Can a single doctorate program lead to clinical excellence, while doing justice to both the Classical Chinese Medical Tradition, and the modern anatomical principles that can help refine effective treatment?
Our experience says yes.
Classical in Focus
Ambitious in Scope
Modest in Price
A Doctorate in More Than Just Name
May 5, 2015 – the ACCHS DAOM program was approved by the Bureau for Private Post-Secondary Education (http://www.bppe.ca.gov) to begin implementation and operation of its doctorate program.
March 28, 2016 – Approved by ACAOM to implement and operate a DAOM program in the field of acupuncture and Oriental medicine.
January 06, 2017 – The ACCHS DAOM Program has commenced, and the first cohort is full to capacity and in session!
January 10, 2018 – The ACCHS DAOM Program has completed its first year of in-depth teaching in the areas of Chinese Medical Classics and Integrative Orthopedics and Pain Management! How is it going? See what our students have to say below!
DAOM Student Satisfaction – Survey Results:
- How satisfied are you with the educational content of this program? 16/16 indicated Very Satisfied
- How satisfied are you with the Classical Chinese Medicine focus of this program? 15/16 indicated Very Satisfied, 1/16 indicated Somewhat Satisfied
- How satisfied are you with the Integrated Orthopedics and Pain Management focus of this program? 15/16 indicated Very Satisfied, 1/16 indicated Somewhat Satisfied
- How has this program compared to your expectations of a DAOM program? 11/16 indicated Exceeded my Expectations, 5/16 indicated Matched my Expectations
- Do you feel that this program will ultimately make you a better practitioner? 16/16 indicated Definitely
- Which knowledge, skills and abilities do you believe will increase through participation in this program?
- 16/16 – more skills with herbal medicine
- 14/16 – more thorough and informed assessment (both CM and anatomically based)
- 14/16 – more skill with acupuncture
- 12/16 – a better understanding of the Chinese Medical Worldview, through the lens of the Classics
- 11/16 – a better documentation system and habits
- 9/16 – a better communicator and researcher
About the Program
The Academy of Chinese Culture and Health Science’s Doctorate of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACCHS’ DAOM) Program is not accredited or pre-accredited (candidacy) by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM). Graduates of this program are not considered to have graduated from an ACAOM accredited or candidate program and may not rely on ACAOM accreditation or candidacy for professional licensure or other purposes.
This program is eligible for ACAOM accreditation and the Academy of Chinese Culture and Health Sciences is currently in the process of seeking ACAOM candidacy/accreditation for the program. However, the Academy of Chinese Culture and Health Sciences can provide no assurance that candidacy or accreditation will be granted by ACAOM.
For students enrolled in the program before pre-accreditation has been achieved, the following applies:
Students enrolled in this program are not eligible to participate in the Federal grant and loan programs.
In recognition of how this impacts our prospective students, the first class enrolled will enjoy a 30% discount.
Those students who are ACCHS Alumni will receive a 50% discount.
More details below.
The ACCHS Doctorate of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (DAOM) program will provide licensed acupuncturists with opportunities to deepen their studies of Chinese Medicine, increase their clinical competence and confidence, and become leaders in the field of TCM.
Is this program for you?
There are many ways to learn and practice Chinese Medicine, and no program is right for every student. If any of the following sentiments echo your own, then you should consider pursuing your DAOM at ACCHS.
I am ready for the next step of my journey in the study of Chinese Medicine.
I would like to deepen my understanding of Chinese Medicine, by exploring its source texts.
When treating musculoskeletal injuries, I would like to diagnose precisely, treat effectively, and communicate clearly.
I would like the knowledge and skills to work effectively in diverse medical settings.
Cost and travel are important factors in my decision to pursue a doctorate degree.
I am ready to continue my journey in the study of Chinese Medicine – A Master’s degree in TCM provides us with a baseline education and with the tools necessary to practice Chinese Medicine. Yet, no one truly “masters” Chinese Medicine by completing their initial degree. The road continues, and ACCHS’ DAOM program was created for those who wish to follow it.
I would like to deepen my understanding of Chinese Medicine, by exploring its source texts – Strong trees have deep roots. The ability of Chinese Medicine to understand and treat countless manifestations of disease draws on a vast body of accumulated experience. This accumulated knowledge is organized into foundational principles which guide and are in turn validated by the clinical experience. To practice Chinese Medicine is to belong to an ancient tradition. By developing familiarity with the source texts, guided by teachers who have committed themselves to understanding and practicing the medicine at the deepest level, we reconnect with and nourish our own roots.
When treating musculoskeletal injuries, I would like to diagnose precisely, treat effectively, and communicate clearly – Pain is among the most common complaints for which patients seek Chinese Medical intervention, and every acupuncturist would benefit from continuously honing their ability to clearly diagnose and effectively treat pain conditions. A significant portion of the ACCHS DAOM will focus on developing a strong foundation in precisely locating and consistently treating musculoskeletal lesions, in a way that can be communicated clearly to patients and other healthcare practitioners.
I would like the knowledge and skills to work effectively in diverse medical settings – A clinical career in Chinese Medicine can take countless forms, but the vast majority of us will treat musculoskeletal conditions, and will be required to communicate our findings, decisions, and treatments to other parties in the medical landscape. Our graduates will think clearly, treat effectively, and communicate efficiently in order to maximize the patient’s benefit, and minimize the time spent away from clinical work.
Cost and travel are important factors in my decision to pursue a doctorate degree – The ACCHS DAOM will be among the most competitively priced in the nation. The full cost of the program is set at $24,220 for the entire 24-month program, with significant discounts available in the first years of operation. More information will be provided as details become clear.
The ACCHS DAOM program will be offered (pending ACAOM’s approval of ACCHS’ substantive change application) at the Academy of Chinese Culture and Health Sciences (ACCHS) in Oakland, CA. The program will be offered (pending ACAOM’s approval of ACCHS’ substantive change application) in English over a 4-day weekend each month.
Program Focus and Specialization
ACCHS DAOM candidates will specialize in Classical Chinese Medicine, as well as Orthopedics and Pain Management. This dual focus will bolster students’ understanding of the foundational principles of Chinese medicine, greatly increase their proficiency with herbal medicine, and give them the tools to successfully treat and manage pain conditions in today’s integrative healthcare landscape. In addition, the curriculum will be designed to optimally prepare students to thrive in the changing landscape of US healthcare.
ACAOM has approved the implementation and operation of ACCHS’ DAOM program, and ACCHS will begin accepting applications in May 2016. A start date for the program will selected from among September 2016 and January 2017. Catalogs will soon be available in digital or hardcopy format. Please email email@example.com to be notified of developments in our DAOM program.
The ACCHS DAOM weekends will most often fall in the first weekend of each month. The full program calendar will soon be made available (pending ACAOM’s approval of ACCHS’ substantive change application). DAOM candidates will be notified of any exceptions or changes in a timely manner.
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For those who are awaiting news, please check out the excellent continuing education courses that are lined up for 2016. ACCHS continues to bring top-notch educators to the Chinese Medicine community in the Bay Area.
Students will learn from local, national and international senior practitioners who are recognized as authorities in their field.
Program tuition for ACCHS’ 2-year doctorate program $23,220. This is $11,610 per year, or $3,870 per trimester.
Fees throughout the program are approximately $1,000 (bringing the total cost to approximately $24,220).
The above information is subject to change.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions, and to confirm any of the above information.