Seattle Institute of Oriental Medicine


The mission of the Seattle Institute of Oriental Medicine is to train well-prepared and well-rounded practitioners of Oriental Medicine. This is achieved by emphasizing active learning with a focus on problem solving in clinically based, apprentice-style experiences. Students are trained in a variety of approaches to Oriental medicine that engender awareness and respect for the validity of different healing traditions. The entire program grounds students in Oriental Medicine and supplies the tools, encouragement and inspiration for students to develop their own approaches.

The Seattle Institute's statement of purpose grew out of the founders' belief that education in East Asian medicine is best accomplished in a clinically-based program in which students work in small groups with experienced practitioners. The Seattle Institute fulfills its statement of purpose by offering two Master's degree programs: a Master's in Acupuncture and a Master's in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, as well as a Doctoral degree in Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine. The school is designed to support its purpose in several distinct ways:

  1. A limited number of students are accepted annually to insure a small class setting.
  2. Students begin clinical instruction with experienced practitioners in their first trimester to focus on patient care in a clinically-based, apprentice-like experience.
  3. Faculty are selected who represent different styles of acupuncture and have extensive experience as practitioners.
  4. Students are expected to be independent learners with class time being focused on discussions and labs that go beyond the material available in the texts.

In support of our mission, the Institute has developed the following educational objectives. Graduates will be:

  1. Knowledgeable in a diverse range of East Asian medical approaches and able to access appropriate resources for patient care.
  2. Skillful in assessing patients using traditional and modern methods.
  3. Competent in clinical reasoning and problem solving and able to determine appropriate diagnoses and treatment plans.
  4. Proficient in administering various treatment modalities, in providing recommendations for optimizing health, and in offering appropriate referrals.
  5. Professional in communication and demeanor with healthcare practitioners and patients.