First Professional Doctorate Admissions Requirements

AOMA considers applicants who show a high level of personal integrity, clear intention, and an aptitude for Chinese medical education at the professional level. 

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DAcOM Admissions Criteria 

Traditional Students for MAcOM-DAcOM 


DAcOM applicants who meet the admissions requirements for the MAcOM will be considered for conditional admittance into the DAcOM after the following is achieved:

1. Become admitted to the MAcOM and successfully complete the following MAcOM courses and clinical work and their pre-requisites:

  • All AT courses

  • Nutrition and Dietary Therapy (HT0200), Chinese Herbal Formulations 2-3 (HT0301-0302), Chinese Herbal Treatment of Disease 1(HT0332)

  • A segment of Biomedical Treatment of Disease (WS0393 or 0394)

  • Two MAcOM clinical practical examinations

2. Complete a course each in chemistry, biology, and psychology from a regionally accredited or ACAOM accredited institution and provide proof on an official transcript.

3. Demonstrate capacity for graduate level work by maintaining a 3.0 or better in the MAcOM program.

4. Complete the four competency courses and/or possess Oriental Medicine diplomate from NCCAOM or its equivalent.

DAcOM Applicants who have a master of acupuncture and Oriental medicine degree 

Requirements:

1. Demonstrate capacity for graduate level work by maintaining a 3.0 or better in the completed MAcOM program or its
equivalent from another ACAOM accredited institution.

2. Complete the Oriental Medicine diplomate from NCCAOM or its equivalent. Students may receive conditional admission while in process of completing the exams for this diplomate.

Visit the How to Apply section for application materials and information on the admissions process.

Other Considerations

The DAcOM program contains all of the current MAcOM requirements plus additional competencies. Therefore, applicants who earned the MAcOM from AOMA from the 2004-2005 catalog through the current catalog will not have to complete any MAcOM-level courses or clinics if accepted into the DAcOM. 

AOMA graduates prior to the 2004-2005 catalog, and graduates of master of acupuncture and Oriental medicine programs from other schools, may need to take certain MAcOM courses, to be determined based upon a detailed analysis of their transcripts. Applicants from master of acupuncture programs will need to complete the Chinese Herbal Medicine Certificate program, plus certain additional MAcOM courses to be determined based upon a detailed analysis of their transcripts.

For the DAcOM, students must also have undergraduate credit for chemistry, biology and psychology. Students who have not met this requirement before entering the second year of the MAcOM, may take AOMA’s equivalent courses, or complete the requirement at a regionally accredited institution by the end of the second year of master-level study. Current advanced-standing MAcOM students or graduates who lack any of these three courses may be conditionally-admitted into the DAcOM program and are allowed two terms to complete these courses.