Is your program accredited?
- The College of Eastern Medicine at the Southern California University of Health Sciences is in the process of seeking ACAOM candidacy/accreditation for the DACM program. However, the College of Eastern Medicine can provide no assurance that candidacy or accreditation will be granted by ACAOM.
- The First Professional Doctorate of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine (DACM) program of the College of Eastern Medicine at Southern California University of Health Sciences is not accredited or pre-accredited (candidacy) by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM). Graduates of this program are not considered to have graduated from an ACAOM accredited or candidate program and may not rely on ACAOM accreditation or candidacy for professional licensure or other purposes.
- SCU is regionally accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), which is located at 985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100, 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 for the FPD?
Prerequisites for DACM* Program
- High school graduate (or equivalent)
- Completed at least three years (90 semester units or 150 quarter units) of education from a US accredited college or university (or international equivalent)
- Cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 grade scale
- The 3 semester units each of Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Psychology can be taken concurrently during first year of the program. Each class meeting this requirement must be passed with a minimum “C” grade and a cumulative grade of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale for all classes meeting this specific requirement. Courses must be completed prior to matriculation into the Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine program at SCU.
- Completed Application/process
- Entrance Essay
- English competency
Are there differences in the curricula between the Post-Master’s and First Professional Doctorate (FPD) programs available throughout the United States?
Yes and no. Each school has a similar but unique program for the masters, post-masters, and first professional doctorates. However, we designed our FPD to be similar, but more rigorous, to the current masters and post-masters doctorate combination, including capstone projects and concentrations. Because of this, our FPD 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 FPD program with advanced standing. This is what we call the DACM degree completion option. 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 CEM MAOM and DACM programs, and completing the balance of DACM coursework together with existing DACM students in the same interprofessional environment. No additional clinical hours will be required.
I am currently a student at an Acupuncture and Oriental Medical school that does not offer a First Professional Doctorate (FPD) program, should I think about transferring into the FPD program?
If you are within your first year of your master’s program many of your Oriental medicine specific classes may transfer into the FPD. 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 ([email protected]), 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 First Professional Doctorate (FPD) DACM program at the College of Eastern Medicine?
Yes, financial aid is available for the First Professional Doctorate DACM program. To learn more about all the financial aid opportunities that are available please contact our Financial Aid Department at (562) 947-8755 ext. 766 or by email to [email protected]
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 (877) 434-7757 or by email at [email protected]