About the Professional Doctorate (DAcOM)
The purpose of AOMA’s professional doctor of acupuncture and Oriental medicine program is to graduate doctoral-prepared practitioners to serve society in the field of acupuncture and Oriental medicine.
The Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (DAcOM) 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 DAcOM contains all of the master competencies with additional doctoral-level work.
This program builds on the MAcOM 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 need-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 DAcOM portfolio.
A feature of this first professional doctorate is the degree of flexibility learners have to customize a sizable portion of their learning experience. Twelve credits are allocated to elective tracks.
DAcOM doctoral-level courses and internship clinics are done in conjunction with the clinical specialty DAOM students during residency weeks that occur periodically seven times each year.
DAcOM Educational Goals
Graduates of AOMA’s Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (DAcOM) 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
DAcOM Program Learning Outcomes
DAcOM graduates will:
- Demonstrate all the competencies of the MAcOM. (PLO1)
- Be qualified to become a licensed practitioner of acupuncture and Oriental medicine. (PLO2)
- Create, implement, and assess outcomes of a problem-based learning and quality improvement plan. (PLO3)
- Participate in integrative models of health care. (PLO4)
DAcOM Course Descriptions
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. For each course, course number and name are listed, along with all co- and pre-requisite courses.
- DAcOM Core Curriculum
SP 6011 Advanced Clinical Assessment in Integrative TCM Practice
SP 6014 Nutritional Medicine
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 DAcOM 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 7013 Oncologic Disorders and Palliative Care
SP 7017 TCM Internal Medicine
SP 7020 Special Elective Topics
PLD 6810 Teaching and Learning
- Research Track
Students who choose the research elective track will take the three inquiry courses from the 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.
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 clinical internship quarter credit is equivalent to 24 hours of instruction. Each clinical externship quarter credit is equivalent to 36 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 MAcOM program. In the DAcOM program, 12 credits may be earned by directed study under the honors concentration elective track.
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.
MAcOM students and graduates of master of acupuncture and Oriental medicine programs applying for the DAcOM 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.