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 must meet all of the admissions requirements for the MAcOM plus:

  • Demonstrated scholastic achievement at the undergraduate level, evidenced by a minimum grade point average of 3.0 in the last 60 hours of study.
  • Graduates or students already enrolled in the master’s program must demonstrate capacity for graduate-level work by maintaining a 3.0 GPA or better in the master’s program.
  • Complete a course each in chemistry, biology, and psychology from a regionally accredited or ACAOM-accredited institution and provide proof on an official transcript.

DAcOM Applicants who have a master of acupuncture and Oriental medicine degree (DAcOM Bridge Track)

Requirements:

  1. Demonstrate capacity for graduate level work by having a 3.0 or better in the completed MAcOM program or its equivalent from another ACAOM accredited institution.
  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. Complete the Oriental Medicine diplomate from NCCAOM or its equivalent. Students may receive 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 admitted into the DAcOM program and are allowed two terms to complete these courses.