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The human being is one with Heaven and Earth—this is the secret key to understanding the art of medicine. —Zhu Danxi, 14th century

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Our Mission: The School of Classical Chinese Medicine at NCNM is committed to transmitting the art, science and spirit of Chinese medicine to cultivate clinical practitioners rooted in the ancient tradition of the medical scholar.

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The College The Program Patient Care Our Faculty Our Students Our Alumni The City Facts at a Glance Get Aquainted Prerequisites

Classical Chinese medicine represents one of humanity’s richest and uninterrupted streams of traditional knowledge. It is a highly sophisticated clinical system that offers a real alternative for the serious health care needs of our time. The 21st century will see a return to the time-honored values of living in harmony with nature and the essence of being fully human. This journey toward genuine health and wholeness is precipitated by the present blossoming of the traditions of holistic medicine, with Chinese medicine blazing the trail. At the National College of Natural Medicine’s School of Classical Chinese Medicine, we are committed to transmitting the deepest and clinically most powerful aspects of this medicine.

The School of Classical Chinese Medicine encourages you to explore the richness of our community and programs. See if you are drawn to join us on the journey of bringing the true power and spirit of this ancient medicine to those it can serve in today’s world. —Laurie Regan, PhD, ND Dean, School of Classical Chinese Medicine

—Heiner Fruehauf, PhD, LAc Founding Professor, School of Classical Chinese Medicine

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The College NCNM offers four exceptional degree programs: Master of Science in Oriental Medicine (MSOM), Master of Acupuncture (MAc), Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine (ND), and Master of Science in Integrative Medicine Research (MSiMR). Our campus, located in the heart of Portland, Oregon, offers students and faculty the benefits and advantages of city living at its most sustainable within an urban setting infused with natural beauty, culture and social conscience. In addition to our onsite teaching clinic, NCNM has access to more than a dozen local clinics offering diverse clinical experiences to students. The college supports a tightly-knit, inspiring learning environment, and a vital, groundbreaking research community.

“The Classical Chinese Medicine program at NCNM folds the very best traditions of mentoring and lineage into a curriculum that richly integrates and respects the wisdom and philosophy of the ancients.” —David J. Schleich, PhD President, NCNM


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The Program

Patient Care

Heiner Fruehauf, PhD, LAc, founded the School of Classical Chinese Medicine at NCNM with the mission of reviving the ancient wisdom and practice of Chinese medicine. His vision attracted a group of like-minded scholar-practitioners from across China and the West. Together, they are committed to training clinicians capable of tapping the true power of this ancient yet timeless system, which is both a highly sophisticated medical science and a deeply spiritual art form.

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Community Clinics

The NCNM Clinic—the largest natural medicine clinic in Portland—offers patients the full spectrum of classical Chinese medicine and naturopathic treatments. Our teaching clinic is dedicated to providing comprehensive patient care in a professional and healing environment. Unlike most Chinese medicine school clinics, where novice students observe the more advanced students, our CCM students observe the clinical faculty in all aspects of patient diagnosis and treatment. During the internship year, students step into the role of practitioner under the supervision of these same expert clinical faculty. The clinic medicinary carries a comprehensive selection of granular and raw Chinese herbs that are blended and formulated on-site. It also carries an extensive array of natural medicine products.

Working in multiple community environments enables students to gain an appreciation for different practice settings and become skilled at meeting the needs of diverse patient populations. CCM students currently have the opportunity to experience clinical rotations at ten community clinics throughout the greater Portland area. While all of the clinics provide Chinese medicine treatment for a full range of health conditions, each has a particular focus, such as treating homeless youth, immune-compromised patients, or those in need of detoxification/addiction services.

