Doctor of Acupuncture Completion Track

Quick Facts

Program Start Date

Coming Fall 2021


Kenmore, Washington campus

General Requirements

  • GPA 3.0
  • Master’s degree from an ACAOM accredited or pre-accredited program

Length of Program

1 year (2 quarters): Fall 2020 Start


The DAc completion track is a 28.5 credit/407 clock hour program.

For Bastry University graduates from 2015 to 2019, the completion track will be 33.5 credits/478.5 clock hour.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Career Opportunities

  • Licensed acupuncturist (LAc) in private practice, with collaborative patient care with other private practice practitioners, within an integrative clinic or collaborative clinic



The Doctorate in Acupuncture Completion Track is designed for those who have previously graduated from an ACAOM accredited master’s program and want to obtain a high skill level in advanced diagnostic studies, collaborative and integrative care, and professional development.


Bastyr University’s master’s-level program in acupuncture (MSA), master’s-level program in Oriental medicine (MSAOM), and advanced practice doctoral (DAOM) program are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM). Institution/program accreditation history, notes, and dates of review may be viewed at:

The Bastyr University professional doctoral (DAc) program, approved to begin enrolling students, is not yet accredited or pre-accredited by ACAOM. Graduates of this program are not considered to have graduated from an ACAOM-accredited or pre-accredited program and may not rely on ACAOM accreditation or pre-accreditation for professional licensure or other purposes.

This program is eligible for ACAOM accreditation, and Bastyr is currently in the process of seeking ACAOM pre-accreditation/accreditation for the program. However, the University can provide no assurance that pre-accreditation or accreditation will be granted by ACAOM.

ACAOM is recognized by the United States Department of Education as the specialized accreditation agency for institutions/programs preparing acupuncture and Oriental medicine practitioners. ACAOM is located at 8941 Aztec Drive, Eden Prairie, Minnesota 55347; phone 952/212-2434; fax 952/657-7068;

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • The Doctorate in Acupuncture (DAc) trains graduates to do the following:
    • Safe and effective in the care of patients by demonstrating in-depth ability in the following areas:
    • Knowledge of traditional Chinese medicine diagnostic strategies and their application to individual cases;
    • Skilled in traditional methods of assessing patients, including interviewing, palpation and observation;
    • Competence in selecting the appropriate treatment modalities and plans for a patient utilizing acupuncture, tui na, Chinese herbs (relevant to MSAOM), lifestyle and dietary counseling, and other modalities within the scope of practice;
    • Skilled in the application of acupuncture techniques in an appropriate and safe fashion for each patient;
    • Physical examination, orthopedic and neurological assessment and pain management; and
    • Able to incorporate findings from imaging, laboratory and diagnostic studies in patient care;
  • Critical thinking using cognitive skills to increase the probability of desirable patient outcomes and development of professional judgment
  • Able to integrate Eastern and Western paradigms of medicine for the purposes of informing the practice of traditional Chinese medicine, communicating with other healthcare professionals and patients, and making appropriate medical referrals when necessary;
  • Professional in their approach to setting up and maintaining a private practice, collaborating with other healthcare professionals, working in an integrated healthcare setting and providing leadership in the Acupuncture and East Asian Medicine field;
  • Capable of accessing research information, critically assessing the value of published clinical research in the field;
  • Able to provide health promotion and disease prevention measures based on traditional Chinese medicine theory (such as tai chi, qigong, and therapeutic nutrition) to support the well-being of their patients and themselves;
  • Qualified to pass national and state acupuncture and/or herbal exams.
  • Able to assess personal professional strengths and weaknesses, and implement a professional development plan


All entering students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 to be considered for admission. A grade of C or better is also required in all prerequisite coursework.

Students may apply to the program while completing prerequisite coursework but must have a plan for completing prerequisites before the start of the program in the fall.

Courses Required for all Students:

General Chemistry with lab (survey level)

4 quarter credits

General Biology with lab (survey level)

4 quarter credits


3 quarter credits

General Psychology

3 quarter credits

Intermediate Algebra*

1 course

*Intermediate Algebra is not college level, and credits will not transfer towards undergraduate degree completion.

Undergraduate Entry Option

In addition to the detailed prerequisites listed above, applicants who plan to start the program without an awarded bachelor’s degree must also complete the following General Education Requirements:

English Literature and Composition

9 quarter credits

Speech Communication or Public Speaking

3 quarter credits

Natural Sciences and Mathematics

9 quarter credits

Arts and Humanities

15 quarter credits

Social Sciences

15 quarter credits


70 quarter credits

Recommended Elective Courses

For students entering the program without a bachelor's degree, the following are strongly recommended courses to take while completing your general education requirements:


Chinese Language (Mandarin)


Chinese History/Culture/Philosophy

Organic Chemistry




Cellular Biology


Want to know which classes fulfill these prerequisites? Check these lists:

Interested in completing some prerequisite courses online? Learn more about which lower-division courses can be fulfilled through the Alternative Credit Project.



The curriculum table lists the tentative schedule of courses each quarter. Next to each course are the number of credits per course (Crdt.), the lecture hours each week (Lec.).

Clinical Training

In this DAc-completion track program, students work side by side with students from other disciplines with close mentoring and instruction by experienced faculty members in a variety of patient-care settings.

Consistency and Quality in Training

The DAc clinical program focus the majority of your clinic shifts in the University's Seattle teaching clinic, Bastyr Center for Natural Health.

Bastyr's Acupuncture and Oriental medicine program is science-based, led by highly qualified and experienced faculty, many of whom have been in practice more than 20 years in the United States and China.



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