Transitional Doctorate in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine (tDACM)

Transitional Doctorate in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine (DACMt)

A Doctorate Addressing Today’s Health Care  

The transitional Doctorate in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine (tDACM) is for graduates from a master’s degree program in acupuncture and Chinese medicine or Oriental medicine who would like to enter the doctoral level by advancing their knowledge and skill sets in integrative, collaborative care.

Designed with the working professional in mind, the transitional DACM program offers the opportunity to obtain a first professional doctorate education in a convenient 8-month hybrid format. Students complete nearly half of the coursework online and meet at the ACTCM campus for a hands-on application of the remaining material during 6 weekend modules.

The degree builds on MSTCM knowledge in systems-based medicine, oncology, orthopedics, and advanced syndrome-based herbal study and deepens into research literacy and evidence-informed practices.

Why Advance to a First Professional Doctorate?

Health care is rapidly changing. We recognize that modern health care calls for acupuncturists to be equipped with the knowledge, communication, and research skills to effectively work with other healthcare professionals which is why the transitional DACM focuses on creating a deeper knowledge base by advancing practitioner skill sets in integrative, collaborative care.

The transitional DACM provides practitioners with a deeper knowledge base so that they can provide the best quality collaborative care essential to treat the whole health of their patient.  Read more in our featured story: Advancing the Acupuncture Degree for a New Age in Medicine.


Chelsea Mao, ACTCM “ACTCM is actually my preferred choice of alumni because of the maturity and professionalism of the graduates.”

Chelsea Mao, Manager of Integrative Health and Wellness at Chinese Hospital in San Francisco


Acupuncturists interested in teaching, research, and specialization in women’s health or pain management can learn about our post-graduate degree in the DAOM program.

The Importance of DACM In-Person Education

Acupuncture is a profession that is intimate and hands-on. The in-person modules are a critical component in the program that provides students a forum to observe, practice, engage in conversation, and learn pertinent skills in a supportive and enriching environment.

The degree structure also holds true to the ACTCM value of facilitating a space for relationship building among acupuncture professionals. ACTCM believes that the modules help foster a small peer group that’s vital to learning and building a community of thriving professionals.

Click to watch the video below and meet our alumni, Dr. Carla Cassler (L.Ac, DAOM ’11), founder of the Bay Area Veteran’s Acupuncture Clinic and a board member of Acupuncturists Without Borders. Hear her story and learn more about the programs at ACTCM.

View our degree comparison chart to further understand the differences between programs and watch our latest online info session about the Transitional DACM.

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