First Professional Doctorate of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (DAcOM)

The purpose of AOMA’s First Professional Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine program is to graduate doctoral-prepared practitioners to serve society in the field of acupuncture and Oriental medicine.

About the First Professional Doctorate (DAcOM)

The Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (DAcOM) program is a first professional doctorate that is believed to become the future entry-level degree required for licensure (pending state-by-state legislation). Currently, the master degree leads to licensure, and the DAcOM contains all of the master competencies with additional doctoral-level work.  

This program builds on the MAcOM program with advanced skills in assessment and treatment techniques, nutritional knowledge with clinical application, systems-based practice, practice-based learning and improvement, and advanced clinical practice. Working individually or on small teams, students will conduct a need-analysis, develop and submit a quality improvement plan, and upon acceptance, implement the plan. This and additional doctoral-level work products will be put in each student's DAcOM portfolio.

A feature of this first professional doctorate is the degree of flexibility learners have to customize a sizable portion of their learning experience. Twelve credits are allocated to elective tracks.

DAcOM doctoral-level courses and internship clinics are done in conjunction with the clinical specialty DAOM students during residency weeks that occur periodically seven times each year. The Academic Calendar shows the timing of these residency weeks. 

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