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Dongguk Royal University
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440 Shatto Pl
Los Angeles, CA 90020
(213) 487-0110

About the college

Dongguk Royal University has a rich history that dates back to the 1970’s. In 1976, Dr. Harvart R. Hongo began teaching acupuncture and Oriental medicine in his own private practice. Three short years later and the Royal University of America was founded and began teaching higher learning with the elements of acupuncture and oriental medicine. In 1997, that university merged with the College of Oriental Medicine to give us the university that we have today.


The university has a prime location in California. It is located in the city of Los Angeles where the diverse cultures of Chinatown, Korea town, Little Tokyo, Midwilshire and the ever-changing downtown are all put together in a melting pot of culture and uniqueness. The university campus is surrounded by public transportation and freeways for easy access. Having LA, as your campus location is great because you get scenic landscape including mountains, beaches, shopping centers, theatres, and restaurants. The campus is full of student activities like the Oriental Medical Center where senior students get hands on training.


DRU offers its students a variety of health-based programs that dive deep into oriental medicine and its practices. The school offers programs with a variety of courses, electives and a clinic internship for a more intense and extensive educational experience. The programs offered are oriental medicine, acupuncture and moxibustion, herbology, therapeutic massage, basic science, clinical medicine, public health and three management programs: practice, professional and case.

There is a list of electives to choose from. Homeopathy, yoga, and reflexology are a few. The internship program has three levels for students. First, is observation followed by assisting practice and finally advanced practice. DRU wants to heal the world with its tried, but true practices. The skills learned here can lead you to a rewarding and positive, healthy career.

College Type: 4-year, Private not-for-profit

Offering: Master's degree

Campus Setting: City, Large

Campus Housing Available: No

Student Population: 191

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