Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (DAOM)
Through a transformative educational experience, the DAOM at AOMA will prepare you to expand your practice and advance the field. You will gain effective skills for leadership and teaching, and cultivate expertise within a clinical specialty area. Given the current prevalence of chronic pain within the United States, the psychological, social, and spiritual impact of pain on the lives of those who experience it, and the efficacy of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) for the treatment of chronic pain, the DAOM at AOMA focuses on the care and management of patients with pain and associated psychosocial phenomena.
At AOMA, you will develop skills in pain management and learn how to address the accompanying psychosocial concerns. The leadership and critical thinking skills that you will acquire and develop over the course of this program will add depth to your practice, thereby providing a substantive foundation for the improved healthcare and transformative experience you will then be able to offer your patients.
AOMA is regionally accredited to award the master's and doctoral degrees by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). The DAOM (doctoral program) is eligible for ACAOM accreditation and AOMA is currently in the process of seeking ACAOM candidacy/accreditation for the program. At present, AOMA can give no assurance that candidacy or accreditation will be granted by ACAOM. For additional information regional and programmatic accreditation, please visit the Accreditation page.
Last but not least, AOMA is located in Austin, one of America’s hippest and most family-friendly cities.
Opening New Professional Doors
Doctoral level education is the pinnacle of academic degrees available in the field of acupuncture and Oriental medicine in America. It develops essential skills for success as a practitioner and a participant in society. The respect brought by the doctoral title is a feature, which enhances patient care and establishes parity with other doctorate level professions. Specifically, licensed acupuncturists with a doctorate often find better prospects for hospital employment, faculty positions, research grants and a seat at the table in policy-making processes.
DAOM Educational Goals
The goals of the DAOM program are to:
- Produce advanced clinic practitioners in the clinical specialty area of care and management of pain and associated psychosocial phenomena.
- Develop Oriental medical scholarship in the USA by creating advanced clinical specialists who are also researchers, educators, collaborative partners, and leaders.
- Advance the profession into the wider healthcare community by creating collective relationships.
- Add to the evidence base of the medicine through scholarly work.
The Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine program commences in July of 2013. Information about the On-time Completion Rate, Median Loan Debt, and Placement Rate will become available upon completion of the degree program by the initial cohort of doctoral students.
AOMA prepares students to work as acupuncturists (Standard Occupational Classification #29-199.01).