Doctoral Degrees at AOMA
Through a transformative educational experience, the Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine degree programs at AOMA will prepare you to expand your practice and advance the field. 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.
AOMA offers two doctoral degrees in the profession of acupuncture, both of which lead to advanced practice in the field:
At AOMA, you will develop skills in the field of integrative medicine. The leadership and critical thinking skills that you will acquire and develop over the course of doctoral level education 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).
Last but not least, AOMA is located in Austin, one of America’s hippest and most family-friendly cities.
Advanced Practice Doctorate (DAOM)
Through a transformative educational experience, the Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (DAOM) program prepares you to expand your practice and advance the field of Oriental and integrative medicines. By furthering your education, you will gain effective skills for leadership and teaching, and cultivate expertise within a clinical specialty area. The DAOM at AOMA focuses on the care and management of patients through the practice of integrative medicine, providing a foundation and allowing flexibility of study in this vital area.
Professional Doctorate (DAc-CHMS)
The Doctor of Acupuncture with a Chinese herbal medicine specialization (DAc-CHMS) program is a 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 DAc contains all of the master competencies with additional doctoral-level work. This program builds on the MAc 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. A portion of this program is student-defined, faculty-approved through choice of elective tracks.