Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, San Diego, United States


Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, San Diego, United States, United States

Contact Details

San Diego Campus
7445, Mission Valley Rd. #105,
San Diego, CA 92108
United States

Phone: +1 619 5746909
Toll free: +1 800 7290941
Fax: +1 619 5746641
E-mail: Not available

Training Therapy

Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

Level Of Training


Qualification Awarded

Doctorate in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (San Diego campus only)

Duration Of Training

Two years

Entry Requirements

  • Evidence of satisfactory completion of a Master’s degree or a Master’s level program in acupuncture or Oriental medicine from an ACAOM-accredited or candidate institution, or international equivalent
  • A grade point average of 3.0 or higher in previous graduate level work
  • Acupuncture license (California preferred). In some cases, an applicant who is currently scheduled to sit for a license exam will be considered.
  • Currently engaged in a clinical practice preferred 
ACAOM standards allow a special admission policy for experienced practitioners who have been actively engaged in the profession for at least five years, but have not attained the master’s degree or its equivalent. 
The program may admit applicants who are experienced practitioners who do not otherwise meet the criteria for standard admissions but who
  • complete an entrance evaluation to establish a foundation of knowledge skills and abilities that are appropriate for admission to a clinical doctorate;
  • document at least five years of full-time clinical practice in acupuncture or Oriental medicine; and
  • complete any of the prerequisite Master’s courses that were not completed in previous acupuncture /oriental medicine training.  

*Requirements for international students not specified.

Enrollment Time

January, May, and September each year

Learning Outcome

The purpose of the Doctoral of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (DAOM) is to “foster self-directed learning and critical thinking within the framework of traditional Chinese medicine until it becomes an inherent habit and a defining characteristic of the graduate’s professionalism.”

Type Of Attendance

Not Available

Credit Hour

Not available


Equivalent to 6 semesters


Not available

Learning Module

Pacific’s Doctorate of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine offers six semesters of study. It is composed of a series of courses in five tracks in which each doctoral fellow completes didactic and clinic courses. The five tracks are Family Medicine, Application of Chinese Classics, Chinese Medical Language, Evidence-Based Medicine and Clinical Studies. The Course design is based on Case-based Instruction in Didactic Courses, Research Activities and Specialization (Didactic and Clinical).

Teaching Faculty

San Diego Faculty

Source Of Accreditation

California Bureau of Private Postsecondary and Vocational Education (BPPVE)
Accreditation Commission of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM)

Graduate Pathways

This is the highest academic program offered in acupuncture. Graduates should be competent in undergoing independent research. 

Career Opportunities

On completion, graduates can enhance their practice as an accredited acupuncturist.

Course Fees

Not available

How To Apply

Candidates may apply online (refer to links).

Glossary, Abbreviations and Links

In This Scope
T&CM Educational System
VISA Requirements​
Training & Education Centre​