|The mission of American University of Complementary Medicine is to respond to the needs for developing competently trained practitioners, theoreticians, educators, and researchers in the field of complementary and alternative medicine through masters' degree programs, sound beginning practical skills in complementary medicine through certificate programs, and the educational foundation for students who desire to pursue advanced training in complementary and alternative medicine through the Associate of Arts and Bachelor of Arts degree programs.
The doctoral level programs are designed for Ayurvedic practitioners, physicians, acupuncturists, psychologists, nurses, dentists, nutritionists, homeopaths, chiropractors, naturopaths, osteopaths, veterinarians, physical therapists, etc. (with Bachelor's degrees) interested in developing skills in theory, inquiry, and applied research in the field of complementary medicine.
In today's society, educators and health care providers need to be able to address health issues from broad perspectives and understand practices within their cultural contexts as well as in the context of world health issues. The programs at American University of Complementary Medicine encompass a variety of world views, complementary medical practices, personal and social values, philosophical perspectives, spiritual practices, and global awareness.
These programs interweave intellectual pursuits with experiential learning and an emphasis in personal growth, health, and conscious living. In addition to these basic elements, each program features its own mission.
The missions of the clinical doctorate programs in Homeopathy (D.H.M.) and Ayurvedic Medicine (Ay.D.) and the Master of Science in Nutritional Medicine are to provide strong theoretical understanding, diagnostic and treatment skills and clinical experience in these complementary medical practices.
The Ph.D. Program in Ayurvedic Medicine offers students seriously interested in developing knowledge of this ancient East Indian traditional form of medicine to undergo comprehensive education in all aspects of the medicine and prepares them for roles in scholarship, research, education, and practice.
The Ph.D. program in Classical Chinese Medicine is designed to develop competently trained theoreticians, researchers, and clinicians in the field of Chinese medicine by preserving the rich historical, philosophical, and oral traditions in Classical Chinese Medicine and increasing their applicability to treatment in modern America. Licensed acupuncturists, recently educated in California schools, have spent four years studying Chinese medicine, but for the most part they have learned Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), the name given to the systemized and homogenized practice of Chinese medicine in the post-Cultural Revolution People's Republic of China. The education and training in Classical Chinese Medicine is based upon an intensive study of the classics in Chinese medicine and a re-incorporation of much knowledge from oral traditions, while preparing students for professional roles in scholarship, research, and education.
The Ph.D. program in Homeopathy offers advanced education and training in homeopathic diagnosis and treatment, a superlative theoretical understanding, and skills and training in applied homeopathic research.
At American University of Complementary Medicine, learning, teaching and research proceed along three parallel lines: the intellectual, the experiential and the applied: