What is the DACMCP Program? 

The online DACMCP allows a graduate of a master’s level acupuncture program to complete their doctoral-level degree online. The program provides knowledge beyond the professional master’s degree and is considered a post-graduate program in acupuncture and Chinese medicine. Designed in an online format, the DACM Completion Program allows students to complete their coursework while maintaining their practice and creating an environment in which students can immediately apply the knowledge and skills to patient care. The classes are didactic, or based on clinical analysis and mentorship, making online instruction suitable for deepening and extending practitioner knowledge.   


How is the DACMCP Program different than the MSTCM/DACM?

The DACMCP program completes a DACM degree for a master’s level graduate and confers the DACM degree. Building on the master’s degree, required for entry, the courses in the DACMCP degree teach the same doctoral-level competencies earned from an entry-level DACM.


The online DACMCP is designed to meet the following objectives:  

The program is taught in an integral manner, bringing in a variety of resources and paradigms to enhance the prior training of graduates with a master’s degree in acupuncture and Chinese medicine. The online DACMCP focuses on integrative care in the context of the broader health-care field. Integration involves patient-centered care and evidence-informed practice in collaboration with the broad range of health-care providers in a team context.  


The online DACMCP is designed to support prior training in acupuncture and Chinese medicine while bringing in advanced training in systems-based medicine, oncology, and advanced syndrome-based herbal study. The current configuration is designed to meet the goals of the professional doctoral degree for students who already hold a master’s degree in acupuncture and Chinese medicine. New and innovative program-delivery methods are employed. The DACMCP online courses are managed through CIIS’s online learning system, Canvas. 

What are the Admission Requirements for the DACMCP Program?

Graduation from a master’s degree program in acupuncture and Chinese medicine, or a graduate-level certification in Chinese herbology; must accredited from the ACAOM or candidate status programs. At least 90 college semester units (or 135 quarter units) from undergraduate studies. Chemistry is a co-requisite and may be completed at ACTCM (or approved by a previous accredited college). Status of each institution or foreign equivalent will be determined by the Admissions Committee.  

  • In good standing at the last educational institution attended. 
  • ACTCM will not accept nonmatriculated students into the DACMCP program. 


What are the course credit hours and student work for the DACMCP?

Please refer to curriculum page


DACMCP Courses Credits with Student Work Equivalents 

What credits can transfer to the DACMCP Program?

Transfer of Credit  

Transfer credit will only be awarded for coursework at the graduate level that supports the program’s objectives and meets the standards for completion of the program. These credits must come from an accredited institution or its international equivalent.  

All courses submitted for transfer credit will be evaluated by the Admissions Committee for applicability to the curriculum. Applicants must provide course descriptions and syllabi for each course they wish to be considered. 

Transfer credit awarded by the program shall not exceed one-sixth of the total hours of the DACMCP.

Clinical hours/experiences or CEU credits are not accepted as transfer credit. 

What are the Learning and Educational Resources for DACMCP Students?

The Center for Writing and Scholarship (CWS) offers comprehensive writing support for distance learning to assist students in their development as academic writers, scholars, and practitioners, through in-person and online consultations, courses and community workshops, editing services, and access to resources on academic writing, research, and pedagogy. 

Faculty are available to students through Canvas to help with questions regarding online courses. The ACTCM Manager is available by email or phone to answer questions regarding 

Canvas, and to coordinate with faculty depending on the issue being addressed. The Director of Post Graduate Programs works with faculty and students regarding Canvas related issues, in addition to the staff of the Office of Online Learning and the Canvas helpdesk.  

Students, faculty, and staff in the academic programs of ACTCM at CIIS have their library and information resource needs provided by the Laurance S. Rockefeller Library housed at the CIIS Mission Street campus. ACTCM community members have access to world class collections, library services, and instruction, ensuring their ability to maximize their impact in enhancing the knowledge base and clinical skills of Chinese medicine practitioners through scholarly activities, including teaching and research. Students have access to Medline and Alt Healthwatch through the EBSCO portal. This portal provides access to the National Library of Medicine databases as well as extensive free full-text papers. This is an outstanding research resource for students working on case studies and their clinical research.  

