Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine Transitional Doctorate (transitional DACM)
A doctorate degree in Chinese medicine for professionals with master's degrees
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The Transitional Doctorate in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine (transitional DACM) is for graduates from a master's degree program in acupuncture and Chinese medicine or Oriental medicine who would like to enter the doctoral level by advancing their knowledge and skill sets in integrative, collaborative care.
Designed with the working professional in mind, the transitional DACM program offers the opportunity to obtain a first professional doctorate education in a convenient 8-month hybrid format. The degree builds on MSTCM knowledge in systems-based medicine, oncology, orthopedics, and advanced syndrome-based herbal study and deepens into research literacy and evidence-informed practices.
Students complete nearly half of the coursework online and meet at the ACTCM campus for a hands-on application of the remaining material during 6 weekend modules.
Acupuncture is a profession that is intimate and hands-on. The in-person modules are thus a critical component in the program that provides students a forum to observe, practice, engage in conversation, and learn pertinent skills in a supportive and enriching environment. The degree structure also holds true to the ACTCM value of facilitating a space for relationship building among acupuncture professionals. ACTCM believes that the modules help foster a small peer group that’s vital to learning and building a community of thriving professionals.
Health care is rapidly changing. ACTCM recognizes that modern health care calls for acupuncturists to be equipped with the knowledge, communication, and research skills to effectively work with other healthcare professionals. The transitional DACM provides practitioners with a deeper knowledge base so that they can provide the best quality collaborative care essential to treat the whole health of their patient. Read more in our featured story: Advancing the Acupuncture Degree for a New Age in Medicine.
Acupuncturists who are interested in teaching, research, and specialization in women’s health or pain management should learn about our post-graduate degree in the DAOM program.
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.