Doctorate of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine

PCOM allowed me to grow and express myself creatively. I had attended many different schools in search of my calling, but none held my interest like PCOM. On the first day of school, I distinctly remember the feeling of finding my niche, and it held for all four years. This feeling endured, and upon completing my master’s, I went straight into the doctoral program with only one week between.
Dr. Uchenna Egwuonwu, L.Ac.

Doctorate of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine

You 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: Family Medicine (2 credits each)

  • Mental Health (Semester 1)
  • Geriatrics (Semester 2)
  • Orthopedics (Semester 3)
  • Neurology (Semester 4)
  • Women's Health (Semester 5)
  • Preventive Medicine (Semester 5)
  • Pediatrics (Semester 6)

Doctoral fellows receive an advanced course of study in the following medical concentrations: pediatrics, neurology, mental health, orthopedics, geriatrics, women’s health, and preventative medicine. Each of these areas focuses on the realistic and relevant integration of biomedical diagnosis and treatment with differentiation and treatment from the traditional Oriental medical perspective. While studying biomedical and modern TCM approaches to disease, the student is challenged to consider the ways in which classical Chinese texts are still relevant today.

Track 2: Application of Chinese Classics (1.5 credits each)

  • Nei Jing (Semester 1)
  • Nan Jing (Semester 2)
  • Shang Han Lun (Semester 3)
  • Jin Gui Yao Lue (Semester 4)
  • Wen Bing (Semester 5)

Doctoral fellows compare and contrast classical Chinese medicine with modern treatment techniques, and critically examine both, with the ability to discriminate among various translations of classical texts. Emphasis in on understanding the foundations of the medicine represented by classical texts, and the maturation of those theories into their modern form, so as to achieve original thought regarding the future evolution of Oriental medicine theory.

Track 3: Chinese Medical Chinese Language 1-6 (1.5 credits each)

This track enables the doctoral fellow to understand the basic features of the literary language of Chinese medicine and its relationship to the language of various classical periods and the modern vernacular of China. The aim of this track is to develop a broader intellectual perspective in Chinese medicine through exposure to the philosophical and cultural foundations of the medicine in its source language. Excerpts from source texts of Chinese medicine are translated to expand knowledge base and enhance research abilities to continue self-directed learning and contribute to the profession by way of translation and commentary.

Track 4: Evidence-Based Medicine

  • Clinical Research Methods 1(1.5 credits)
  • Clinical Research Methods 2 (1.5 credits)
  • Clinical Research Methods 3 (1.5 credits)
  • Clinical Research Proposal (1 credit)
  • Clinical Capstone Project 1 (1 credit)
  • Clinical Capstone Project 2 (1 credit)
  • Clinical Capstone Presentation (.5 credit)

This track presents clinical research methodology, design, and biostatistics along with problem-solving methodologies, to expand clinical reasoning and research abilities. Courses enable the doctoral fellows to validate their individual clinical conclusions, as well as the general principles of Chinese medicine, and to complete a clinical capstone project worthy of addition to the profession’s knowledge base.

Track 5: Clinical Training

The Clinical Training track is a comprehensive curriculum that allows doctoral fellows to strengthen the necessary skills used in clinical practice. The track is made up of five components including hands-on training in the Family Medicine Clinic, analysis and collaboration in the Case Review & Mentorship experience, detailed case discussions in the Grand Rounds, supervisory training in the Supervision & Teaching Skills experience, and clinical observation in the Integrative Medicine Practicum. 

The purpose of the doctoral 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.

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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 the U.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? 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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