Admissions Requirements - Post-Graduate Doctorate

Admissions Requirements - Post-Graduate Doctorate

Post-Graduate Doctorate of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine — San Diego

Preference will be given to applicants who demonstrate strong clinical reasoning skills, self-directed learning, and motivation to advance their career in the profession of Oriental medicine through specialization, classical studies, translation, research, and leadership. Individuals with a strong academic and professional background and those who have demonstrated evidence of exceptional potential to make a contribution to the field of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine are encouraged to apply. Pacific College values creativity, scholarship, and an independent spirit in the discovery and application of new knowledge.

The following criteria will be given high importance in evaluating applications:

  • Clear statement of purpose
  • Ability to write and think critically
  • Written and oral proficiency in English
  • Ability to utilize academic, professional and community resources to achieve your learning objectives
  • Computer literacy, familiarity with electronic databases, and access to e-mail and the Internet
  • Ability to function as an independent learner

The following are required for admission to the doctoral program:

  • Evidence of satisfactory completion of a master’s degree or a master’s level program in acupuncture or Oriental medicine from an ACAOM-accredited or candidate institution or international equivalent.
  • A grade point average of 3.0 or better in previous graduate level work
  • Acupuncture license. In some cases, an applicant who is currently scheduled to sit for a license exam will be considered.
  • Currently engaged in a clinical practice (preferred)

All doctoral fellows are required to have vaccine/immunization for Hepatitis B or have a signed declination form. For some practicum sites, evidence of the following must be provided:

  • Annual tuberculosis screening: Mantaux tuberculosis test or if positive, health department guidelines for follow up.
  • Positive titer to rubella and rubeola or vaccination against same or a physician’s statement of disease concerning rubella and rubeola
  • Varicella immunity
  • Immunizations: tetanus
  • CPR /First Aid- Will be required if the area the student is in requires it.
  • Vaccine/immunity hepatitis B or signed declination form.

Special Admissions

The following is the special admission policy for experienced practitioners that have been actively engaged in the profession for at least five years, but have not attained the entry-level doctoral or master’s degree or its equivalent.

  1. Complete an entrance evaluation to establish a foundation of knowledge, skills, and abilities that are appropriate for admission to a clinical doctorate;
  2. Document at least five years of full-time clinical practice in acupuncture or Oriental medicine;
  3. Complete any of the prerequisite courses indicated below that were not completed in previous acupuncture/Oriental medicine training. The following chart indicates graduate level courses that must be completed.

Credit for these courses may be earned through the completion of specified courses, or by demonstrating achievement of the specific course objectives through successful completion of challenge examinations. Please note that the completion of these core courses does not necessarily, and most likely will not, result in the award of a DACM or MSTOM degree or eligibility to sit for the California Acupuncture Licensing Examination (CALE). At this time, only the actual completion of the entire DACM or MSTOM curriculum enables a student to take the CALE and earn Pacific College’s DACM or MSTOM degree.

Course

Semester Units

Course

Semester Units

General Biology

2.5

Acupuncture Channels & Points 1

2.5

Survey of Biochemical Principles

2

Acupuncture Channels & Points 2

2.5

Clinical Counseling 1

2

Acupuncture Channels & Points 3

2.5

Clinical Counseling 2

2

Acupuncture Channels & Points 4

3

 

 

Acupuncture Channels & Points 4 Lab

0.75

Anatomy & Physiology 1

2.5

Acupuncture Channels & Points 5

3

 

 

Acupuncture Channels & Points 5 Lab

0.75

Anatomy & Physiology 1 Lab

1

Treatment of Orthopedic Disorders

2.5

Anatomy & Physiology 2

3

Intro to Clinical Techniques

2.5

Anatomy & Physiology 3

3

Needle Techniques

2.5

Anatomy & Physiology 4

3

Advanced Needle Technique

 

Pathophysiology 1

3

Introduction to Herbology

2

Pathophysiology 2

3

Herbology 1

2

Ortho-Neuro Eval 1

2.5

Herbology 2

2

 

 

Herbology 3

3

Ortho-Neuro Eval 2

2.5

Herbology 4

3

Clinical Science

3

Herbology 5

3

Physical Exam

2.5

Herbology 6

3

Clinical Research Design and Statistics

3

Clinical Herbs & Internal Medicine 1

3

Medical-Legal Report Writing

3

Clinical Herbs & Internal Medicine 2

3

Pharmacology

2.5

Clinical Herbs & Internal Medicine 3

3

CPR

0

Clinical Internship or License

3

Fundamentals of Oriental Medicine 1-4

12

Total Credits:

129

Diagnosis & Treatment of Disease 1-7

21

Total Hours (minimum):

2800

Admissions with Deficiencies

The program may admit applicants with particular educational deficiencies of a limited nature who possess an ACAOM-accredited or candidate degree or entry-level doctoral degree, master’s level diploma or international equivalent provided that such persons complete any course work deficiencies prior to taking DAOM courses for which such course work is a prerequisite.

Non-Matriculated Students

Non-matriculated students may enroll in doctoral level coursework if the student meets all entry requirements and course prerequisites for participation in particular courses. Such students must successfully petition the director of doctoral studies for approval prior to registration.

Non-matriculated students may take the Classics and Chinese language tracks.

Non-matriculated students are not eligible to enroll in clinic.

Application to the post-graduate DAOM degree program is self-managed. Following the submission of the application form, we request that the student obtain an entry-level doctoral and/or master’s transcript and a letter of recommendation, complete the personal statement and case study, and then submit the portfolio to the San Diego campus admissions office. Please include a note if you are aware that some materials will be arriving under separate cover, i.e., transcript or recommendation letter. The admissions office will acknowledge receipt of your admissions portfolio and its status.

Send the following:

  1. A completed Application Request Form.
  2. Non-refundable application fee payable to Pacific College in the amount of $100 (check/money order).
  3. Admissions portfolio. A completed portfolio contains the following:
    1. One recommendation from a professional colleague, supervisor or former teacher.
    2. Official transcript - Obtain official transcripts in sealed, stamped envelopes from all previous colleges and universities you have attended, regardless of whether or not you completed a degree. Send them unopened with your application.
    3. Personal statement - This statement (1 - 2 pages) should encompass your scholarly and professional interests and goals and link them with the academic and research components of Pacific College’s post-graduate doctoral program.
    4. A current resumé that lists the following:
  • Education (both academic and continuing education)
  • Work history (include description of all clinical practice experience)
  • Experience in teaching and/or research
  • Publications and formal conference presentations
  • Membership in professional organizations
  • Honors and awards.
    1. Evidence of licensure.
    2. One passport-size photo
  1. Case Study - Once a completed application and fee are received, the applicant will be sent three case studies. The applicant is required to select one of the cases and submit no more than three typed pages of detailed diagnosis and treatment information in response to the case study selected. This writing sample should represent the level of training and expertise the applicant currently has in the given context.
  2. International students for whom English is a second language must provide evidence of a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) iBT (internet Based Test) of both written and spoken English. All applicants must achieve a TOEFL/iBT score of at least 79-80.