DAcCHM Program

AOMA's professional Doctor of Acupuncture with a Chinese herbal medicine specialization (DAcCHM) program builds on the comprehensive Master of Acupuncture with a Chinese herbal medicine specialization (MAcCHM) training as an entry-level doctorate. Students expand their education in advanced therapeutic techniques, clinical assessments, applied functional nutrition, systems-based practice, practice-based learning and improvement, and clinical practice. Students chose from one of three elective tracks to customize their learning. Students new to this profession can do the master's-to-doctorate program earning both the MAcCHM and the DAcCHM. Students who already have a master's in the professional can do the DAcCHM completion track to elevate from the master's to doctoral level.

About the Professional Doctorate (DAcCHM)

The purpose of AOMA’s professional doctor of acupuncture with a Chinese herbal medicine specialization program is to graduate doctoral-prepared practitioners to serve society in the field of acupuncture and Oriental medicine.

The Doctor of Acupuncture and with a Chinese herbal medicine specialization program (DAcCHM) program is a first 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 DAcCHM contains all of the master competencies with additional doctoral-level work.

This program builds on the MAcCHM program with advanced skills in assessment and treatment techniques, nutritional knowledge with clinical application, systems-based practice, interprofessional leadership and communication, practice-based learning and improvement, and advanced clinical practice. Working individually or on small teams, students will conduct a needs-analysis, develop and submit a quality improvement plan, and upon acceptance, implement the plan. This and additional doctoral-level work products will be put in each student's DAcCHM portfolio.

A feature of this professional doctorate is the degree of flexibility learners have to customize a sizable portion of their doctoral learning experience. Twelve credits are allocated to elective tracks. The DAcCHM, inclusive of the MAcCHM, is a total of 243 quarter credits (162 semester credits). The DAcCHM Bridge is variable based on the student's master's degree total credits and competencies met. Analysis of the mater's transcript is required to provide each completion track student a degree plan with credits required. At no time may the completion track degree plan be less than 24 quarter credits (16 semester credits).

DAcCHM doctoral-level courses and internship clinics are done in conjunction with the advanced clinical specialty DAOM students during residency weeks that occur periodically seven times each year.

View DAcCHM Program-at-a-Glance Full-Time, Accelerated, and Completion Track (PDF)

Completion track is for students who already have a master's in acupuncture & Chinese herbal medicine.

DAc-CHMS Educational Goals

Graduates of AOMA’s Doctor of Acupuncture with a Chinese herbal medicine specialization (DAcCHM) program will:

  • Have the knowledge base necessary to enter the profession
  • Practice professional behaviors and values
  • Provide patient-centered care
  • Incorporate evidence and experience based practices
  • Participate in collaborative patient care
  • Demonstrate skills of practice-based learning and improvement
  • Demonstrate skills of systems-based practice

DAc-CHMS Program Learning Outcomes

DAcCHM graduates will:

  • Demonstrate all the competencies of the MAcCHM. (PLO1)
  • Be qualified to become a licensed practitioner of acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine. (PLO2)
  • Create, implement, and assess outcomes of a practice-based learning and quality improvement plan. (PLO3)
  • Participate in integrative models of health care. (PLO4)

DAcCHM Admissions Requirements

DAc-CHMS 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.

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DAcCHM Core Curriculum

SP 6011 Advanced Clinical Assessment in Integrative TCM Practice

SP 6014 Holistic Pain Management Practice 

PLD 7812 Interprofessional Leadership and Communication

RQ 0145 Practice-Based Learning and Improvement

Specialty Track

In the specialty track, students may select courses from the clinical specialty DAOM curriculum they wish to take and that are not already included in the DAcCHM curriculum. Courses include leadership, teaching and learning, and a variety of topics within the specialty of pain and associated ecopsychosocial phenomena. A scholarly product from each course becomes a portfolio item. 

SP 6010 Biomedical Theories on Meridians and Qi

SP 6020 TCM Classics and Advanced TCM Theory

SP 6021 Advanced Diagnostic and Therapeutic Techniques

SP 6036 Integrative Medical Practice

SP 7010 Musculoskeletal Disorders

SP7011 Neurology, Dermatology, and Sensory Organs

SP 7012 Eco-Psychosocial

SP 7017 TCM Internal Medicine

SP 7020 Special Elective Topics

        Oncologic Disorders and Palliative Care

        Psychiatric Comorbidies of Pain


        Sports Medicine

        Advanced Channel Theory

Research Track

Students who choose the research elective track will take the three inquiry courses from the advanced clinical specialty DAOM curriculum and design their research project. Once accepted by the Scientific Review Committee, and Institutional Review Board if required, the research is conducted and overseen by a faculty advisor. A final scholarly paper written for peer-review submission and accepted by faculty is the final product for the DAcOM portfolio. 

INQ 5011 Paradigms of Inquiry

INQ 5012 Quantitative and Qualitative Assessment

INQ 5013 Methods of Inquiry and Research Design

INQ 8080 Research Project

Honors Concentration Track

In the concentration track, students develop a self-study curriculum in an area not currently available at AOMA, including learning objectives, methods, and means of final assessment. After faculty approval of the plan, the student may proceed. A formal presentation and a manuscript written for peer-review publication submission will be required and included in their portfolio. 

In the programs catalog, a key to the number of didactic, practical and clinical hours, and quarter credits contained within each course is listed below each course number. The keys can be read in the following manner:

Didactic hours/practical hours/clinical hours/quarter credits.

Credit Hours: Each didactic quarter credit is equivalent to 12 hours of in-class instruction. Each DAcCHM clinical internship and externship quarter credit is equivalent to 24 hours of instruction. Certain didactic courses may be taken by directed study, provided all the criteria outlined in the Student & Clinic Manual have been met. No more than nine quarter credits may be earned by directed study in the MAcCHM program. In the DAcCHM program, 12 credits may be earned by directed study under the honors concentration elective track.

Terms Offered:

The terms in which a course is typically offered are listed in each course description. It is important to note that course offerings may vary from term to term and may not necessarily adhere to the schedules listed below. Students are encouraged to meet with an academic advisor each term, prior to registration. Some doctoral courses are only offered every-other year.

MAcCHM students and graduates of master of acupuncture with Chinese herbal medicine specialization programs applying for the DAcCHM program must have official undergraduate transcripts detailing credit for biology, chemistry, and psychology. These three courses may be completed at AOMA while doing degree coursework, provided the course prerequisite and co-requisite structure is adhered to. Alternatively, equivalent courses may be taken for credit at regionally accredited or ACAOM-accredited institutions and proof provided on official transcripts. The following courses at AOMA fulfill this requirement: WS0104 Medical Biology, WS0105 Medical Biochemistry, and PT0101 Psychology and Clinical Communications.