FAQ

What distinguishes the transitional DACM from the DAOM?
What are the Accreditation and Degree Authorizations of the transitional DACM program?
How long is the program?I work and have other commitments. What is the transitional DACM schedule like?
What language is the program taught in? Do I need to know Chinese?
Can I do transitional DACM program part-time?
When is the application deadline? 
What are the requirements for admission to the transitional DACM program?
Do I need to have a certain amount of clinical experience before applying for the transitional DACM program?
Will the NCCAOM diplomate in acupuncture (not in Chinese Herbology) be sufficient enough to apply?
How much Chinese herbal education do I need in order to apply for the DACM program?
Are international students eligible to apply?  What kinds of papers/documents do I need to provide?
Are the transitional DACM modules open to practitioners who are not enrolled in the transitional DACM program? 
Do transitional DACM students receive CEU credits by attending classes in the transitional DACM program?
What are the details of the Clinical Training portion of the program?
Do I need to have California license in order to do the clinical training in California?
Is there a study abroad component to the transitional DACM program? 
How much is the tuition for the transitional DACM program?
Is financial aid available for transitional DACM students?
Can I defer my current financial aid/loans while I attend the transitional DACM program?
What makes ACTCM at CIIS’s transitional DACM program unique?
What is the student body like?
Who are the faculty in the transitional DACM program?
What is the ACTCM at CIIS campus like?
I’m from out of town. What’s San Francisco like?
Do you offer any assistance to transitional DACM students coming in from out of town?
Who do I contact for more information about the transitional DACM program?

What distinguishes the transitional DACM from the DAOM?

Both the transitional DACM and DAOM are post graduate doctoral programs, which means you must have completed a master’s degree in Acupuncture and Oriental/Chinese Medicine to be eligible to apply for admissions.

What are the Accreditation and Degree Authorizations of the transitional DACM program?

As a college at CIIS, ACTCM is accredited by WSCUC. The MSTCM, DACM and DAOM programs are also accredited by ACAOM in addition to WSCUC.  Being that the transitional DACM fills a curriculum gap between two accredited programs, ACAOM has determined that accreditation for the transitional DACM program is not required. The transitional DACM program is accredited by WSCUC.

How long is the program? I work and have other commitments. What is the transitional DACM schedule like?

What language is the program taught in? Do I need to know Chinese?

The transitional DACM program is taught entirely in English.  

Can I do transitional DACM program part-time?

Yes. The program is designed to accommodate students and practitioners who will complete the degree while maintaining their practice or work toward licensure.  We have an academic advisor to assist you in mapping out your program of study. You have 2 years to complete the program once started.

When is the application deadline? 

The transitional DACM program has 2 enrollments annually: Spring and Fall (January and September). All admissions processes follow CIIS policies and all applications are completed through the CIIS portal.

What are the requirements for admission to the transitional DACM program?

  1. Graduation from a Master’s degree program in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine or Oriental Medicine accredited by (or in candidate status with) the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, or the foreign equivalent, with at least 90 college semester units (or 135 quarter units) from undergraduate studies and the proof of completionof general biology, general chemistry and general psychology courses. Status of each institution or foreign equivalent will be determined by the Admissions Committee.
  2. In good standing at the last educational institution attended.
  3. ACTCM will not accept non-matriculated students into the transitional DACM program.

*Approval status of each institution of the foreign equivalent will be determined by the Admissions Committee.

Do I need to have a certain amount of clinical experience before applying for the transitional DACM program?

No. Students are not required to have a certain number of years of clinical experience before applying the program. This advanced professional program is open to individuals with a master’s degree in acupuncture and Oriental/Chinese Medicine from a candidate or accredited program, or its equivalent.

Will the NCCAOM diplomate in acupuncture (not in Chinese Herbology) be sufficient enough to apply?

No, you need sufficient knowledge and didactic curriculum hours in both acupuncture and Chinese herbology in order to attend this program.  The sufficient didactic hours in acupuncture and Chinese herbology needs to meet with NCCAOM licensure requirement.

How much Chinese herbal education do I need in order to apply for the DACM program?

The Master’s degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine provides sufficient Chinese herbal education for entry into the Doctoral program. If you graduated from a master’s degree in Acupuncture program and have no formal education in Chinese herbology, you will need to provide transcripts of Chinese herbal studies equivalent to meet NCCAOM licensure requirement.

Are international students eligible to apply?  What kinds of papers/documents do I need to provide?

Due to the format of the curriculum and duration of the degree program, the College cannot issue I-20 to sponsor for a student visa, however, if international students are during valid OPT time, may want to consider to join this program for 8 months.  Contact admissions office for more clarification.

Are the transitional DACM modules open to practitioners who are not enrolled in the transitional DACM program? 

No, in order to maintain the integrity of the transitional DACM program and the transitional DACM cohort, as well as ensure the credibility of the program and meet higher education standards, the clinical doctoral program modules are not open as CEU’s for outside practitioners.

Do transitional DACM students receive CEU credits by attending classes in the transitional DACM program?

Yes. Transitional DACM students who are also licensed acupuncturists are eligible to receive CEU credits for many of the modules, as the transitional DACM is a post-graduate degree.

What are the details of the Clinical Training portion of the program?

There is no clinical training; nor specialization; nor capstone project required for this program.

