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. This program adds 43 credit hours to AOMA’s master’s program.

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.


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 graduates will:

  1. Collect and analyze diagnostic data, determine disease diagnoses, and distinguish syndrome pattern differentiations.

  2. Construct acupuncture and Chinese herbal treatment plans according to the principles of Oriental medicine, safely and effectively perform Oriental medical treatments, prescribe herbal and dietary remedies, and provide patient instruction.

  3. Perform biomedical assessments, analyze laboratory reports, explain reports to patients, identify pathologies and red ags, and utilize biomedical knowledge in context of Oriental medical practice.

  4. Communicate professionally, chart accurately and completely, seek guidance and evaluation, perform self-evaluation, and practice legally and ethically.

  5. Collaborate with patients on health care design, consider patients’ unique circumstances, provide lifestyle recommendations, and demonstrate motivating patients for treatment compliance through shared decision making.

  6. Perform literature reviews, record and compare initial assessments and outcome measures, and utilize evidence and experience to inform clinical decision-making.

  7. Collaborate with colleagues for best possible patient care, communicate with other health care practitioners, and demonstrate commitment to the team and to patient outcomes. 

  8. Be qualified to become a licensed practitioner of acupuncture and Oriental medicine.

  9. Create, implement, and assess outcomes of a problem-based learning and quality improvement plan.

  10. Participate in integrative models of health care.

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.