DAOM Program

The purpose of the advanced practice doctor of acupuncture and Oriental medicine

at AOMA is to prepare qualified practitioners, leaders, educators, and researchers in

integrative patient care focused on pain and its associated psychosocial phenomena.

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 pain, the DAOM at AOMA focuses on the care and management of patients with pain and associated psychosocial phenomena in integrative practice settings. 

This 69-credit program is conveniently offered in a modular Executive Format. The total length and duration ranges from two years (fast track) to three years (full-time track), which depends on the learner’s choices regarding the completion of all coursework, clinical training, and their research project. Effective with the 2019-20 academic year, the DAOM program must be completed within six years.

  • Executive Format: 2-year with 14 week-long intensives (fast-track), or 3-year 21 week-long intensives (full-time track), plus completion of the portfolio, externships and research project

Week-long intensive, on-campus learning experiences are coupled with extended periods of independent study. While the majority of the classroom and clinical instruction is delivered on the AOMA campus and affiliated clinical sites, the courses are divided between residency weeks to allow working professionals to continue their practice while enrolled. However, the research project and externships may extend beyond the intensive weeks necessary for completion of the didactic training, and be conducted locally or at another site, nationally or internationally.

View DAOM Program-at-a-Glance Accelerated 2021-2023 (2 year track)

View DAOM Program-at-a-Glance Full-Time Track 2021-2024 (3 year track)

DAOM Educational Goals

The goals of the DAOM program are to:

  • Produce advanced clinic practitioners in the clinical specialty of care and management of pain and associated psychosocial phenomena.
  • Develop Chinese medical scholarship in the USA by creating advanced clinical specialists who are also researchers, educators, collaborators, and leaders.
  • Advance the profession into the health care community by creating collaborative relationships.
  • Add to the evidence-base of the medicine through scholarly work.

DAOM Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the DAOM program, graduates will be prepared to:

  • Integrate Chinese and biomedical concepts in the provision of evidence-based care. (PLO1)
  • Employ systems-based practice. (PLO2)
  • Conduct research that contributes to the evidence base of the discipline. (PLO3)
  • Demonstrate behaviors to fulfill professional, leadership and teaching roles. (PLO4)
  • Demonstrate a commitment to lifelong learning. (PLO5)

DAOM Admissions Requirements

DAOM Courses

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. Please refer the the porgram catalog for full description, credits and contact hours, and pre/co- requisite requirements..

  • Biomedical Theories on Meridians and Qi
  • Advanced Clinical Assessment in Integrative TCM Practice
  • Nutritional Medicine
  • TCM Classics and Advanced TCM Theory
  • Advanced Diagnostic and Therapeutic Techniques
  • Musculoskeletal Disorders
  • Neurologic, Dermatologic, and Sensory Disorders
  • Eco-Psycho-Social
  • Oncologic Disorders and Palliative Care (elective track)
  • Psychiatric Comorbidies of Pain (elective track)
  • Internal Medicine
  • Integrative Medical Practice
  • Paradigms of Inquiry
  • Quantitative and Qualitative Assessment
  • Methods of Inquiry and Research Design
  • Research Project
  • Interprofessional Leadership
  • Teaching and Learning
  • Doctoral Internship
  • Doctoral Externship