Founded in 1986, Pacific College of Oriental Medicine is a private college of alternative medicine with locations in three major cities across the country. Pacific College of Oriental Medicine-Chicago, which opened in 2000, is located a few blocks from the banks of Chicago River in Chicago, Illinois. The school was started with the aim to focus on Oriental medical and Asian bodywork therapy education, to create a thriving East meets West environment. The school offers associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees in acupuncture/oriental medicine and massage therapy. The school has an in-house acupuncture clinic and herbal pharmacy where students complete their mandatory clinical training hours. Located in downtown Chicago, the college is at the hub of the melting pot of culture that is Chicago. Students are perfectly placed to explore the city, leading to a more cohesive learning experience.