The CCM faculty and administrators are attentive to the ongoing challenge of providing truly classical training within the framework of a modern graduate curriculum. Most Chinese medicine schools worldwide emphasize a systematized form of the medicine developed over the last century, commonly referred to as “Traditional Chinese Medicine,” or TCM. This standardized approach to the medicine is readily taught in a structured classroom or clinical setting. However, when one explores the ancient roots of TCM, one finds a highly complex system of knowledge (codified in books referred to as the classical texts) that can be learned only through the cultivation of deep respect for nature and a highly individualized relationship with the medicine. In ancient times, such a relationship developed through study of the classical texts in combination with the direct transmission of knowledge, skills, and awareness from a master in a lineage-based system. To capture what is essential from the classical methods of teaching, the CCM programs include classroom instruction that is informed by the classical texts and infused with case discussion and lineage transmission. The classroom experience is complemented with small group mentorship-style instruction and weekend qigong and taiji retreats held in natural settings. Elective classes in subjects such as classical texts, calligraphy, and weiqi (the Chinese board game known as “Go” in Japan) are available for students who wish to connect more deeply with the milieu of the ancient scholar-practitioner.


Master of Science in Oriental Medicine The Master of Science in Oriental Medicine (MSOM) is a fouryear program in which students are immersed in the classical foundations of the medicine, receive a holistic education in Western medical sciences, and are trained in the clinical application of the major modalities of herbal formulation, acupuncture, moxibustion, Asian bodywork, qigong and nutrition. The curriculum has a strong focus on personal and professional cultivation to optimize students’ proficiency as practitioners and to support their health as they progress through school.

Master of Acupuncture The Master of Acupuncture (MAc) three-year program is designed for students with a special affinity for classical acupuncture and moxibustion, who want a more streamlined graduate experience. The foundation of the MAc program is similar to that of the MSOM program, with fewer hours of theory and without the focus on herbal instruction. An increased emphasis is placed on the refinement of palpation skills used in acupuncture diagnosis and treatment.

Master of Acupuncture Professional Track The MAc Professional Track has been developed especially for professional health care practitioners (e.g., NDs, MDs, DOs, DCs, and RNs, etc.), who are likely to qualify for transfer credit for the Western science portion of the program. Courses will be offered primarily in the evenings to accommodate the needs of working professionals seeking to attain a second degree. This professional track is available as a full- or part-time option.

Concurrent Degree Programs While at NCNM, students can undertake any two programs concurrently: ND/MSOM, ND/MAc, ND/MSiMR, MSOM/MSiMR, MAc/MSiMR.

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Dr. Brenda Hood

Rihui Long

Assistant Professor, School of Classical Chinese Medicine

Professor, School of Classical Chinese Medicine

“If someone had told me when I went to China that I would stay there more than 20 years, I never would have gone. But I knew, even as an undergrad psychology major, that talk therapy was not useful for the vast majority of people and psychology would not give me what I wanted to learn. I decided Chinese medicine was promising, and I jumped into the deep end.

“Before I came to NCNM to teach 15 years ago, I was an associate professor at Chengdu University of Traditional Chinese Medicine. During the Cultural Revolution, the past was rejected and the ancient roots were stripped from the medicine in an attempt to bring Western medical standards to the practice of Chinese medicine. Fortunately, the classical texts survived and many of us studied them for years to understand and learn.

“Trying to “explain” Chinese medicine [in Western terms] is like taking something living and moving and reducing it to something static and still. What is the Mona Lisa? A beautiful painting that you can analyze to death—the paint, the canvas, the inks—till it’s nothing but components, and nothing like the painting. There is more there: a whole unit that exists at a higher level of originality and beauty.

