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 people who wish to enter the acupuncture and Chinese medicine field at the doctoral level and do not have prior training in acupuncture and Chinese medicine.

At a time when acupuncture is 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. Our Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine (DACM) degree incorporates our master’s curriculum of Chinese medicine, acupuncture therapeutics, herbal medicine, biomedicine, and clinical training with an additional focus on integrative and collaborative healthcare, research literacy, and evidence-informed practices.

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

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ACTCM joined 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 more than 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

We would love to connect with you. If you have more questions, contact Admissions or view our DACM FAQ.