The Doctor of Acupuncture Medicine (DAcM) provides the didactic and clinical training necessary for eligibility to sit for the national board exam to become a licensed acupuncturist.
Length of Program: 4 years, full time.
Campus: Kenmore, Washington
Kenmore, Washington campus
Students have two entry options for the Doctoral program in Acupuncture Medicine.
4 years (16 quarters)
The program of study will be comprised of 274 quarter credits (3724 clock hours). 198 credits are didactic courses, 48 credits are clinical (1056 hours), and the remainder is laboratory/practical credits.
See how our graduates use their degrees.
Acupuncture is legally recognized in 46 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.
For the latest licensure information, please consult the NCCAOM website.
The Doctorate in Acupuncture Medicine (DAcM) is designed to train acupuncturists to the highest level of competency that this growing field is demanding. This is replacing the previously offered Master of Science in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine program.
The DAcM program is approved and accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). Bastyr’s Master’s programs and curriculum in acupuncture and Oriental medicine are accredited by the Accreditation Commission of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM) - 8941 Aztec Drive, Eden Prairie, MN 55347, phone: (952) 212-2434, acaom.org. ACAOM has placed all Bastyr University ACAOM-accredited programs under a Warning sanction effective February 25, 2017 until February 2018 for non-compliance with Commission Standards / Criteria. The institution retains accredited status during this period.
Bastyr University is submitting a substantive change application to upgrade this programmatic accreditation to the doctoral level by incorporating the 82 competencies required by ACAOM.
The DAcM program also provides the classroom and clinical training necessary for eligibility for the National Commission for the Certification of Acupuncture an Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) board exam, which is the basis for licensing in most states.
The Doctorate in Acupuncture Medicine (DAcM) trains graduates to do the following:
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)
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:
Interested in completing some prerequisite courses online? Learn more about which lower-division courses can be fulfilled through the Alternative Credit Project.
The curriculum for students starting in the Doctor of Acupuncture Medicine program in Fall 2017 is currently being finalized. Please check back for updates.
Becoming an effective practitioner of acupuncture medicine involves close mentoring and instruction by experienced faculty members in a variety of patient-care settings.
The DAcM 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.
You will be prepared for licensure in the 46 states (and District of Columbia) that legally recognize acupuncture.
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: