California Institute of Integral Studies

Doctorate in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (DAOM)


1453 Mission Street

San Francisco, CA 94103

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Doctorate in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (DAOM)

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The Doctorate in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (DAOM) is the highest degree awarded by the profession. CIIS's DAOM program is the only one in the U.S. that offers two clinical specialties and externships in world-renowned integrated medicine centers. In addition to developing new clinical skills and studying with nationally and internationally respected faculty, DAOM students have the opportunity to develop academic skills in preparation for research, teaching, and publishing scholarly work.

About the Program

The DAOM program is designed for licensed acupuncturists who want to focus on integrative medicine, deepen their Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) knowledge and skills, and specialize in TCM Pain Management or TCM Women's Health. This clinically-based doctorate program is open to individuals who have completed a master's degree in Oriental Medicine or who have been practicing in the field for over ten years. The intensive module format both accommodates practitioners' lives and professional practices, and creates an environment in which students can immediately apply the knowledge and skills they learn in clinical practice.

The DOAM program includes comprehensive clinical experience. Students have the opportunity to intern at ACTCM's onsite Acupuncture and Herbal Clinic. DAOM students are strongly encouraged to complete a minimum of two weeks of externship at Zhejiang Chinese Medical University, Hangzhou China. ACTCM maintains formal agreement with the institution.

Our eight-semester program requires students to spend four days a month, Friday through Monday, interning at campus clinics.  

Facts & Figures

Classification: Master's College or University I

Locale: Large City

Size & Settings: 1,000-2,999

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