Doctorate in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine - DAOM

The Yo San Doctorate of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (DAOM) degree is designed to accommodate working practitioners who complete their degree while maintaining their professional practices. The DAOM degree provides students with the opportunity for in-depth study of advanced topics in acupuncture and Oriental medicine, post-graduate level biomedical training, significant supervised clinical work in areas of specialization, exposure to research and evidence based medicine, and the opportunity to develop teaching and leadership skills.

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Specialty Programs in High Demand Fields of Integrated Medicine

Women's Health and Integrative Reproductive Medicine

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This two year clinical doctorate specialty integrates advanced Western and Eastern diagnostics and treatment protocols for the effective management of women’s reproductive health. Program features include case-based learning, advanced herbal formula writing, practical demonstrations of acupuncture, physical exams for specific conditions, and collaboration with other healthcare professionals utilizing evidence-based practice  and research methods.

Healthy Aging and Integrative Internal Medicine

This two year clinical doctorate integrates advanced Western and Eastern diagnostics and treatment protocols for the effective management of patient lifespans. Through an in-depth focus on longevity and healthy aging, clinical residents receive advanced training in preventative care and health cultivation, and by attending the program’s specialty clinics.

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Doctoral Degree Program Details

The YSU DAOM program is 1,220 hours in length, comprising of 570 didactic hours and 650 clinical hours. DAOM courses are offered once per month during a 3-day weekend intensive with a flexible clinical training schedule, allowing practitioners to earn a doctorate degree in 24 months while maintaining their private practices. DAOM Residency Dates 2021-2024

In the first academic year, DAOM candidates begin their studies in both core curriculum content such as research, professional development, advanced diagnosis and treatments, and advanced courses associated with their chosen area of specialty. Candidates develop their capstone research project proposals and receive IRB approval, as well as begin their clinical training in the Yo San Blount Community Clinic and other approved mentorship sites.

DAOM candidates continue their studies with the focus on specialty area concentrations, continued advanced clinical training, and submittal of their capstone research project at the Dissertation Conference and graduating with the Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine degree. The Capstone Research Project is an integral component of the YSU DAOM program. Candidates are introduced to evidence-based medicine and current TCM research, and participate in a critical review of select current TCM and biomedical research.

DAOM candidates receive advanced clinical training in their area of specialty by attending the program’s specialty focused clinics and developing individual and customized plans for their clinical training experiences.

Opportunities for externships, mentorships and preceptorships include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Clinical Internships at Yo San University Blount Community Clinic
  • Clinical Externships at specialized clinics and hospitals in the local area
  • China Externships at universities and hospitals in China
  • Mentorship programs with experienced senior practitioners and faculty in the field
  • Preceptorships programs with focus on education or academic administration
  • Specialty grand rounds

Program Overview

Launched in spring 2010, Yo San’s DAOM program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine (ACAHM). The program is 1220 hours in length, composed of 570 didactic hours and 650 clinical hours. Courses are offered in a monthly modular format over a two-year period. If you’re interested in enhancing your clinical skills and deepening your knowledge of Asian and integrative medicine, Yo San is the place to do it.

The program offers two specialties: Women’s Health & Reproductive Medicine, and Healthy Aging & Longevity. Within the chosen area of specialization, candidates complete a Capstone Project as evidence of their mastery of program content. Capstone Projects are original works demonstrating the ability to think critically and creativity, and to synthesize and develop new ideas and perspectives on a topic to advance the practice of Asian and integrative medicine.

Our DAOM program is designed to fit the needs, interests, resources and schedules of TCM practitioners wanting to pursue a program of study advancing their knowledge and skill in integrative medicine, leading to a medical specialty. Master clinicians consisting of senior TCM practitioners and Biomedical experts from China and the U.S. collaborated to create Yo San University’s DAOM program in Asian and integrative medicine. Their contributions are twofold: 1) they wrote the curriculum and continue to mold its evolution, and 2) as instructors and mentors, they share their valuable experience and knowledge of TCM and biomedicine.

Core courses are designed to equip doctoral candidates with information, processes, research tools and perspectives to enrich their specialization studies, and to aid in professional development to enhance professional relationships. These courses help bridge the gap between TCM and biomedicine, further encouraging cross-referrals and inter-disciplinary medicine. As a subset of the Core curriculum, TCM courses train students to apply a specific text in the advanced application of diagnosis and treatment of patients, and to research models. Another subset, Bioscience and Research Methods courses, prepare students to collaborate with Western medical professionals to treat patients and to engage in research.

