Clinical Specialty Doctorate (DAOM) FAQs

By browsing the list below you'll find answers to many of the questions most frequently asked by prospective students. If, after reading these answers, you still have questions, please contact the AOMA admissions office by phone (512-492-3017) or by email.

How long is the program?

The 74-credit DAOM program can be completed in two years. Students must complete the DAOM program within four calendar years from the date of enrollment.

What are the graduation requirements?

The following requirements must be met in order to graduate from the program:

1. Completion of all didactic and clinical instruction listed below:




Specialty of Practice 



Inquiry (Research)



Professionalism, Leadership, Teaching & Learning



Clinical Internship 



Clinical Externship 



Grand Total:



2. Demonstration of satisfactory conduct and professional clinical performance.

3. Successful completion, presentation, and acceptance of research project manuscript.

4. Successful fulfillment of portfolio requirement.

5. Fulfillment of all financial obligations, including return of all library materials.

When and where are classes?

The DAOM is offered in a low-residency, 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 in Austin, Texas, the courses are arranged to allow working professionals to continue their practice while enrolled. The residency weeks include both clinical internship hours as well as didactic classes. Clinical externship hours may be completed outside of regular residency weeks.

How much is tuition?

Tuition is $433 per credit for clinical and didactic coursework. The total cost of tuition + fees + books + supplies for the entire program is approx. $36,501. Please visit the Tuition & Aid page for additional details.

Is financial aid available?

Yes, AOMA’s doctoral program is approved by the U.S. Department of Education to offer Title IV Federal Student Aid to enrolled students. Students may be eligible for Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loans and Direct PLUS loans. Please visit the Financial Aid page for more information.

Is herbal education required for admission to the DAOM program?

In order to be eligible for admission to the DAOM, applicants should have an Master of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine degree that includes a requisite herbal component.  However, AOMA will consider candidates with educational shortages, such as not having the herbal component, on a case-by-case basis. In most cases, completion of an herbology master’s or an equivalent certificate program would likely be a condition of admissions into the program.

Do I have to be licensed in Texas?

Candidates for admission to the DAOM program do not need to obtain a license to practice acupuncture in the state of Texas.

Can I ask a patient to write a letter of recommendation for my application?

A letter of recommendation from a patient is acceptable as long as the patient and practitioner/applicant also have a professional/colleague relationship. In this case, the letter of recommendation should address either the professional relationship or both the clinical and the professional interaction.

I am an AOMA alumnus. Can I ask an AOMA faculty member to write a letter of recommendation?

While alumni applicants may have letters of reference from current or former AOMA faculty, it is beneficial for the applicant if at least one of the letters come from outside of AOMA's community.  This is not a requirement, but it provides evidence that the applicant has broadened his or her professional network since leaving AOMA.

Can doctoral program credits count as CEU's?

Courses within the DAOM program are eligible to be considered as CEU’s under the NCCAOM’s standards. AOMA is an approved continuing education provider in Texas, and courses within the DAOM program are also eligible to be considered as CEU's by the Texas Medical Board.

Does the Texas Medical Board recognize the doctoral degree?

Yes. The Texas State Board of Acupuncture Examiners recognizes the Doctor of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine degree. A doctoral degree in acupuncture & Oriental medicine does not alter the scope of practice for licensed acupuncturists within Texas. Completing a doctoral degree within acupuncture & oriental medicine enables the practitioner to develop clinical skills, research abilities, and a substantive knowledge base within the clinical specialty area of AOMA’s DAOM program. In addition, graduates from AOMA’s DAOM program may use the title “Dr.” in any written material on the condition that they also list “DAOM” (Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine) within their professional title.

Is housing available?

AOMA does not offer campus housing opportunities. Instead AOMA provides information about temporary housing opportunities (hotels, vacation-rentals, extended stay suites) and options for travel to and from the Austin airport, public transit, carpooling, hotel shuttles, and bike and car rental. Admissions and student services staff members facilitate initiatives by DAOM students to share housing and transport.

View DAOM Housing Resources

I have a master's degree in another field. Can I apply for to the doctoral program at AOMA?

The Doctor of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine (DAOM) program is designed for students who have already completed master's-level education in the field of acupuncture & Chinese medicine. Applicants with an advanced degree in a non-acupuncture related field that are interested in pursuing education in Chinese medicine should visit the Master's Program page.

Have more questions?  Contact the Admissions Office