Do I need to have California license in order to do the clinical training in California?

No, you do not need to have a California acupuncture license to take classes in the transitional DACM program.

Is there a study abroad component to the transitional DACM program? 

ACTCM at CIIS offers transitional DACM students the opportunity to participate in study abroad while keeping an active student status; however, it is optional, and no clinical training hours will be documented in student records.

How much is the tuition for the transitional DACM program?

For the most up-to-date tuition and fees, please visit our Tuition page. Please note that there will be a 5% increase in tuition yearly (subject for the Board approval).

Is financial aid available for transitional DACM students?

Transitional DACM students are eligible to receive funds under the Federal Direct Loan program.  Please contact ACTCM at CIIS’s Financial Aid Office for more information.

Can I defer my current financial aid/loans while I attend the transitional DACM program?

Yes, student loans can be deferred while enrolled in the ACTCM at CIIS doctoral program. Please contact ACTCM at CIIS’s Financial Aid Office for more information.

What makes ACTCM at CIIS’s transitional DACM program unique?

While there are many qualities that make our program successful, here’s a list of our favorites:

Integral Training

Integrative, patient-centered care is at the forefront of an education from ACTCM. We understand the importance of using an evidence informed practice in collaboration with the broad range of healthcare providers in a team context.

With this in mind, the transitional DACM is taught in an integral manner, bringing in a variety of resources and paradigms to enhance the prior training of graduates with the MSTCM (or MSTOM) degree.

Diverse Perspectives

The transitional DACM respects diversity and compassionate care by emphasizing the principles of harmony and balance. Drawing on theories associated with yin and yang (陰陽) and the wu xing (five phases, 五行), and other philosophical and religious traditions throughout South and East Asia, ACTCM holds the importance of complexity and difference.

Always keeping the goal of balance in mind, the transitional DACM faculty promotes these and other key teachings found in a variety of cultural and religious contexts.

Hybrid Format

The program makes use of new and innovative teaching methods by combining online and modular in-person lessons to create a dynamic, hybrid curriculum. The online component will employ CIIS’ Canvas program, while the weekend modules will be conducted at ACTCM campus in San Francisco’s Potrero Hill neighborhood.

A History of Exemplary Education

Students receive the highest standards of instruction in a scholarly academic environment that has one of the strongest records and reputations in the country of producing knowledgeable healers and leaders at the forefront of acupuncture.

Peer and Alumni Community

Our students and alums continue to explore and introduce new therapies and integrative care experiences, found new health and holistic organizations, and bring the benefits of TCM into new areas of health care and places around the world.

What is the student body like?

The transitional DACM student body consists of MSTC and OM graduates and practitioners from diverse backgrounds. Some students are fairly recent graduates, while others are practitioners with over 20 years’ experience. Students range in age from late 20’s to late 50’s, and come to our program from various states throughout the U.S. This mix offers an excellent environment to learn from peers as well as from the faculty.

Who are the faculty in the transitional DACM program?

Faculty is essential to the quality of one’s education. Our doctoral faculty consists of seasoned practitioners, academics and scholars trained in China and the United States and offers students a wide variety of talents and areas of expertise. Several of our faculty members participate in collaborative clinics, research projects and private practices. In addition, many work in hospitals, community public health clinics and hospital outpatient affiliate clinics. To see a list of our current transitional DACM faculty, please visit our Faculty page.

What is the ACTCM at CIIS campus like?

ACTCM at CIIS is fortunate to be located in the Potrero Hill district, a residential neighborhood in the heart of San Francisco. With breathtaking views of both the city skyline and the Bay Bridge from its 300-foot high hill, the area attracts an interesting mix of professionals, students and artists. The neighborhood offers restaurants and cafés, health food stores and a variety of shops—all within a block or two of our campus. Potrero Hill’s central location provides easy access to places of interest such as Chinatown, Union Square, Golden Gate Park, the Berkeley Botanical Gardens and the new Pacific Rim Center.

Our20,000 square foot spacious campus is equipped with computers with high-speed internet and Medline access, DVD players, LCD projectors, audio & video recorders, copier machines, printers and campus-wide wireless internet. Our campus also includes student lounges, classrooms, administrative areas, a Community Resource Center, kitchen and lounges, outdoor patios, a Chinese herbal garden and an active Community Clinic that provides more than 21,000 patient treatments each year.

I’m from out of town. What’s San Francisco like?

There are few cities as inviting and livable as San Francisco. With a population of about 800,000, San Francisco is one of America’s most culturally dynamic cities. From the Golden Gate Bridge, Chinatown and Union Square to the Transamerica Building and Nob Hill’s vintage cable cars, the city is one of the world’s most recognizable places. San Francisco combines natural beauty, cultural diversity, leisure and recreational offerings and an ideal climate. San Francisco also boasts the largest Chinatown outside of Asia, providing ACTCM at CIIS students with a degree of access to traditional Chinese medical practitioners, herbal pharmacies and Chinese culture not found elsewhere in the United States.

Do you offer any assistance to transitional DACM students coming in from out of town?

Yes. We are able to assist out-of-town students with finding temporary housing, as well as information on transportation, entertainment, restaurants, and more. Just contact our Admissions office, and we’d be happy to help you.

Who do I contact for more information about the transitional DACM program?

If you have questions, please contact the Admissions Office actcmadmissions@ciis.edu.

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