Doctorate of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (Post-Graduate)

The vibrancy of a community acupuncture clinic is exhilarating; being able to serve the community while providing other acupuncturist with jobs is great. The number one thing at PCOM is being exposed to a diverse faculty with such a wide breadth of styles, theories, and clinical experience.
Robbie Benhuri, LAc, MSTOM

Doctorate of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (Post-Graduate)

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 post-graduate doctoral programs in San Diego, particularly post-graduate 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 post-graduate 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 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 Post-Graduate Doctorate program 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 post-graduate 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)

Post-graduate 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)

Post-graduate 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 post-graduate 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 post-graduate 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 post-graduate 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 post-graduate 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 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 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.

Federal Consumer Disclosure Information About This Program

​Pacific College of Oriental Medicine is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. The college and all its programs in San Diego are approved by BPPE. The college’s MSTOM, MSAc (CH and NY), and Post-Graduate Doctorate (SD) programs are accredited by ACAOM. For important information on program costs, completion and placement rates, median debt incurred, etc., please see the program disclosure document.

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