Our Faculty The CCM faculty is a community of educators, scholars, researchers and master practitioners trained in the classical tradition of Chinese medicine. Through transmission and other lineage-based teaching methods, they bring alive the rich history and philosophy of this multi-faceted medical system. They weave together the art and science of theories and practices developed over millennia and


mentor students on the practical application of this ancient knowledge in the modern world. Despite their high-level of individual attainment as health care practitioners and scholars, they are accessible, energetic, and devoted to the success of their students. Their teaching excellence and scholarly knowledge influence NCNM students well beyond graduation. Meet the rest of our esteemed faculty:

“Chinese medicine is an integrative way of thinking about the body, seeing how it’s all connected. You learn that a neck problem could really be originating in the pelvis or the ankle. Just think about the difference between studying living bodies versus studying cadavers. It turns your brain inside out. “Studying Chinese medicine at NCNM is a serious commitment. If you believe that you are bigger than just the thoughts you think— if—then NCNM may just be the place for you.” Brenda Hood earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Alberta, her Bachelor of Chinese Medicine from Beijing University of Chinese Medicine, and her PhD in Taoist philosophy from the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, followed by a postdoctoral appointment at Guangzhou University. While living in China for more than two decades, she traveled the countryside to seek out masters of classical Chinese medicine, studying the ancient knowledge and practices compromised during the nation’s Cultural Revolution.

“NCNM’s Chinese medicine program offers students a diversity of lineages through its faculty, all contributing to a rich student learning experience. I love NCNM—my passion is teaching classical Chinese medicine! Preparing students to become highly qualified Chinese medicine practitioners is important—and rewarding. I know that I am making a difference in many lives as I help my students lay a solid foundation in the fundamentals of Chinese medicine.” Rihui Long earned his Master of Medicine at China’s Chengdu University of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Professor Long is the chief medical officer of classical Chinese medicine at the NCNM Clinic. With nearly 30 years of clinical experience, he treats a broad range of conditions and is an expert in digestive disorders, women’s health and cancer. He is an authority on the seminal ancient Chinese text, Huangdi Neijing,—also known as The Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine. Professor Long believes that in addition to technique and clinical skills, it’s very important for students to learn how to communicate with their patients. “It’s important to show your patients your Golden Heart so they know that you care about them. This helps form the basis of a good practitioner-patient relationship.”

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Our Students The students in the CCM programs arrive as a diverse collection of individuals who are inquisitive, intelligent, motivated, and drawn to a higher calling with classical roots. Characterized by their passion to learn, as well as their wide-ranging interests and backgrounds, they include dancers, photographers, engineers and hospital lab technicians. They’ve raised children, guided river expeditions, worked in Mexican orphanages and run marathons. Above all, they are excited to be embraced by a community committed to the core values of compassion, sacred connection, integrity, wisdom and selfless service. Passionate about personal cultivation, they have chosen a program and a profession offering unlimited opportunity for transformation. Wanting more than a trade, they have embarked upon a path of lifelong learning that will provide them with an ever-deepening base of knowledge, skills and awareness from which to contribute to the health and harmony of humanity.

“NCNM’s program in classical Chinese medicine fosters in its students the creative thinking and deep transformation we need, as well as providing comprehensive, unique academic and clinical training.” ~Sasha Margitic, 2012 MSOM graduate

“I chose NCNM because it offers such an organic process of learning, with every teacher having a unique style and approach.” ~Eugene Lee, ND/MSOM 5

“...I want to make health care more accessible to more people. My heart’s definitely in community health!” ~Susanna Farahat, MSOM 3


Sasha Margitic 2012 MSOM graduate

Eugene Lee ND/MSOM 5

Susanna Farahat MSOM 3

“After teaching languages in Mexico, France and the United States, I began to contemplate a career change and was drawn to the field of natural health care. A friend acquainted me with NCNM’s program in classical Chinese medicine; I became intrigued by the idea of a holistic medical system synthesizing science and art. To anyone considering a career in Chinese medicine, I’d recommend thoroughly exploring the options: research different schools and programs, sit in on classes, talk to students and alumni. It’s an enormous decision—a significant investment of energy, resources and time—and you want to be well-informed.

“Naturopathic medicine connects with my lifelong interest in harmony and rhythm. I’ve been a musician since childhood, worked as a chemical engineer in a small R&D group, and after experiencing acupuncture had an epiphany: I could combine all the things I care about in naturopathic medicine. I chose NCNM because it offers such an organic process of learning, with every teacher having a unique style and approach.

