Our transitional Doctorate in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine (DACM) is for graduates who have completed a MSTCM or MSTOM degree and are ready to bridge the gap between their master’s training and the new doctorate.
The program is 2 semesters (8 months) and 315 hours of academic education.
ACTCM at CIIS
|Transitional Doctorate in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine (DACM) Curriculum|
|Course Code||Course Title||Units||Hours|
|ACMT 7142||Literature Research*||2||30|
|ACMT 7632||Herbal Comparison and Syndrome-Based Herbal Study*||3||45|
|ACMT 7637||TCM Orthopedics and Rheumatology||2||30|
|ACMT 8222||Laboratory Diagnosis and Medical Imaging||2||30|
|ACMT 8312||Advanced Case Analysis and Clinical Research I||2||30|
|2nd Semester (Spring/Summer)|
|ACMT 7633||TCM Classics: Jin Gui Yao Lue||2||30|
|ACMT 8133||TCM Oncology||2||30|
|ACMT 8235||Systems-Based & Integrative Medicine *||2||30|
|ACMT 8313||Advanced Case Analysis & Clinical Research II||2||30|
|ACMT 8352||Clinical Case Analysis Final Project*||2||30|
|*Online courses (9 units)|
|4-day intensive weekend modules (12 units) for 6 modules|
1.0 Patient Care Competencies
1.1 Articulate the significance of biomedical knowledge to inform acupuncture and Chinese medicine practice.
1.2 Demonstrate the ability to understand the significance of routine laboratory and imaging reports.
1.3 Demonstrate the ability to review biomedical chart notes and relate this data to Chinese medicine patient care.
1.4 Demonstrate the ability to effectively manage patient care.
1.5 Demonstrate critical thinking and professional judgment in patient care.
2.0 Systems-Based Medicine Competencies
2.1 Demonstrate the ability to educate other health care professions regarding the appropriate use of acupuncture and Chinese medicine.
2.2 Articulate the roles and responsibilities of other healthcare practitioners.
2.3 Articulate a definition of systems-based medicine.
2.4 Describe how healthcare is impacted by the context of where and how care is provided.
2.5 Articulate the role of evidence-based medicine and evidence-informed practice in acupuncture and Chinese medicine.
2.6 Demonstrate the ability to provide patient care in a collaborative setting.
3.0 Professional Development Competencies
3.1 Demonstrate an understanding of state legal requirements and scope of practice.
3.2 Demonstrate the ability to self-assess and make changes to improve professional and clinical outcomes.
3.3 Demonstrate the ability to access and evaluate research information, and relate this information to clinical practice.
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ACMT 7142 Literature Research (2 Units) PF Grade Option
This course introduces techniques for assessing research literature, as well as teaching the basic concepts of research methodology. The course provides students basic skills for accessing research literature, including Boolean research tools and citation database. Students will conduct literature searches and develop bibliographies related to research topics.
ACMT 7632 Herbal Comparison and Syndrome-Based Herbal Study (3 Units) PF Grade Option
This course describes Chinese herbs in the context of comparative functions and herb combining. Groups of related herbs are discussed, relating function and nature in the context of indications and expected clinical outcomes. The characteristics of common pairs of herbs (dui yao) are also examined. This course enhances the student’s knowledge of the Chinese materia medica and herbal formulas in the context of zang fu organ pattern differentiation.
ACMT 7633 TCM Classics: Jin Gui Yao Lue (2 Units) PF Grade Option
This course covers the formulas presented in the Han Dynasty classic Jin Gui Yao Lue. Known in English as the Synopsis of Prescriptions of the Golden Chamber, this text was compiled by Zhang Zhongjing during the Eastern Han dynasty (25-220 ACE). Formulas are differentiated based on content, indications and treatment principles.
ACMT 7637 TCM Orthopedics and Rheumatology (2 Units) PF Grade Option
This course is an introduction to the evaluation and treatment of musculoskeletal injuries and rheumatologic conditions. Students will learn to assess, evaluate and treat musculoskeletal injuries and rheumatologic conditions based on channel theory and acupuncture principles. The course will cover specific needling techniques, point combinations, channel palpation, basic orthopedic assessment and herbal formulas.
ACMT 8133 TCM Oncology (2 Units) PF Grade Option
This course presents the etiology and pathology of selected cancers from both Chinese medicine and biomedical perspectives. Students will be introduced to the principles of biomedical oncology, and Chinese medical modalities (acupuncture, herbs, diet and qi gong) to support patients undergoing conventional cancer care. The ethics pertaining to treating cancer patients will be discussed. Utilizing case studies student will become more confident treating patients with cancer in the clinical setting.
ACMT 8222 Laboratory Diagnosis and Medical Imaging (2 Units) PF Grade Option
This course provides an introduction to the interpretation and limitations of biomedical laboratory diagnostic studies and medical imaging. Laboratory findings are reviewed in the context of practice as a licensed acupuncturist.
ACMT 8235 Systems-Based and Integrative Medicine (2 Units) PF Grade Option
This course covers the management of health care systems, diversity issues, population-based assessment and care, and differentiating healthcare systems such as acupuncture and Chinese medicine, biomedicine, naturopathy and indigenous medical systems. Students learn about participating on interdisciplinary teams.
ACMT 8312 Advanced Case Analysis and Clinical Research I (2 Units) PF Grade Option
This course is designed to help the students develop advanced skills in analyzing cases. The students are expected to access traditional and contemporary literature in acupuncture and Chinese medicine, as well as biomedical research, including research on epidemiology and treatment in order to analyze cases they are seeing in the clinic. The students will be required to write high quality case studies, and to do a formal presentation to their classmates regarding findings and recommendations.
