Midwest College of Oriental Medicine
Since 1979, the Midwest College of Oriental Medicine has offered courses and degrees in acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine. Based in Racine, Wisconsin, the Midwest College is a pioneer of holistic and alternative medicine in the West. The college helped found the Council of Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, and its approach to Traditional Chinese Medicine serves as a template for universities and colleges around the country. The Midwest College of Oriental Medicine boasts a high graduation rate, as well as an active student body of 300 and a new branch campus on Chicago's North Side.
In a dedicated effort to further educate and train its students, the Midwest College of Oriental Medicine created one of the most rigorous academic programs in the country. Accredited by the Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, the college offers a number of academic tracks for its students. The most basic degree available is a three-year program that provides pupils with Master’s-level certification in acupuncture. For those students who wish to cultivate a more complex understanding of Traditional Chinese Medicine, there is a four-year program that offers graduating students a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and a Master of Science in Oriental Medicine. As of 2007, the University added its first doctoral program, which is approved by both the Wisconsin Educational Approval Board and the Illinois Board of Higher Education.
The success of the Midwest College is due in large part to the knowledge of its staff, specifically the school's President, William Dunbar. As a school administrator and leader, William Dunbar provides guidance to 50 employees and helps to spread awareness of the benefits of Traditional Chinese Medicine. William Dunbar's knowledge of acupuncture and Chinese practices is expansive. He began his education at Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine, where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Medicine as well as a Doctor of Philosophy. A licensed dietitian nutritionist, he also holds a Doctorate from the National College of Naprapathic Medicine in Chicago, Illinois.