Students in the doctoral programs for acupuncture and Chinese or Oriental medicine study a variety of traditional Chinese medical theory 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 students are eligible to enroll in our massage programs, earn a massage license, and work in the field while completing their degrees.
Pacific College of Oriental Medicine’s Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine (DACM) degree focuses on integrative “East meets West” aspects of the medicine. Learn and apply Chinese medicine with a firm foundation in biomedicine. This historic achievement places our graduates among the ranks of other healthcare providers at the doctoral level: medical doctors, chiropractors, doctors of physical therapy, doctors of nursing practice, and others. The entry-level doctorate in Chinese medicine trains practitioners to function as primary, independent healthcare providers, and most importantly, become integral to modern healthcare system.
The purpose of the post-graduate doctor of Oriental medicine and acupuncture education program is to foster self-directed learning and critical-thinking skills within the framework of a traditional Chinese medicine school, to the point at which they become defining characteristics of the graduate's professionalism.
This program further strives to broaden and deepen the practitioner's knowledge and skills in patient care. Since a doctorate is not required for licensure, this program provides advanced education, cultivating students into leaders of the profession. Graduates use the post-graduate doctorate to enhance their careers as experts in the field as they contribute to the advancement of medicine.
Pacific College has designed an online pathway for PCOM MSAc and MSTOM alumni to upgrade to the entry-level Doctor of Acupuncture (DAc) or Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine (DACM). PCOM master’s alumni, in large part, already meet the requirements for a doctorate, but do need some additional training to establish equivalency to the entry-level doctorate. The entry-level doctorate adds evidence-informed practice, advanced integrative diagnosis, inter-professional communication, practice-based learning, and healthcare systems training to the previous master’s level training. These are important skills and knowledge for acupuncturists to possess in today’s team-based medical model.
Graduates of the Master of Science (Traditional Oriental Medicine) program are eligible for the California state licensure exams, as well as the national certification examinations, which enables students to become licensed in the remaining states that regulate acupuncture colleges and Oriental medicine schools. Training in herbology and Eastern nutrition opens access to New York and Illinois 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.