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History of University

The antecedent of our University was conceptualized in the mid-1960s by the late Dr. Homer Cheng. Trained in Western medicine at the University of Maryland, with a clinic in Los Angeles devoted to rehabilitation medicine, Dr. Cheng realized that the medicine of his ancestors could more effectively treat many of the conditions he saw in his patients. As he and his colleagues learned more about the efficacy of acupuncture, Chinese herbology and other Asian techniques, the need to establish a training center in these modalities became apparent. Dr. Cheng believed that such a center must serve to bring Oriental medicine not only to other Western medical practitioners, but to students seeking courses of study in complementary health careers. He and his colleagues believed that this new career must have a firm foundation in Western basic and clinical sciences. Samra University derives its name from the acronym of its parent, the Sino-American Medical Rehabilitation Association, formally chartered in 1969. Branches of the Association’s SAMRA Institute of the Healing Arts were also established in Hong Kong, Kowloon, Malaysia and England. By 1972 a training center was also operating in Philadelphia, but these satellites are no longer operating. Their original purpose was to train medical missionaries working in Third World areas in the principles and techniques of Oriental Medicine believing this to be an inexpensive way to augment treatment in economically depressed areas of the world. As the Institute grew in size and reputation, its name, too, evolved.By 1975, SAMRA had established a Research Institute of Therapeutics and Acupuncture (RITA), with a Healing Arts Center in Los Angeles. It no longer restricted its educational activities to ordained ministers and others. In 1979 it became the first Acupuncture School in California to be approved by the State Medical Board, Division of Allied Health Professions and the first to be authorized by the State Department of Education to offer certificates of study and to grant degrees in Oriental Medicine. In 1984 it was granted candidacy for Accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and received full accreditation in 1989.The objectives of the University have evolved over the years of its history, yet every effort is made to retain the essence of the objectives of its founders. Those that cannot be given attention at this time are still reserved for future times when conditions allow for their expression.

Previous Accreditation and Authorizations
Master’s of Science in Oriental MedicineThe academic program of Samra University of Oriental Medicine has been designed to offer the degrees of Master of Science in Oriental Medicine and a Doctorate of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. The degrees granted by the University are approved under the provisions of the State of California Education Code Section 94750 by the Bureau of Private Postsecondary and Vocational Education (BPPVE).* (*The BPPVE was dissolved June 30, 2007 by California legislation. In lieu of any reference in this catalog to BPPVE, please substitute Department of Consumer Affairs, 1625 N. Market Blvd., Ste N112, Sacramento, CA 95834. Tel: 800-952-5210 E-mail: dca@dca.ca.gov.)The professional degree program at Samra University is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. The accreditation commission’s national offices are located at Maryland Trade Center #3, 7501 Greenway Center Drive, Suite 760, Greenbelt, MD 20770, Phone: (301) 313-0855, FAX: (301) 313-0912

The curriculum of the Masters Degree program meets the didactic and clinical requirements of the California State Acupuncture Board and qualifies the graduate to sit for the California Acupuncture Licensing Examination. In California, acupuncturists are licensed by the State Department of Consumer Affairs, Acupuncture Board, 444 N. 3rd Street, Suite 260, Sacramento, CA, 95811 (916) 445­3021.

Students seeking to be licensed in other states or countries should contact the appropriate governmental agency for specific academic and other requirements.

Due to accreditation students of the University are eligible to participate in federal student financial aid programs under Title IV.

Samra University of Oriental Medicine is approved by the California State Acupuncture Board to offer continuing education courses. Samra University of Oriental Medicine is authorized by the California Board of Registered Nurses to offer continuing education units.

The University’s program is approved for the training of veterans and other eligible persons under United States Code Title 38.

The University is authorized by the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service to process Form I-20 to enable prospective foreign students to apply for F-l visas.


Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
The Samra University of Oriental Medicine has received approval by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine (ACAOM) to begin offering a post-graduate doctoral program titled “Doctor of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine” (DAOM) pursuant to ACAOM’s substantive change procedures. This approval is only the first step in the process toward accreditation of the program and does not reflect any official status with ACAOM. No assurance is made by granting approval to commence a DAOM program that the program will eventually be granted either ACAOM Candidacy or Accreditation status.