Doctor of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine

Doctor of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine

Quick Facts

Location

Kenmore Campus

General Requirements

  • A Master’s degree (or its equivalent) from an ACAOM-candidate or ACAOM-accredited school of acupuncture
  • Minimum GPA of 2.75 from your Master’s degree for admission
  • Licensed in their home state or in Washington State.
  • U.S. citizenship or permanent resident status.

Length of Program

2 years (8 quarters), one intensive weekend (Friday-Monday) per month
 

Training

1,223.5 hours of didactic and clinical work. Over 50% of the program is clinical.
 

Tuition and Financial Aid

Career Opportunities

  • Licensed acupuncturist (LAc) in private practice or within an integrative clinic
  • Specialist in Pain Management or Sports Medicine
  • Expert author/writer on TCM topics
  • A teaching position in a school providing AOM programs
  • Acupuncture Medicine research

See how our graduates use their degrees.

Where is Acupuncture Licensed?

Acupuncture is legally recognized in 47 states plus the District of Columbia.

Summary

Bridging Eastern and Western healing traditions, Bastyr University offers a regionally and professionally accredited Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (DAOM) program, with a special focus on advanced pain management.

Deepen Your Clinical Practice

The DAOM prepares acupuncturists to deliver specialized pain management in integrative care settings. This post-graduate, clinical doctorate program is open to graduates of an accredited master’s degree in Chinese medicine (or its equivalent). Students deepen their understanding of Chinese medical classics and apply theories and treatment principles to clinical practice. Drawing on both traditional Chinese medicine and biomedical concepts, students gain profound skills to assist patients with chronic pain to improve their quality of life.

Program Features 

  • Convenient weekend format. With more than 650 hours of clinical education, this non-residential DAOM program is delivered in a weekend intensive format that allows students the option to live and work elsewhere while completing the two-year degree. Classes take place in Seattle once a month over four days (Friday-Monday).
  • World-class instruction. Bastyr’s expert acupuncture and East Asian medicine faculty delivers high-quality instruction in small class sizes. Their knowledge and experience, along with guest faculty from all over the world, deeply enrich student learning.
  • A clinical doctorate program. Bastyr’s DAOM students develop advanced clinical skills by combining theory and practice in hands-on internships, clinical theater, case discussions, preceptorships and a capstone research project. They also have the opportunity to participate in the China externship at the end of their studies. [ß link]
  • Emphasis on advanced pain management. The DAOM program is dedicated to developing the knowledge and skills of qualified practitioners in the specialty of advanced pain management. Students experience rigorous training in traditional Chinese medicine and biomedical concepts in an integrative model of care delivery. Areas of study include advanced Chinese medical classics, research literacy and specialty training in the management of chronic pain. 
  • A diverse student body. Bastyr students draw from all across the United States and 28 other countries.

Accreditation

The postgraduate doctoral program (DAOM) of Bastyr University is 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

 

Prerequisites

Minimum prerequisite for the Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (DAOM) degree is a master's degree (or its equivalent) in acupuncture or acupuncture and Oriental medicine from an ACAOM-candidate or -accredited program. Applicants must also be licensed in their home state or in Washington state and be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.

The minimum cumulative GPA for required courses is 2.75. 

 

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.), the lab/clinic hours each week (L/C) and the total contact hours for the course over the entire quarter (Tot). This table reflects a full-time course of study. A part-time option is also available.

Course descriptions are available in the Course Catalog.

Educational Objectives

Graduates of the clinical DAOM program’s clinical doctorate will have the skills to:

  1. Develop an advanced TCM diagnosis and treatment plan including all applicable modalities within the scope of practice, commensurate with the status of patients’ health
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of fundamental, advanced pain treatment protocols in order to inform TCM care
  3. Discuss treatment planning issues as part of an integrated medical team
  4. Demonstrate an ability to participate as part of a clinical supervisory team educating master’s students in acupuncture and TCM 
  5. Conduct research demonstrating and refining skills in study design and comprehension

Program of Study

Bastyr University’s Doctorate of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine program uses a weekend-intensive format that gives students the option of living and working elsewhere while completing the degree.  Classes and a portion of the clinical training take place over one 4-day weekend (Friday-Monday) per month for two years.  The program offers specialty training in advanced pain management using various acupuncture modalities including Chinese herbology. 

The program can be divided into following areas:​​

1. Medical Classics including relevant selections from:

Huang Di Nei Jing
Shang Han Lun
Jin Gui Yao Lue
Wen Bing Xue
These courses allow students to deepen their understanding of Chinese medical classics, and to apply theories, treatment principles and techniques to the clinical relief of pain.

2. Advanced clinical skills:

Clinical diagnosis – Physical exam
Clinical diagnosis—Orthopedic/Neurological assessment
Clinical diagnosis – Imaging
Clinical diagnosis – Laboratory

3. Research:

Biostatistics
Research methods
Applied Research Skills
Case Discussions
Recent Research Survey
Capstone independent study
Capstone presentation

4. Specialty Modules in Advanced pain management

Master Tung’s Points
Lasers & Advanced electro-acupuncture
Sports/joint/muscle injury
Scalp acupuncture
Japanese techniques
Advanced Tui-na
Thai Massage
Structural Integration
Oncology and Auto-immune
Balance Method
Microsystems
Medical Qi Gong for Pain

5. Specialty Training

Neurobiology of Pain
Pharmacology of Pain Management
Trigger and Motor Points

6. Special Topics

Pediatrics and Gerontology
Urological, Gynecological, Digestive and Vascular Systems
Psycho/emotional Aspects of Pain
Arthritis & Rheumatology
Nutrition, Herbs and Supplements
Chinese Herbs for External Application
Exercise Physiology           

7. Clinical training:

Supervision in Master’s Degree Clinics
Internship Specialty Clinic at BCNH
Clinical theater
Case discussions
Grand Rounds at Harborview Hospital with UW Resident MDs
Preceptorship
China externship 

 

Credit-clock hour conversion

Didactic classes—11 clock hours = 1 Credit
ONL- Online (Moodle Forum)—11 hours = 1 Credit
HYB- Hybrid (Moodle Course)—11 hours = 1 Credit
Clinic/Lab sections—22 clock hours = 1 Credit
1 clock hour = 50 min. of instruction + 10 min. break.

Evaluation of didactic competency achievement is conducted on-line via Bastyr’s Moodle system. This is estimated to be accomplished in one hour/credit and is included in the above. The evaluative tool is at the discretion of the instructor and could include an exam, a homework assignment, a relevant case history, etc.

Successful completion of the degree program requires a capstone project pertinent to the area of specialty.

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