The 2023-24 Academic Catalog can be dowloaded in PDF format here.

Dragon Rises College gets its name from Dr. Leon Hammer’s book Dragon Rises, Red Bird Flies. The “dragon” is the symbol of force and power; He is the energy of the cosmos. The “red bird,” or Phoenix, is the emerging soul arising from the ashes of immolation growing toward a oneness with God, the Tao, and All That Is. Consequently, the dragon is the power or life force and the red bird the rhythm of the universe. Together they make up the energetic “evolution of a being.”


Non-Discrimination Policy

Dragon Rises College of Oriental Medicine prohibits discrimination and harassment against applicants, students, faculty, or staff on the basis of race, religion, national or ethnic origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability, status as a veteran or any classification protected by local, state, or federal law. Copies of the complete Harassment and Discrimination Policy (including Sexual Harassment) are included in student and faculty handbooks.



Dragon Rises College of Oriental Medicine procedures and Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (P.L. 93- 380) as amended, prohibit the unauthorized release of confidential information about individual students. However, directory information is not considered to be confidential and may be published or otherwise released. DRCOM has designated to following items as directory information: student name, telephone numbers, e-mail address, date and place of birth, major and minor fields of study, dates of attendance, degrees and awards received, previous school attended, and photographs. Students may opt to have their directory information withheld. To exercise this option, the appropriate form must be obtained from Administration, completed, and returned. Once filed, this form remains in effect until withdrawn in writing by the student to Administration. For further information, contact Dragon Rises College Administration.


Reserved Rights of Dragon Rises College

Dragon Rises College reserves the right to make changes to all policies and procedures, schedules, fees, and other provisions in this catalog or in any of its publications or manuals at any time. These changes are subject to State and Federal laws and regulations, as well as accreditation requirements, and are made in order to improve effectiveness and educational quality. Information concerning any changes will be posted on the student bulletin board. Students must meet the requirements in the catalog current at the time of their initial enrollment, along with any revisions to that catalog made by the College. The College disclaims any liability as a result of any printing error in this catalog.

October 2023


Welcome to Dragon Rises College of Oriental Medicine. This Catalog, together with the Student Handbook and Student Clinic Handbook, is your official information guide introducing you to the policies, procedures, and resources available to you as a student. Please read it carefully and keep it handy for reference. The Catalog, along with a Student Handbook, will be reviewed and discussed at Orientation by the Director of Student Services. You will receive clinic orientation separately, as you prepare to enter the clinical phase of your education. If you have any questions later, you should request clarification from the Director or other members of Administration.


Our administrative staff is here to help your time at Dragon Rises College go smoothly and to ensure you receive the education necessary to become a licensed practitioner of Chinese medicine. Please do not hesitate to ask questions or come in to discuss problems, should they arise. The College has an open-door policy, and we consider good communications with students a top priority.


I look forward to meeting with each one of you during the course of the semester to find out how you are doing, and whether we can be of any assistance to you. I hope that the challenging and exciting path you have embarked upon will bring enrichment and fulfillment to you throughout your course of study and beyond.

Best wishes for success,

Dr. Karen Martin-Brown
DACM CEO/Executive Director


The information in this catalog is certified as true and correct in content and policy as required by 38 Code of Federal Regulations §21.4253

The College Vision

Dragon Rises College of Oriental Medicine will be the recognized educational leader in Chinese medical diagnosis.


The College Mission

The mission of Dragon Rises College of Oriental Medicine is to graduate successful, caring, and competent practitioners of Contemporary Oriental Medicine, able to help people achieve both genuine healing and their highest sustainable level of long-term health and wellness.

Educational Goals

  • Dragon Rises College graduates will be effective Contemporary Oriental Medicine practitioners especially skilled in Chinese diagnosis.
  • Dragon Rises College graduates will practice principles and techniques of Contemporary Oriental Medicine to prevent and treat various conditions.
  • Dragon Rises College graduates will demonstrate professionalism, including ethical and appropriate practice.
  • Dragon Rises College graduates will demonstrate the knowledge to effectively communicate with other health care practitioners for the purposes of improved patient care.