Frequently Asked Questions About Our Post-Graduate Doctorate
Below are some of the most commonly asked questions by our students. If you are unable to find an answer to your question, please feel free to contact our admission office at 415-401-0464.
The DAOM program is a clinical-based professional program. The DAOM differs from the Master's degree in acupuncture and Oriental medicine in many ways. The DAOM offers:
• Specializations in TCM Gynecology and/or TCM Pain Management;
• Increased interaction and collaboration with Western medicine practitioners;
• Greater depth and breadth in TCM skills and knowledge;
• Greater focus on critical-thinking skills with emphasis on diagnosis, analysis, problem solving and decision-making;
• Case-based, problem-based and evidence-based learning
• Integrating research and research findings into one health care decision-making processes; and
• Collaboration with one's peers in the clinical setting
As a college at CIIS, ACTCM is an institution accredited by WASC. The ACTCM programs is also accredited by ACAOM.
The DAOM degree program at ACTCM at CIIS is fully accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM). ACAOM is the federally recognized accrediting agency for the approval of programs preparing acupuncture and Oriental medicine practitioners. The program is also approved by the California Bureau of Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE).
Program Length: 1,225 hours / 7 semesters
Didactic Hours: 563
Clinical Hours: 662
Specialties: TCM Gynecology & TCM Pain Management
Language of Instruction: All classes are taught in English
Schedule: Modular-based. Once a month for 4 days, Friday through Monday.
Financial Aid: Federal financial aid available to DAOM Students
Location: San Francisco, CA with externship opportunities nationwide and in China.
ACTCM at CIIS offers two specialties: TCM Gynecology and TCM Pain Management. Students may opt for dual specialties without paying extra tuition in the program.
The DAOM program is taught entirely in English. Should a faculty member speak Chinese, a translator will be provided.
The doctoral program is designed for working practitioners. It is modular-based and meets once a month for 4 days from Friday through Monday.
No. The program is designed to accommodate practitioners who will complete the degree while maintaining their practice.
The DAOM program will continue with 2 enrollments annually: Summer and Fall (May and September). All admissions processes will follow CIIS policies. Applications will be completed through the CIIS portal starting January 11, 2016.
1. Graduation from a candidate or accredited program in Oriental Medicine, or the foreign equivalent*.
2. Applicants who do not have a master's degree in acupuncture and Oriental medicine or the foreign equivalent will be given consideration for admittance if they have a minimum of ten (10) years documented experience plus formal college training in acupuncture and Oriental medicine. Such applicants must provide ACTCM with official transcripts. In addition, such applicants may need to take challenge examinations in areas identified by the Admissions Committee.
3. Are in good standing at the last educational institution attended.
4. English competency as demonstrated by passing of the TOEFL with a minimum score of 550 for International students.
*Approval status of each institution of the foreign equivalent will be determined by the Admissions Committee.
No. Students are not required to have a certain number of years of clinical experience before applying the program. This clinically-based, advanced professional program is open to individuals with a master's degree in acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from a candidate or accredited program, or its equivalent.
This clinically-based, advanced professional program is open to individuals with a master's degree in Oriental Medicine or licensed practitioners with at least 10 years of experience. If you have a MAc (training in ‘only' acupuncture), you must demonstrate to the admissions committee that you have had sufficient herbal education to meet the DAOM admission standards. A placement exam in Chinese Herbology will be required for those with a MAc degree.
The Master's degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine provides sufficient Chinese herbal education for entry into the Doctoral program. If you graduated from a master's degree in Acupuncture program and have no formal education in Chinese herbology, you will need to provide documentation of Chinese herbal studies to the Admissions Committee for further evaluation your eligibility.
Yes, international students are eligible to apply. International Students must have graduated from an approved program of acupuncture and Oriental medicine or have a minimum of 10 years documented experience. International students are also required to submit these additional documents:
1) Proof of English competency, met by TOEFL score of at least 550
2) Certification of finances from a financial institution
3) Proof of health insurance applicable in the US
4) Proof of acupuncture license
No, in order to maintain the continuity of the DAOM program and the DAOM cohort, as well as ensure the credibility of the program and meet higher education standards, the clinical doctoral program modules are not open as CEU's for outside practitioners.
