New York City Natural Health Schools with Degree Overviews

Feb 11, 2019

The New York City area has only about five schools that offer natural health-related programs. Get some information about the degree and certificate programs, and see some quick facts for two of these schools to make an informed education decision.

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New York City Schools Offering Natural Health Degrees

Students in New York City who are interested in natural health can find accredited programs in areas like oriental medicine and herbology at a few area schools. Programs range from certificate to master's degree levels in various alternative and complementary medicine topics. Two NYC schools and their programs are profiled below. Get details about specific degree options and see facts about each school in the table below.

  • Pacific College of Oriental Medicine's New York City campus offers students associate's, bachelor's and master's degrees as well as graduate certificate programs in massage, acupuncture, herbology and other natural health subjects. The school is located approximately three miles north of downtown NYC.
  • Weill Cornell Medical College is situated nearly seven miles north of New York City's downtown area. The college offers a master's degree program for licensed physicians who want to learn more about complementary and alternative medicine.

Comparison of Schools

It is often a good idea to learn more about the school itself before choosing a natural health-related program. Below are facts and statistics reflecting each school's tuition, population and campus setting.

Pacific College of Oriental Medicine Weill Cornell Medical College
School Type 4-year, private for-profit 4-year, private not-for-profit
Total Enrollment (2017) 578* 1,107*
Campus Setting Large city Large city
Tuition & Fees (2017-2018) $11,592 (undergraduate)*
$14,089 (graduate)*
$34,645 (graduate)*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017) 61%* N/A
Acceptance Rate (2017) N/A (open admissions policy)* N/A

Source: *NCES College Navigator

Pacific College of Oriental Medicine

The Manhattan campus of the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine is the first accredited school of oriental medicine in New York City. The school also offers education in natural and alternative medicine at campuses in San Diego, California, and Chicago, Illinois.

Master of Science in Acupuncture

This 11-term program includes both acupuncture and related modalities of oriental medicine. Core courses may include foundations of Chinese medicine, acupuncture points, needle techniques, diagnosis and treatment. Graduates may become licensed as acupuncturists.

Master of Science in Traditional Oriental Medicine

Students train to become broad-based practitioners in oriental medicine. In addition to acupuncture, the program includes oriental herbal medicine and Eastern nutrition. Core coursework in this 11-term program may include advanced needle techniques, herbology, Eastern nutrition clinical research and Tui Na hand techniques. Graduates of the program may qualify for licensure as acupuncturists in the state of New York.

Certificate in Herbology

Licensed acupuncturists who would like to expand their practice into Chinese herbal medicine can earn this post-master's certificate. Although the program takes six semesters, it's divided into three phases in order to accommodate working professionals.

The first phase focuses on classroom studies of the functions and properties of individual herbs. Students in the second phase study herbal formulas while they enter into an internship and learn to write herbal prescriptions for patients under supervision. The final phase introduces case studies and advanced topics in internal medicine while students work directly with patients.

Weill Cornell Medical College

The Weill Cornell Medical College, a branch of Cornell University, is located in the heart of New York City. The Medical College includes the Center for Complementary and Integrative Medicine, which focuses on understanding natural medicine and how it can best be incorporated into Western medical practice. It is also based primarily on research, with a robust outreach program that seeks to educate the public on complementary medicine through websites, webcasts and seminars.

Master of Science in Clinical Epidemiology and Health Services Research

The primary objectives of the program are to better understand medicinal uses for plants and how to improve pharmaceutical products derived from natural sources. Participants are practicing physicians who are training to perform research in complementary and alternative medicine. Core courses include an introduction to health services research, biostatistics and research methodologies as well as a series of conferences and seminars on complementary and alternative medicine.

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