Kenmore, Washington campus
Students have two entry options for the Doctoral program in Acupuncture:
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.
Licensed acupuncturist (LAc) in private practice, with collaborative patient care with other private practice practitioners, within an integrative clinic or collaborative clinic
For the latest licensure information, please consult the NCCAOM website.
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: http://acaom.org/directory-menu/directory/
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; www.acaom.org
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.
General Chemistry with lab (survey level)
4 quarter credits
General Biology with lab (survey level)
3 quarter credits
*Intermediate Algebra is not college level, and credits will not transfer towards undergraduate degree completion.
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
Natural Sciences and Mathematics
Arts and Humanities
15 quarter credits
70 quarter credits
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)
Want to know which classes fulfill these prerequisites? Check these lists:
Course equivalency guides
General Education Requirements breakdown
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.).
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.
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.
As Bastyr University concludes its 41st year, we reflect on some of the milestones and achievements that have furthered our mission to create a more healthful world for all.