The Post Baccalaureate Certificate in East Asian Nutrition Program (CEAN) requires a total of 55 quarter credits (720 hours) of which include 240 hours of Clinical training. The normal program length of the Certificate in East Asian Nutrition is 1 year. The curriculum for the Certificate in East Asian Nutrition program is a subsection of the 4-year Master of Science in Oriental Medicine program offered by the University; specifically, the portions of the degree program that focus on the knowledge and training in Chinese Herbology and related clinical training. The CEAN program is designed to educate students who wish to pursue or are required to acquire fundamental and detailed education in Traditional Chinese Herbology. This certificate program provides the necessary traditional Chinese Herbology knowledge and training to complete the professional master degree education in Oriental Medicine. Graduates who hold an accredited Master of Science in Acupuncture degree or equivalent training from abroad, who are active Diplomates of Acupuncture (NCCAOM® ) will qualify to apply for conversion to Diplomate of Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM® ) and be eligible to sit for the NCCAOM Chinese Herbology exam.

Graduates of the Master of Science in Acupuncture program of VUIM are encouraged to complete CEAN program to fulfill the advanced requirement of Oriental Medicine education. The CEAN program is not accredited or pre-accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM). Graduates of this program are not considered to have graduated from an ACAOM accredited or candidate program and may not rely on ACCAOM accreditation or candidacy for professional licensure or other purposes. Students enrolled in this program are not eligible to participate in the Federal grant and loan programs. Instead this program is specifically designed to prepare students to be eligible for the NCCAOM certification examination in Chinese Herbology. Together with the NCCAOM Acupuncture Certification and a passing score in the Chinese Herbology exam, the applicant will be permitted to convert their certification standing from the NCCAOM Acupuncture Certification to an Oriental Medicine Certification. The result is that the applicant will have completed the same learning objectives of a student applicant who graduates from an accredited Master of Science in Oriental Medicine Program.


The Objectives of the Certificate in East Asian Nutrition Program is to create leading practitioners of Oriental Medicine through student centered educational structures and experiences that will produce the following competencies
1. Defend an etiology of disease from the Traditional Chinese Medicine perspective and utilize this to create and recommend disease prevention strategies.
2. Have the ability to formulate a logical treatment principle from the Traditional Chinese Medicine diagnosis, which can be put into action utilizing the Traditional Chinese Medicine modalities.
3. Evaluate patients exhibiting complaints from within the appropriate scope of practice utilizing the Four Pillars of Diagnosis to formulate a treatment plan.
4. Gain knowledge of traditional methods of assessment and appropriate treatment of patients.
5. Demonstrate competency in administering a treatment plan as part of the clinical encounter
6. Identify and demonstrate knowledge of situations and symptoms which necessitate the need for referral to an appropriate health care professional.
7. Demonstrate the ability to communicate in a professional manner the Traditional Chinese Medicine concepts and diagnoses to other qualified complementary healthcare professionals. 8. Outline and model personal and professional ethical standards.

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