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Santa Barbara College Of Oriental Medicine

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Santa Barbara College Of Oriental Medicine
1919 State St,
Suite 207
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

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Giovanni Maciocia Joins
Santa Barbara College of Oriental Medicine

SBCOM is very proud to announce that Giovanni Maciocia will be our
Curriculum Development Director and an active member of our
Clinical and Academic Faculty

Giovanni Maciocia is one of the most respected and well-known authors and educators worldwide in the field of Oriental Medicine. He is the author of six books that have become the essential textbooks of our profession. His herbal expertise and innovative creation of new formulas have added a new dimension to his contribution in our medical field of practice. You can read more about Giovanni on our website at www.sbcom.edu or www.giovannimaciocia.com

Why SBCOM is Unique
SBCOM is a small college (100 students). This means student/faculty ratio is lower and allows for more genuine individualized attention. SBCOM staff are sincerely interested and invested in the well being of our students.

  • SBCOM is actively community oriented. We have partnerships with the American Indian Clinic and SBCC Health Clinic. In addition, our sister non-profit organization -- Healing Opportunities, assists many in need of treatments. Lastly, we attend events for other health-related awareness organizations in town and offer free lectures on a consistent basis.
  • The quality of SBCOM faculty is phenomenal. Our core faculty members have 20+ years of experience and all of our faculty are skilled in the art of teaching. Many of our faculty have their own practices and bring that knowledge to the classroom as well.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Santa Barbara College of Oriental Medicine is to provide professional post-secondary education and compassionate health care in Traditional Oriental Medicine.


SBCOM’s philosophy is that Eastern and Western medicine are complementary systems of health. By providing a strong education in Oriental medicine, and a fundamental understanding of Western theory and clinical practice, SBCOM promotes their combined usefulness for the prevention and treatment of disease.

Our goal is to educate our students to be healers and to learn how to heal themselves as well. Harmony must start in the educational process for it to be truly learned. We support our students, faculty and administration in communicating with deep compassion and understanding so that harmony can be maintained. It is the goal of our college to not only provide instruction for patient healing but also healing for the individual practitioner, their community and the world at large. In plain English, we strive always to "practice what we teach".

SBCOM is committed to being a leader in the enhancement of health by integrating Traditional Oriental Medicine and its principles into the community through the college’s community education and outreach, low cost treatment and research projects.

Brief History

Santa Barbara College of Oriental Medicine opened in December of 1986 as an independent, single purpose institution of postsecondary education. SBCOM grew out of the Santa Barbara branch of the California Acupuncture College that was originally established in 1981 under the directorship of JoAnn Tall. With hundreds of graduates, our college has a firmly established reputation of quality education in a small and intimate setting.

On the national level, SBCOM’s professional Master of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine degree program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. The state of California recognizes SBCOM as a Master’s degree granting institution. We are approved under the United States Department of Education to offer eligible students financial aid.

Financial Aid

The money you spend on your education is the most important investment you can make; consider these facts:

  • SBCOM has a low (2.5%) default rate.
  • There is NO out-of-state tuition. SBCOM is a private, graduate college and tuition is the same for all incoming students.
  • Visit our website at www.sbcom.edu to learn more about tuition and financial aid


  • May 18th-21st – CEU: Mary Elizabeth Wakefield: Facial Acupuncture and Rejuvenation: Call 805-898-1180 or visit www.sbcom.edu for more information

FREE COMMUNITY LECTURES: Friday Evenings 7-9 pm

Call 805-898-1180 or visit www.sbcom.edu for more information

Apr. 7 Meditation Beyond Breathing Chao Pang
SBCOM Faculty

May 5 Alternative Orthopedic Health Care Thad Jacobs, L.Ac.,

SBCOM Faculty

June 2 Pure Food and Water for Alfred Pomerleau, Health and Wellness L.Ac., SBCOM


July 7 Better Nutrition for Cardiovascular Gail Daugherty

Disease Certified Nutritionist

Aug. 4 Chinese Medicine for Fibromyalgia Nathan Kaehler,

And Chronic Fatigue Syndrome L.Ac.

Sept. 1 Healthy Kids Naturally Trevor Holly Cates,


Oct. 6 Improve your Digestion with Darren Lisle, L.Ac.

Chinese Medicine SBCOM Faculty

Nov. 3 Acupuncture treats more than Pain Gayatri Heeson, L.Ac., SBCOM


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