Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine
Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine (DACM)
Acupuncture and Chinese medicine is a form of medical treatment established in China thousands of years ago that has developed into a well-established, effective, and popular form of healing for countless patients around the world for many centuries. In the midst of the opioid crisis, acupuncture has been growing in popularity in the United States. Primarily used for pain management and overall wellness such as immunity enhancement and stress management, this ancient Chinese form of medicine—which involves thin needles inserted into the skin—has gained support from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and Medicaid. Alternative care continues to grow in popularity. As a result, healthcare organizations are actively searching for talented holistic health professionals. Acupuncture and Chinese medicine practitioners use methods such as needling, herbal medicine, and many others to help individuals with a wide variety of conditions. At SCU, you can study an ancient medicine at a contemporary health sciences university committed to transforming healthcare and healthcare education.
Earn Both the DACM and MACM Degree Concurrently Upon CompletionSCU’s designed this program so that upon completion of course requirements, students are awarded both the DACM and the Master of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine (MACM) degree that is required to sit for State and National licensing and certification exams. Earning the doctorate only requires one additional term to the master’s nine-term program. In only four additional months, students can earn their doctorate (DACM). Earning this doctoral title and degree provides graduates well-deserved recognition. All other factors being equal, integrative medical settings may prioritize hiring doctors of acupuncture. Medical doctors and other allied health providers may be more likely to refer to a doctor of acupuncture. Completion of SCU’s Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine (DACM) program makes students eligible for the California state licensure exams as well as the national certification examinations, which enable students to become licensed in the U.S. A representative from our Office of Admissions would be happy to help you learn more. Request more information or apply now to reserve your seat in the next cohort. Request Information Apply Now
Program Length: 10 trimesters | 3 years and 4 months
Next Start Date: May 10, 2021
Fixed-Rate Tuition: $7,545/trimester*, $75,450 for the entire program (based on 10 trimesters), Average cost per unit (credit hour): $372
An Interprofessional Learning Experience
Summer StartStudents entering in summer will be starting under a Limited Campus Opening scenario. The plan for new students starting in fall is to offer all required classes through Interactive Online Lectures. SCU will also provide an optional Introductory Clinical Experience course. Interactive Online Lectures: Lecture courses will be taught via synchronous, technology enhanced, and interactive remote learning. Classes are held during scheduled times. Interactive Online classes provide group-based interactive learning through Zoom and/or Canvas. Classes happen in real time with required attendance during a set schedule. Optional Introductory Clinical Experience Course: Students have the option to participate in a clinical observation course at the University Health Center. Click here to learn more.
What to Expect?
- New students will get to experience orientation, connect with others, and prepare to make this first step to building a healthier future through our online orientation.
- New students will have a Virtual Orientation before the term starts, where they will receive more information about the program, expectations, and details.
- Students opting to participate in the optional Introductory Clinical Experience course must complete the required forms and follow health and safety protocols.
Attend your class in Zoom or through Canvas
Learn and manage class work in Canvas
Join in class discussions through Zoom chat or Canvas
Learning Temporarily Continues Online
Join the Movement!Become part of a university committed to transforming and redefining healthcare and healthcare education. SCU recognizes that healthcare should move beyond treating symptoms by understanding personal circumstances leading to better patient outcomes, lower costs, and improved quality of life. SCU’s academic community consists of faculty and staff who value and teach whole-person care and empower our students to become patient-centered practitioners. Learning to understand what matters to the patient and their family, what are their personal circumstances, and what are their recovery goals makes SCU student’s balanced practitioners.
Learn to determine what matters to the patient vs. just finding out what’s the matter!SCU’s unique value-based integrative healthcare model:
- Value-based: Helping patients improve their health by identifying the right provider for their current need in order to live healthier lives, and to deliver the best outcome for the most efficient cost.
- Integrative: A healthcare perspective that emphasizes understanding personal circumstances leading to better patient outcomes, providing treatments informed by evidence, building a trusted patient-provider relationship, and making use of all appropriate therapeutic approaches and disciplines.
- Interprofessional: Students gain an understanding of other disciplines to broaden treatment options and build collaboration skills that will make them more marketable and effective in the workplace.
11% or Higher Job GrowthProjected employment growth much faster than average and viewed as a “Bright Outlook” occupation.1
#1California is ranked No. 1 for projected job opening 2018-2028 for Acupuncture (part of Health Diagnosing and Treating Practitioners, All Other).1
Three Concentration TracksAcupuncture Orthopedics, Healthy Aging, and Women’s Health.
100% NCCAOM Pass RateNational Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM).3 SCU utilizes ExamSoft, the world’s most advanced assessment platform to prepare students for successful test results.
Cadaver LabSCU is the only acupuncture program in the region with a cadaver lab. The cadaver lab transforms students’ understanding of the human body. It helps form their new identity as healers-in-training while wielding scalpels to learn lessons that books cannot teach, and technology cannot replicate.
93.3% CAB Pass RateCalifornia Acupuncture Board (CAB) Pass Rate.2 SCU utilizes ExamSoft, the world’s most advanced assessment platform to prepare students for successful test results.
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Take the Next Step in Realizing Your DreamOur enrollment process is quick and easy. The first next step is for you to fill out a short online application for admission, which usually takes 10-15 minutes. Students are encouraged to complete the application process right away to save a seat in the cohort of your choice. A representative from the Office of Admissions is available to answer any questions or help you explore the Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Program. Request more information or apply now to reserve your seat in the next cohort.
(1) Employment growth based on O*Net forecast for Health Diagnosing and Treating Practitioners, All Other (which would include Acupuncturist) 29-1199.01. Projected growth 2018 – 2028. (2) SCU California Acupuncture Board (CAB) Pass Rates for students taking the test from 2018 to June 2020 *Tuition rate reflected above represents the fixed rate for a student entering during the 2020-2021 academic year. Tuition rates are subject to change and may not be reflected on this website or other SCU materials. Please contact us for the most updated information. For a complete listing of SCU fees, please refer to the academic catalog. **The Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM) granted accreditation to the Southern California University of Health Sciences (SCUHS) professional doctoral program in English under applicable ACAOM standards effective 24 February 2018. 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