Classes are offered once a month, over three day weekends, allowing candidates to earn a doctorate in 24 months while maintaining a private practice. Clinical training, at the University’s clinic and at externship clinics here and in China, is flexible and will be arranged separately from the weekend intensives according to the needs and schedules of candidates. Specified modules are designed to meet California CEU requirements.

DAOM Residency Dates 2021-2024


Selection of a specialty is included in the Admissions Application process and is finalized at the initial registration for classes. Specialty start dates reflect demand. Specialty programs may share the same start dates but more commonly, they will start several months apart.

Specialty and Core courses are inter-dispersed to allow candidates to develop their specialization knowledge over the length of the program. Course work integrates TCM and Biomedical approaches to the prevention, early detection, diagnosis and treatment of dysfunctions, disorders, and diseases within the specialty area. Candidates will apply increasingly complex approaches to their specialty study through the application of processes and perspectives included in their core classes. Classes meet over a 3-day weekend every month including 2.5 days of classroom activity and a half-day of clinical training.

The program allows you to design the clinical experience that will be most meaningful to you, and best fits your needs and schedule. Clinical hours fall into two categories: 160 prescribed hours included in the Weekend residency allocated to Grand Rounds and Mentorship. And, at least 390 hours allocated to Mentorships and Preceptorships in a training plan you design in consultation with the dean of the DAOM program and clinical dean.

Mentorships include hours shadowing and/or collaborating with a TCM practitioner or RE/MD during treatment and/or counseling sessions. You can chose from Yo San’s list of mentors and sites, or from other appropriately credentialed practitioners outside the University. Sites include the Yo San University Sunday Clinic, clinics and hospitals off-site, and in China.

Preceptorships hours include teaching or supervising other TCM practitioners or trainees at a TCM school.


The purpose of Yo San University’s Doctor of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine (DAOM) program is to broaden and deepen the knowledge and skills of our students in Oriental Medicine by way of instruction, scholarly activity, research, clinical specialization and practice, resulting in enhanced competencies in patient assessment, diagnosis, treatment intervention and integrative patient-centered care.

Doctoral candidates are encouraged to embrace their core knowledge, expand their understanding and active practice of all aspects of Asian Medicine including acupuncture, herbal medicine, qi cultivation and nutrition. The DAOM program at Yo San University also seeks to strengthen candidates’ understanding of biomedical sciences while assisting candidates to develop relationships with other healthcare providers for professional collaboration and scholarly endeavors. By imparting and supporting critical thinking and lifelong learning, the DAOM program at Yo San University aims to cultivate superior practitioners, scholars, teachers and leaders in the field of acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.


Graduates of Yo San University’s Doctor of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine program are able to:

  • Demonstrate advanced knowledge in all aspects of Asian medicine including acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, Qi cultivation and nutrition;
  • Demonstrate advanced knowledge of biomedical sciences relevant to their chosen clinical specialty and practice;
  • Apply critical thinking and advanced clinical reasoning in patient assessment, diagnosis and treatment intervention within their chosen specialty;
  • Integrate evidence-based biomedicine to acupuncture and Asian medicine practice to provide holistic patient-centered care;
  • Demonstrate ability to work collaboratively with other healthcare providers in multi-disciplinary settings;
  • Apply the principles of scientific inquiry to research and scholarly activities;
  • Demonstrate leadership skills in the acupuncture and Asian medicine profession; and
  • Show evidence of life-long learning through professional growth and the continued pursuit of excellence.


The two-year DAOM program in integrative Medicine at Yo San University is designed for acupuncturists who are interested in advancing their Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) knowledge and skills, learning the intricacies of a clinical specialization, as well as developing the skills needed to conduct research or participate in research studies. Doctoral candidates have a unique opportunity to study with expert faculty in their chosen clinical specialty. The University’s innovative DAOM program emphasizes collaboration in clinical settings by providing rigorous training in advanced concepts of TCM and biomedicine, and promoting a dynamic relationship between TCM and biomedicine. By integrating biomedical science and TCM, the program aims to produce extraordinary practitioners, scholars, teachers and leaders in the field.

The YSU DAOM program is 1,220 hours in length, comprising of 570 didactic hours and 650 clinical hours. DAOM courses are offered once per month during a 3-day weekend intensive with a flexible clinical training schedule, allowing practitioners to earn a doctorate degree in 24 months while maintaining their private practices.

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