Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Program Offers Weekend Format for Advanced Training

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Bastyr University has launched a revamped Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (DAOM) program that offers students advanced training to become leaders in their field.

Beginning in fall 2014, the new program allows licensed acupuncturists to delve deeply into specialty training in oncology, advanced pain management or family medicine. Students work closely with Bastyr faculty and researchers, studying classical Chinese texts, honing diagnostic skills and developing teaching skills.

The program uses a weekend-intensive format that gives students the option of living and working elsewhere while completing the degree. Classes and much of the clinical training take place over one 4-day weekend (Friday-Monday) per month for two years. The structure is designed for working practitioners who want to develop advanced skills.

Program features:

  • Research training, including a capstone project.
  • Advanced training in physical diagnosis.
  • Collaboration with faculty in Bastyr's Department of Acupuncture & East Asian Medicine.
  • Study of classical texts of Chinese medicine.
  • Teaching skills.
  • Specialty training in oncology, advanced pain management or family medicine. One of the specialties will be offered for each cohort depending on student interest.
  • Clinical training at Bastyr Center for Natural Health, off-site health care clinics and preceptor sites, and a China externship.
  • Approximately 1,200 hours, including 660 clinical hours

For more information, contact Bastyr Admissions at or (425) 602-3330. Applications for the DAOM program will open in early 2014.