Doctoral Program of Study

This 74-credit, two-year program is offered in a modular format, coupling week-long, intensive, on-campus learning experiences with extended periods of home study. While the majority of the classroom and clinical instruction is delivered on the AOMA campus, the courses are arranged to allow working professionals to continue their practice while enrolled.

Specialty of Practice

Care and Management of Pain and Associated Psychosocial Phenomena

Courses within the Specialty of Practice curriculum introduce learners to musculoskeletal, neurologic, and psychosomatic pain in various forms, offering an in- depth exploration of TCM and Western medical treatment options. Specifically, program participants explore oncologic, gynecologic, vascular, visceral, and sensory pain and the associated psychosocial phenomena. Learners also develop skills and techniques to care for patients in a collaborative medical setting.

Advanced Clinic Practice in Specialty

After completing a majority of the coursework, learners progress into the clinical component of the Specialty of Practice curriculum. This clinical education includes over 400 hours of internship conducted within AOMA’s Austin-based clinic system and over 250 hours of externship conducted in the learner’s home area. All externships are performed under the supervision of doctoral-level practitioners from different medical backgrounds with a direct connection to the specialty area.

Research and Inquiry

The Inquiry curriculum engages participants in the development of the skills necessary to pursue academic research. Coursework in statistics and research design complements a robust discussion of scientific paradigms and the relationship of qualitative research to TCM. The coursework prepares participants to develop and implement an individual or group research project within the specialty area. This project is completed during the second year of the program and results in the creation and presentation of a science-based, publishable manuscript.

Professionalism and Leadership

The Professional Development and Leadership curriculum provides the framework for the learner’s professional transformation. Through teaching, supervising in clinic, conducting course and curricular assessments, and by participating in professional service activities, learners prepare to take leadership roles in the national advancement of the TCM profession. 

Course Curriculum

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Program Disclosures

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.