The DAOM program is a clinical based professional program leading to a Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Program focus and objectives include:
As a result of this structure, students will be expected to engage in comprehensive literature reviews and extensive reading, writing and analysis shared and processed with peers and faculty. Case studies will be analyzed in-depth and will focus on difficult chronic cases. Students will engage in creating diagnosis and treatment strategies that will work in private practices as well as within integrated clinical settings. The over-arching goal is to develop life-long learning and practice skills.
The doctoral program consists of 7 semesters. During Semesters 1-7, students will study and intern on campus clinics four days per month (Friday through Monday). Some months require additional time on campus for comprehensive exams or capstone presentations. The Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (DAOM) includes a total of 42.75 units of coursework and clinic internships across four main domains:
I. Integrative Medicine (9.25 units)
Sample Coursework: Immunology and Oncology, TCM Dermatology, Mental Health, Stroke Recovery
II. TCM Gynecology (10.25 units)
Sample Coursework: Abnormalities of Pregnancy, Gynecologic Oncology, Gynecologic Inflammation and Infections
III. TCM Pain Management (9.5 units)
Sample Coursework: Neurological Disorders, Master Tung’s Point Therapy, Scalp Acupuncture Therapy
IV. Capstone Project and Clinical Externship (13.75 units)
Sample Coursework: Clinical Case Study, Capstone Development and Research, Clinical Externship
Students complete their observation and externship hours in a variety of hospitals, outpatient clinics, and with private practitioners. Students also have the option of completing some of their externship for two to six weeks at Zhejiang Chinese Medical University (ZCMU) in Hangzhou, China.