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Transitional Doctorate in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine

The Transitional Doctorate in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine (DACMt) is intended for ACTCM graduates who have completed a first professional masters degree at ACTCM at CIIS (Master of science in traditional Chinese medicine, MSTCM) and wish to enroll in a program leading to a first professional doctorate. Graduates of the MSTCM program also have had the option of completing an advanced clinical doctorate in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (DAOM). The DAOM program provides advanced training in women's health and pain management, as well as the opportunity to develop a capstone thesis in an area of interest, but does not provide the same competencies as the first professional doctorate (DACM).

The DACMt degree provides additional knowledge beyond the first professional masters degree (MSTCM).  Designed with a 43% on-line component, the DACMt allows practitioners who have graduated and are in the field practicing complete part of their program at home. The remaining curriculum is delivered in a convenient modular format, allowing students to complete their coursework while maintaining their practice or employment outside CIIS.

View the DACMt Fact Sheet.

Program at a Glance

  • Degree Title: Transitional Doctorate of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine (DACMt)
  • Degree Focus: A first professional doctorate that incorporates advanced training in research literacy and integrative, patient-centered care.
  • Length of program: 1 year; 21 units for DACMt program. Designed to build on the knowledge and skills in the MSTCM (176 units of master's program).
  • Format: Online and weekend module.

The DACMt is designed to meet the following objectives:

1. The program is designed to be taught in an integral manner, bringing in a variety of resources and paradigms to enhance the prior training of graduates with the MSTCM degree. The DACMt focuses on integrative care in the context of the broader healthcare field. Integration involves patient centered care and evidence informed practice in collaboration with the broad range of healthcare providers in a team context.

2. The DACMt is designed to support prior training in acupuncture and Chinese medicine while bringing in advanced training in systems-based medicine, oncology, orthopedics, and advanced syndrome-based herbal study. The current configuration is designed to meet the goals of the first professional doctoral degree for students who are interested in the knowledge and skills in the DACM and already hold a MSTCM degree.

3. The DACMt continues the history of respect for diversity, compassionate care and an emphasis on harmony and balance. These are core values of both CIIS and ACTCM at CIIS. Harmony and balance are enshrined in philosophical and religious traditions throughout south and east Asia and represent key teachings in a variety cultural and religious contexts. This includes Chinese medicine, as enshrined in theory associated with yin and yang (陰陽) and the wu xing (five phases, 五行).

4. New and innovative program delivery methods will be employed, including online, hybrid and modular curriculum. Currently the DAOM degree program is modular in format. The same process for scheduling and managing DAOM modules will be used to manage DACMt modules. It is anticipated that the DACMt online courses will be managed through CIIS's online learning system Canvas. 

Life at ACTCM

The American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine has 200 students and a small, intimate campus. Students enjoy a low faculty to student ratio, small classes, and close connections with each other and alumni.

ACTCM's campus is located in two sites on San Francisco's Potrero Hill neighborhood. Potrero Hill is close to downtown and a picturesque part of the city that is easy to commute to. San Francisco is a dynamic city that is a cultural, culinary, and financial center with a diverse population. Students enjoy great concerts, nightlife, beaches, nearby forests, and great weather!

The city's diversity is also reflected in the populations of patients at our clinics, giving students a broad clinical experience. Our onsite teaching clinic is open to the public. Student practitioners partner with faculty advisers and receive hands-on experience.

Many of our students tell us that they feel very at home at ACTCM, and our alumni often have bonds with each other that last long past graduation.

If you would like to visit us to see if ACTCM is right for you, please call our admissions department at 415-401-0464.

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