“I’m excited about offering health care on a different paradigm, the gift economy. It detaches a monetary value from transactions, but that doesn’t mean everything is free; the gift economy operates on the unlimited value of a gift, with reciprocity and the “pay-it-forward” principle. It’s the way I would like to practice, because I want to make health care more accessible to more people. My heart’s definitely in community health!

“I saw I could learn about my creative self here when I took calligraphy as an elective in the Classical Chinese Medicine program. My mom paints, and right after I started calligraphy I picked up her brushes at home; now I show and sell my paintings. Everyone here at NCNM is very supportive! My vision is to practice as a naturopathic physician and also use art and music to inform people about health. I’d love to have a clinic that’s also a community space, with a gallery, a performance space, a restaurant— everything we need for a truly healthy life.”

“Originally, after studying sociology as an undergraduate, I planned on going into nursing. To get some relevant experience, I looked for volunteer opportunities. I was working at [social services provider] Outside In, but thought I’d have to quit when I had a bike accident and was facing the possibility of surgery. Instead, my supervisor told me to come back and be treated for free. The NCNM interns who worked there took care of me, and they were great. Under their care, I was back to my volunteer responsibilities in no time. I began working with them, everything from ordering herbs to doing the laundry, seeing the real, day-to-day work of delivering a different type of health care—and I loved it.

“Here at NCNM, I’ve developed an interest in health equity work. I want to bridge the worlds of social justice and Chinese medicine by designing innovative health care delivery models, providing greater access to Chinese medicine in a context of sustainable, quality, low-cost services. Interning at NCNM’s diverse community clinics showed me so many possibilities for clinic set-ups and flow. I also hope to use my Spanish language skills in offering culturally competent health care. My thesis combines all this in an informal qualitative analysis exploring the feasibility of establishing a community acupuncture clinic in Oaxaca, Mexico. “The Chinese character for crisis is danger married to opportunity. I believe this character describes the health care crisis in this country and internationally. Now is the time for innovation and a paradigm shift. NCNM’s program in classical Chinese medicine fosters in its students the creative thinking and deep transformation we need, as well as providing comprehensive, unique academic and clinical training.”

“For people considering natural medicine, I suggest getting out into the community as soon as possible, building your hands-on experience. Practice, listen, soak up your opportunities. Because you’re going to work with people, not textbooks.”

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Our Alumni NCNM’s Alumni Association is here to support and connect you with resources, opportunities and each other after graduation, when networking is vital to your success. Our alumni, 2,000-strong, are spread across the U.S. and several continents. They’re active in their communities and value a continued link to NCNM. We are expanding our alumni outreach to keep graduates updated about the college, the profession

and each other through newsletters, email and social media. NCNM also keeps alumni current with state licensure requirements through its growing roster of continuing education courses available online and through webinars and DVDs. If you would like to visit with one of our alumni in your area, please call NCNM’s Office of Admissions for a referral. Your success is our priority!

Clifford C. Meeks, MPH, ND, LAc

Cora Forstén, ND, LAc

“I was pursuing my MPH, seeking to do an internship at the Centers for Disease Control in Georgia, where I’m from originally. However, I’d wanted to be a physician since I was a sophomore in high school. When I happened to encounter a naturopathic physician who had also received an MPH, I saw that I could combine those interests. Then, coming to NCNM, seeing the community clinics and what an important component they are for the entire school, I was captivated.

“The toolbox you get at NCNM is full! Students are taught to look at things through different lenses, and to keep flipping through the lenses till you see everything that’s there. We value fluidity, flexibility, different truths—and keeping curiosity open. I can’t imagine any other way to learn than this synthesis. Now, in practice, I keep coming back to that holistic vision and perspective with patients. Most people are not stuck in just one area: say, they’re diabetics, but that has so many different consequences and implications throughout the systems of the body. You need more than one way to approach the situation—maybe more herbs, different types of acupuncture—to find that place where mind, body and spirit meet.