ACMT 8313 Advanced Case Analysis and Clinical Research II (2 Units) PF Grade Option
This course is designed to help the students develop advanced skills in analyzing cases. The students are expected to access traditional and contemporary literature in acupuncture and Chinese medicine, as well as biomedical research, including research on epidemiology and treatment, in order to analyze cases they are seeing in the clinic. The students will be required to write high quality case studies, and to do a formal presentation to their classmates regarding findings and recommendations.
ACMT 8352 Clinical Case Analysis Final Project (2 Units) PF Grade Option
The clinical case analysis project must demonstrate critical thinking and a synthesis of the skill and knowledge learned in the program. The course provides support for clinical case selection, review and critical appraisal of relevant literature, and case analysis writing. The clinical case analysis paper will be of a quality to meet academic form and style standards suitable for peer-reviewed professional publications.
Mark Frost, MSTCM, LAc: American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, 1989; LicensedAcupuncturist in California, 1989. Previous positions: ACTCM Clinic Director/ HIV Program; Acupuncturist, Institute for Health and Healing, California Pacific Medical Center, San Francisco, California; Honorary Member of Sohaku-In Foundation for Oriental Medicine, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. Current positions: private practice. Core: Fundamental TCM Theory, TCM Materia Medica I-III, Eight Extraordinary Meridians, Patent Medicine, clinic supervisor.
Steve Given, DAOM, LAc: DAOM, Bastyr University, Kenmore WA, 2006; MSTCM, Emperor’s
College, 1992; BS in Biology, Portland State University, Oregon; Licensed Acupuncturist in
California, 1992. Previous positions: Clinic Director, Emperor’s College of Traditional Oriental
Medicine; Dean for Clinical Education, Yo San University; Associate Dean and DAOM Program
Director, Bastyr University. Current positions: ACTCM Associate Academic Dean and Clinic
Director. Core: Human Physiology, History of Healing, clinic supervisor.
Sharon Hennessey, DAOM, MSTCM, LAc: American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine,
DAOM in 2012, MSTCM in 1991; Licensed Acupuncturist in California, 1993; Clinical Internship,
Chengdu University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Sichuan China, 1991-1992. Current positions:
clinical practice. Core: Meridians and Points I-III, Points Review Lab, clinic supervisor.
Thanh (Tim) Trung Nguyen, PA-C, MSPAS, MPH, MS: Physician’s Assistant, graduating from Touro University, California in 2014, Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies and a Master of Public Health; San Francisco State University, California in 2009, Master of Science in Kinesiology with focus in Exercise Physiology; and the University of California Berkeley, California in 2007, double Bachelor of Art Degrees in Molecular & Cell Biology – Immunology emphasis & Integrative Biology – Health Sciences focus. Tim is fluent in both English and Vietnamese.
Pamela Olton, MT (ASCP), LAc: San Francisco College of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, 1987; Licensed Acupuncturist in California, 1987; California Licensed Clinical Lab Scientist, 1976. Current positions: Laboratory Manager and Coordinator of the Acupuncture Program, Haight- Ashbury Free Medical Clinic, San Francisco; private practice; Core: Meridian Theory, Acupuncture Technique I-III, Needling Lab, Auricular Acupuncture, clinic supervisor.
Qinyu Wang, PhD, MS, MB/BS, LAc: PhD in Science of Acupuncture and Tuina at Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine in 2004, MS in Science of Acupuncture and Tuina at Anhui University of TCM in 2001, BS in Science of Acupuncture and Tuina at Hunan University of Chinese Medicine in 1995. Previous positions: Researcher in Neurology Department, UCSF Medical School; Researcher in Neurosurgery Department, Medical School of University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston; Associate Professor, Acupuncture and Tuina School of Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine; Resident at the Chinese Medicine Hospital of Yongzhou City, Hunan China. Current position: private practice. Adjunct: TCM Diagnosis II, TCM Gynecology, clinic supervisor.
Jonathan Wheeler, MSTCM, CMT, LAc: American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, 1999; Licensed Acupuncturist in California, 2000; Diplomate in Acupuncture and Chinese Herbology NCCAOM. Current positions: private practice, Wu’s Healing Center, San Francisco, CA. Core: Meridians and Points II and III, Points Review Lab, clinic supervisor.
Carla Wilson, DAOM, PhD, MA, LAc: American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, 2011; Health Education and Community Health Education and Leadership, New College of California, 2004; Licensed Acupuncturist in Hawaii 1987, New York 1993, Florida 1994. Previous positions: Director of Medical and Health Services, Osborne Association, Bronx, NY; Executive Director, Quan Yin Healing Arts Center, San Francisco, CA. Adjunct: Patient Management and Ethics.
Bingzeng Zou, PhD, DC, MB/BS, LAc: PhD in Integrative Orthopedics and Traumatology, China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences, Beijing China, 1994; Doctor of Chiropractic, Life University, Marietta, Georgia, 1999; Bachelor of Medicine in TCM, Guangzhou University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Guangzhou China, 1983. Previous positions: Faculty and TCM physician, Institute of Orthopedics and Traumatology, China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences, Beijing China, 1983-1996; Faculty member 2000-2008, Academic Dean 2003-2008, Southwest Acupuncture College, Albuquerque/Santa Fe, NM. Current positions: ACTCM Academic Dean, faculty practice. Core: TCM Diagnosis I, TCM Internal Medicine I-III, clinic supervisor.