Flexible learning options:
10 Terms | 3 Years and 4 Months, Full-time Daytime1
12 TERMS | 4 YEARS, FULL-TIME EVENING2
PART-TIME (FLEXIBLE SCHEDULE WITH DAY, EVENING, AND WEEKEND CLASSES)
Summer: May 9th, 2022
Fall: September 6th, 2022
Spring: January 9th, 2023
Our collaborative, contemporary approach to ancient medicine will prepare you to improve patient outcomes by treating the whole person. Acupuncture and Chinese medicine were established thousands of years ago and have developed into a well-established, effective, and popular form of healing for countless patients around the world. SCU’s comprehensive program prepares students to formulate and prescribe therapies such as acupuncture needling, cupping, moxibustion, herbal medicine, and many others to help individuals with a wide variety of conditions.
The university combines highly educated faculty who are active leaders in their fields with technologically advanced classrooms and labs, unique clinical learning opportunities, and a fun and engaging college campus experience. Completion of SCU’s Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine (DACM) program prepares students to be eligible for the California state licensure exam (CALE) as well as the National Certification Commission For Acupuncture And Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM), which enable students to become licensed in the U.S.
SCU’s groundbreaking model combines curriculum, clinic, community, and clubs to help you develop a broader base of knowledge and gain a deeper appreciation for different perspectives on care.
Full-time students have two class options, daytime or evening. Daytime students can complete the program in as little as three years and four months. Evening students can complete the program in as little as four years taking courses in the evening and on select Saturdays. Students interested in working while they study should consider the part-time program. SCU’s part-time program is designed to provide students with the ability to customize their schedules with daytime, evening, and weekend classes.
Real patients. Real practice. The SCU University Health Center provides care to over 45,000 patients per year and is equipped with an expansive herbal pharmacy, diagnostic imaging, and an electronic health record system. DACM students typically begin clinical training in their second term.
Virtual anatomy with 3D4Medical to help you view all the intricacies of the human body. Echo360 lecture capture provides students with an easy format to review course material.
You’ll learn from faculty who are highly qualified to teach high-level degree programs and are currently practicing, infusing their teaching with timely real-world experience that they bring to the classroom every day. Among the examples of faculty leading in their field and the community is Dr. Sivarama “Prasad” Vinjamury, part of a World Health Organization panel.
SCU offers three specialized concentration areas including Acupuncture Orthopedics, Healthy Aging, and Women’s Health with both classroom and clinical learning experiences.
Gain an experience that books cannot teach and technology cannot replicate by studying at one of the only acupuncture schools in the nation with a cadaver lab.
People are looking for more whole person healthcare. At SCU, you will learn to go beyond finding out what’s the matter to discover what truly matters, so you can help people achieve their best possible health.
the average annual wage for an acupuncturist in the United States3
expected growth from 2018 to 2028 in California, faster than the average for all occupations4
Our understanding and respect for Chinese medicine’s cultural and philosophical roots form the foundation of our program. SCU students enjoy the advantages of highly degreed and experienced faculty combined with the latest classroom, online learning, and lab technologies. The curriculum covers the areas of anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology, clinical laboratory diagnosis, pharmacology, nutrition, emergency procedures, traditional Chinese classical medical theory and related techniques, acupuncture and meridians, Chinese herbology, business management, exercises such as tai chi and qi gong, integrative clinical education, and chosen areas of concentration are offered. Upon graduation graduates will have gained a unique education based on an innovative approach to patient care through the understanding of integrating classical Chinese medical theories with biomedicine.
Focus on the basic sciences to set your foundation of the body’s organization on a cellular, tissue, and organ level, along with regional interrelationships. Learn traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) foundations, acupuncture needling technique, single herbs, meridian points, and begin clinical observations, integrating classroom learning with clinical skills.
Build upon the previous year by focusing on the ways TCM principles and basic science knowledge translate into the clinical presentation of a patient in both health and disease. Begin guided clinical practice treating patients under the supervision of licensed doctors and with peers in other professions in SCU’s on-campus University Health Center.
Your final year lets you combine all of the things you’ve worked into practice and the treatment of patients. You will be fully prepared to lead in today’s evolving healthcare environment.
At SCU we want students to understand when they start the program what they will know, be able to do, or value as a result of taking a course or completing the program. Our full course curriculum includes detailed learning outcomes to help you dive into what your courses will be teaching you during your time with SCU.
Excellence in healthcare begins with excellence in education. Our vision at the Eastern Medicine Department is to make a difference in the world through education and healthcare. It motivates our administrators, faculty, and staff, by nurturing future generations of integrative healthcare practitioners who are passionate about helping others. We commit profoundly to the University, to our community, and more importantly, to our students.
The students at the Eastern Medicine Department experience unique education by taking courses alongside students in multiple healthcare programs and truly uncover integrative awareness. The early exposure to clinical education in our state-of-the-art health centers enhances their knowledge learned in the classroom with the coalitions of hands-on practice to connect between classroom theory and the reality of presenting these services to the community. Our rigorous curriculum strives to educate skilled integrative practitioners who are sensitive to current healthcare needs. Our outstanding and experienced faculty has taken a leadership role in ensuring that we offer our students a comprehensive and stimulating course of study.
