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Page 5 - Ancient Medicine for a New Millennium

Pacific College's mission is to critically assess and present the theories and practices of Oriental medicine, together with its traditional and modern derivations, in order that its graduates may deliver effective patient care. The purpose of the Master's program of Acupuncture and Traditional Oriental Medicine is to train practitioners of Oriental medicine and to enable them to function as primary, independent health care providers. The programs are open to applicants who have prior undergraduate study that indicates the ability to undertake graduate level work as well as those demonstrating the necessary maturity and interest in the field.

With fifteen million acupuncture treatments performed safely each year, Pacific College of Oriental Medicine is at the forefront of offering accredited graduate programs as a means of entering this growing profession. The College, founded in 1986, has established campuses in San Diego, New York and Chicago.

Pacific College President and licensed acupuncturist, Jack Miller, has noted that 'the campuses are strategically situated to attract the current and future leaders of Oriental medicine from Europe, the Far East, and the Americas.' Pacific College is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, which is recognized by the United States Department of Education.

Where Acupuncture Is Headed

In the United States there is increasing public awareness of and demand for complementary medicine, including acupuncture and Oriental medicine. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration estimated in 1993 that Americans made 9 to 12 million visits per year to acupuncture practitioners and spent as much as $500 million on acupuncture treatments. With the baby boom generation currently being the largest population group in the U.S., the need for complementary health care and practitioners is on the rise.

As reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association, more than 42% of adults have used complementary medicine, spending a total of $21.2 billion on complementary treatments. While in 1997 there were 385.9 million visits to mainstream primary care physicians, there were a whopping 628.8 million visits to complementary medicine practitioners. Reflecting this public demand, an estimated 70 to 80 percent of the nation's insurers covered some acupuncture treatments in 1996.

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