“We as naturopathic physicians have a great degree of autonomy and flexibility. As clinicians we have the leverage of using many different treatment modalities. In addition to clinical work, many naturopathic physicians wear several other hats: researcher, author, lecturer/teacher, entrepreneur. The combination of these roles offers a unique sense of creativity in terms of how one desires to contribute to the greater good of society. This creativity has shown me that the practice of medicine does not always occur in a clinical setting, as I am consistently applying my medical knowledge to the health courses I teach at Portland Community College. “Medicine, by and large, is an evolving field. With the affirmation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, I think the role of naturopathic physicians, acupuncturists, and other holistic practitioners will become more significant in the health care system of this country. I would encourage those interested in pursuing a career in health care to thoroughly investigate the possibility of becoming a naturopathic physician.” Dr. Clifford C. Meeks earned his Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine degree from NCNM in 2010, completing the Master of Science in Oriental Medicine here the following year. He received a Master of Public Health from Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah, Ga., in 2002.


“Sharing this point of view is what makes it so gratifying to work with my classmate and colleague, Elise Wong. We met and became good friends in our first year, and knew for several years that we wanted to open a clinic together. The professors and doctors we’ve come to know at NCNM have been amazing mentors and given us tons of support. We opened our doors last January, and the clinic is already paying for itself. What’s so rewarding is that Elise has a different approach from mine, and it’s very complementary; it allows us to explore together with complete confidence. Our whole concurrent ND/MSOM program was a wonderful experience in building confidence and a solid core of future colleagues.” Dr. Cora Forstén, NCNM ’11, is a board-certified naturopathic physician and acupuncturist focusing on family medicine at Essential Family Medicine, a Portland clinic she founded with Dr. Elise Wong, NCNM ’11, her classmate in NCNM’s concurrent ND/MSOM program. Dr. Forstén is active in teaching about nutrition and health through Open Kitchen PDX and Abby’s Table.

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The City Home to more than two million residents, Portland is Oregon’s largest metropolitan area. The “City of Roses” boasts a growing multicultural population and a thriving urban lifestyle as energizing as it is diverse. Portland offers an array of restaurants ranging from gourmet to bistro, and organic to vegetarian. Coffee houses, music clubs, galleries, and a wide range of event venues support a rich and colorful nightlife. A small city with a big heart, Portland is proud of its reputation for progressive politics and social consciousness. Portland is also known for being forward-thinking. Consistently winning top prizes for sustainability, its innovative urban planning is a model of livability that keeps urban sprawl in check while promoting distinctive, vibrant neighborhoods and luxuriant, tree-filled parks. Its extensive mass transit system is a great complement to the bicycling revolution happening in Portland.

limits. Surrounded by sweeping vistas of natural beauty, Portland is ideally located near the Columbia and Willamette Rivers, and is close to an astonishing array of natural environments that include the Columbia Gorge, old-growth forests, coastal ocean towns, ancient volcanic mountains and high desert. America’s Best Bike City, Bicycling magazine (May 2012) Healthiest Cities in America, Business Insider (May 26, 2011) Best Cities for New College Grads, Bloomberg Businessweek (July 2010) America’s Best Downtowns, Forbes (October 14, 2011) Best Beer Cities, Esquire (2011) Top 10 Literary Cities, National Geographic Traveler (September 2011) Top 10 Cities for Public Transportation, U.S. News & World Report (February 2011) No. 1, America’s Greenest Cities, Travel + Leisure (April 2012) No. 1, World’s Best Street Food, U.S. News Travel (October 17, 2011) No. 1, Pet-Friendly City in U.S., (2011)

The city boasts a number of natural forested areas, including the 5,100 wooded acres of Forest Park, the largest forested area in the U.S. situated within city

No. 2, Best Farmers’ Markets, Travel + Leisure (July 2011) No. 2, Best City to Live in Car Free, 24/7 Wall St. (November 1, 2011) Learn more about Portland:


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Join Us! The supportive environment at NCNM fosters profound academic and philosophical awakening. Our outstanding faculty welcome discussion and investigation during traditional lecture and case-based discussion courses. Competition for admittance in our programs increases every year. We attract and seek out highly motivated, resourceful, dedicated, academically strong and well-rounded individuals who have a clear understanding and affinity for naturopathic and Chinese medicine. In addition to fall matriculation, we also accept applications for a January entry in all programs and tracks.

