Bastyr University Announces Doctor of Acupuncture Medicine

Doctor holding acupuncture needles

Seattle, WA – Bridging Eastern and Western healing traditions, Bastyr University now offers an accredited Doctor of Acupuncture Medicine (DAcM) program at its Kenmore campus, located north of Seattle. The doctoral program is designed to train acupuncturists to the higher level of competency that this growing field is demanding.

The DAcM has been approved by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities and the program’s curriculum will meet the programmatic accreditation standards of the Accreditation Commission of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM). The DAcM is an entry-level program that leads to licensure in 44 states and the District of Columbia and that provides the classroom and clinical training necessary for eligibility for the National Commission for the Certification of Acupuncture an Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) board exam and the California Acupuncture Licensing Exam (CALE). In addition, this program meets the regulations of the California Acupuncture Board, which enables acupuncturists in California to be primary care physicians and receive Worker’s Compensation Coverage.

“This newly developed degree program integrates Eastern and Western standards of medicine for the purposes of communicating with other healthcare professionals when consulting, making appropriate medical referrals, and charting and reporting a patient’s condition. The end result is creating excellent practitioners and providing patients with extraordinary care,” said Skye Sturgeon, MS, DAOM. “Our expert acupuncture medicine faculty deliver high-quality instruction in small classes and a progressive clinical experience. Their knowledge and experience with Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), along with highly regarded faculty drawn from Bastyr’s supporting departments, deeply enrich student learning.”

Individuals with a bachelor’s degree or at least 135 units completed toward a bachelor’s degree can enter the program. Applications are now being accepted for Fall 2017 and interested individuals can contact Bastyr’s Admission office at or 425.602.3332.