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Is your program accredited?
  • The Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM) granted accreditation to Southern California University of Health Sciences (SCU) professional doctorate 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
  • SCU is regionally accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), which is located at 1001 Marina Village Parkway, Suite 402, Alameda, CA 94501, telephone: 510-748-9001.
What is a First Professional Doctorate (FPD)?
This is a degree where one gets a doctorate without any other degrees. In the case of AOM, it means one would enter into a doctorate program (with appropriate admission requirements) and when they graduate would have a doctorate without a master’s degree. Essentially, it is the same as entering chiropractic or medical school: enter and, four years later with lots of hard work, you have a doctorate. It means someone does not have to complete a master’s degree and then enter a supplementary doctoral program.
How is this different than the DACM degrees currently available at other acupuncture colleges?
All of the current DACM degrees are post-masters doctorates (PMD), meaning you need a masters degree before entering a shorter doctoral program. Typically these programs are 5-6+ years in combined length. The FPD would be 10 trimesters or 3 1/3 years in length.
What are the academic entry requirements?

Prerequisites for the DACM Program

  • Completed application
  • Completed a high school diploma or equivalent and must have at least three years (90 semester units or 135 quarter units) of education from a U.S. accredited college or university (or international equivalent)
  • GPA of 2.5 or better on a 4.0 grade scale
  • Specific courses in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Psychology may be submitted prior to admission or taken as co-requisite while enrolled in the DACM program at SCU and must be successfully completed according to the completion schedules
  • Personal Statement
  • English competency
Are there differences in the curricula between the Post-Master’s and Professional Doctorate (PD) programs available throughout the United States?
Yes and no. Each school has a similar but unique program for the masters, post-masters, and professional doctorates. However, we designed our PD to be similar, but more rigorous, to the current masters and post-masters doctorate combination, including capstone projects and concentrations. Because of this, our PD program will be much more intensive so we are able to cover similar material as in the combined masters/PMD in a shorter period of time.
Are you going to offer a Post-Master's Doctorate (PMD)?
The College of Eastern Medicine is considering offering a Post Master’s Doctorate program. However, another pathway for our alum to take is to enter the PD program with advanced standing. Admissions advisors are available to answer your questions about this option, but it essentially involves being awarded transfer credit and advanced standing for the overlapping portion of the programs, and completing the balance of DACM coursework together with existing DACM students in the same interprofessional environment. Additional clinical hours may be required.
I am currently a student at an Acupuncture and Oriental Medical school that does not offer a Professional Doctorate (PD) program, should I think about transferring into the PD program?
If you are within your first year of your master’s program many of your Oriental medicine specific classes may transfer into the PD. You will need to meet the entry requirements which include 90 units of undergraduate courses and several science prerequisites. You will need to take doctoral level anatomy classes, so you may need to repeat a couple of classes. Please speak with one of our Admissions advisors (admissions@scuhs.edu), if you are interested in pursuing this option and have questions or want to see if this is possible.
Is there financial aid for the DACM program at the College of Eastern Medicine
Yes, financial aid is available for the DACM program. To learn more about all the financial aid opportunities available, please contact our Financial Aid Department at (562) 947-8755 ext. 766 or by email at FinancialAid@scuhs.edu.
Are there any scholarship opportunities?
If you are interested in learning more about all the scholarship opportunities that are available, please contact our Admissions Department at (562) 475-4604  or by email at Admissions@scuhs.edu.
What is the difference between the DACM and MACM program??
The MACM is a program within the components of the DACM program. The DACM program has additional competencies and is one trimester more than the MACM.
What is the degree requirement to practice in the U.S. and in California?
The current degree requirement to practice in the U.S. and in California is either an entry-level doctorate degree, such as the DACM at SCU, or a master’s degree.
Can I do the DACM program part-time?
Yes. Students may take courses at their selected pace. However, graduation may take longer than 10 trimesters if students were to take the program part-time.
Do I need to have a bachelor’s degree to gain admittance to the DACM program?
No. Students do not need a bachelor’s degree for the DACM program application. Applicants must have completed at least three years (90 semester units or 150 quarter units) of education from an accredited college or university, earning a minimum grade point average of 2.50 on a 4.0 grade scale.
Do you offer any assistance to DACM students coming from out of town?
The student services at SCU provide housing information for students from out of town. Please clink on the link for details. https://scuhs.libguides.com/studentaffairs/rentals.
What language is the program taught in? Do I need to know Chinese?
The program is taught in English. Students do not need to know Chinese to attend the program.
What is the difference between DACM, DAOM, DTCM, DAHM, DAIM?
The DACM at SCU is an entry-level doctorate program. Each school may have their own degree title using the combination of indicators within the context of traditional Chinese medicine (e.g. A=acupuncture, CM=Chinese medicine, OM=Oriental medicine, TCM=traditional Chinese medicine, HM=herbal medicine, IM=integrative medicine). However, the programs vary in rigor and content. Students should look carefully at the program design and description.

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