Doctorate in Acupuncture Medicine

Quick Facts

Location

Kenmore, Washington campus

General Requirements

Students have two entry options for the Doctoral program in Acupuncture Medicine.

  • Bachelor’s degree or a minimum of 135 quarter credits.

  • Minimum GPA of 2.75

  • Grade C or higher in prerequisite courses

Length of Program

4 years (14 quarters)
Students enrolled in the DAcM program will be concurrently enrolled in the MSA or MSAOM program.

Training

The MSAOM and DAcM program of study will be comprised of 248 quarter credits (3572.5 clock hours) including 1290 hours of clinical training.

The MSA and DAcM program of study will be comprised of 194 quarter credits (2791.5 clock hours) including 1026 hours of clinical training.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Career Opportunities

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

 

Licensure

Acupuncture is legally recognized in 47 states and the District of Columbia. Requirements for licensure can vary from state to state, with the majority of states requiring the successful completion of the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) exam. Students interested in licensure in a state other than Washington or California should learn the licensing requirements of that particular state to ensure there are no outstanding academic requirements at the time of graduation. Academic advising is available to help students intending to meet additional state licensing requirements.

Summary

The Doctorate in Acupuncture Medicine (DAcM) is a first professional doctoral program for acupuncturists who wish to gain a high level of skills in advanced diagnostic studies, collaborative and integrative care, and professional development that this growing field is demanding. The program is designed to train acupuncturists to the highest level of competency in an entry level degree.

Accreditation

Bastyr University’s Master of Science in Acupuncture (MSA) and Master of Science in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (MSAOM) degrees are accredited under applicable standards by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM). Accreditation status and notes may be viewed at: http://acaom.org/directory-menu/directory/

ACAOM is the recognized accrediting agency for 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

ACAOM institutional and programmatic accreditation status and notes may be viewed at: http://acaom.org/directory-menu/directory/

The Bastyr University Professional Doctorate (PD) 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. The accredited master's program allows the student to obtain professional license in their dual-enrolled degree.

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • The Doctorate in Acupuncture Medicine (DAcM) 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

Prerequisites

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

Physics

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

Electives

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:

Anatomy

Chinese Language (Mandarin)

Physiology

Chinese History/Culture/Philosophy

Organic Chemistry

Microbiology

Biochemistry

Business

Cellular Biology

Marketing

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.

Curriculum

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

Becoming an effective practitioner of acupuncture medicine involves close mentoring and instruction by experienced faculty members in a variety of patient-care settings, including opportunity to work side by side with students from other program during the last 2 quarters of clinical training.

Consistency and Quality in Training

The DAcM clinical program focus the majority of the students’ 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.

The student will be prepared for licensure in the 47 states* (and District of Columbia) that legally recognize acupuncture. *some states require MSAOM for licensure

Diverse Patient Population

During your clinical training, you will have the opportunity to provide care to a wide range of patients with a variety of medical conditions. Within Bastyr Center, there are several different types of patient care shifts available to students:

  • General acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine

  • Immune wellness care for patients with HIV/AIDS

  • Integrated acupuncture and naturopathic medicine

  • Opportunities to rotate through off-site community care clinics that provide affordable health care to diverse populations, including seniors, low-income and immigrant communities.

Training Hours

  • The student will spend 44 preceptor hours shadowing and observing acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine professionals in their private practices.

  • The student will have a minimum of 1,026 total clinical training hours.

  • The student will have the unique opportunity to study acupuncture and/or Chinese herbal medicine at one of our sister schools in either Shanghai or Chengdu, China, under the leadership of Bastyr faculty. For information about the China externship, see above on this page.

 

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