First Professional Doctorate (DACM)


At the Forefront of Holistic Care with an Acupuncture Doctorate

Our first professional doctorate is an exciting new degree program for individuals who wish to enter the acupuncture and Chinese medical field at the doctoral level and do not have prior training in acupuncture and Chinese medicine.

At a time when acupuncture is becoming an increasingly valued treatment in mainstream care for patient wellness, it is important for acupuncturists to be equipped with the knowledge, communication, and research skills to effectively work with other healthcare professionals. This degree known as the Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine (DACM) incorporates our Master’s curriculum of Chinese medicine, acupuncture therapeutics, herbal medicine, biomedicine, and clinical training with an additional focus on integrative and collaborative health care, research literacy, and evidence-informed practices.

Program Start Dates: Spring (early January), Summer (early May), and Fall (early September)

Now Accepting Applications for the Summer 2018 Semester. Apply Now!

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ACTCM joined the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) as it fourth school in 2015. The merger expanded resources and opportunities for acupuncture and mental health education and research. With nearly 40 years of rich history, ACTCM continues to lead and shape education in Chinese medicine through innovative programming, conservation and community activism, policy leadership, and collaborative partnerships. ACTCM at CIIS is proud to be the first institution in the United States to offer a first professional doctorate degree approved by a national accreditor (ACAOM) and a regional accreditor (WSCUC).

Program Highlights

View our degree comparison chart to further understand the differences between our programs.
We would love to connect with you. If you have more questions, connect with admissions, view our DACM FAQ, or call 415-282-7600 or (415-401-0464 direct line to admissions office).