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Doctorate in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (San Diego, California)


Doctorate of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (DAOM)

Why should i join the Doctoral Program?


DAOMAcuToday06 14 thumbYou know each patient needs something different. Strengthening your skill-set and enhancing your traditional Chinese medicine training in our program will help you deliver the right treatment to each person that walks through your door. You've always been a healer--continue on your journey as one with us. 

If you've been looking for doctoral programs in San Diego, particularly acupuncture doctoral programs, then your search ends here at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine.

The purpose of the doctor of Oriental medicine and acupuncture education program is to foster self-directed learning and critical thinking skills within the framework of traditional Chinese medicine to where it becomes a defining characteristic of the graduate's professionalism. It further strives to broaden and deepen the practitioner's knowledge and skills in patient care. Since the doctorate is not required for licensure, this program provides advanced education, cultivating students into leaders of the profession. Graduates use the doctorate to enhance their careers as experts in the field as they contribute to the advancement of the medicine.

To accomplish this and its specific educational objectives, Pacific College has assembled an expert faculty to present an inspiring curriculum based on the integration of biomedicine with the modern and classical application of Chinese medicine. These topics are supported by Chinese medical language studies, research, and advanced clinical training.

The Doctorate of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (DAOM) offers a six- semester, 1,257.5 hour, 63.5 credit program of study. It is composed of a series of courses in five tracks in which each doctoral fellow completes 42.5 units of didactic coursework and 21 units of clinical courses. The five tracks are:

Track 1
Track 2
Track 3
Track 4

Track 5

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How can I find out more about this career?
For more information about a career in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine, please visit theU.S. Department of Labor’s O*NET website. The Standard Occupational Code (SOC) for the career is 29-1199.01 (Acupuncturists) and the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP)code for this program is 51.3301 (Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine).

What is the total cost of the DAOM degree program?
The total current tuition and fees for a student completing the program in normal time is $28,544 and the total additional cost for books and supplies is $2,334.

What percentage of graduates complete the program in the normal time frame as published in the catalog? And, how much student loan debt does a typical graduate have to repay after graduation?
Eleven students completed the DAOM program between July 1, 2012 and June 30, 2013. DAOM students have 4 years to complete all coursework and the Capstone project required for graduation. 64% did so within the 4 year period (on time), 18% required an extension of one term to complete, and 18% required 2 or more additional terms. This program does not currently qualify for Title IV loans, and students pursue funding privately.

  • On-time completion rate
  • Median debt amounts (Title IV debt, private educational loan debt, and debt from institutional financing)

What percentage of graduates found employment related to their field of study?
100% of Doctoral students are in the field upon entry to the program.


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