonian. Retrieved August 8, 2012.
  6. ^ O'Brien, Lindsey (June 20, 2012). "Oregon College of Oriental Medicine set to move into former Globe Hotel". Daily Journal of Commerce. Retrieved August 8, 2012.
  7. ^ Koffman, Rebecca (September 26, 2012). "Oregon College of Oriental Medicine opens in Old Town Chinatown". The Oregonian. Retrieved October 1, 2012.
  8. ^ Acupuncture Practitioner Research Education Enhancement, NIH Grant Number: 5R25AT002879-02, Richard Hammerschlag, principal investigator.
  9. ^ OCOM, University of Maryland Receive Acupuncture Research Grants From NCCAM.
  10. ^ TCM for TMD: A Multi-Site Whole Systems Trial, NIH Grant Number: 5U01AT002570-02, Cheryl Ritenbaugh, principal investigator.

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