Master’s of Science in Oriental Medicine

Doctor of Acupuncture and Traditional Medicine

Continuing Education Units (CEU)

world class facilities

Dongguk University is devoted to excellence in teaching, learning, clinical training, and developing highly skilled medical practitioners

  • transfer Students – Apply to the MSOM program if you already have a Bachelor’s or Associate’s degree. The minimum requirement is 90 quarter units or 60 semester units of general education at the Baccalaureate level of education. A background in Oriental Medicine or Western Medicine is not required.

  • international focus – our students come from across the globe. Classes are taught in English, Korean & Chinese.

beyond medicine

the leader in acupuncture and oriental medicine

Dongguk University Los Angeles

our values

The mission of Dongguk University Los Angeles is to:

  1. Explore and embody the principles and practices of traditional East Asian medicine.
  2. Develop a community of skilled medical practitioners.
  3. Provide accessible health care services to the local community

Master’s program educational objectives:

To train healers who are able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the theoretical and historical contexts of oriental medicine.
  2. Apply this understanding to accurately diagnose patients.
  3. Utilize bio-medical diagnostic methods and refer to other practitioners as appropriate.
  4. Competently plan, perform, assess, and adjust acupuncture treatments for common conditions and patterns.
  5. Competently prescribe and modify herbal formulas for common conditions and patterns.
  6. Embody and advise on healthy lifestyle choices
  7. Identify, define, and model best practices for professional success.

Dongguk University Korea is the sister school of Dongguk University Los Angeles. Dongguk University Korea consistently ranks among Korea’s top universities. Founded in 1906 by Korea’s Jogye Buddhist order, Dongguk University Korea remains one of the few Buddhist-affiliated universities in the world. Its doors have always been open to students and teachers of all faiths and philosophies.

The roots of Dongguk University Los Angeles reach back to 1976 when Dr. Harvart R. Hongo began teaching the fundamentals of acupuncture and Oriental Medicine at his Sei Shin Acupuncture Clinic. Encouraged by his patients who wished to learn more about this healing art, Dr. Hongo took the initial steps toward his goal of combining research and educational pursuits, with the provision of charitable health services to the surrounding community.

In January of 1997, Dongguk University Korea affiliated with Royal University of America. In 2009, Dongguk Royal University was rededicated as Dongguk University Los Angeles during its 30th anniversary celebration. During the Rededication and 30th Anniversary ceremony, a mutual exchange agreement was signed with Dongguk University Korea detailing the collaborative benefits for each University.

  • oriental medical center – our clinic serves as an important and affordable source of medical care for the surrounding community

  • herbal pharmacy – providing students with hands-on experience in formula writing and preparation

  • esteemed faculty – Dongguk hosts a number of internationally recognized doctors

why DULA?

the premier evidence-based integrative healthcare university


Evidence-based, outcomes-focused, academically rigorous curriculum is enhanced with innovative learning strategies and clinical experiences


The Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM) granted Dongguk University of Los Angeles and its Master’s of Oriental Medicine programs (in English, Chinese, and Korean) continuing accreditation for a period of seven (7) years, effective 12 August 2017.

hands-on Learning

DULA offers clinical training and residency opportunities in an integrative and inter-professional environment


The roots of the university began in 1976 when Dr. Hongo began teaching in his clinic in Koreatown, Los Angeles. The clinic grew into the Royal University of America that supported the surrounding community by providing charitable health services. In 1997, one of Korea’s top universities, Dongguk University founded by the Jogye Buddhist order, joined forces with Royal University and the school was rededicated as Dongguk University Los Angeles

Welcome to Dongguk University Los Angeles

It is my great pleasure to welcome you to Dongguk University Los Angeles (DULA). The rich history of this extraordinary institution is marked by academic excellence and innovation. We have more than 1,800 alumni worldwide and with many proud traditions. Chief among these is a commitment to excellence in teaching and learning that fosters the success of all students—including working adults and lifelong learners of all kinds.

DULA offers a strong foundation of academics and the intimacy of a small college. With an outstanding academic program and faculty members on the leading edge of their fields, students from around the globe turn to DULA for a world-class education in acupuncture and oriental medicine, thereby making the school a truly multicultural community.


Seung-Deok Lee, KMD (Korea), PhD (Korea), L.Ac.
President and CEO

  • Advanced acupuncture techniques offered in Master Tung, Sasang Constitutional Medicine, Tissue-Based Systematic Acupuncture (TBSA), and other advanced traditional Korean Medicine modalities.
  • Our program is flexible and affordable.

9 month program

Meet once a month, for 4 days

  • Enrollment is open each month
  • Study with acclaimed scholar-practitioners.
  • Expand your knowledge of integrated approaches to patient care.
  • A research capstone is not required to complete the program.
  • Acquire advanced skills in Cosmetic and Anti-Aging Acupuncture.

DULA Notice on COVID-19 

Due to COVID-19 pandemic, access to DULA campus is currently limited only to “essential” employees. Currently DULA has issued DULA Covid-19 Prevention Plan which serves as the initial guideline for all DULA staff, faculty and students. The overall guideline for health and safety is planned in several phases. Once all phases are completed, the complete guideline will be published to all DULA staff, faculty and students. All academic activity at DULA is currently offered via distance learning. Further updates will be informed to DULA community when available.

DULA Covid-19 OMC Clinic Safety Plan
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Phone: 1.213.487.0110 / 1.213.487.0150 (clinic)

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