Facts at a Glance

Get Acquainted


Selecting the right school is a big decision. We invite you to become acquainted with NCNM, our students, faculty, programs and more at an Exploration Day. The day begins with a series of brief presentations from faculty and research staff about their work, natural medicine, and student opportunities at NCNM. You’ll also have a chance to meet current students, tour the campus and teaching clinic, and ask questions of the Admissions counselors about the application and selection process.

Naturopathic Medicine: Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine (ND) Classical Chinese Medicine: Master of Science in Oriental Medicine (MSOM) Master of Acupuncture (MAc) Research: Master of Science in Integrative Medicine Research (MSiMR) Concurrent Track: ND/MSOM ND/MAc ND/MSiMR MSOM/MSiMR MAc/MSiMR




325 107 89 36 1

Faculty to Student Ratio ND: Faculty to Student Ratio CCM: Faculty to Student Ratio MSiMR:

Clinic: 10:1; Lecture: 14:1 Clinic: 5:1; Lecture: 7:1 Lecture: 6:1

Average GPA: Average Age: Women: Ethnic Diversity:

3.40 28 79% 28%

ACADEMIC YEAR 2012/2013 Matriculation: Fall and Winter Quarters Fall Quarter Begins: Sep. 17, 2012 Winter Quarter Begins: Jan. 7, 2013 Spring Quarter Begins: April 8, 2013


Should an Exploration Day not fit into your schedule, individual visits are welcomed. Please call at least two weeks prior to your visit. This allows us to help you make your time with us as productive and informative as possible. Campus tours are available at set times that vary throughout the year. Our professors and students welcome visitors to class, but to avoid conflicts such as examination periods, please contact the Office of Admissions before visiting classes. To apply, or for more information: Online: Phone: 503.552.1660 Toll free: 877.669.8737 Email:

If natural medicine is your dream, if you want to change the future of health care—we can’t wait to meet you! To register for an Exploration Day, or arrange a private tour with our Admissions staff, please visit or call 503.552.1660.

Exploration Day Calendar 2012:



Aug. 24, 2012 (Friday)

Jan. 18, 2013 (Friday)

Fall 2013 Early Decision Deadline: Priority Decision Deadline:

Sep. 22, 2012 (Saturday)

Feb. 15, 2013 (Friday)

Nov. 1, 2012 Feb. 1, 2013

October 2012 (No Event)

March 2013 (No Event)

Winter 2014 Early Decision Deadline: Priority Decision Deadline:

Nov. 16, 2012 (Friday)

Apr. 12, 2013 (Friday)

March 1, 2013 July 1, 2013

December 2012 (No Event) May 10, 2013 (Friday)

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MSOM Prerequisites General Chemistry

One course required

General Biology

One course required


One course required

Social Sciences and Humanities Two courses required

MAc Prerequisites General Chemistry

One course required

General Biology

One course required


One course required

Social Sciences and Humanities Two courses required

I promise to follow the way of the Great Physician. I will strive to live in harmony with nature, and teach my patients to do the same. I will stay calm and completely committed when treating disease. I will not give way to personal wishes and desires, but above all else hold and nurture a deep feeling of compassion. I will be devoted to the task of saving the sacred spark of life in every creature that still carries it. I will strive to maintain a clear mind and am willing to hold myself to the highest standards. It will be my duty to diagnose sufferings and treat disease. I will not be boastful about my skills nor driven by greed for material things. Above all, I will keep an open heart. As I move on the right path I will receive great happiness as a reward without asking for anything in return.

—Chinese Medicine Oath, Adapted from The Great Physician by Sun Simiao (581-682)


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