DAcOM Program of Study

AOMA's First Professional Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (DAcOM) program builds on the comprehensive Master of Acupuncture and Oriental Medical training. Students expand their education in advanced therapeutic techniques, clinical assessments, applied functional nutrition, systems-based practice, practice-based learning and improvement, and clinical practice. Students chose from one of three elective tracks to customize their learning.

About the First Professional Doctorate (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.

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.

View DAcOM Program-at-a-Glance

DAcOM Educational Goals

Graduates of AOMA’s Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (DAcOM) program will:

  • Have the knowledge base necessary to enter the profession
  • Practice professional behaviors and values
  • Provide patient-centered care
  • Incorporate evidence and experience based practices
  • Participate in collaborative patient care
  • Demonstrate skills of practice-based learning and improvement
  • Demonstrate skills of systems-based practice

DAcOM Program Learning Outcomes

DAcOM graduates will:

  • Demonstrate all the competencies of the MAcOM. (PLO1)
  • Be qualified to become a licensed practitioner of acupuncture and Oriental medicine. (PLO2)
  • Create, implement, and assess outcomes of a problem-based learning and quality improvement plan. (PLO3)
  • Participate in integrative models of health care. (PLO4)

DAcOM Course Descriptions

Below contains comprehensive listings of the doctoral courses offered at AOMA. The doctoral courses are listed according the divisions of specialty of practice, inquiry, professionalism and leadership, and clinical practice. For each course, course number and name are listed, along with all co- and pre-requisite courses.

DAcOM Core Curriculum

SP 6011 Advanced Clinical Assessment in Integrative TCM Practice

SP 6012 Principles of Nutritional Medicine 

SP 6013 Nutrition and Functional Medicine

SP 6021 Advanced TCM and Modern Treatment Techniques

Specialty Elective Track

In the specialty track, students may select courses from the clinical specialty DAOM curriculum they wish to take and that are not already included in the DAcOM curriculum. Courses include leadership, teaching and learning, and a variety of topics within the specialty of pain and associated ecopsychosocial phenomena. A scholarly product from each course becomes a portfolio item. 

SP 6010 Biomedical Mechanisms and Pathophysiology of Pain and Associated Psychosocial Phenomena

SP 6020 TCM Classics and Advanced TCM Theory on Pain and Associated Psychosocial Phenomena

SP 6031 Case Management in Integrative Practice

SP 6035 Integrative Practice Management

SP 7010 Pain from Musculoskeletal Disorders and Associated Psychosocial Phenomena

SP7011 Pain from Neurologic, Dermatologic and Sensory Organs and Psychosocial Disorders

SP 7012 Eco-Psycho-Social Pain

SP 7013 Pain from Oncologic Disorders, Associated Psychosocial Phenomena and Palliative Care

SP 7014 Gynecologic and Pelvic Pain and Associated Psychosocial Phenomena

SP 7016 Pain from Vascular and Lymphatic and Visceral Disorders and Associated Psychosocial Phenomena

PLD 7810 Professionalism, Ethics and Leadership

PLD 7811 Professionalism, Ethics and Leadership 2

PLD 6810 Teaching and Learning

Research Elective Track

Students who choose the research elective track will take the three inquiry courses from the clinical specialty DAOM curriculum and design their research project. Once accepted by the Scientific Review Committee, and Institutional Review Board if required, the research is conducted and overseen by a faculty advisor. A final scholarly paper written for peer-review submission and accepted by faculty is the final product for the DAcOM portfolio. 

INQ 5011 Paradigms of Inquiry

INQ 5012 Quantitative and Qualitative Assessment

INQ 5013 Methods of Inquiry and Research Design

INQ 8080 Research Project

Concentration with Honors Track

In the concentration track, students develop a self-study curriculum in an area not currently available at AOMA, including learning objectives, methods, and means of final assessment. After faculty approval of the plan, the student may proceed. A formal presentation and a manuscript written for peer-review publication submission will be required and included in their portfolio. 

A key to the number of didactic, practical and clinical hours, and quarter credits contained within each course is listed below each course number. The keys can be read in the following manner:

didactic hours/practical hours/clinical hours/quarter credits.

Credit Hours: Each didactic quarter credit is equivalent to 12 hours of in-class instruction. Each clinical internship quarter credit is equivalent to 24 hours of instruction. Each clinical externship quarter credit is equivalent to 36 hours of instruction. Certain didactic courses may be taken by directed study provided all the criteria outlined in the Student Manual have been met. In the DAcOM program, 12 credits may be earned by directed study under the honors concentration elective track.

Terms Offered: The terms in which a course is typically offered are listed in each course description. It is important to note that course offerings may vary from term to term and may not necessarily adhere to the schedules listed below. Students are encouraged to meet with an academic advisor each term, prior to registration.