Yes, our DAOM students do receive CEU credits for many of the modules as the DAOM is a post-graduate degree.
The DAOM clinical training includes four components: observation, clinic theater, specialty clinics, and a culminating clinical experience.
No, you do not need to have California acupuncture license for the clinical training portion of the DAOM program.
Students begin initial work on their capstone projects in their first year of study and continue throughout the program. The capstone projects are scholarly endeavors and need to demonstrate critical thinking and a synthesis of the skills and knowledge learned during the DAOM program. Students may complete their Capstone Project in one of three areas: a research proposal, clinical case studies, or a translation. Each DAOM student will be assigned a mentor for their independent capstone project classes.
ACTCM at CIIS offers DAOM students the opportunity to participate in study abroad externships, including a two to six externship at five-week internship at Zhejiang Chinese Medical University (ZCMU) in Hangzhou, China. Students are strongly encouraged to complete a minimum of two weeks of externship and all six weeks, if possible. ACTCM covers the tuition costs at ZCMU. Students are responsible for airfare and living costs. DAOM students may also fulfill their externship hours in the United States, however ACTCM must approve each clinical setting. Please discuss the details of your proposed externship study with the DAOM Staff.
For the most up-to-date tuition and fees, please visit our Tuition page. Please note that there will be a 5% increase in tuition yearly (subject for the Board approval).
DAOM students are eligible to receive funds under the Federal Direct Loan program. Please contact ACTCM's Financial Aid Office for more information.
Yes, student loans can be deferred while enrolled in the ACTCM doctoral program. Please contact CIIS' Financial Aid Office for more information.
While there are many things that make our program successful, here's a list of our favorites:
The DAOM student body consists of practitioners from diverse backgrounds. Some practitioners are fairly recent graduates, while others come in with over 20 years experience. Students range in age from late 20's to late 50's, and come to our program from various states throughout the U.S. This mix offers an excellent environment to learn from ones peers as well as from the faculty.
Faculty is essential to the quality of one's education. Our doctoral faculty consists of seasoned practitioners, academics and scholars trained in China and the United States and offers students a wide variety of talents and areas of expertise. Several of our faculty members participate in collaborative clinics, research projects and private practices. In addition, many work in hospitals, community public health clinics and hospital outpatient affiliate clinics. To see a list of our current DAOM faculty, please visit our Faculty page.
ACTCM at CIIS is fortunate to be located in the Potrero Hill district, a residential neighborhood in the heart of San Francisco. With breathtaking views of both the city skyline and the Bay Bridge from its 300-foot high hill, the area attracts an interesting mix of professionals, students and artists. The neighborhood offers restaurants and cafés, health food stores and a variety of shops-all within a block or two of our campus. Potrero Hill's central location provides easy access to places of interest such as Chinatown, Union Square, Golden Gate Park, the Berkeley Botanical Gardens and the new Pacific Rim Center.
Our 20,000 square foot campus consists of two attractive and spacious buildings located just blocks from each other. In order to support the learning process, both facilities are equipped with computers with high-speed internet and Medline access, televisions, DVD players, LCD projectors, audio & video recorders, Xerox machines, printers and campus-wide wireless internet. Our campus also includes student lounges, classrooms, administrative areas, the Shuji Goto Library/Learning Resource Center, student kitchen and lounges, outdoor patios, a Chinese herbal garden and an active Community Clinic that provides more than 21,000 patient treatments each year.
There are few cities as inviting and livable as San Francisco. With a population of about 800,000, San Francisco is one of America's most culturally dynamic cities. From the Golden Gate Bridge, Chinatown and Union Square to the Transamerica Building and Nob Hill's vintage cable cars, the city is one of the world's most recognizable places.
San Francisco combines natural beauty, cultural diversity, leisure and recreational offerings and an ideal climate. San Francisco also boasts the largest Chinatown outside of Asia, providing ACTCM at CIIS students with a degree of access to traditional Chinese medical practitioners, herbal pharmacies and Chinese culture not found elsewhere in the United States.
Yes. We are able to assist out-of-town students with finding temporary housing, as well as information on transportation, entertainment, restaurants, and more. Just contact our Admissions Office, and we'd be happy to help you.
If you have questions, please contact the Admissions Office at (415) 282-7600 x214.