The Laurance S. Rockefeller Library collection has strengths in Eastern and comparative philosophy and religion, clinical and somatic psychology, integral health, human sexuality, east-west psychology, and anthropology and social change. The collection provides access to over 175,000 books (25,000 physical books and 150,000 e-books), full-text content from nearly 14,000 journals (including access through databases), over 30 individual database subscriptions, and over 4,500 videos (in both physical media and digital streaming content). Though the Rockefeller Library’s collection development policies have historically focused on content that would support the strengths listed above, the library subscribes to three large, multidisciplinary e-book and journal collections that include a multitude of scholarly resources that directly support research in acupuncture and Chinese medicine, as well as many other subject areas that complement DACM research: ProQuest EBook Central, SAGE Premier, and Springer Journals.  

What Support Services are available for DACMCP Students?

A variety of support services are available at CIIS for all students, whether taking courses “on-campus” or “off-campus.” The Office of Student Affairs produces the Student Handbook; conducts new student orientations (both on campus and online); coordinates information about campus safety, housing, and health and wellness; offers services and support to  international students and students with disabilities; works closely with the Student Alliance and other student groups; offers career development services and community engagement opportunities; administers the annual student satisfaction survey; and plans and conducts the annual commencement ceremony.  

ODI (Office of Diversity and Inclusion) is available for all students. ODI is a collaborative leader and initiator of transformative change at CIIS, working closely with students, staff, and faculty to advance diversity and student success, create an inclusive academic environment, and incorporate the principles of diversity and inclusive excellence into the classroom and curriculum.

ACTCM has a Student Success and Retention Committee (SSRC) that is committed to creating an environment that promotes student success and identifying issues that impact student success and retention, including online students. This includes evaluating student success at the individual, cohort, and class level. If meetings with students are deemed necessary, they may be conducted in-person, by telephone or through a teleconferencing option, such as Zoom or Skype. 

Placement and search opportunities are available through the Career Development Office, an extension of the Office of Student Affairs at CIIS, which works closely with students, alumni, and organizational partners to offer a comprehensive array of services, programs and resources to achieve professional success.

ACTCM offers online students individualized support while planning a course of study and progress through the program. Students may be advised by the ACTCM academic advisor, programs manager, or the director of postgraduate doctoral programs to assist them in progressing through the curriculum in an orderly manner. All advising is conducted in person, by telephone or other teleconferencing method, as necessary. Advisors are notified about interruptions or revisions in the progression of a student’s program to discuss how any changes may affect their overall student experience and career development.  

What is the degree title on my diploma after completing this Program?

Graduates from the DACM Completion Program will receive the title of Doctorate of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine (DACM). 

Do I have to complete my master’s level program before applying for the DACMCP?

Yes, students must graduate from an ACAOM accredited Masters of Acupuncture in Chinese Medicine prior to the beginning of the DACMCP program. 

 Having a masters and acupuncture with herbal certification or a masters in both acupuncture and Chinese medicine is a minimum requirement.  The herb certification can be additional to the masters, but it must be an ACAOM accredited certification. 

How do I know if DACMCP is right for me?

If you are someone looking to enhance your practice through refining your clinical thinking and case management skills, deepen your understanding through the application of traditional literature and modern research; if you are someone looking to advance your career in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine by earning a doctorate degree, we look forward to meeting you in our DACM Completion Program.

Is the DACMCP Program accredited?

Is Financial Aid available of this program?

 Financial aid services are available to all students, including those who are defined as distance or online students. The Financial Aid Department at CIIS is available in person, by email or telephone, to answer questions concerning grants, scholarships, loans, default prevention and counseling, financial planning, financial aid appeals, and scholarships.


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