Students in the doctoral programs for Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine study a variety of traditional Chinese medical theories and techniques, acupuncture points and meridians, herbal medicine, and tui na, along with the biomedical subjects of anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, pharmacology, nutrition and more.
The doctoral programs represent an evolution of the entry-level master’s degrees to include skills and knowledge necessary for acupuncturists in today’s team-based medical model, in addition to the foundational courses of Chinese medicine.
As a doctoral student, you can also experience the benefits of Pacific College’s extensive massage curriculum. Doctoral degree students are eligible to enroll in our massage programs, earn a massage license and work in the field while completing their doctoral degree. There are two slightly different acupuncture training programs and associated doctoral degrees in Chicago, one with education in herbology and one without.
The entry-level doctorate in Chinese medicine trains practitioners to function as primary, independent healthcare providers, and most importantly, become integral to the modern healthcare system. Following the vision of an “East meets West” environment, students learn evidence-informed practice, systems-based medicine, and collaborative care, crucial for the practitioner working within today’s team-based medical model.
For previous graduates of master’s level degrees or equivalent, Pacific College has designed an online pathway for PCOM MSAc and MSTOM alumni to upgrade to the doctorate.
Graduates of the Master of Science (Traditional Oriental Medicine) program are eligible for the California state licensure exam, as well as the national certification examinations, which enables students to become licensed in the remaining states that regulate acupuncture and Oriental medicine. Training in herbology and Eastern nutrition opens access to California and New York state licensure as well. Students of this master’s program are also eligible to enroll in Pacific College’s massage programs, allowing them to earn a massage license and work in the field while completing their master’s degree.
Graduates of the Master of Science in Acupuncture program are eligible for the national certification examinations (NCCAOM), allowing students to become licensed in states that regulate acupuncture and Oriental medicine using the NCCAOM exam. As this program does not require herbology, it’s typically slightly shorter than the MSTOM.