Editor’s Note: Sherry Ingbritsen is the Director of Admissions and Career Services with the East West College of Natural Medicine in Sarasota. Please call 941-355-9080. Learn more at EWCollege.edu.
What’s the mission of the college and what degree programs can students earn?
Our mission is to serve students, employers, and their communities by providing our students with a high quality education in the healthcare industry. That includes preparing our students for certification by National and State licensing boards. We also support the professional development of our graduates and other healthcare professionals by offering advance studies. Our graduates earn a dual degree with a Bachelor of Health Sciences and a Master of Science in Oriental Medicine.
How long does it take to complete the program and when do classes start each year?
It takes 40 months and classes begin three times each year in January, May, and September. Most of our students are in classes 2.5 days a week.
What are the key topics that are part of the curriculum?
Our students learn about Traditional Chinese Medicine (Acupuncture and Herbal Studies). Classes focus on Anatomy, Physiology, Oriental Medical Philosophy, Tai Qi / Qi Gong, Tui Na, all facets of Herbal Studies, and more. Our students are required to have earned 60 college credits with 28 in general studies before beginning their program.
What can you share about your instructors?
Our exceptional faculty come from all walks of life and backgrounds. Some are graduates of East West College. Our faculty integrates Western and Eastern medicine to prepare our graduates for success. Everyone at East West College is committed to helping our students to be well rounded clinicians that are fully capable to support future patients of all ages and needs.
Why has the study of Traditional Chinese Medicine become so popular?
Many people are interested in all facets of health and wellness. One of the key drivers of the enthusiasm for Traditional Chinese Medicine is the personal experience of students seeing how acupuncture and herbal remedies have helped them or their loved ones. EWCNM is more than an opportunity to earn a quality education. It also represents an exciting and positive change in a student’s lifestyle.
How does the college support its graduates?
As a group, we take pride in our current students as well as recent grads and alumni. We support job placement assistance to help graduates. We also give them opportunities to return to campus to take CEU courses so they can stay up to date on new practices and procedures. Oriental Medicine has been around for thousands of years. It’s an exciting and growing field with a bright future.