At the Eastern Medicine Department, student success means being student-centered, treating all students with dignity and respect, and ensuring that we are serving all of our students. We have been providing an integrative education of honoring the tradition and yet embracing the modern for over two decades. We focus not just on enrolling students, but furthermore to support them in achieving success while maintaining academic rigor and relevance. Our faculty and staff members work diligently to provide students with optimal, diverse, and personal educational experiences.
At a time when healthcare education and practice are rapidly growing and transforming, we are witnessing an intersection of great challenge and a great opportunity. At the same time, we are determined to prepare practitioners who will continue to excel, shape, and promote health care in this environment of healing evolved.
We welcome and heartily invite you to embark on this sensational journey at the Eastern Medicine Department at Southern California University of Health Sciences. Together, we will make a difference in the world.
Dean, Eastern Medicine Department
Southern California University of Health Sciences
SCU faculty are real-world practitioners who bring knowledge gained through the powerful combination of higher learning and industry experience.
Our DACM program is overseen by our advisory board members which are composed of senior university academics, industry leaders, and content experts from around the world focused on continually improving the program.
Upon completion of the DACM program, SCU students are qualified to sit for the California state licensure exams (CALE) as well as the National Certification Commission For Acupuncture And Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM), which enable students to become licensed in the U.S.
3 NCCAOM advances the professional practice of acupuncture by establishing and promoting national evidence-based standards of competence. https://www.nccaom.org/
4 SCU California Acupuncture Board (CAB) Pass Rates for students taking the test are reported annually.
Neither acceptance for admission into the program nor the subsequent earning of a Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine degree guarantees that a state or a foreign country will grant a graduate a license to practice. Each state and foreign country, through its legislative and administrative process, defines the standards of competency and scope of practice within its jurisdiction.
In compliance with 34 CFR 668.43, the Southern California University of Health Sciences (SCU) Master of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine (MACM) and Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine (DACM) programs provide information pertaining to professional licensure for the programs. Students should refer to the information below and contact the appropriate licensing board to ensure they will meet the licensure requirements in the state(s) in which they intend to practice upon graduation.
SCU’s MACM and DACM programs are approved by the California Acupuncture Board and Accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM). Currently, graduates of SCU’s MACM and DACM programs are eligible to sit for the California Acupuncture Licensing Exam (CALE), as well as the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM®) certification exam.
A passing score on the CALE certification examination is documentation of competency for licensure as an acupuncturist in California.
A passing score on the NCCAOM certification examination is documentation of competency for licensure as an acupuncturist by 43 states plus the District of Columbia.
Several states, including California, have a governmental agency that governs, supervises, and controls the licensure and practice of acupuncture. In California, the Acupuncture Board is responsible for such duties. If you desire to practice in another state, it is recommended that you contact that state’s medical board or other appropriate agency, for licensure requirements, as these agencies may have requirements other than the passage of the competency exam.
SCU’s MACM and DACM programs meet the educational requirements for licensure in all states that license acupuncturists.
The following states do not license acupuncturists: Alabama, Oklahoma, South Dakota.
Please note that licensure requirements are always subject to change. Although SCU will confirm the licensure requirements on a routine basis, we strongly recommend that you inquire with the licensing agency to confirm that you understand and will meet the requirements for licensure before enrolling in your program of choice. Additionally, while progressing through the program, we recommend that you check licensing agency requirements regularly to monitor whether they have changed in a manner that impacts your licensure plans.
All international students are strongly encouraged to check the credentialing requirements in the country where they intend to practice.
One of the great things about SCU is we do have a campus layout, so all your classes aren't in a single room. We have our cadaver lab. We have different specialty rooms for physical assessment classes vs. acupuncture classes. All our acupuncture-specific classes have all the herbs in the room. You can pull out the herbs and look at them, whether in class or in between classes to get that extra studying in.
My favorite part of SCU is the collaboration from our beginning terms. We were working alongside chiropractor students, PA students, and ayurvedic students. It's a unique community where we get to learn about these different fields and sit in classrooms with them and work with them in the clinic. It allows you to get an understanding of all the different fields and how they can work together, and what is unique about your field. I think that is a wonderful aspect that I didn't think was going to be as prominent as it is here; even now, in my upper term classes and I am not in class with chiropractic students, I can still reach out to them about a certain aspect I may not understand or if I am working on a case. I want another perspective I know I have them to reach out to, so that has been a great networking community to have resources for.
$76,235 tuition to complete the program, $395 per credit
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*DACM students are charged on a per-credit basis of $395 per credit.
**Program fees listed are for the 2021-2022 academic year and are subject to change. Program fees include charges for technology, malpractice insurance, student health, professional affiliation, and ASB.
***Books, supplies, and other equipment not included in this tuition and fee schedule may be required for this program.
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Our approach to Interprofessional Education is unique in California and across the country. Here, modern medicine unites with ancient and traditional healing arts to create an environment of engagement. SCU’s groundbreaking IPE model combines curriculum, clinic, community, and clubs to help you develop a broader base of knowledge and gain a deeper appreciation for different perspectives on care which leads to a seamless transition from student to practitioner.
We bring together aspiring students from different disciplines so you can learn and excel side-by-side. The depth and breadth of this dynamic experience will prepare you to one day take the lead in a collaborative, interprofessional practice.
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